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
- House322 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay3 nights
Two bedroom cottage in the foothills of the southern Pyreenes
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- Calendar last updated:
- 5 Oct 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.
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Romantic, traditional, cosy and suberbly equiped.
We stayed for 5 nights during our vacation and felt completely at home. This lovely little village house was really well situated for touring and although close to a main road, never disturbed by it. The house is detached and sits on and at the end of the village road. Actual car traffic passing from the village was very rare. Occassional walking traffic a little more frequent with warm greetings from those who passed by. The house is on 3 floors with inital access through the lower floor garden, up through the cool sitting room to the separate dining room and kitchen where the front door can then be accessed and the shutters opened to enable the front door on the road to be used after that as the main entrance. Parking is just diagonally opposite the house. The wide wooden stairs up from the kichen lead to the bedrooms, one double bedroom and one room with two single beds. The rooms are separated by a small landing with a separate loo and sink and both bedrooms have a toilet, sink and shower room. Everything is thought of! The kitchen is really well supplied with cookware - I made a beautiful beef in red wine casserole using the le crueset pot and had loads of fun playing house as everything you could possibly think of had been provided. The little terrace was a joy and a real sun trap - great for breakfasts and evening meals watching the sun and clouds change across the mountains that feel as if they rise up almost at the bottom of the garden. The valley the house looks down into contains the main road and on the other side of the road is the river which you can hear gently in the distance. The downstairs living room is peaceful and cool. The circular stairs from this level to the dining room could be a bit challenging for knees and big bottoms but once the shutter on the front door is open if you really did not wish to use them it was very easy to move between floors using the front door to get to both the garden and the living room. We loved it. Someone put a lot of thought and care in to making this a truly cosy place to relax.
Thank you so much for such a lovely review and we are really pleased you had such a good time at the house
We stayed 5 nights in this little gem which had everything and more. A bit of a challenge 2 get 2 suitcases up the stairs but well with it. It felt we were surrounded by homely mementoes. It was a delight.
beautiful old house, surrounded by the mountains
Lovely house, set on 3 level (quite steep narrow steps) with simple stunning views from the garden across to the mountains. Good communication and facilities. Great base to explore the surrounding castles or try the water sports.
Thanks for your kind review and really glad you enjoyed your holiday
Cute cottage in a beautiful setting
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.
Exactly what we were looking for !!! Fantastic !!
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.
Thanks for your review- really glad you enjoyed your holiday
Cute house overlooking the valley but has its limitations.
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.
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
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