New for 2016 - French bread & coissantes to order every morning. Self-contained comfortable cottage of charm & character. Large fully fitted kitchen/dining room/lounge decorated with original paintings. Full central heating. Sky free to view & French TV installed. The stone walls ensure warmth in winter & keeps you cool in summer. Breakfast on the shady terrace or balcony. There is a full size gas hob, electric oven, large fridge, washing machine & the kitchen is fully equipped. Upstairs there is a door to the balcony, two bedrooms (one double & one with double & single bed) A large shower room with cubicle shower & vanity unit. Separate WC. There are also outside stairs to the balcony. Linen & towels provided, changed weekly. Welcome pack - milk, tea, coffee, sugar, toilet rolls & a bottle of wine. Dinner may be ordered if desired. at 24hrs notice. Off road parking. Cycle hire. We regret that our property is not suitable for children under 5 or the infirm due to the WC being on the first floor. Exclusive use of Outdoor Pool in garden - open July - mid Sept only.
Ideal Centre for Site Seeing : Midway between to Limoux, & Mirepoix, south of Carcassonne, this is an ideal centre for visiting the Cathar Castles. A wonderfully scenic drive takes you through Chalabre, Puivert, Quillan and on through the dramatic Gorges de St George past Puilaurens & on towards the Spanish border to Queribus & Perpetuise. On the way you will pass some remarkable scenery & hundreds of opportunities to taste the local wines!! The local cooperative shop will welcome you to taste their wares & buy a bottle or two to take home for dinner! Or turn to the west & visit Ch. Monsegur the last stronghold of the Cathars & the magnificent Pyrenees themselves. Visit neolithic caves, ride a scenic railway or take a boat on an underground lake. Feeling more adventurous - white water rafting, caving, climbing or walking are popular sports. Fantastic cycling on safe roads or mountain biking. Limoux is host to the start of a stage of the Tour de France again this year, the town outdid itself with fantastic flower displays all themed to the cycling. Strolling through the town on the Saturday evening last year was a hugely interesting experience even for those who are not cycling fans. The start on Sunday was amazing in its efficient execution but at the same time giving the many fans who came for the occasion plenty of opportunity for a very close look at the most famous cyclists in the world. Limoux also prides itself on being one of the most floriferous towns in France, changing the planted displays in baskets, planters, on roundabouts & down the sides of the streets & roads four times a year. Having an aperatif in the attractive main square or even a meal under the brollies at one of the many restaurants in the warm evening sunshine is a very pleasant holiday experience.
Mirepoix is a medieval town with an ancient arcaded market square, many restaurants & outdoor cafes, with a unique parish church of international historical importance. The town prides itself on the regular musical & theatrical performances in the square, especially the jazz festival in July. The regular Monday market attracts visitors from all over the world with everything from the freshest of vegetables to exotic clothing.
Wine Country - Reds, whites & sparkling: Butterfly Cottage lies within 15 min. of the centre of production of the famed champagne type wine Blanquette de Limoux. Tasting sessions are available at many outlets in the town. Also in easy reach is the Cotes de Malpere & Carcasses full bodied wines of excellent flavour. Then towards the Med Coast is the Corbieres, Fitou, Quatourze & Rivesaltes appellations; well known wines exported widely and much loved by wine lovers all over the world. Travelling north, yet still within an hours drive lie the Cabardes, Montagne Noir, Minervois, Narbonnais & La Clape appellations - again exported widely and much enjoyed. The majority of the individual vineyards run tasting sessions by appointment, although it is possible to drop in to taste & buy at all the cooperative shops for each wine area. A wonderful day out is a drive through the Gorges de St George down to Rivesaltes wine tasting at the Cooperative in Maury followed by lunch in the garden at the restaurant opposite, I can recommend it!