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Cottage in the heart of South West France with pool and cottage style jardinCottage with a swimming pool and garden in the heart of South West France
La Bourdette du Ray is a small hamlet of about 7 families. At the centre is an old farmhouse at one end of which is the gite. This cottage style gite with lovely views shares a large garden with 12m x 7m pool (shared with the owner), boules area, croquet, table-tennis and barbeque. Also holiday membership at the local tennis club, 1 km away There is a small orchard and many varieties of trees and shrubs. It is fully self-contained, decorated with warmth and character, with a patio overlooking the pool for dining or reading al fresco. Hibou - First floorSitting room with sofa-bed and chairs, television (with French TV reception), DVD, Video and CD player (we have 100+ DVD’s and Videos you can borrow). Kitchen, open plan, with the lounge, is fully fitted with fridge-freezer, hob, oven, microwave, coffee percolator, kettle, toaster, iron and all utensils, crockery and cutlery. Washing and drying machines as required. Shower room with vanity unit and WC. Bedroom with double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers with windows overlooking the pool area and garden. The garden has a separate area for the gite with a picnic table and with use of swimming pool shared between the owners, hammocks and barbeques; there are sun beds and garden chairs for all, and there is plenty of parking space next to the Gites. The pool is 12.6 x 7 metres; the entire area is fenced off. There is a boules area and a croquet lawn (hardly tournament standard, but lots of fun with a full croquet set). ActivitiesLac de St Férréol in the Montagne Noire 14 kms away, has watersports facilities and the area is great hiking country. Below them are the Corbière and Minervois vineyards. To the west of Corbière is Limoux (50 kms), which produces Blanquette, a marvellous sparkling white wine and you can stop and taste at numerous wine caves in the area. The town itself is pleasant to walk around and perhaps stay for lunch. Castelnaudary (33kms) lies on the Canal du Midi and is famous for Cassoulet, a hearty bean stew traditionally made with pork, lamb or goose, worth saving yourself for, and is also known for its pottery and ceramics. Boats can be hired by the day or half day on the canal. The medieval cité of Carcassonne (50 kms), on the outskirts of the town is well worth a visit, if only for the breathtaking view as you drive towards it.In contrast, an hour to the north is Albi, set on the banks of the river Tarn. Like Toulouse, a city built of red brick with a huge, fortress like cathedral, boulevards and large squares and gardens. The painter Toulouse Lautrec was born here and there is a museum dedicated to his work. To the east of Albi are the Gaillac vineyards which are known for red and rosé wines. The old part of Gaillac is a warren of ancient streets lined with medieval colombage houses and squares with fountains.
Travel By AirRyan Air Flights to Carcassonne EasyJet, Air France, BMI, FlyBe & Aer Lingus to Toulouse. By Road Paris - 7 hoursChannel ports - 9/10 hoursComing from Toulouse or Castres:From Puylaurens In the centre of Puylaurens, take the D84 south towards Revel (leaving the Credit Agricole Bank on your left and the Market area on your right) Follow this road downhill, at 1.4 km (9/10 of a mile) pass Shoppi supermarket on left and Renault garage on right. At 1.7km (1 mile), fork left at junction with D51. After 300 metres,take the entrance to a steep drive on the right, consisting of 2 white brick pillars and a sloping beam.From Revel, follow D622 to Castres. After 2kms (1.25m) at roundabout, take 3rd exit, D79/D84 to Blan & Puylaurens. Continue through Blan. Then, 4 km (2.5m) further, after a left and right hand bend, take the entrance to a steep drive on the left, consisting of 2 white brick pillars and a sloping beam.