The owners live nearby and will gladly give you a guided tour of the grounds, including the ruined castle, the restored chapel and the vineyard, as well as advising you what to see in the region and where to find the best wines and local markets. The hamlet belongs to the owners and their family so you are free to explore the well kept woody lanes and paths and surrounding fields and explore the domain as you wish. Or you may want to spend most of your time just browsing in the sun or dining in the shade.
A 4 bedroom villa, with heated pool, private gardens, winding woody lanes. Ideal for families with children. Picturesque mountain views & Historical Cathare Countrysides
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 12 Dec 2018
About Julie Benet
I'm Julie, born in the Manchester area. I will be here to welcome you when you roll up the lane. I have lived here for over 38 years and live on the same property. I will not be far if you have a problem, want information about the area and what is going on, or just a chat. You may occasionally meet me in the pool when it gets a bit hot. Jean Luc my husband is French. He is a landscape gardener, which explains the beautifully kept gardens and country sides. The hameau de Roubichoux belongs to his parents Jean and Didi. Papy Jean was in the marines, and mamie Didi mother of 7, Jean Luc by the way is the 6th of the family. We just have 2 grown up boys, both living away. For nature lovers, here you will discover a lot of wild life around the villa and in the nearby surroundings. You will get to see rabbits, fox, wild boar, deer and a large variety of birds and birds of prey if you are an early bird, or just lucky.
Julie Benet purchased this Villa in 1970
Why Julie Benet chose Sonnac-sur-l'Hers
We built our home and the gite 'Tour Basse' that sleeps up to 10 people our selves here in the Kercorb region, because of the beauty and the calm. Both Jean Luc and myself love to take walks in the domaine. Our self catering villa is in a truly romantic setting on southern facing slopes of the foothills of the Pyrenees. It has glorious views. You have free use of the heated pool, with power jet swimming. The hameau has its own restored ancient chapel, a semi-natural amphitheatre, a castle ruin, a vine yard and woodlands where children can play in security and adults can roam in peace and quiet, a nature lovers paradise. There is no through traffic. Yet despite the rural calm one is only 10 minutes drive from shops and 20 mins from the historic bastide of Mirepoix, 50 mins from Carcassonne
What makes this Villa unique
At the Tour Basse you will find the ideal summer holiday rental for a large extended family or two families holidaying together looking for high quality self catering facilities in a beautiful environment. There is lots of space to play outside, so our holiday home is ideal for families with children as there is no danger of traffic or strangers passing by. We are happy to except well behaved pets in our holiday home at no extra cost.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Ein Ort für die perfekte Erholung
Das Haus liegt wunderbar ruhig und bietet einen schönen Ausblick auf die Pyrenäen. Die Ausstattung ist sehr gut und die Gastgeber sind sehr nett und diskret.Der Pool mit 28 Grad warmem Wasser und vielen Liegen ist ein Highlight.
The beaches at Narbonne are at 100 kilometers. Perpignan and its coasts and beaches are at 100 kilometers. There is also a big lake at Montbel only 25km from Roubichoux providing water sports, bathing and eating facilities. You can also hire a bike go horse riding, or take a walk on the shady paths by the lake.
Toulouse airport 'blagnac' 90 mins. Carcassonne airport 'salvaza' 50 mins. Perpignan airport 120 mins. A car is necessary in this region if you wish to shop and visit, and it is possible to hire a car at airports. Or there are many car hire companies nearby.
Roubichoux is a hamlet 5km from Sonnac and 8km from Chalabre. 60km from the walled city of Carcassonne and 100km from the regional capital of Toulouse. There is easy access to the historic towns of Mirepoix (where the romantic medieval town-square is home to the best market in the region) and the castle of Foix, access to the mountains of the Pyrenees. Other castles within 30 mins drive include Puivert and Montsegur where the Cathar martyrs where burned at the stake - now a peaceful hilltop.
Banks, shops, bakery, chemist, doctors and local bars within 10 mins at Chalabre, or 15 mins at Mirepoix. A museum of pre-history and the cave-paintings of Niaulx are close by, so too are many outdoor sports facilities as go carting at 'Leroque d'Olmes'. Horse riding, bike hire, rafting and canoeing near to Quillan', and there are also the mountains with their ski-stations in less than an hour’s drive. Andorra and Spain are reachable in less than two hours, although exploring the French Pyrenees on the doorstep would probably satisfy the most ardent motorist.
Local markets with regional produce, & its renowned charcuteries & dried sausage, Local produce such as cheeses, honey, fruits and wines, so much to see and taste. Wine tasting at Limoux, famous for its 'Blanquette de Limoux'. The Languedoc-Roussillon boasts a cuisine as rich & varied as the region itself, with its many fine restaurants selling specialties of the south west as foie gras,cassoulet, including a wide choice of fresh sea foods, local oyster & mussels.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Rentals are fully inclusive - they include initial cleaning, provision of all bedding and indoor towels,( You must bring your own pool towels) electricity, gas, water etc. A deposit of 25% is due when the reservation is made and the remainder is due 2 months before the start-date. A security deposit is requested upon arrival, held against wilful careless damage, excessive cleaning, using house towels or linen for outside use, refunded at the end of stay in the absence of abuse or damage. Mid week stays and w-ends are possible in low season. We accept the presence of your dog or cat at our gîte. We will give all our attention to the good conditions of your stay, and the comfort of the hosts who will follow you. We do not charge fees for your animals, they are welcome if owners understand their responsibility, and accept our conditions. Changeover Day: The changeover day is Saturday, but can be flexible please ask. Departures are before 10hrs. Arrivals are after 16hrs. We would consider week end and mid week locations out of season. Notes on prices: When reserving 14 days there is a reduction of 10% on the price of 2nd week Prices for Christmas and New Year weeks 2017 =1000€ per week