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BEAUTIFUL RIVERSIDE APARTMENTS IN13TH CENTURY NOBLEMAN'S HOUSE

Jonathan Kemp

Advertiser since 2008
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Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Jonathan Kemp

Advertiser since 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Dutch
Call Owner
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Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Trust & Security
Free protection up to £700 for all bookings.
£10,000 fraud protection when you pay using the secure HomeAway Payments system. 
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BEAUTIFUL RIVERSIDE APARTMENTS IN13TH CENTURY NOBLEMAN'S HOUSE

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Limoux - La Maison de Lali

In the heart of the Cathar country in a market town close to airport.

Two charming self-catering apartments beautifully renovated in a fine historic building, pre-dating 13th C. This unique house, once the dwelling of an aristocratic family, and reputedly a residence of the King of Aragorn in the 13th century, elegantly overlooks the river whilst keeping a warm and welcoming feel to make your stay relaxing and comfortable for adults and children. The 2 spacious apartments are independent, have fully equipped kitchens/dining areas and large bathrooms with baths and showers. Guests often comment on the unique decorations, a real feature, and wonder at the historical traces of it's long history.

In the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, Limoux is ideally placed for exploring the many medieval abbeys, Cathar castles and wineries that are found nearby. The town is renowned for its Blanquette, the 'original' champagne, for its Carnival which lasts for 3 months from mid-January, and the Tocques & Clocher wine festival. You can walk along the river to the restaurants of the town, and all services that you might need are close. We are quickly reached from Carcassonne airport at 22 kms.

Having lived in the area for nearly 25 years we specialize in being able to give full advice tailored to each guest's different needs. Be it in knowing where to go for sight-seeing, good restaurants, interesting wine caves, local arts and music festivals, walks of all levels, we are more than happy to pass an pleasant 30 minutes over a glass of wine planning your next day's trip. But only if you want to!

Winter breaks, ski and sight-seeing: Being in town and near Carcassonne airport, the Maison de Lali is very suitable for winter breaks. The sun shines here throughout much of the year - we have known it to be 24° centigrade in the January. There is a full sized golf course (with an excellent bistro and top-class restaurant) less than half an hours' drive away on the Limoux side of Carcassonne. The nearest ski slope is at Camurac about 1 hour away, with Les Angles, Pyrenees 2000 and Andorra easily accessible for a day's skiing. The Cathar castles are wonderful at any time of year, and a visit to the Mediterranean sea is always stimulating. There are good art galleries in Toulouse, Ceret and Sigean, and the famous carnival of Limoux lasts for 13 weeks staring in january. Of course, there is always the wine of the region to sample, and especially Blanquette of Limoux, the 'original' champagne. Recently our local mountain - the Pic de Bugarach - has been headlined worldwide. It is a wonderful place, and easily climbable.

Pets are welcome; visitors are allowed one dog (more only by prior arrangement) but it must not be left unattended in your accommodation. Visitors must make sure their pets do not cause damage to property or to get onto furniture.

Bird Watching in the Aude: Jonathan is a keen birder and a member of the steering committee of the League de Protection d'Oiseaux de L'Aude. He is happy to give advice as to local spotting, and will also accompany groups for a small fee. The Aude is very rich in habitats, from the coastal wetlands to the high mountains, with moorland, river valleys and forests in between. There are nearly 200 nesting species recorded in the Aude, with some very special rarities amongst them; Egyptian Vulture, Lammergeier, Eagle Owl, Golden Eagle, Blue-rock Thrush, Red-rumped Swallow, Alpine Swift, just to name a few that could be of interest to birders. The coastal wetland at Gruissan is a main migration corridor of France, with birds funnelled between the Mediterranean sea and the high mountains of the Pyrenees. There were over 35000 raptors recorded in 2011. It is also interesting for overwintering species, like Flamingos, Advocets, Wallcreepers, Accentors.

Guests comments.: 'your home is amazing and has everything we needed to make for an incredibly comfortable and relaxing vacation. We can't express enough how much your generosity meant to us. Indeed, you helped make our trip very memorable!!' B.&C.Love, Saratoga Springs N.Y.

'You have obviously worked hard to restore this lovely building, retaining its' character for future generations. The setting is stunning......' C.&P.Dickenson, Hereford, U.K.

'Staying here is like living in a painting. The building itself, so rich in history and strength of character, provides a feeliong of peace and tranqulility'. B.Jackson, Texas.

'Angèle and Jonathan - what an amazing experience we have had staying in your home by the river. Full of stories and so much history! Thank you for your warm welcome and interesting conversations'. Family Trussell, Sydney Australia.

More Details

Details for holiday apartment Swallow Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Set in the oldest building of Limoux (somewhat romantically known as the King of Aragon's house - unproven, but ceratinly it has aristocratic origins) we spent many years restoring this fine old building with our own hands. With our skills of cabinet maker and painter-artist we worked together to bring out the best of this fascinating building, and its many unique features. The first floor apartment has been completely rebuilt to make a lovely holiday space for up to 4 people. There are 2 bedrooms, the main one overlooking the river and the other which we call the Maid's room on the other side of the building. There is a fully equiped kitchen with good modern appliances, a dining area and a balcony overlooking the courtyard. The main bedroom is large enough to double up as a living area with satellite T.V; DVD and internet connection.
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jonathan Kemp (Owner)
Advertiser since 2008
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Speaks English, French, German, Dutch

About Jonathan Kemp

Angèle is Dutch, born in Zeeland but moved to Amsterdam for her education and career as an artist. Jonathan is English, born in Bath, making his living as a cabinet maker and woodworker before moving to the area in 1989. We met shortly before buying the house together, in a remote hamlet where Jonathan was restoring an old building.

Jonathan Kemp purchased this apartment in 1994

Why Jonathan Kemp chose Limoux

Having lived in Limoux for several years, we always said that we would buy a house on the river if one came up for sale. Walking the dog one Boxing day there was a for sale sign on one of the impressive but decrepit old buildings overlooking the water. Structurally it was sound, but everything needed doing, having been empty for at least 30 years. It has taken us 15 years to complete, having done virtually all the work ourselves, finding many wonderful and individual features as we went along. The local people described it as the 'King of Aragou's house', a trace memory when the Aragonese kingdom had a northerly border in Limoux in the 13th & 14th centuries. We live upstairs, in the 3rd floor apartment.

What makes this apartment unique

To overlook a major river is an unique advantage, and constantly there is life out there, ducks and birds, much increased since we have been here by the trees that have grown. It was hard work, but to inherit such a fine old building with so much history and individuallity is rare privilege. Revealing the old stones, hidden arches and niches as we went along was a voyage of discovery.

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Limoux
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Narbonne plage
Car: recommended

Set on the river, the house is in Limoux, the centre of a wine producing area that has rapidly gained status for its BLANQUETTE and other wines. Reputedly the method is the original for champagne, and this fine sparkling wine was developed at the nearby Abbey of St.Hilaire. There are many wine caves in area to visit, for both tasting and buying your wines. Market day is Friday, and pretty nearby towns host good markets on other days - especially Esperaza and Mirepoix.

The CARNIVAL of Limoux lasts from January to Easter, every weekend, and is becoming more and more popular each year. Many of the recent foreigners who have moved to the area have become regular visitors, enjoying this fascinating spectacle every weekend.

The ROMANESQUE ABBEYS are fascinating to visit, featuring the sculptures of the MAITRE DE CABESTANY. The numerous CATHAR castles - places of legend and wild beauty, and the CITE DE CARCASSONNE, make for a rich visits. The famous Pic de BUGARACH is 25 kilometers away, and can be climbed.

The MEDITERRENEAN beach is an hour away, as are the high mountains of the PYRENEES, with the ski slopes open in season. We have special interest in the very rich bird life, and are happy to share our knowledge. Jonathan often walks in the mountains, and is happy to provide advice as to beautiful walks to suit all abilities.

Other Activities: Visiting historical sites, gourmet eating, wine tasting,walking, bird watching, golf, skiing.

Golf: There is a golf course on the Limoux side of Carcassonne, le Domaine d'Auriac, less than 30 minutes drive away. It also has an excellent bistro, and the adjacent hotel has renowned up-market restaurant.

We often advise our guests to visit the prehistoric cave paintings at Niaux, in the Axe les Thermes valley in the Ariege. The 90 minute journey is worth it - these 14,000 year old paintings are some of the best in France, and you will come away with a another view of the presence of humanity on this planet.

Ski: We are in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and the nearest ski station is at Camurac. More sophisticated but also reached for a days' skiing are Les Angles, Axe les Thermes and even Andorra.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday apartment in Limoux, Limoux area

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Winter
25 Oct 2014 - 24 Apr 2015
2 night minimum stay
€184
for 2 nights
From
€92
From
€92
Fri,Sat,Sun
€459
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €11 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
25 Apr 2015 - 19 Jun 2015
2 night minimum stay
€194
for 2 nights
From
€97
From
€102
Fri,Sat,Sun
€510
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €11 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
20 Jun 2015 - 11 Sep 2015
3 night minimum stay
€251
for 3 nights
€586
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €11 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
€184
for 2 nights
From
€92
€484
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €20 + Tax
Tax Rate 2.0%
Notes The prices shown are based on 2 people sharing one bedroom, add 77 € per week or part of per person, 35€ for children, (short-stay negotiable) for the extra bedroom.

Minimum stay 2 nights, at 90€ per night
We take a 25% deposit on booking, non-refundable.
There is a local tourist tax of 0.66€ per person per night.

We advise our guests to have a travel insurance to cover cancellation.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Limoux in Limoux area

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Our visitors always congratulate us on spaciousness and style of the bathroom - in fact one of our regular customer's initially fell in love with the bathroom and changed her gite because of its features! Probably it will be one of the larger bathrooms you have come across, and very bright and cheerful. Fully equiped with both shower and separate bath, it can cater for either preference. Towels are provided, as is the bedding.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • River bedroom - 2 Single Bed , The child's cot can be added
    The Maid's Room - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • The River Bedroom looks out through French windows over the tree lined banks of the river, on an unmade up track and so quiet. Here we have installed 2 large single beds with good quality latex mattresses. This large room doubles up as a sitting room, with a HiFi, DVD Satellite T.V., and fast internet outlet. There is a couch and a coffee table, and a selection of reading material. The central heating and the location on the edge of market town means that we often have longer lets out of the summer season, for which we are willing to negotiate a reduction. In the separate Maid's Room there is an antique double bed, adequate for 2 and luxurious for one person, again with a new latex mattress. Here there is either central heating or a wood burning stove. There is a writing table and also an internet outlet. The kitchen/dining room is another living space, with its balcony overlooking the courtyard. and our guests especially appreciate the large bathroom with its bath and shower
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The house, which belonged to a nobleman, is set on the river bank on the 'quiet' side of town. A 5 minute walk along the water will take you to a bridge that crosses over to the main town, and the central square with its cafes and restaurants. All shops that you might need are available within walking distance, and good supermarkets are found 5 minutes drive away. The town's swimming pools are a short walk away. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, the outdoor pool with a grass sitting area around it, but we recommend to our guests to drive to one of the lovely lakes in the nearby hills, which are set-up for swimming access, and enjoy the freedom of swimming in the surroundings of forests and mountains. Next door to the town pool there are tennis courts, a Canoe/Kayack hire facility, a park and a children's play areas. There is off-road parking available behind the house, where your car can be safely parked. Living upstairs we are always on hand to advise and to help.

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