, sleeping 10 , above-ground pool, in magnificent setting (houses
can be rented separately or together by one large
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………….
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
Bedroom en suite
de La Tour Basse
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
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.
per week in Euros
Maison de la Tour Basse
Jan. to 16 April
april to 11 June
June to 16 July
July to 27 August
|27 August to 1 Octobre
1 October to 31 December
|Christmas, New Year and
Rents include all bedding and all services.
LETTINGS RUN FROM SATURDAY TO SATURDAY EXCEPTION POSSIBLE BY CONSULTATION
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
(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
Dominique & Tom
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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