Suits couples seeking peace in the countryside with nearby town facilities
Jo & Bob Norton
- English, French
About Jo & Bob Norton
Survivors of a combined total of more than 60 (ouch!) years of practising and teaching in the fields of management and marketing in both France and England, we (that's Jo and Bob) have enjoyed settling down in the Pays Cathare and steeping ourselves in the rich history of the area which we now share with visitors. Jo gives guided walks to those interested.
Jo & Bob Norton purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Jo & Bob Norton chose Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard
We now live and breathe the sweet fresh air of freedom in this remote village in a largely unspoilt corner in southern France. Beautiful walks over hills and through forests are on our doorstep and they tantalise us and our guests daily with breath-taking views and a wide variety of indigenous flora and fauna.
What makes this Apartment unique
It's rare to find a quiet place from which you can easily travel out when you want to explore the local area and heritage or travel further afield to the mountains or coast (being no more than an hour from either of these). Many guests also choose to simply relax and unwind in the gardens and immerse themselves in the peaceful sounds of nature floating in on the breeze. For us, Razès Gîtes offers it all. Upon reservation: Yoga instruction also available. Massage available in gîte. Wine-tasting in the barn. Guided walks around the Razès and Cathar castles.
Children not allowed
Guests are expected to leave the apartment as they found it. We clean your linen and towels but the apartment must be left cleaned by you or you can inform us that you wish to pay an additional fee of €50 for the cleaning service. Please report any breakages as they may arise. Minor breakages will not be charged. The apartment has one double bed and is thus suitable for one couple only. Should you require more space and/or beds, please contact us prior to your arrival to check the availability of the neighbouring apartment and price for extra people/beds.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
The Authentic Getaway
Amazing time in an amazing place with amazing people!
We travelled to the area for a friend's wedding, found Bob and Jo, fell in love with them, their house, and their friends. They are some of the most interesting, engaging people we've met in quite some time (and we get around, meet a lot of people). Bob and Jo are funny, smart, charming, fun, eccentric (the inspiring sort), gracious, creative (each accomplished writers), warm, cool and just all-around swell people--really, we can't say enough about either of them; and as mentioned, their friends and neighbors are awesome to boot.
Re: the cottage. Tucked away in a tiny picturesque French village, it's perfectly charming, well-appointed, private and easy living. Bob and Jo have green thumbs and it shows with a glorious backyard garden. The area is quiet and fairly remote, yet has everything one could need and/or want within a 5-15 minute drive--including many cheap and gorgeous bottles of wine, a butcher, several good restaurants, cafes, and a market. (If you're looking for a touristy holiday, head elsewhere. If, however, you want to mingle with the local French, listen to church bells toll on the hour, eat rustic foods, drink unpretentious wines and be regaled with tales of travel, Cricket and wisdom, book now with Bob and Jo!)…In the end, it depends on what you are looking for, but Bob and Jo's cottage (gite) in Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard is the perfect place to the escape the madness of it all, write a novel (or at least contemplate one), fall in love...or, off the wagon. Either way, you're bound to have a splendid time!
Thank you so much, Patrick and Jennifer, for your kindness and simply wonderful words. We so love it when people really enjoy their stay here and you guys were just some of the best people we could hope to have met this summer! With your openness and eagerness to experience all that is wonderful both in the village and this neck of the woods generally, you were a pleasure to meet and we really look forward to welcoming you back here again in the future. A bientôt!
From the moment we walked through the door to our Gite, we fell in love with the place. Jo & Bob couldn't be more welcoming, organising a wine tasting and recommending some fantatsic local places for us to eat. The garden to the south of the gite was so peaceful and it gave a great backdrop in the evenings for cheese and wine after a days travelling. The gite is in an ideal location to visit Carcassonne, Mirepoix, Montsegur and our favourite Roquefixade. To find someplace this relaxing nowadays makes a holiday that bit more special. Thank you both
Thank you Scott & Lyn,
We couldn't have said it better ourselves. We fell in love with the place when we first arrived 12 years ago and it remains the same for us today. It's a magical place and it's our absolute pleasure to help anyone who visits to help them love it too. Being in the heart of the Razès we are central to so many things as you mention - and there's still plenty more for the next time too!
Thanks for being such great customers - we loved your company and thank you for leaving the gîte spick and span!
Lovely tranquil setting and gardens
The gardens were so lovely it was hard to leave them! The gite was wonderfully cool and well equipped as was the barn for outside dining.
The photos are definitely accurate and reveal the beauty contained in this little paradise.
Cosy, tranquil gite with all the mod cons
We stayed for three nights in this comfortable and beautifully decorated gite in a little village of Escuillens. Jo and Bob were lovely hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay - warmly recommended!!! The gite is spacious and very clean, and the surrounding village is incredibly quiet. The parking area is shared with other properties but we always found a space and even chatted to the neighbours about their cats. Overall a lovely experience.
Excelente casa (como en tu hogar). Excelente ubicacion. Aislado pero cerca de ciudad. Trato inmejora
Muy buena relacion calidad precio. Ideal tanto para pasear por alrededores o como base para explorar en coche toda la comarca
Perfect customers! Thank you so much looking after the gite. It was our absolute pleasure to welcome you both here and we look forward to having you back any time you may choose in the future. Bonne route!
Très bon gite et accueil très sympa
Gite très bien équipé, chaleureux et calme.
Accueil fort sympathique et priorio toujours dispos.