3 bedroom house with terrace, gas BBQ, WiFi, UK satellite and French TV
About Penelope Stroud
Our love affair with France started 40 years ago when we spent our honeymoon touring the Loire chateau and we celebrated our ruby wedding anniversary in Languadoc. We bought founders shares in the Channel Tunnel, not our best investment, but it gave us unlimited free travel as we always planned to buy a holiday home once we retired - and now we have! We lived and worked in London until 1981 when John was offered a job in Malaysia. After spending three very happy years in Kuala Lumpur and the birth of our youngest daughter we moved back to the UK (Northampton) and then on to Saudi Arabia (Riyadh), Dubai and finally back to the UK to Norwich with subsequent changes of employer. We have lived in Norwich for the last 16 years and will continue to do so when John finally retires. Our two daughters belong to the boomerang generation and we have lost track of the number of times they have moved out, only to return a few years later! Claire is training to be a teacher and Nikki works for the NHS. Both girls have spent many happy holidays with us in gites and villa we have rented around France before finally deciding to buy our own holiday home in Languadoc. Claire and our grandson, Arthur, have holidayed with us in our Puicheric holiday home in both of the last two years..
Penelope Stroud purchased this House in 2015
Why Penelope Stroud chose Puichéric
We have stayed in most regions of France over the years and decided that the combination of sunshine, historic sights, mountains, rivers, lakes, forests the Mediterranean together with music, food, sporting and cultural festivals made the Languadoc an obvious choice for our holiday home. We wanted somewhere we would enjoy returning to time and again over the years. We wanted three bedrooms so that our friends and family could stay with us and we are looking forward to taking them to our favourite places and restaurants. We also had to have an outside space where we could sit in the evening enjoying a BBQ or a bottle of the excellent local Minervois red wine or the sparkling wine from Limoux. We decided against a swimming pool or a garden because of ongoing maintenance requirements when we could only visit two or three times a year for the next few years until finally John retires. Similarly we wanted a village house that was safe to lock up and leave in a village with all amenities. Finally the house needed to be in an excellent state of repair with bags of character and a Wow factor. It may be small, but it is perfectly formed and well equipped. We hope you enjoy staying there as much as we do..
We can provide a bed and eating bowl for one dog
We can provide a travel cot, stair gate and pot
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 7 adults)
We have insured our house and its contents. Guests must not leave the house unlocked as this will invalidate our contents insurance.
Guests should obtain travel insurance to protect against loss of their personal effects and to insure against cancellation risks
Guests must inform us immediately of major issues (electrical equipment not working, breakages etc) so we can try to correct the problem
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Languedoc Roussillon Puicheric village
We booked for a two week stay but sadly we had to cut it short and return to the UK because one of our dogs became gravely ill,The cottage had all what one needs to spend a lovely holiday in this area ,it has a lovely homely feel to it , very clean, the Wi Fi broad band,English TV programmes all work like magic, as a football fan I very much appreciated Match of the day,
The village had a good mini market , a baker shop wine shop , Tabac,a good and very friendly butcher shop.There is a proper supermarket in La Redorte,, with all usual amenities for a small town, its 2 1/2 miles,Narbonne ( you must visit the food market in Narbonne)and Carcassone are not that far.Spain is with in easy reach, of course if you are a wine lover then this area is a must, all in all very good holiday home.The owners Penny and John are very helpful indeed, as is Jenny who will meet and greet you,she made us feel at home straight away.Although this holiday was cut short we have stayed in this area before, needless to say that's why we returned I would recommend this cottage,there's space for your car right outside the front door
Top of most peoples agendas will be the UNESCO world heritage sites of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi. You can hire self drive boats or take a trip on a tourist boat ranging from an hour to all day including lunch. The section of the canal at Beziers is probably the most interesting as it includes the staircase of 9 locks at Fonserane,
Puicheric is called the Venice of the Minervois because it is located between the river Aude and the Canal du Midi. It has the Black Mountains and High Languadoc national park to the north, the mountains of Alaric, Corbierre wine region and Pyrenees to the south, Carcassonne to the west and Narbonne, Bezier and the Mediterranean to the east.
You are in "Cathar Country", The Cathars were deemed to be heratics 800 years ago and were brutally supressed by a crusade ordered by the Catholic church. In addition to Carcassonne you could follow the "Cathar Trail" to dozens of ruined and restored castles often spectacularly perched on mountain tops, Some of these cathat castles can be seen from the little red tourist train that runs through the foothills of the Pyranees.
Minerve (the ancient capital of the Minervois region and Lagrasse are listed as being some of the most beautiful villages in France, Carcassonne and Narbonne compete with a series of music and cultural festivals and Carcassonne's Bastille day fireworks are spectacular,
If you are holidaying with children there are lakes for swimming, sailing and windsurfing 10 minites away at Homps and at Carcassonne. Carcassonne also has a zip wire adventure park.
There are museums and art galleries in Toulouse, Carcassonne and Narbonne. Van Gough and Gaugin worked at Arles, Picasso lived in Cerat and Toulouse Latrec lived in Albi. All these towns have galleries and exhibitions. Most towns and villages host a series of parties, fetes, music and cultural events and exhibitions from spring to autumn,
If you have had too much sun there are caves (grottes) to visit in the Black mountains north of Puicheric and there is also the 14,000 year old cave paintings at Grotte de Niaux within driving distance.