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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 had fantastic stay at La Blanquetiere. The rooms were comfortable, clean, and with a really nice homely aesthetic. Everything we needed was there - linens, towels, and a well-equipped kitchen - perfect for us as we'd travelled light. Internet and phone signal were also very good. We only stayed a few days, so had a lazy time spending most of our time relaxing at the apartment, eating out on the terrace, swimming, taking in the views, etc. We did walk down to Quillan one evening to eat out - it's a gentle walk, 15 mins max, through sleepy residential streets. Quillan was lovely, and I wish we'd had time to see more of it in the day-time. We're planning a return visit though, hopefully for longer next time so that we can get out more and explore the area on foot. I'm determined to improve my French before then... the local people were very kind to speak to me in English most of the time, and they deserve to be met half-way next time.
Highlight of our stay? It has to be the location - views across the mountains were simply breath-taking. We spotted the eagles and vultures (not sure which!) wheeling between the mountain-tops - six of them at one point.
Oh, I almost forgot...all of the windows had shutters at the press of a button. Completely blocked out the bright morning light, and I slept like a baby.
Can't wait to get back there again!