Holidays South France, Aude, Ferme du Bourdil, pool, sauna, lake 600 ha
Situated in the foothills of the French Pyrénées, Bourdil (bourdil.com) is easily accessible via the excellent French autoroutes and airports at Toulouse, Carcassonne, Perpignan and Montpellier. There are numerous activities within a short distance. Take the plane and hire a car in Toulouse, Carcassonne, Barcelone .
Chalabre is in the Départment of Aude, in the Region of Languedoc Roussillon, in South Western France surrounded by Cathar castles and steeped in history. It is the capital of the Quercob, with the towns of Mirepoix and Limoux nearby.
Aude, the Cathar Country, is an ideal haven for the practice of cycle touring. With its mild climate, the infinite variety of its landscapes, its rich heritage, the friendliness of its inhabitants, along proposed routes, you can explore at your leisure our historical, cultural and gastronomic heritage.
Sports or tourist itineraries, wine trails or Pyrenean passes, whatever your desires, you will find in the Aude the hike you want! In Aude Cathar Country, you will walk on sunny paths, discovering impressive landscapes, towering fortresses, small villages close to the heart of the vineyards, pine forests of the Pyrenees
Bourdil offers independent, spacious, high quality self catering apartments (100M2 + 40M2 ) with modern kitchens and shower rooms. (+different prices) Situated on the first floor with their own separate entrance and accessed by a short staircase, they may not suitable for young children or anyone with a physical disability. They can be rented separately or together for larger groups.
Aragou measures over 1100 sq ft (100m2) for 2 or 5 people, and has been recently renovated and re-equipped with a completely new kitchen and shower rooms. It is spacious and airy and has lovely views over the surrounding countryside.
The kitchen/dining room is fully equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher, cooker with oven and grill, fridge, kettle, cafetière and toaster. There is a refectory table seating up to six, and two easy chairs.
The separate sitting room has two comfortable settees, a double sofa bed (which could be used for an additional 2 people* at an extra charge), and a wood burning stove. It also has a Radio/CD/MP3 player and a TV/DVD player is available too as well as a comprehensive library of books, CD's and DVD's.
Bedroom 1 has a comfortable 5' double bed, wardrobe and dressing table.
Bedroom 2 has comfortable twin beds, wardrobe and dressing table.
Banket sofa in the living room (double bed)
There are TWO modern shower rooms equipped with thermostatic showers and hairdriers.
Tivoli (sleeps 2)
Also recently renovated and re-equipped, Tivoli measures nearly 420 sq ft (40m2) and has lovely views towards the village. The accommodation comprises:
Sitting room/dining/kitchen, with a comfortable settee and armchairs, dining table and chairs, cooker with grill, 'fridge, kettle, cafetière and toaster. It also has a Radio/CD player and a TV/DVD player is available too, as well as a comprehensive library of books, CD's and DVD's in the hall.
Shower room with thermostatic shower and hairdrier. The laundry room is available for you to use by arrangement.
Bedroom with comfortable double bed, bedside cabinets and wardrobe.
Local Area Details
Situated in the foothills of the French Pyrenees Bourdil is easily accessible via the excellent French autoroutes and airports at Toulouse Carcassonne Perpignan and Montpellier There are numerous activities within a short distance Take the plane and hire a car in Toulouse Carcassonne Barcelone Chalabre is in the Dpartment of Aude in the Region of Languedoc Roussillon in South Western France surrounded by Cathar castles and steeped in history It is the capital of the Quercob with the towns of Mirepoix and Limoux nearby Aude the Cathar Country is an ideal haven for the practice of cycle touring With its mild climate the infinite variety of its landscapes its rich heritage the friendliness of its inhabitants along proposed routes you can explore at your leisure our historical cultural and gastronomic heritage Sports or tourist itineraries wine trails or Pyrenean passes whatever your desires you will find in the Aude the hike you want In Aude Cathar Country you will walk on sunny paths discovering impressive landscapes towering fortresses small villages close to the heart of the vineyards pine forests of the Pyrenees
For winter and early spring visitors, the nearest ski slopes are at Mont d'Olmes (about 45 minutes' drive), with runs ranging from green to black. There are also three interlinked Domaines de Ski at Ax-les-Thermes. For river enthusiasts, there are many white water rafting and canoeing sites in the area.
In Carcassonne 45 km
At 4 km at the big Lac de Montbel (600 ha). Or to the sea, 115 km The Med The Languedoc-Roussillon coast has dozens of large sandy beaches, from Narbonne-Plage in the north to Canet-Plage and Argelès-Plage in the south, near Perpignan. Collioure is a pretty harbourside village. The whole area is famous for its quality of brilliant light which has atttracted many artists to work here.
Lac de Montbel The 580 hectare Lac de Montbel, with its sailing and boating facilities, is about 3 miles by road - or less via the wooded path from Le Bourdil.
About Scenery/Beauty Spots
Carcassonne : Within easy reach by car (45 minutes), is the spectacular Cité de Carcassonne - originally built in the middle ages and later restored by Prosper Mérimée and Eugène Viollet le Duc. Wine Country : Blanquette de Limoux has been produced here for longer than Champagne. Languedoc Roussillon is the largest wine producing region in France. The vineyards of Malepère, the Razès, and the Corbières are all close by, with the Minervois between Carcassonne and the coast.
About Airport Information
Our region has a good choice of airports served by both national carriers and "lower cost" airlines, including airports across the border in Spain. The operators, routes, and timetables change with little warning, sometimes according to the time of year, so be sure to check.. In the peak months, fares for the "low cost" airlines increase substantially if not booked well in advance and it's often possible to find fares from the major airlines which are just as competitive. Skyscanner is a great site for checking prices and times, without having to search individual dates. The airlines serving airports most convenient to Chalabre are shown below: bmibaby British Airways Easyjet Flybe First Choice jet2.com Ryanair Sterling Transavia Wizz Air Car Hire Is available at all of the local airports. France car hire is unbeatable for rates at most, using the best available supplier, but at much better prices than booking direct. Always check the insurance carefully to ensure that all of the basics are included. By Road The excellent French autoroute system will bring you to Castelnaudary, Bram, Carcassonne, or Pamiers; all only a short drive away. We will provide you with detailled directions when you book. Mappy and viaMichelin provide very good route-planning facilities.
We are close to Spain, at 400 meter. Nights are not hot. We have very big walls against the hot weather. Very good weather till October/november.
About Family Activities
The Pic de Soularac (near Montségur, where 200 Cathars were burned to death in 1244) is only 16 miles from here - it is setting for the climax of Kate Mosse's bestseller Labyrinth. Medieval Carcassonne is also heavily featured - see the Guardian article about it. The novel is ideal for getting a feel for the beautiful region of the Pays d'Oc - just the thing to read before coming, or while relaxing by the pool! Mirepoix Cathedral (12 miles away) is well worth a visit and also has a Labyrinth. As well as being very beautiful, this area is rich in medieval history! And for those who would like to visit three countries in one day, the Spanish border is just a couple of hours away, either through Andorra or along the coastal autoroute.
Walking & Cycling : This is an area with fine views and walks - the track which passes Bourdil goes in one direction towards Lac de Montbel through the woods (see picture), or in the other direction towards the village to connect with a variety of routes randonnées and VTT trails (walking and cycling circuits). There are fantastic views from a number of walks in the immediate area. We are also fortunate to have some impressive wildlife locally - birds of prey include Black Kites and Red Kites as well as Harriers and Buzzards.
Cathar Castles : This is Cathar country. For lovers of history and legend, there are many impressive Cathar fortresses nearby, including Puivert and Montsegur where in 1244, 225 martyrs chose to be burnt at the stake, rather than give up their faith.
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