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house , sleeping 10 , above-ground pool, in magnificent setting (houses can be rented separately or together by one large group).

The hamlet of Roubichoux lies in a valley on the edge of the foothills of the Pyrenees, where the western corner of the county of the Aude gives way to the rugged Ariége. It is at the end of a quiet lane so there is no through traffic to disturb the peace of this beautiful place. The houses stand on a gentle slope of the valley looking across woodlands & hills to the mountains ; they are surrounded by large gardens and 225 acres of land of woods & meadow where visitors are free to roam at will. To one side of the houses is a lovely Romanesque church, lovingly restored by the owners & their friends, an experimental vineyard, and a stone-terraced ‘ampitheatre’ for occasional cultural events and fetes. The owners --who are landscapers by profession – and who, in effect, own the entire hamlet & its surrounding land which has been in their family for generations –have invested their love & skills in ‘adding to nature’ and thus creating a place of exceptional beauty. At the same time there is nothing ‘precious’ about this place ; it is a modest, family-based affair, child-oriented, devoted to giving visitors a good holiday, as vigorous, or as quiet, as they want it to be………….

Despite the rural calm, Roubichoux, situated in the commune of Sonnac-sur-L’Hers, is not islolated from good facilities. The shops, cafés & restaurants of Chalabre & Mirepoix (historic bastide with superb market in its arcaded square) are within 20 minutes drive (and what a pleasure to drive these quiet country roads through picturesque countryside !). The castles of Montsegur & Puivert, & other places associated with the tragic history of the Cathar martyrs, are nearby – and in 40 minutes one can see Foix and the prehistoric cave-paintings of Niaulx. The chateau of nearby Chalabre organizes family days, a mixture of pageant, arts & crafts and good fun. The walled city of Carcassonne is about 50 minutes drive & Toulouse just over an hour --- so access is easy from their airports. 90 minutes drive takes you to Andorra and the Mediterranean --in opposite directions, of course !
The same loving care devoted to the surroundings has been given to to the building of the modern house (Tour Basse) .

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Maison de La Tour Basse

the modern house is four-bedroomed for a maximum of 10 people. It has free WIFI internet access available.
Ground floor --- open-plan living & dining room, spacious & bright, with three-piece suite and TV with satellite box equipped for many channels, including English. The kitchen has gas-hob, oven, extractor, micro-wave, fridge-freezer, dish-washer, washing machine, kettle, toaster & espressor machine. There is a ground-floor bedroom with two single beds.

Upstairs ---three bedrooms , two with double beds, and one with two single beds. There is also a child-bed. The bathroom has two wash-basins, bath & shower ; there is a separate w.c.

0utside --- terraced dining-area for 8, spacious lawns and above-ground pool (5m x 3.5m, about 4 ft deep, see photo). It is likely that a sunken pool will be constructed in the future. Plenty of garden furniture & sun-loungers.

Rents per week in Euros

Maison de la Tour Basse

1 Jan. to 16 April
16 april to 11 June
11 June to 16 July
16 July to 27 August 1750€
27 August to 1 Octobre 1300€
1 October to 31 December
Christmas, New Year and Easter + 90€

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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