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Brilliant location, easy drive from Carcassonne but Toulouse or Perpignan airports so close as well - or get the train to Quillan.
Parking always safely available, the property was easy to find, Debs & Clarkey were perfect hosts & provided so much info. & extra photos before we arrived - even suggesting local supermarket & shops to drop in at on the way - though they provide a well stocked store cupb’d & even some wine (on a replace what you use basis) what more could you ask for?!
The accommodation description doesn’t let you in on the surprise of how much space you have & good bedrooms/bathrooms - we kept losing each other around the house.
All furnished to such a high standard with nice linen & towels.
We like to eat out & cook when we are in France, the kitchen works perfectly & the view of Quillan from the open window is second to none, with the church bells, birdsong & tumbling river all you hear - so peaceful.
Wander up the Chateaux ramparts for an even wider view of the valley town & mountains - walks lead out from here, if you are more adventurous, there’s a great bundle of info. provided or the really friendly Tourist Information in town will let you choose walks around town & the valley or all of the Pyrennes & Corbieries destinations on your doorstep.
We had an epic day driving via Arques upto Chateteaux Villerouge Termes & back via the hills & gorges to Chat De Peyrepertuse & Maury - back home via Axat - a real experience of the area in one easy day.
Many more trips out from here are so good as Quillan is at the heart of such a special region.
Quillan is the friendliest town, everyone so welcoming from a rummage in the market to the local patisseries/boulangeries on an early morning, go to the boucherie/charcuterie on the corner of Rue de la Michance & Blv Jean Bourrel - enjoy a great welcome, chat & superb home prepared produce - try their local Pyrenne Sausisson roasted in the oven!!
We ate out at the La Galerie which was so so good & excellent value for delicious food & wine. Pizzeria Les Platanes is good as well, more local & hustle bustle - entrecôte & salad, as well as our pizzas top class - both restaurants locals & visitors, super friendly service - both fine with children. One of our party is a vegetarian amply catered for with interesting dishes at all the places we visited.
Drinks at Cafe Du Fleuve & La Palace in Place de la Republic 3 mins saunter from the house at any time of the day!
We visited La Blanquetière during the month of April, and stayed on the first floor apartment of the property. Upon arrival, our attention was immediately drawn to the idyllic location of the property, which was situated slightly above the surrounding properties, allowing for spectacular views of the mountains, and ensuring a wonderfully secluded space.
The first floor apartment had two double bedrooms, one of which had patio doors leading on to a private balcony. The view from the bedroom with the patio doors open in a morning was remarkable, and is something that must be experienced during your stay. Leading on from the bedrooms was a spacious ‘wet room’, with a wonderfully powerful, hot shower, and separate WC.
The open plan kitchen and living room offered a great space to cook and relax in. The kitchen was modern and spacious, and had everything we needed. We decided to utilise the fireplace on one of the colder evenings and had a log fire going!
The first floor balcony area is deceptively large, meandering around the peripheries of the Villa. The views were magnificent, both during the day and at night, offering dramatic views of the mountains and surrounding town. There was a large table and chairs on the balcony, with access to a fire pit and barbeque (which we used most nights!).
We accessed the indoor pool via a staircase that led directly down from the first floor balcony. The pool had glass doors and windows all the way around, which offered enjoyable views whilst swimming! The pool was of a generous size and heated too, meaning we could go for a pleasant swim, day or night. There were also a number of convenient sun loungers on the pool balcony that we used for a little sun bathing during the day.
The Villa itself was a pleasant 15 minute walk to the local town centre of Quillan. There was plenty to do in the town centre, and we went on a number of fascinating and scenic walks, including a visit to the ruins of a spectacular local chateau. During our stay there was a local market taking place, which offered all kinds of local food delicacies, and charming memorabilia. There’s also plenty of restaurants to eat out and have a drink. Sadly we didn’t have enough time to try them all, but the ones we did were very pleasant.
All-in-all we had a great stay, and we’d highly recommend it to anyone. The only slight issue we had was getting the Now TV to work, but that was resolved by reading the handy guide provided by the owners.