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Pretty french cottage with stunning views in the foothills of the Pyreenes

Bedrooms 2
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two bedroom cottage in the foothills of the southern Pyreenes

This pretty cottage is typically French, offering comfortable accommodation with one double bedroom with shower and toilet en suite and one twin bedroom with shower and toilet en suite. The bedrooms are small but very comfortable. There is a sofa bed in the sitting room suitable for an extra adult or two children. There is a lovely fitted kitchen with a traditional wood burning stove and a separate dining room. There is also a large sitting room leading onto the terraced garden with BBQ, loungers and garden lights for evening use. The garden enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding mountain scenery. There is a TV for playing videos and DVDs, with a large selection of films ( mainly in English). There is also a CD player with a large selection of music. There is an ipod docking station. The kitchen is well stocked with utensils, pots and pans and a large slow cooker. On the terrace there is a table , BBQ and sun loungers. There are wonderful views of the surrounding mountains - one of which turns pink when the sun sets. The Mediterranean beaches are just over an hours drive and around 20 minutes away there are two beautiful lakes at Arque and Puivert with lovely sandy beaches and clear warm water. There is also a swimming lake in Quillan 3km away. Belvianes et Cavirac is split by the river Aude which runs past the bottom of the road. This is a great place for all of the river sports i.e white water rafting, kayaking, turboboarding and canoeing. Belvianes is a small village of around 300 people nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees at the entrance to the Gorges de Pierre Lys. Quillan is our local market town and is 3km away. Here there is a twice weekly market, bars and restaurants. There is also an outdoor swimming pool. In the summer there is also a weekly night market. There are two restaurants within walking distance in Belvianes- both serving excellent local produce and one also serves pizza. With 300 days of sunshine a year Languedoc offers year round opportunity to experience the stunning scenery with its gorges lakes and vineyards

Shelley Foreman
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Shelley Foreman

We live on the south coast in the UK. I am a nurse in a GP surgery and my husband is retired. We have always loved France and when we had a small windfall in 2001 we decided to look for a little bolthole in the South of France. When we saw Les Volets we fell in love. It was not really habitable but we spent the next 5 years renovating it. When we were looking for a property we set a criteria and didn't budge from it. We wanted to be no more than an hour from an airport, skiing, beach and mountains. This area ticks all the boxes and with over 300 days of sunshine a year it is the perfect way to escape the stresses of normal life in the UK.

Shelley Foreman purchased this house in 2001

Why Shelley Foreman chose Belvianes-et-Cavirac

The area is stunning with mountains, lakes and spectacular gorges. It is also full of history with Cathar castles perched perilously on craggy mountain tops. The area is full of vineyards. It is the biggest wine growing region in France. The local wine is Corbieres, Fitou and Minervois. When we first started going to France we would just head staright to the beach but soon discovered that if you come inland a few miles the scenery is dramatic and breathtaking.

What makes this house unique

The house is an excellent base for exploring this wonderful region. The views from the garden are wonderful. When we sit in the evening the mountain opposite turns pink as the sun goes down. The house is about 150 years old but cosy and comfortable.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Belvianes-et-Cavirac in Aude

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • There are two small showerrooms in each of he upstairs bedroom and another seperate wc/sink upstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
  • There is one double bedded room with a small en-suite shower/wc and on the same floor a twin room with small en-suite shower/wc
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
All watersports - white water rafting, kayaking, turboboarding. Organised walks in the Pyreenes or just follow the marked routes. Mountain biking and cycling. Also very popular for fishing.


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Pretty french cottage with stunning views in the foothills of the Pyreenes
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Exactly what we were looking for !!! Fantastic !!

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful stay here - flew to Toulouse - hired a car and enjoyed the journey up into the mountains. The property was charming and just the ticket for a few days of relaxing on the terrace in the sun, eating some great french cuisine and of course just a small amount of local wine. The view is breath taking - the beds were super comfy - kitchen was fully equipped and the owners extremely helpful from start to finish. Driving around the local area made us seriously want to buy something there ourselves !!!! If you want a totally relaxing break I would fully recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review- really glad you enjoyed your holiday
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Cute cottage in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for 6 days in June and had a lovely relaxing holiday. The drive from Toulouse was easy and picturesque. The cottage is situated in a quiet, pretty village with a great view from the terrace. The kitchen was well equipped and the bedroom cosy. The shower in the double bedroom that we used was easy to operate and had good flow. We spent some lovely evenings sat out on the terrace eating our dinner. We visited the local lakes where we swam and there is a great bakery in the local town Quillan. The river is really nearby and looks great for rafting on although we didn't do it.

Overall we had a nice stay.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute house overlooking the valley but has its limitations.

  • 3 of 5

An adorable house. Three floors were a bit much to maneuver for anyone getting older or with physical difficulties. All the toilets/showers were on the top floor. The spiral stairs to the sitting room were difficult to get up and down. The shower drain was glacially slow to drain and there is no WIFI for internet connection. Instructions were to use the restaurant's WIFI down the hill but they told us it was for their house guests only. It was nice and quiet and close to Quillan for amenities.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice review. There is no WIFI in the house and this is stated in the description however if guests are desperate I usually advise them to go and have a drink or coffee in the restaurant in the village and then they can use the WIFI
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  • 5 of 5

From the moment we stepped off the plane at Perpignan we knew this was going to be an awesome holiday. The drive from Perpignan to Belviane was amazing - passing through vineyards, meadows and mountains and when we arrived the Cottage did not disappoint. The bedrooms and toilet facilities are well appointed and after a visit to the local market where we purchased some of the wonderful local produce on offer (not to mention the excellent inexpensive local wines!) , we were pleased to find that the kitchen contained all the facilities needed to cook a delicious meal. The outside BBQ provided some wonderful evenings where we could digest our meal gazing across the awesome mountainous landscape. Plenty of nearby restaurants, places to visit and all in all a happy and relaxed few days.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review - we are glad you had a great holiday and loved the cottage
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 minutes walk
Nearest Ferry
900 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 minutes walk
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
one hour fifteen minutes
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Les Baccares
Car: necessary

Carcassonne is a spectacular medieval bastide town. The cite is a world heritage site. Rennes -le-chateau was sited in the divinci code it is a beautiful village with stunning views across to the spanish pyrenees. Perpignan is a lovely town. It is called the gateway to Spain. There are cobbled streets and squares with bars and restaurants and fantastic shops and delicatessens


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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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