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Peace & tranquility in a small village, just 25 mins south of Carcassonne

Bedrooms 1
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Suits couples seeking peace in the countryside with nearby town facilities

If you're looking for a safe haven from which to explore the mysteries of the Cathar castles, discover delightful walks in the Malepère Massif or simply unwind in a peaceful space for yourselves, a Razès Gîte may be right for you.

Located in a quiet, rural village, guests have the opportunity to slow down the pace of time and re-discover a sense of inner peace and calm while gently re-connecting with the sights and sounds of nature all around.

There are two apartments at Razès – Soujeole and Corbières - both suitable for short stays or long lets. Each apartment is ideally suited for a couple and has its own private entrance, parking, fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas, double bedroom and bath/shower room, wifi access. They may be rented together or individually.

Guests of Soujeole and Corbières gîtes have a choice of 3 shared yet secluded gardens and the Grange at their disposal for outdoor dining and relaxation. The Grange houses: the outdoor kitchen, washing machine, BBQ, table tennis & darts.

Ideally located in the rolling Razès countryside: Razès Gîtes are idyllic for couples who love walking in peaceful countryside with stunning views. We have plenty of maps and Jo gives guided walks and tours of the Cathar castles for those who choose to pursue this option.

Guests have the opportunity to slow down time, re-connect with the sights and sounds of nature all around safely tucked away in the heart of a rural village. The area is renowned for its wild orchids and birds of prey which are to be found no more than a stone's throw away. Depending on the time of year, the neighbouring hillsides of vines, poppies or sunflowers are simply spectacular lending incredible views of the countryside and Cathar castles.

With their unique ambiance & rustic character, Razès Gîtes are suitable for short & long lets. Open all year round, they also provide those who need a 'get-away-from-it-all' break in winter a bolthole from within which to re-energise during the long, cold months.

For the bird lover, it's a perfect place from which to admire the sights and sounds of many local species of buzzards, kites, eagles and kestrels among many others.

The owners are based in the adjoining property and are on hand, happy to help with advice, reservations & suggestions if and where required. However, if you've already made your own plans or prefer to have none at all, peace and privacy are all yours.

Whatever your preferred pastime, Razès Gîtes provide an ideal base from which to explore the Aude & Ariège countryside, the quaint circular villages and Cathar towns, or your own inner peace.

Local shops, wine and restaurants: The village of Escueillens is situated mid-way between Limoux & Mirepoix. There are no shops in the village so a series of mobile butchers, bakers and grocers make their daily rounds to the village square. The nearest shops, cafés and bank can be found just 7 km away in Belvèze which is also home to the local wine château.

The region is famous for its Blanquette de Limoux and also boasts more than 350 wines which you can't find in your supermarket back home. For those who like to indulge, we can arrange wine-tasting tours of the local caves and châteaux.

There are many delightful restaurants in the neighbouring towns of Mirepoix, Limoux & Carcassonne offering gastronomic experiences galore. We are happy to make recommendations & reservations.

More Details

Jo & Bob Norton
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018

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 intrigued with a similar Cathare calling.

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.

Also available on site (upon reservation):

Basic instruction in Hatha yoga

Massage for relaxation/problem areas


Guided walks


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard in Aude

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Outdoor Shower
  • The downstairs bathroom is fitted with a bath and shower, separate sink, toilet and hair-dryer. Towels are included at no extra cost. When it gets too hot in summer and you need to cool off quickly, there's also an outdoor shower in the secluded gardens.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , On the mezzanine
  • Corbières Gîte is open plan with a double bed on the mezzanine floor overlooking the gardens to the south and the church to the north. The bedroom is equipped with wardrobe and chest of drawers. Bed linen is included at no extra cost.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The Grange offers outdoor dining and kitchen facilities as well as comfortable conservatory style seating; a beautiful place to watch the great outdoors from the comfort of indoors. We have many walking maps for self-guided and/or guided walks. Corbières Gîte is non-smoking but there are designated garden areas for smokers. All garden and Grange facilities may be shared by the couple staying in Soujeole gîte next door. A maximum of 4 guests therefore have access to these shared facilities at any one point in time. There are 3 separate and spacious garden areas to ensure privacy and seclusion. In July & August, the neighbouring town of Belvèze opens its outdoor swimming pool to the public. Further afield, Limoux & Mirepoix also have indoor & outdoor swimming pools. There are also two great lakes for summer swimming at Montbel and Puivert with canoes and pedaloes for hire. Upon reservation: Yoga instruction available. Massage in gîte. Wine-tasting in the barn. Guided walks.


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Peace & tranquility in a small village, just 25 mins south of Carcassonne
average rating of 4.0 based on 3 reviews

Cute open plan apartment in the heart of rural France

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for peace and calm on our walking holiday in the Razès. While the weather was a little inclement, the gite ticked all the boxes for us. It was snug and warm with great views over the gardens. Well-equipped with all the essentials and a free film and music library to hand! The peace in the gite and the countryside were just what we wanted. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to welcome you both to our gîte and we're so pleased that you enjoyed it - despite the weather! It's always nice for us when people make the most of the facilities and so we''re really happy to hear you enjoyed the films and music in particular. You will always be welcome back; hopefully when the weather is a little more clement for you.
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ticked all the boxes!

  • 5 of 5

Definitely a tranquil place and space in which to unwind, well located in the heart of cathar castle land, and as cute and cosy as the photos reveal. We loved every minute and will be back in summer to enjoy the gite in the warmer climes too!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's been our absolute pleasure to meet you both and you will always be more than welcome here! And while you managed to enjoy your mulled wine around the wood burner in the grange during a wet and wintry week in December, you'll be certain to be using it for respite from the sun in summer. We look forward to seeing you and your friends next summer enjoying your BBQs in the secluded gardens!
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les photos sont tres belles et incitent mais.....

  • 2 of 5

appartement petit. A l'entrée porte basse signalée comme porte pour hobbit puis marches très hautes peu commode l'escalier d'accès au coin nuit ( mezzanine) est très pentu la dernier marche signalée comme dangereuse, les photos du jardin et de la grange sont très jolies mais la poussière a fait son effet l'accès est difficile il faut faire le tour du bâtiment ou accéder par le haut en descendant des escaliers et porter son panier si l'on veut déjeuner dans le jardin, de plus c'est un lieu commun a tous les gites, toutefois hôte très courtois

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Le Chêne Vert, Belvèze
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Le Rôl, Belvèze
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Les Monts d'Olmes
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Car: recommended

25 minutes south of Carcassonne, these two Razès Gîtes are buried in the heart of the rolling Razès countryside in the sleepy village of Escueillens. The Razès region is bordered by magnificent views of the Montagne Noire to the North, the Malepère Massif and Corbières to the East and the Pyrénées to the South. At the heart of the Pays Cathare, Razès Gîtes are no more than an hour's drive from the Mediterranean coastline or a ski resort in the Pyrénées, 2 hours drive from tax-free shopping in Andorra, and thus are idyllically suited to couples who want a rural base from which to venture out and fully explore the rich variety of the region's culture, history and beauty.

Jo gives guided walks of the area to those interested.

Golf: The nearest golf course is 30km away at Carcassonne; day and holiday passes may be purchased at the golf shop.

Ski: The nearest ski resort is Les Monts d'Olmes, an hour's drive from the gîtes making Razès gîtes suitable for the occasional skier.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard, Languedoc-Roussillon

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.45 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

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.
A security deposit of €100 in cash will be asked for upon your arrival. This will be refunded in full upon your departure, all being well.
Please report any breakages as they may arise. Minor breakages will not be charged for.
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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