This well-situated village house (formerly the village shop) is equally suited for family summer holidays and winter short breaks It is furnished in simple french provincial style but is well-equipped to ensure a comfortable stay.
Please note the property is a little to the south to the point indicated by the google map
Belvianes is perched on a promontory above the Aude river at the entrance to the dramatic Pierre de Lys gorge, but is only 2km from the lively market town of Quillan. The house is well-located to enjoy numerous outdoor activities and to explore Carcassonne, Rennes-le-Chateau, Cathar castles and other places of interest. Ski resorts and the Mediterranean coast are both approximately 1 hour away.
The house has been sensitively restored to retain its charm, and to expose original features such as the beams and wooden floors, and the historic murals on the front facade The accommodation is flexible with 2 bedrooms sleeping up to 6 people, and is suitable for year-round use with woodburner and electric heating.
On the ground floor the entrance hallway with antique-tiled floor leads to the sitting room furnished with 2 comfy sofas, woodburning stove, a TV/DVD player, video library, books, board games and a folder with local maps and information.
The kitchen beyond is well-equipped and has a central oak table seating six, a large fridge/freezer, dishwasher and electric cooker with gas hob, and a washer/drier. French windows lead onto a west-facing balcony with table, chairs and parasol, perfect for enjoying an aperitif while watching the swallows dive and the sun sink over the mountains.
Upstairs is the shower room, master bedroom with king-size double bed and washbasin, and a family bedroom which has bunk beds and a sofa bed (which can be made to provide a second double bed if required).
Belvianes has a small playground and large level grassy area (suitable for ball games) close to the house.
There is a cafe/bar within a short walk, and the baker's van passes the door twice daily (there is no longer a shop). The market town of Quillan can be reached in 5 minutes by car or by scenic footpath along the bank of the Aude. The town has several supermarkets, a choice of bars and restaurants, an internet cafe, outdoor swimming pool and in summer regular music festivals and night markets take place in the square.
Electricity and linen are included, but not logs, which can be purchased in the town.
A local English-speaking couple will welcome you and can deal with any queries during your stay.