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Make a holiday rental in Espezel, France your home away from home

Espezel self-catering holiday rentals are set in and around a village in southwest France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region. Here you’ll be in the foothills of the Pyrneness, in a spectacular landscape for walks and bike rides, with a host of interesting towns and historical sites to visit close by.

Things to do in Espezel, France

At Espezel holiday accommodation you’ll find yourself in an especially good location for outdoor recreation. If you hold an interest in medieval history, you could even incorporate it into a walk along the Cathar Trail, which passes near the village. This walking route takes in a number of Cathat Castles, which date to the 10th, 11th and 12th Centuries. You could make the walk to Puivert to see the eponymous castle, dating to the 1170s and boasting a well preserved keep. Along the way you’ll encounter a landscape of limestone hills and woodland.

There are a host of interesting options for day trips around Espezel holiday rentals. The village of Quillan is just a few minutes away in the car, and sits on next to the River Aude. Sights here include the castle, with its imposing square shape, and the church and the medieval bridge, from which you’ll be able to admire the town’s riverside buildings.

Also easily reached from Espezel gites are the Gorges de l’Aude, which sit a short drive to the east. The river here has over millennia carved deep canyons into the limestone landscape, and created tall cliffs, which can be admired at Pierr-Lys, Saint-Georges and Galamus. You’ll be able follow walking or cycling trails to enjoy this scenery, while those who are feeling less adventurous will also be able to see the gorges from their car window along local roads.

Places to visit on holiday in Espezel, France

Mirepoix is a little further away by car from Espezel self-caterinng holiday accommodation, but is well worth the trip. It’s a medieval Bastide town – at Place des Couverts you’ll be able to admire some beautifully preserved medieval architecture. The cathedral is also impressive and holds the distinction of being the second largest single-naved church on the continent.

Weather in Espezel, France

Espezel holiday rentals are in a region that gets some of France’s hottest weather, with a largely Mediterranean climate. Summers here are long, dry and warm with highs reaching the high-20s. Winters are generally mild here, although are cooler and bring snowfall on the higher ground.

Cheap flights to Espezel, France

The nearest international airport to Espezel self-catering holiday accommodation is just over an hour to the east in Perpignan (PGF), with seasonal flights to and from Southampton (SOU), Birmingham (BHX) and London Stansted (STD).

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                                                                                                      I spent four days at this lovely villa in Quillan in January. What can I say .. the villa was all I could have hoped for! The weather was amazing with wall to wall blue skies and sunshine but outside it was freezing! Not to worry, the villa was warm and cosy the whole time, thanks largely to the luxury of the underfloor heating and then of course there was the glorious woodburner, which we fired up in the evenings .. not because we needed more heat, but because it was just so great to lounge in front of it, watching the TV with a glass of the local Fitou! The villa is spotless ... the kitchen is fully equipped with all the utensils and crockery you could wish for plus, of course, a dishwasher! The ground floor is open plan and ideal for families or groups of friends ... you can cook, dine and doss around together, which is ideal! There is a double suite on the ground floor, which is ideal for those who might have less mobility than they'd wish and three more double rooms (two with twin beds) upstairs, with the biggest shower room I've ever seen for them to share. The garden is just beautiful ... it's got a great deck and pool area ... even though (naturally!) it wasn't being used in January!! The rear garden goes down to the River Aude and would be perfect for anyone wanting to do a bit of fishing. It might even suit those who are wild swimmers if there's enough water in the warmer seasons, that is! I think this property is a gem and would suit anyone looking for a break in the Languedoc. It's within an hour of the coast and glorious beaches of Argeles sur Mer and Canet Plage, the amazing city of Carcassonne as well as the classic towns of Foix & Limoux. Even in the depths of winter there was so much to see and do that I can't wait to return!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Our holiday in villa Caudies

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                                                                                                      We stayed with friends in the last two weeks in September 2016 at the Villa Caudies. We were pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful open plan space. Very well equipped. Patio doors leading out to a terrace, equipped with barbecue and large table and chairs, with stunning views of the mountains. To the rear of the villa a lovely swimming pool, once again with a stunning back drop of the mountains. We spent a lot of our time lounging around the very private swimming pool, with temperatures around about 25 degrees. The nearest village is Caudies which is only five minutes away which has a few amenities, but we found shopping at Carrefour at St Pauls a little cheaper, and only another 15 minutes extra drive. Whilst most of our party lazed around the pool, the more adventurous of us enjoyed some of the extreme sports on offer. We started with the Via Ferratta at St Pauls in the morning, a fantastic climb and high wire traverses. Then in the afternoon we booked to do some white water rafting and some hydro speed. A fantastic day but very tiring. On our last evening we decided to go to a restaurant we spotted just down the road called Le Rebenty. We had a lovely meal, I personally enjoyed the Kwak beer served in a strange glass! A fantastic holiday in a superb location. We will be booking again especially as the owner is dog friendly. Tim and Sarah
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Loved it!

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                                                                                                      Had a lovely stay in this apartment in for a climbing/cycling break in December. It's in a beautiful peaceful setting in the grounds of the chateau and only a 3 minute walk from the village with its great boulangerie and a few other little shops. Perfect for a couple - very well-equipped kitchen and comfortable living area. Quality bedlinen (& very comfy bed!). Spacious well-lit and well-appointed shower room. Good wifi. The apartment was very clean. Perhaps could do with a lamp in the corner of the living area as it was quite hard to read by the ceiling lights which are at the table end of room. (We remedied this by borrowing the lamp from the bedroom.) Other than that (only a very minor niggle), everything was great. Would definitely stay again if we return to the area.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 21-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016