Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday farmhouse in La Bezole - L'Espinas
Sleeps 14-15, fully fitted kitchen games room, 4 bathrooms, gardens, orchard &
L'Espinas is an old stone farmhouse on 3 levels which has been renovated in character with large private terrace to the rear dropping down into the garden where you can sit in one of the many gazebos next to the heated pool. The garden is private & not overlooked with lawns & shrubs and access to a very large orchard which is grassed. Exceptional views down the valley towards the Mt Bugarech can be enjoyed from several 'hidden' sitting areas in complete privacy as well as from the house & terrace. The house itself takes full opportunity of the fantastic views with many 'French' windows. On the 3rd level the master bedroom suite includes a dressing room & Victorian style bathroom. The 2nd floor (ground floor at front) there is a fully fitted kitchen, main lounge/dining area with access to the terrace, a bedroom with dble & single bed with pull-out additional single bed. The private lounge of the master bedroom, double bedroom with en-suite shower room & a bedroom with 2 single beds & full size bunkbeds to sleep 4 which is adj. to WC & washbasin. On the 1st floor at the rear of the house lies the huge snooker room with bar, inc. fridge & sink, large screen TV, 3rd bathroom & a utility room. This floor also has access to the gardens via a French window. The lounge (1st floor level to front of house, 2nd from the back) has comfortable seating for 10 persons, a piano, a large wood stove adjacent to the dining area where there is a large square dining table for 14 & music centre & overlooks the entrance courtyard. Stairs to a mezzanine floor with seating area gives access to a large double bedroom with additional single bed & private bathroom with shower & toilet.
Ideal Centre for Site Seeing : Close to Limoux, south of Carcassonne, this is an ideal centre for visiting the Cathar Castles. A wonderfully scenic drive takes you through Chalabre, Puivert, Quillan and on through the dramatic Gorges de St George past Puilaurens & on towards the Spanish border to Queribus & Perpetuise. On the way you will pass some remarkable scenery & hundreds of opportunities to taste the local wines!! The local cooperative shop will welcome you to taste their wares & buy a bottle or two to take home for dinner! Or turn to the west & visit Ch. Monsegur the last stronghold of the Cathars & the magnificent Pyrenees themselves. Visit neolithic caves, ride a scenic railway or take a boat on an underground lake. Feeling more adventurous - white water rafting, caving, climbing or walking are popular sports. Fantastic cycling on safe roads or mountain biking. At 15mins. Limoux a pretty market town also prides itself on being one of the most floriferous towns in France, changing the planted displays in baskets, planters, on roundabouts & down the sides of the streets & roads four times a year. Having an aperatif in the attractive main square or even a meal under the brollies at one of the many restaurants in the warm evening sunshine is a very pleasant holiday experience.
Mirepoix at 25 mins. is a superb example of a medieval market town with a cathedral of unique design most properly appreciated from the inside! An arcaded town square with central gardens features interesting restaurants and very french bars! Both towns, Limoux & Mirepoix pride themselves on the interesting activities which happen throughout the summer months from Medieval flambeaux lit marches to jazz festivals, toys & autonoma displays, folk festivals, etc etc., town websites give more exact information of dates.
Wine Country - Reds, whites & sparkling: L'Espinas lies within 10 min. of the centre of production of the famed champagne like wine Blanquette de Limoux. Tasting sessions are available at many outlets in the town. Also in easy reach is the Cotes de Malpere & Carcasses full bodied wines of excellent flavour. Then towards the Med Coast is the Corbieres, Fitou, Quatourze & Rivesaltes appellations; well known wines exported widely and much loved by wine lovers all over the world. Travelling north, yet still within an hours drive lie the Cabardes, Montagne Noir, Minervois, Narbonnais & La Clape appellations - again exported widely and much enjoyed. The majority of the individual vineyards run tasting sessions by appointment, although it is possible to drop in to taste & buy at all the cooperative shops for each wine area. A wonderful day out is a drive through the Gorges de St George down to Rivesaltes wine tasting at the Cooperative in Maury followed by lunch in the garden at the restaurant opposite, I can recommend it!
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
Hello Gilli, it's been a wonderful stay. We've enjoyed a lot. Beautiful place and very peacefully. Thanks for everything. Cedric & Severine are really nice! We may come again, if we can, we will do. Best Regards