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An Introduction
to the Gites,
Locations & Amenities

            Maison des Fleurs
         Thezan des Corbieres

   
Maison des Fleurs is a  small 18th Century artisan's stone cottage lovingly restored, using traditional methods & materials, complete with exposed beams, original tiled floors and a sunny balcony where you can sit  with a glass of wine and watch village life go by.

The cottage is furnished with French antiques but,  although an ancient cottage with charm and character, it has all modern amenities, including wi fi plus  air conditioning on the top floor. For the few cooler months, the cottage has electric radiators which keep it very cosy, making it not only a perfect holiday cottage, but also  an ideal property for those house hunting in this beautiful region and who require longer stays.

Maison des Fleurs is situated in the wine making village of Thezan des Corbieres which has all the necessary amenities for a holiday maker, a Grocery shop, a Pizzeria/Bar and  a Tabac/Post Office. It is situated only 16 miles from a wide selection of beaches and just 4 miles from a huge river at St Laurent de la Cabrerisse where you can experience 'wild swimming'.  The World Heritage Sites of Carcassonne & the Canal du Midi are just  28  & 13 miles away.  It is the ideal holiday location and is available all year round. Nearest airports are Carcassonne or Beziers/Agde - Perpignan, Toulouse and Montpellier are also within a 90 minute drive.

 

 

 

 Appartement de Roses
          et de Vignes
Ferrals les Corbieres

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Situated on the first floor of a Wine Makers Domaine, built in 1880, when the wine industry boomed in the Corbieres, the Apartment has been restored to its original late 19th century glory. It has a gorgeous Juliet balcony, exposed beams,  tiled floors and a feature wood burner - there is also air conditioning for the summer months and, of course, there is wi fi.
 
The Apartment has a private  little courtyard on the ground floor in  the front of the house, next to the huge garage (for your use),  where you can relax in the sun, plus a huge beautiful garden, only ten minutes walk from the house, where you can lounge amidst the pomegranate, olive, quince. orange and lemon trees in front of a wild flower meadow  next to the river.
 
Appartement de Roses et de Vignes is also in a wine making village, that of Ferrals les Corbieres. This is a bustling and friendly village of 1200 inhabitants and this village also provides all the amenities necessary for a holiday maker - a Bank/Post Office, Grocery Shop, Tabac,  Hairdresser, a Beauty Salon and a Bar/Restaurant and Pizzeria.  The village offers both tennis and basketball courts. The Apartment is just 9 miles from a river where you can experience 'wild swimming' and is exactly 35 minutes from a choice of beaches and the Mediterranean. 

These two gites are just 5 miles apart so are ideal for those who with to come on holiday in a group.

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Dogs are very welcome in both gites but

please contact us before making a booking.

Maison des Fleurs and  the Appartement de Roses et de Vignes are in two beautiful little Corbieres villages. Within easy reach of  Carcassonne, Beziers, Perpignan, Toulouse & Montpellier  airports they are in  the perfect location.

            

 

Thezan des Corbieres and Ferrals les Corbieres are both wine making villages, their history goes back to Roman times when they were settled to provide wine to slake the thirst of Rome. They are situated just 35 minutes drive from the coast and in the heart of the historic Corbieres in the Languedoc (now called Occitanie). There are many excellent, unspoilt beaches (44 in total) offering child friendly activities and employing lifeguards plus amenities such as windsurfing, sailing, diving and kite surfing on offer and Theme Parks of all different types.

There are thirteen lakes and/or rivers nearby, some only ten minutes away, none more than an hours drive, all are ideal for 'wild' swimming and rafting and, of course, fishing - the nearby Canal du Midi offers boating or just a tranquil walk or bike ride along its banks.

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Renowned for its gourmet food, this area offers regional specialities such as cassoulet, it also has a wide variety of sea food. Spectacular fruit, most of it grown locally, is available, very inexpensively. Sun-drenched peaches and nectarines abound and the markets are an illustration of the bounty on offer. Purple aubergines, huge garlics, tomatoes of all shapes, sizes and colour, peppers and onions all jostle on the tables next to huge vats of local olives. You can eat out to suit all pockets, a typical  3 course lunch, is around 18 euros. Both markets and supermarkets offer organic produce in abundance - here it is labelled 'bio'.

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The Corbieres is Cathar country and the remains of their fortresses can still be visited - there are also many ancient Abbeys, such as Fontfroide and Lagrasse both only 11 miles away, plus the area abounds in chateaux. There is also  the World Heritage site of Carcassonne where you can walk around La Cite and go back in time; during the summer months you can also watch a joust.

 

 

Throughout the year Vide Greniers (Attic Sales) are held in all the villages in the region, usually on a Sunday. Such sales include antiques and bric a brac and amazing bargains can be found. In this region white, hand crocheted, cotton bedspreads and monogrammed linen sheets are often available- these are beautiful works of art (in my opinion) most made at least 100 years ago. Details of Vide Greniers to be held in the Aude region can be sourced at vide-greniers.org.

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