The Old Donkey Market offers a one-bedroom apartment on two floors, opening onto a private interior courtyard. The apartment is ideal for a couple or a single traveller. It adjoins the main house where the owners live. The property is a fully restored former trading post for donkeys, which were once an integral part of local life. The Old Donkey Market is located centrally in the historic village of Quarante, which offers every amenity guests require, all within walking distance of the property. There is a boulangerie offering fresh baked goods, convenience store, butcher, pharmacy, doctor, and post office.
From outside the gîte is all but completely hidden. It appears when entering the arched entranceway into the courtyard under the cover of a pantile roof.
From the upstairs guests enjoy scenic views across to the Parc du Château where car parking is available. The property has a private courtyard, where guests may dine outside in the relaxing atmosphere of rural France.
The gîte features a very spacious open plan lounge, dining area and fully fitted kitchen. Stone stairs lead to the upper floor which has a large double bedroom and separate shower and bathroom. All rooms are light and airy but there are shutters and fully lined curtains.
The large kitchen features all modern appliances. There are plenty of characteristic features with wooden beams, exposed stone walls and alcoves, giving the design and décor an attractive blend of traditional rustic charm, with all the conveniences of a modern home.
The Old Donkey Market is an ideally suited gîte for singles or couples looking to unwind in a serene and historic part of France's southern wine country.
The property is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France, and boasts a microclimate offering over 300 days of sunshine and blue skies per year, making it an ideal destination for visitors who enjoy outdoor activities. There is plenty to do in the region, with something for everyone. The Old Donkey Market is situated in a secluded and peaceful area, yet within a half hour's drive are the beautiful and historic cities of Narbonne and Beziers. The Canal du Midi is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site with boat tours and walks and cycle rides along the towpath, while the rivers Orb and Aude offer kayaking and swimming from river beaches. The Mediterranean Coast is also a short drive away, with its vast beaches and warm waters.