Cottage in Cenne Monesties, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Private And Quiet Location, Surrounded By Nature, Ideal For Those Looking To Get Away From It All.
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About Tim Collins
We are biologists who live and work for the most part in Africa. We formerly worked in Congo (Brazzaville) but also have a foot in Kenya, where Hild (who is Belgian) works on a project to census elephants. Tim (who is British) researches whales and dolphins in two regions - central west Africa and the Northern Indian Ocean. We have a young son who revels in being outside and being very very dirty. We are animal fanatics and our house contains a riot of various beasts. We love peace and quiet, being in nature and sharing long meals with friends and neighbours.
Why Tim Collins chose Cenne-Monestiés
Tim's parents have lived in Aude for over 20 years and investing in a house in the region ourselves was not too difficult. We love the area, its people and its many traditions. We are wildlife fanatics and the property is alive with native European animals (deer, boar, badgers, foxes, martens, bats, owls, hares, red squirrels and a slew of amazing birds, occasional peregrines included. The village of Cenne Monesties is unashamedly arty, something we greatly appreciate, and its inhabitants include writers, artists, painters, sculptors, dancers and acrobats. The region is alive with history, including wonderful castles with suitably gruesome and/or romantic pasts (great for kids), cultural events (theatre, music, arts festivals), traditional markets, lots of outdoor activities (walking, cycling, golf, kayaking, climbing etc).
What makes this Cottage unique
We enjoy the peace and quiet - the property can feel a million miles from anywhere yet the village shop is a quick 5 minute drive or cycle down the hill. There are pleasant walks, an abundance of quiet corners, beautiful views and the ever present sound of nature being busy. At night you might hear owls or the occasional deer barking, but not much else. The river is true Swallows and Amazons, and adults and kids alike can revel in exploring its sunlit pools and many fishing spots. The region has many good gites, but we struggle to leave ours and always look forward to going back. Its a special place.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
We have plenty of outdoor space for smokers
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Gorgeous place set in the most peaceful surroundings
I want to thank Tim & Hilde for the most glorious holiday.
The gite was lovely and very clean. It had tons of space (inside & out) for our family (we are a family of 5 with older children) & is set in the most beautiful surroundings. We loved our evening bbq’s, sitting at the back of the house for long dinners in the warm evenings.
The kitchen was a lot bigger than the photos and loved our breakfasts as a family in there.
The pool was also godsend for keeping us cool & the children entertained for hours.
The house & area was so relaxing and comfortable we hardly ventured out.
But we did manage to:
Visit Carcassonne (medieval walled city)
Go to the market at Revel (a fab large buzzy market on a Saturday) and then off to Lac Saint Ferreol after where there is a swimming area and the opportunity to hire canoes, paddle boards etc
Hike the Bugarach mountain (a must! Thanks Tim & Hilde for this tip)
Visit Rennes-le-Château (after the hike as it is in the same area – another must & interesting tip from Tim & Hilde)
The house is also very close to the Canal du Midi & a day trip to the Med is possible (sadly we ran out time to actually do this …. an excuse to come back).
There are also 2 supermarkets close by and a great bakery in Saissac (cute village with gorgeous views).
We would not hesitate to rebook.
It was honestly the best & most relaxing holiday in many years. If you want to recharge, be in tranquillity and spend quality time with your family, this is the place.
It feels so unspoilt and special.
Thank you again Tim & Hilde.
Un endroit à découvrir et à redécouvrir!!
Magnifique propriété dans un lieu enchanteur! L’accueil des propriétaires était chaleureuse alors que les installations sont complètes, confortables et de bon goût. Je recommande cet endroit à tous ceux qui recherche un gîte paisible pour partager de bons moments.
Great house in beautiful, peaceful setting
This is the third year in a row we have returned to Badens, last year we brought my parents who they also loved it. The house is very comfortable with plenty of outside space for little ones to explore and for the adults to enjoy an evening BBQ. Bram is the closest town with plenty of amenities and good weekly market, lots of pretty villages to explore and Carcassonne within 30mins drive. Tim & Hilde were again friendly and accommodating. I’m sure we’ll be back!
A beautiful Location , peace and tranquility .
Very tranquil and pretty setting . A little bit more remote than we expected but this wasn't a problem . Stocked up at Revel market before arrival and then never moved from this lovely house for 3 days . We just completely chilled out completely , enjoyed the sun and made use of the lovely little pool to cool off when hot
House was clean and had everything we needed , large fridge freezer was very useful as we like to shop at local markets and then cook for ourselves . Great to be able to dine alfresco , and because of the situation of the house and patio we could sit or lounge all day as the sun passed right around and then in the evening enjoy the sun as it rotated completely around us . We sat out til' 1 in the morning one particular night just sipping red wine and enjoying the owls hooting , the stars and the moonlight , sublime .
A real " wind down " location . I f you enjoy your peace and tranquility then it doesn't get much better than this .
Tim , Hild and Tiggy were usually about , but never at anytime intrusive , but always on hand for advice etc . They are currently working away on another project next door , which is a credit to there efforts and is going to be absolutely fantastic when completed .
We knew from our holiday last year about the caveau in Bram , 10 mins away , which has lovely wine at a very affordable price . Then we discovered Les Cedres De Robert , in Villesiscle about 2o mins away , even better prices and some of the nicest wines we have ever tasted .The weather was mostly good , the first week was very hot , and the second week there were a couple of rainy mornings which then cleared up into lovely evenings . It did get a little chilly at night and we lit the wood burning stove which was extremely efficient . Very easy to find wood around the grounds , which are beautiful and which you must explore , make sure you walk the trail up to the old Dam .
Perhaps not for party goers , this property , but definitely for families and couples who enjoy a little romance .
Une semaine de quiétude totale...
Une semaine de quiétude totale, en pleine nature. La maison, très confortable, est aménagée avec goût et offre des espaces de vie très variés au fil de la journée. Une terrasse abritée à l'arrière pour les barbecues, un solarium à proximité de la piscine, la possibilité d'une promenade le long de la rivière, au beau milieu des bois. Merci à Tim et Hilde pour ces quelques jours si paisibles. A très bientôt ! A.-S et J.
It's was a wonderful time in a wonderful place.The magic is there in the morning, surrounded by songs of birds in the sun, all day nature offered me moments of happiness intence and the setting of the day through the branches is to melt with joy. When night falls, the sky and its thousands of stars is within reach. I slept in the tower in the midst of the summits of the trees, the gentle night sounds of the forest lulled me. A sublime place if you are listening to the surroundings ... A little paradise on earth.
Narbonne (the Mediterranean coast) is 80km to the east on the A61 auto-route
The airports of Toulouse-Blagnac (80 km) and Carcassonne (25 km) provide routine connections to many European destinations. Both airports have a range of rental car agencies.
The gite is about 14 km from the village of Bram where you can access the A61 AutoRoute (exit 22).
The city of Toulouse is 75km to the west, Narbonne (the Mediterranean coast) 80km to the east and the Pyrenees are less than 50 km away. Barcelona is a four hour drive (assuming no traffic) and Andorra is within two hours. Count on an hour to arrive in Toulouse and an hour and a half if you are heading for the airport - traffic can be slow during rush hour. Carcassonne can also reached via the AutoRoute but the local roads are as efficient.
There are a number of picturesque villages in the surrounding area that have range of restaurants to suit all tastes and where you can sample local foods and wines. There are several Michelin starred restaurants within a quick drive. Good meals can be had at Domaine Gayda, a vineyard that boasts a fine restaurant, good wine and beautiful views over the Razès. Both Cenne Monestiés and Villemagne have small village shops with a good selection of snacks, drinks and some fresh foods, including fresh breads (if you are early). Excellent bakers can be found in Alzonne, St Papoul, Saissac and Bram. Traditional markets are held in many local towns with those in Revel, Bram, Carcassonne and Limoux recommended. Bram also has a range of shops, including a large supermarket (Carrefour) open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 to 19:30 as well as an excellent delicatessen. The village of Alzonne is also home to the Patrick Bareil and Sons butchers, legendary for the quality of their locally sourced meats, including items ideal for a barbecue. Castelnaudary and Toulouse are home to Cassoulet, a traditional casserole of white beans and various meats, good for a winters day. Aude is becoming increasingly well known for its wines, including extremely good Pinot Noir. Less well known is Blanquette de Limoux, the grandfather of Champagne (and perhaps all sparkling wines), discovered by monks in the Abbey of St Hilaire in 1531. Blanquettes are generally excellent and available in many local shops and vineyards. We have a particular bias for wines from the St Hilaire region, particularly those from Martinolles and the Domaine de Fourn but there are many many others.