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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!
Anna & Michael were very welcoming & sociable (we visited a local wine bar together). There home was very well kept, with a great kitchen for home cooking (double hob/oven, huge fridge freezer, dishwasher etc.) The apartment has its own balcony and access to a private section of the garden with a bbq area, sun lounges & terrace overlooking the Aude. The apartment is located a 5 minute walk around from Limoux Central Station for those who wish to use the rail network.
As cyclists, Limoux was the perfect base. The town itself has plenty of grocery stores, butchers, fish mongers, mini markets etc. and a decent selection of brassieres and restaurants.
From Limoux we cycled through the valleys eastwards and visited a number of little villages, from Bugarach, Massac, Tornissan, Fontjouncouse and the scenery was beautiful. The terrain can be quite hilly depending on you're chosen route with maximum altitudes of over 800m. Nonetheless, this part of the world is still relatively untouched and the roads/villages were all cycle & hiking friendly.
Would definitely return to Anna & Michael's apartment.