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Charming house in peaceful hilltop village - sleeps 6

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Self-catering house with private courtyard garden and above ground swimming pool

Escueillens is a small and peaceful medieval 'Circulade' which enjoys breathtaking views of the Black Mountains and is surrounded by gentle rolling countryside, vineyards and sunflower fields. Our comfortable, tastefully decorated holiday home offers the perfect base to explore the vineyards, Cathars chateaux and medieval towns and cities of the Aude and Ariege regions.

Sleeping up to 6, the house offers a fully equipped kitchen/ dining room with dishwasher and large, comfortable sitting room with wood burning stove, internet and TV/DVD. Upstairs compromises one double bedroom, one twin bedroom, one bunk bedroom and a bathroom.

The south-facing, paved courtyard garden to the rear of the house is totally private and has an above-ground swimming pool, garden furniture and BBQ. The traditional summer kitchen which leads off the courtyard is now used as a utility room with washing machine and sink.

Linen hire service is available.

Les Lavandieres is a homely, tranquil hideaway from which to explore this beautiful area of France.

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Fiona Koops
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Fiona Koops

My husband and I have lived in East Sussex for the past 30 years where we run our own small building business, specialising in the renovation and restoration of historic and listed buildings.

Fiona Koops purchased this house in 2001

Why Fiona Koops chose Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard

Friends introduced us to this very special part of France many years ago and we immediately fell in love with it. We were very lucky to find Les Lavandieres in Escueillens and bought the house from a delightful French family who we have kept in touch with over the years. The house has a lovely feel to it and has become a very happy second home for our family where we have enjoyed many happy family holidays during the last 16 years. We have made many improvements to the house and garden in order to create a comfortable home from home which we are delighted to share with our guests. We hope that you will appreciate and enjoy the house as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

We love the fact that the house is in the heart of the village and yet you can enjoy real peace and tranquility as well as the spectacular rolling countryside that surrounds it with all the vineyards and fields of sunflowers. There are beautiful walks in the surrounding countryside and the famous GR7 path passes right by our village on its way down to Spain. On a clear day the views of the Pyrenees are breathtaking, particularly in early spring when they are still covered in snow.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay. You have a beautiful, charming and cozy place! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Nov 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard in Aude

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk Beds
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The bedrooms and bathroom are all on the first floor, accessed by a wooden staircase and therefore although the house is suitable for the elderly, it is not suitable for the infirm.


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Charming house in peaceful hilltop village - sleeps 6
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Great place to holiday.

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect for our family. It was clean, nicely decorated and the boys loved having a pool. The village was lovely with very little noise.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

For the second time we had a terrific vacation in Escueillens. The house is not only charming but also very well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

We have visited this lovely home 3 times now and it is as good as ever. The house is situated in a peaceful local village and when we visit in June the sun is always in the garden. The garden really is a sun trap and the pool was a lovely temperature. The house is very well maintained and has everything you could need. A bread van also visits the village most days now. We look forward to visiting again!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely home in a traditional quiet village

  • 5 of 5

Recently returned from a lovely stay in this beautiful traditional house. Everything was as described by the owner and the house was immaculately clean and the pool well maintained. The house is very well equipped and there is nothing missing. The very private garden area is a sun trap and is protected from any breeze. The village was very peaceful and quiet. Although there is no shop in the village this probably helped keep it so quiet and it was only a short drive to the excellent baker in the nearby village which also had a shop (open Sunday mornings) and a pleasant pizza restaurant. The house is very well located with many amenities within 20 minutes. We especially enjoyed visiting the market in Mirepoix and for a longer journey (2 hours) we would highly recommend a trip to Andorra where the duty free prices have to be seen to be believed! We look forward to having the chance to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope very much that you will return again soon.
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Agréable maison à la campagne

  • 5 of 5

Maison conforme à l'annonce. Spacieuse, confortable, bien équipée et aménagée, il y a tout ce dont on a besoin...toutes les pièces sont bien pensées, les chambres sont de bonnes tailles, la literie de bonne qualité. L'extérieur est très agréable avec la piscine. Nous avons passé un agréable séjour au calme...le village est à l'écart des grandes villes, mais c'est ce qui fait tout son charme. On recommande vivement pour une semaine de repos et de tranquillité ! Un plus, le Wifi gratuit avec la box (non spécifié dans l'annonce), très pratique...

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup, nous sommes ravis que vous avez aimé notre maison et que vous avez passe de bonnes vacances.
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Beautiful home in small friendly village

  • 5 of 5

The house was even better than described, with large rooms, comfortable beds with gorgeous linen and a great outdoor area by the pool. There is everything you could need for a fabulous relaxing holiday. Spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished, the house was a delight. A nearby village has a bakery and the towns of Mirapoix and Limoux have great markets and restaurants. We couldn't find a coffee within walking distance but Fiona has all the makings in the house. A great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review and we are delighted that you were so happy with the house and had such a wonderful holiday. I hope very much that you will return one day.
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Nearest Airport
33 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Belveze du Razes or Alaigne
Nearest Golf
33 Kilometres
Nearest Train
32 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
21 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
13 Kilometres
Gayda, Brugairolles
Nearest Ski
55 Kilometres
Monts d'Olmes
Nearest Beach
116 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: necessary

Les Lavandières is a typically French end of terrace house in the heart of this pretty hilltop village situated in the heart of some of the loveliest scenery in this region known as the Razés.

The village of Escueillens is situated in the Aude and our house offers you a comfortable and warm welcome, providing an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful and very varied part of France. With the two World Heritage Sites of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi within 30 minutes drive of the house, whether it is boating on the Canal du Midi, cycling or walking through some of the most beautiful countryside in France, canoeing down the river Aude, exploring this land steeped in heritage, or relaxing on the beach and swimming in the warm Mediterranean, you will find all this and more in the Aude region.

For keen walkers, there are plenty of beautiful walks locally and for those who prefer to cycle, bicycles are available to hire locally. For those who enjoy sailing, boats are available to hire at Lac de Montbel to the south or Lac de la Ganguise near Castelnaudary.

You are ideally placed to visit the incredible fortified city of Carcassonne (about 25 mins), Montsegur and other Cathar mountain fortresses. Andorra and Albi are within reach, as is the Mediterranean coast and 15 minutes away you will find Mirepoix, one of France’s prettiest medieval market towns. Beyond Foix (45 mins) is the longest underground river in Europe where you can take a boat trip through the stalagmites and stalactites. Relax along the tranquil Canal du Midi which wends its way towards the Mediterranean, perfect for walking, cycling or hiring a boat for the day. Local wines can be tasted at most of the Domaines and especially recommended is the Blanquette de Limoux – a sparkling wine made by a process older than that of Champagne.

Whether it is relaxation, activities or culture, you won't be disappointed.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
8 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early autumn
2 Sep 2018 - 6 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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