Nestled in one of the listed "most beautiful villages in France", overlooking the vineyards and river, next to the Abbaye Chateau de Camon, our newly renovated gite combines the charm of a traditional stone house with a contemporary, spacious home, stylishly furnished and tastefully equipped to provide a perfect base for a holiday in this stunning area.
There is a lovely feeling of space and light the moment you enter the house, with plenty of room for everyone to relax in and areas dedicated to cosy or more formal eating. We really want you to feel as if you are on holiday here - but "at home" at the same time, so we have tried to provide a balance between relaxing comfort and a sense of luxury.
There is a very well equipped kitchen for eating in with style and everything you need for a picnic is also provided if you want to make the most of the good weather at home or on a day out.
There is the added bonus of 24 hour underfloor heating throughout the house during cooler months (The prices from October through to May include heating) There are three very attractive bedrooms and two bathrooms.
There are lovely views from inside the house or you can go through the french doors on to the pretty balcony where you can enjoy a coffee or a glass of local wine. Steps lead you down to a large, appealing gravelled area where you can eat, read or sunbathe or just soak up the peace. Outside dining can be done at the garden table seating up to 8, or there is a more relaxed garden seating area for more casual eating. There is a barbecue for you to use and sun loungers and parasols are available.
Although Camon is a tranquil village you are within walking distance of both an excellent restaurant at the Abbaye-Chateau and a delightful open-air cafe offering home-made local produce in the summer season. The peaceful surroundings here offer a real opportunity to escape if you want to. Take a stroll down to the gentle river at the end of our lane or discover the village Rose Garden or walk up past the Abbaye and down through the pretty back streets and archways.
1 minute from our doorway is "La Voie Verte". This was once the old railway track but has now been converted in to a lovely 38km foot and cycle path, also suitable for Horse-riding and VTC, taking you across the countryside through surrounding villages and the medieval town of Mirepoix.
Camon is very well-placed. Whether you want to spend your time winding down or fill your days exploring the huge range of fascinating places nearby, you are surrounded by amazing landscapes in all directions.
There is the beautiful Lac de Montbel with it's two beaches about 15 minutes away, where you can spend days swimming, walking, horse riding, eating or enjoying the water-sports on offer. Or there is a smaller but pretty Lake at Puivert, overlooked by it's Castle, which provides a great day out of swimming, sunbathing, eating and playing.
Whether you want to drive, cycle or walk the roads and pathways lead you through a varied landscape; views of the snow-capped Pyrenees, soft, rolling hills, pretty villages, sunflower fields and shaded woods or dramatic gorges, mountain and forest walks a little further afield. You can hire bikes nearby if you wish.
For those of you wanting to have a sight-seeing holiday, there are so many interesting places to visit like the famous Cite de Carcassonne with the Canal du Midi nearby. Discover the fascinating history of the spectacular Cathare Castles of Montsegur, Puivert, Roquefixade or Foix, to name but a few. Explore the Pre-historic paintings in the caves at Niaux, visit the Pre-historic Park, or the Church at Vals which is built in to the rocks or the beautiful local medieval town of Mirepoix. There are lively, bustling markets held nearby all year round and at night-time during July and August. If you enjoy good wine, we are surrounded by very respected wine-producing vineyards with an abundance of caves where you can go tasting the local produce.
There are many water activities offered not far away for the more courageous, like white-water-rafting or canyoning or Adventure Parks where you can swing through the trees. For those who love ski-ing, our nearest ski-resort with 21 runs is just 50 minutes away if you want to take a winter break. Day trips to Andorra or the Mediterranean are well worth the exciting drive.
On a practical note, you have many options with your sleeping arrangements. The Super-king beds can be converted in to 2 singles and vice versa. There is also a comfortable sofa bed in the lounge, so the house can sleep 8 people if necessary. In addition we have a cot for a baby. There are stair-gates provided, if necessary, both for the stairs inside the house and the steps down in to the garden so that you can feel secure if you have children with you.
Towels and bed-linen are provided for you, free of charge.
We have tried to think of everything that will make your stay a pleasure. You will be greeted by a hamper of local produce to enjoy. You should find everything you need here to eat in or picnic out in style. You have your own washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, drying-line and iron etc.There is a variety of books, maps and board-games to borrow. Beach towels are available and a range of children's games, books and activities to use if you wish. You may borrow dvds and cds to play on the smart television, which is also tuned in to Movie Channels as well as French TV channels. There is Wifi available.
You have plenty of room for parking. There are several sun-chairs, a barbecue, a dining table and chairs, picnic tables and parasols for you to use to make outdoor living and eating more comfortable.