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La Chapelle de Pierrou

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“La Chapelle de Pierrou” --- an unusual holiday-cottage of high quality for 2 to 4 persons

For those who want a peaceful break from a busy life, this very special holiday-home in a very special place. “La Chapelle de Pierrou “ nestles in the hills above the village of St Polycarpe, about 5 km from the charming market-town of Limoux and 35 minutes drive from the fortified city of Carcassonne.

This ancient Romanesque chapel on the domain de Pierrou has been lovingly converted b y the present owners with a great respect for its form, its lovely stonework, floors, timber and roof. The nave has become a handsome living-room, the only departure from tradition being the patio-windows to fill the space with natural light; the hexagonal apse has become a beautifully-fitted dining-kitchen; the porch has become a warm-welcoming bedroom. Outside, lawns give way to vine-clad slopes and flowers; there are magnificent views across the hills of the Corbiéres.

The little road which connects Pierrou to the village goes no further than the domain; this is the end of the road so there is no passing traffic, nothing to disturb the peace except perhaps the cry of a bird of prey slowly circling above the hills. This is the kind of house and surroundings, where, although near to many places of interest well worth visiting, one could be happy to ‘stay put’ enjoying that rather special ease and calm that comes from a combination of architecture and nature ---- honey-colored stone , flowers and vines and shady trees …………..

THE HOUSE, despite its respect for tradition, is fitted out to a very high quality modern standard. The kitchen & bathroom have impeccable tiled or marbled surfaces and fittings and there is all the modern equipment necessary for comfortable living --- washing-machine, dishwasher, ceramic plaques & separate oven for cooking, refrigerator & freezer, micro-wave, electric kettle & coffee-maker --- and for the living-space, handsome furniture , television (if you want it !) & music-stereo. There is one double-bedroom and a large sofa-bed at one end of the large living-room (which can be screened-off), so it is possible to sleep four.

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Exterior: vineyard, space and quietude...

OUTSIDE, there is a barbecue and eating area & lots of space for sitting in sun or in shade. Across the lawn there is the attractive façade of the main buildings of the domain and gardens. There are chairs & sun-loungers for browsing, and vine-clad slopes to explore when you want gentle activity --- guests are welcome to roam in the 300 acres of this beautiful domain and to take paths which lead off in to the hills or down into the valley. The village of St Polycarpe retains the charm of its narrow lanes, its medieval abbey and its Roman aqueduct. The pretty town of Limoux straddles the river Aude, and is historically interesting as a still-flourishing centre of the wine-industry & a one-time centre of linen production. Limoux is famous for its ‘blanquette’, a pre-cursor of champagne, its white chardonnay & red-wines, and has many wine-caves for ‘degustatation’. It’s a town that loves to celebrate the joys of wine & good-living; as well as its many good restaurants; it has one of the great street-festivals of France, lots of open-air feasts & dances in the town-squares, and numerous theatre-plays & concerts of all kinds of music & dance. The owner of “Pierrou” is himself an acknowledged leader of quality wine production and would be happy to advise those who want a little guidance about local wines.

FURTHER AFIELD, for those who want to tour around, there are the battlements of Carcassonne, its walled city a UNESCO-protected world-monument (as is the nearby Canal du Midi). There are many abbeys, chateaux & churches to visit all around. To the east there is the garrigue of the Corbiéres, to the south the High Valley of the Aude with its gorges and passes .; to the north-east , the Mediterranean is just over an hour’s drive, and a similar distance to the west takes one well into the Pyrenees. And there are fine cities within a day’s return drive --- Toulouse, Montpelier, Narbonne & Perpignan -- not to mention the border with Spain. But we suspect that many visitors to the Chapelle will be content to stay around Perriou --- to relax in the garden, to saunter around the domaine, and to drive just the quiet back-roads into town (like going back in time fore those used to crowded Britain) to do the shopping or pass a pleasant hour drinking coffee or wine under the arcades of Limoux…………..

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Abbey of Saint Polycarpeaf

Rents per week in Euros
1 Jan. to 16 April
16 april to 11 June
11 June to 16 July
16 July to 27 August 630€
27 August to 1 Octobre 510€
1 October to 31 December

Rents include all bedding and all services.


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When we have agreed availability we will ask you to send us an ordinary British bank cheque (or agreed alternative) for one-quarter of the total rent; on receipt of that we write to confirm the reservation with advice on further payment (We simply ask you to send another cheque for the rest 2 months before the holiday).
The rents quoted here include all services, bedding, house towels and fuel.

Dominique & Tom TWENTYMAN
Domaine de Saint Henry – 11 270 LAURAC LE GRAND – FRANCE
From UK 0871 717 42 17 (10p per min all day)
Elsewhere 0033 (0)4 68 60 54 13 / 0033 (0) 6 24 19 32 02 /


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