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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!
This gite has superb views from a south facing balcony which would be a sun trap in good weather (we were unfortunate and had two unusually wet days out of four!). The cottage is small but there’s plenty of space for two people with comfortable twin beds and comfortable chairs in a sitting area. There is a very good modern shower in a wet room. The kitchen is quite well equipped with hob, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave/oven. There was a kettle for brits, and a coffee maker.
The village is quiet and attractive, with walks from the door.
Parking is 100 metres away at the entrance to the village. The cottage was a bit difficult to identify so it is a good idea to ring Fabienne on arrival.
Although it is remote it is only half an hour on decent roads to a main route whence many attractions: castles, wineries, restaurants, villages, gorges etc etc. We had poor weather but could happily have stayed longer, and might like to return, perhaps a bit later in the spring.
Excellent value for money! Thank you Fabienne.