Villa Rona has received 5 star reviews from all its clients. It is a large and attractive villa, built on two levels with three double bedrooms. The villa also boasts two bathrooms (one ensuite) and an additional cloakroom. All the bedrooms are well equipped and comfortable. The open plan kitchen is well equipped. A breakfast bar divides the kitchen from the lounge/dining with a sofa, armchairs and a wood burning fire. There is a flat screen television with satellite and a DVD player. The large dining table seats six and there is a side chest and iPod player. Also upstairs is a separate WC and a utility room. From the lounge you walk out onto the loggia and poolside/ barbecue area with panoramic views. There is also a raised sun terrace.
On the other side of the house is a large boule piste and the property is completely fenced and has high, lockable gates and the drive can take up to three cars.
We have made some more improvements this year with a raised garden by the pool and a wild flower garden behind the boule piste.
Local interest: The villa is a 15 minute drive from the airport, only a 20 minute walk from the old Cité and you can walk down into the Ville Basse in 45 minutes. In fact if your intention is to stay in the area then there is no need to hire a car as you can take the Navette from the airport to the Ville Basse and then catch a bus which will drop you at the bottom of the road, we have done this ourselves many times. If you have car there are several large supermarkets on the ring road, the nearest being five minutes away. If you prefer to shop more alfresco, Carcassonne has a general market on Tuesday with a very large market on Saturdays, and you can buy your fresh meat and fish at Les Halles Monday to Saturday.
Activities: If you are a ‘culture vulture’ then you are truly spoilt for choice in Carcassonne itself but many other sights are within an hour or so, the villa has easy access to the motorway. Toulouse is about a 45 minute drive, Narbonne an hour, as are Béziers and Perpignan, and the ‘not to be missed’ Albi is about and hour and a half.
For the ‘outdoor types’, the golf course is a ten minute drive. The beautiful Lac de la Cavayére is 5km away and with its sandy beaches and woods is a perfect spot for a picnic or barbeque, if you prefer The Med you can be on the beach in an hour. There are many marked cycle routes and the mountains provide a test for the more committed. The enthusiastic amateur may like to cycle the tree lined Canal du Midi or for the less athletic, sample its tranquillity on a boat trip from the Ville Basse. We are also situated an hour and a half from the lower slopes of the Pyrennes so very well placed for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.
Cultural interests: The Black Mountains hold many treasures including the many strongholds of the Cathars and the splendour of the Gouffres and Grottes to explore.
Carcassonne has music and cultural events throughout the year but the month of July is the most important with the fireworks at La Cité on Bastille Day which is the second largest display in France, the Festival of Carcassonne which has music concerts both contemporary and classical and boasts some very famous performers. At the same time is the Festival de la Bastide which boasts three weeks of entertainment most of which is free. In August there is the Spanish Festival with equestrian displays, Spanish music and street parties.