Suits couples seeking peace in the countryside with nearby town facilities
Jo & Bob Norton
- english, french
About Jo & Bob Norton
Survivors of a combined total of more than 60 (ouch!) years of practising and teaching in the fields of management and marketing in both France and England, we (that's Jo and Bob) have enjoyed settling down in the Pays Cathare and steeping ourselves in the rich history of the area which we now share with visitors intrigued with a similar Cathare calling.
Jo & Bob Norton purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Jo & Bob Norton chose Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard
We now live and breathe the sweet fresh air of freedom in this remote village in a largely unspoilt corner in southern France. Beautiful walks over hills and through forests are on our doorstep and they tantalise us and our guests daily with breath-taking views and a wide variety of indigenous flora and fauna.
What makes this Apartment unique
It's rare to find a quiet place from which you can easily travel out when you want to explore the local area and heritage or travel further afield to the mountains or coast (being no more than an hour from either of these). Many guests also choose to simply relax and unwind in the gardens and immerse themselves in the peaceful sounds of nature floating in on the breeze. For us, Razès Gîtes offers it all. Also available on site (upon reservation): Basic instruction in Hatha yoga Massage for relaxation/problem areas Wine-tasting Guided walks
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
like it says on the box - peace and tranquility
great facilities and beautifully appointed gite
Quiet retreat in a small village. Wonderful hosts.
My husband and I spend almost one week in this quiet village. The gite was small as described but had all the amenities for a comfortable stay. The location was very good for traveling around during the day or just enjoying the outdoors. If you have some mobility issue, just be aware that this gite has a steep staircase to the bedroom mezzanine and a few steps down into he gite through a low door. For most people, this is ok. Bob and Jo are the most generous hosts. They are extremely helpful and attentive.
Thanks for the great review Marie-Anne and we're really glad you both enjoyed your stay.
We have to point out though that the original steep staircase in that gîte was replaced over a year ago and so the one you experienced with the half-stairway turn was a modern staircase conforming to current norms, designed precisely to remove the original steepness. We've just ended another marvellous season with customers coming and going and they appreciate the 'new' staircase.
Short but very sweet
We arrived after a rather hairy journey through some very unseasonal downpours. As the fields were being washed away before our eyes, Jo arrived to rescue us when our courage and sense of direction in near-nil visibility failed.
The next day the skies were clear, the sun shone and the beauty of the countryside was all around.
Armed with excellent suggestions from Bob as to how to get the most from our short time, we set off and enjoyed two days of exploring the immediate area. Lakes, hills, distant snow-capped mountains and acres upon acres of sunflowers in full bloom did much to whet our appetites for a return at an early date.
The gite was all we needed, with a charming and imaginatively designed garden just outside and accessed from a communal lounge/playroom/garden kitchen/small library room two doors along and ten steps away from our entrance.
The unseasonal storms returned to see us off on our last night, though this time viewed from the security of our bedroom window - and if there's one thing to get me excited it's a ripping, banging and crashing lightning storm - but not when you're lost and in unfamiliar open countryside which is being washed away as you watch.
Bravo Bob and bravo Jo, the perfect hosts. Unobtrusive, friendly, helpful and wise. We would hope that our paths cross again soon.
And finally to Mr or Mrs Thinking-Of-Staying-at-Bob-and-Jo's, all I can say is stop thinking and go for it.
Cute open plan apartment in the heart of rural France
We were looking for peace and calm on our walking holiday in the Razès. While the weather was a little inclement, the gite ticked all the boxes for us. It was snug and warm with great views over the gardens. Well-equipped with all the essentials and a free film and music library to hand! The peace in the gite and the countryside were just what we wanted. We loved it!
It was wonderful to welcome you both to our gîte and we're so pleased that you enjoyed it - despite the weather! It's always nice for us when people make the most of the facilities and so we''re really happy to hear you enjoyed the films and music in particular. You will always be welcome back; hopefully when the weather is a little more clement for you.
ticked all the boxes!
Definitely a tranquil place and space in which to unwind, well located in the heart of cathar castle land, and as cute and cosy as the photos reveal. We loved every minute and will be back in summer to enjoy the gite in the warmer climes too!
It's been our absolute pleasure to meet you both and you will always be more than welcome here! And while you managed to enjoy your mulled wine around the wood burner in the grange during a wet and wintry week in December, you'll be certain to be using it for respite from the sun in summer. We look forward to seeing you and your friends next summer enjoying your BBQs in the secluded gardens!
Un séjour paisible dans un environnement bucolique
Le gîte correspondait totalement à nos attentes. Il est très joliment aménagé et la possibilité de profiter également d'un autre espace au niveau du jardin était un atour supplémentaire. L'accueil a été très chaleureux. Nous étions proche des lieux que nous souhaitions visiter (Carcassonne, les châteaux cathares notamment). Un très bon séjour.
Merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire.
Nous sommes contents que le gîte vous a plus et que vous avez passé un bon séjour.
Jo et Bob
25 minutes south of Carcassonne, these two Razès Gîtes are buried in the heart of the rolling Razès countryside in the sleepy village of Escueillens. The Razès region is bordered by magnificent views of the Montagne Noire to the North, the Malepère Massif and Corbières to the East and the Pyrénées to the South. At the heart of the Pays Cathare, Razès Gîtes are no more than an hour's drive from the Mediterranean coastline or a ski resort in the Pyrénées, 2 hours drive from tax-free shopping in Andorra, and thus are idyllically suited to couples who want a rural base from which to venture out and fully explore the rich variety of the region's culture, history and beauty.
Jo gives guided walks of the area to those interested.
Golf: The nearest golf course is 30km away at Carcassonne; day and holiday passes may be purchased at the golf shop.
Ski: The nearest ski resort is Les Monts d'Olmes, an hour's drive from the gîtes making Razès gîtes suitable for the occasional skier.