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Character village property of exposed natural stone, dating from the 17th century, situated in a cul-de-sac on the edge of the village of Bugarach (pop.200), a few yards from one of the Cathar footpaths. The house has a large south-facing balcony, with an uninterrupted view of the famous Pech de Bugarach, the highest mountain in the Corbieres range. It has extensive grounds, including a small hill affording a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, and a beautiful secluded courtyard
shaded by trailing plants. This is an ideal base for outdoor activity since footpaths radiate in all directions from the village, offering a wealth of local and long-distance hikes. There is a swimming lake a few minutes walk from the house as well as opportunities for horse riding, rock climbing and canyoning. The Cathar castles of Peyrepertuse and Queribus, and the spectacular Gorges de Galamus are all within easy cycling distance. Rennes-les-Bains, famous for its thermal baths, is close by and can be reached via a beautiful forest path, as well as by road. This house offers you the perfect base for exploring an area of striking natural beauty, rich in human history.
Bedroom 1: 1 double and 2 single beds, balcony and mezzanine
Bedroom 2: double bed
Bedroom 3: double bed, attic
Bedroom 4: small single, attic
Upstairs bathroom with bath/shower over, wash basin, w.c. Downstairs bathroom with walk-in shower, wash basin, wc. Excellent water pressure throughout.
KITCHEN (garden level) Large well-equipped kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, wood-burning cooker/stove, double sink with draining cupboard above, dining table and chairs. Door to courtyard and garden.
LIVING ROOM Large sitting room with sofas, chairs, additional dining table, wood-burning stove
UTILITY ROOM (Street level) Additional sink and gas hob; large storage space for outdoor gear and bicycles; access to street
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION All linen and some towels provided. Supply of wood for wood-burners provided free. Wifi internet access, landline telephone, mobile signal throughout house. NO SMOKING in house.
OUTSIDE Large private grounds on several levels, including small hill. Secluded courtyard with garden furniture. Other seating and barbecue areas on land. Washing line and barbecue provided. Free parking in public field adjacent to house.
ACCESSIBILITY - IMPORTANT The house is on 4 levels and is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone with severely impaired mobility. it is also not recommended for toddlers or small children since there are a number of unprotected stairwells.
ABOUT THE AREA This is a mountainous limestone area occupying 3 climate zones, giving rise to Mediterranean summers, northern European winters, year-round alpine influence and a wealth of flora and fauna. The village, nestling under Bugarach mountain, is surrounded by broad-leaved woodland, home to wild boar. Eagles nest on the mountain and black vultures visit daily to feed. This is ideal terrain for walkers, climbers, cyclists and nature lovers. The area is also ideal for lovers of historic sites.
THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND BUGARACH: Visit the Cathar castles, in particular the château of Peyrepertuse; visit the restored medieval Cité in Carcassonne; hike the many footpaths, swim in the local lake, climb the Pic de Bugarach, go canyoning at the Gorges de Galamus and visit the hermitage there; visit the colourful Sunday market in Esperaza and the thermal baths and cafes of Rennes-les-Bains; visit Rennes-le-Château made famous by "The Da Vinci Code"; sample local wines or take in one of the many fêtes, festivals and music events on offer during the summer months.
BUGARACH VILLAGE AMENITIES: Bar, restaurants, tea room and souvenir shop, art gallery, pottery, post office (mornings only). Small weekly market during summer months for local produce and handicrafts.
Nearest supermarket and ATM are in Couiza ( distance 17km / 11miles)
HOW TO GET THERE Bugarach is midway between the airports of Perpignan and Carcassonne, both about one hour away. Girona Airport (Spain) and Toulouse airport are both about 2h 30mins away. TGV train services from Paris. CAR NECESSARY, preferably from airport, since public transport does not reach Bugarach.
RATES and RENTAL PERIODS The house is rented out on a weekly basis only during peak holiday season, from mid-July until the end of August. Shorter lets are considered during off-peak periods, as well as longer lets at a reduced rate. Rates are open to negotiation, dependent on group size.