Set in the sleepy village of Bouriege in the Languedoc in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Our traditionally furnished home is on 3 floors with 4 bedrooms. Fully equipped kitchen with bread oven. Shared Solar Swimming Pool, Terrace and two gardens.
The house is on three floors. You enter the house straight into our traditional old kitchen with red "tomette" tiles, the bread oven large kitchen table as well as the usual oven, microwave dishwasher etc. Through the kitchen is the formal dining room with enough plates and dishes for the largest of dinner. Off the back of the kitchen is the utility room with washer, extra deep freeze and the back door that leads up the alleyway to our "secret garden".
On the second floor of the auberge is the master bedroom with a sleigh bed just opposite is the main large full bathroom with a ball and claw bathtub and shower. Further down the hall is the living room with plenty of books for lazy summer reading.
The third floor has four bedrooms all with skylights. To the left is the red bedroom with one double beds. Straight ahead is the yellow bedroom with has an adjoining extra room which is perfect for parents with a small child.. On the right is the top floor bathroom with a shower. To the right is the white bedroom which has stairs that lead up out onto the terrace. The stairs from the terrace lead down to the shared solar heated black swimming pool.
You must go through this bedroom to access the terrace and pool.
The shared terrace at the back of the house allows us to dine outdoors without ever leaving our house. The pool, terrace and two gardens are shared between the houses but we have found there is plenty of space for everyone. Both the secret garden and river garden have a barbeque.
We fell in love with our house, finding it by lucky chance over twenty years ago. The house is furnished with local farm pieces and period furniture. We renovated and furnished this house as our home and hope that all the visitors enjoy it as we always have. We like to think that some of the house's good times are imbued in its walls.
There is a simple cafe just at the end of our street and the post office just next door. Our "secret' garden is up the alleyway. There is a table and chairs as well as a small BBQ and swing. Our larger garden is by a stream and is a 2 min walk from our place. Here you can play badminton or croquet, laze in a hammock, BBQ your dinner in our large stone BBQ or just laze under the cherry tree with a good book.
We are in the heart of Cathar coutnry. Lots of chateaux from the very famous Carcassonne to the granddaddy of them all Perpyteuse and its smaller neighbor Queribus. We are 20 minutes from Rennes Le Chateau, 45 minutes to the Medieval town of Mirepoix with its wonderful half timbered houses and beautiful Monday morning market. We are an hour and a half from the beach and 40 minutes from our favorite lake that we often go to after doing our Sunday shop at Esperaza's farmers market. For those who want to venture further afield, Barcelona is a beautiful four and a half hours drive and the Spanish border just 2 hours away.
We have bikes for you to use if you wish, including a tandem, and in the summer months, we are around and happy to suggest good bike routes or walks, make a reservation at a local table d'hote or restaurant or organize a wine tasting.
WIfi and linens are provided. There is a washing machine off the kitchen in the utility room.
Guests have shared access to the terrace, the solar heated swimming pool as well as the two gardens- one just opposite the artist studio- a small walled garden with stone bbq,stone table and longer table and chairs under tiled eves for meals al fresco- the other garden is further down the village by a small stream also with a stone bbq, table and chairs for eating out, badminton and croquet for those who want to be more active as well as a swing and hammock for those who want to enjoy the quiet.
Общение с гостями
We are on hand if you need us and are happy to help when you need us - from making restaurant reservations locally, wine tastings or just advice for where to take a walk, bike ride or find a perfect picnic spot or local market. Our favorite farmers market is on Sunday morning in Esperaza. We always make sure to get there buy our fresh fruit and local produce for the week and then hang out and have our coffee or Pastis and watch the world go by.
Другие важные подробности
There is street parking only. No private garage. Most shops are closed on Sundays. So if you are arriving on a Sunday keep that in mind.We recommend you bring at least some groceries with you if arriving late on Saturday as nothing is open. Our favorite Sunday morning farmers market is in Esperaza but do keep in mind that it closes up at midday. There is a supermarket - Super U in Limoux that is open on Sunday morning until midday if you need. Most places except supermarkets and restaurants are closed between 12 and 2pm so plan your day accordingly.
The auberge is next door to the old converted barn where the travelers used to keep their horses. As in a hotel, the pool and terrace and gardens are shared, so we ask you to be respectful of your other neighbors in residence. We have always found there is plenty of space for everyone between all the various gardens and outdoor spaces.
Sorry no smoking indoors and please be very careful if you smoke outdoors. Do pick up and take with your ashtray and cigarettes at the end of the evening.
No children are allowed around the pool area or in the pool unsupervised by an adult. We love our pool but water is dangerous, and we ask you to be responsible for your children- obvious request but worth making for the safety and happiness of everyone.
For the same reason, no glass around the pool area either. We have plastic cups and glasses to use round the pool.
We ask as a courtesy that everyone take a shower in the outdoor shower ( it does have hot and cold, so no-one has to suffer a cold shower) before going into the pool.
Speaking of showers, we are in an area where water is an issue, so especially in the hot summer months try to be careful about your water consumption. Don't run the water when you wash the dishes if you can avoid it and try and avoid overly long showers. Thanks for your understanding.
Candles. We love them and we have lots of candelabras in all the houses. Please don't leave any unattended. Blow them out if you leave the room.
Most importantly we want everyone to enjoy themselves as we do in our old house in the little village of Bouriege.
Books from PD James to JM Coetze, Music from Beethoven to Billy Holiday and Tom Waites. We love to cook, eat and entertain. We recently renovated our apartment and now cook up feasts in our glorious open plan kitchen. Alvin makes the sushi. I make the Indian and Thai meals We share the fun of cooking French and Italian meals.
We are movie fans and BBC Radio 4 addicts. Netflix gets a workout from us as well. The tandem bicycle you see outside the building is ours. We bike everywhere-winter and summer-in Manhattan and out to Brooklyn. It is the best way to get around and see the city.
Alvin is an artist. The pictures you see in the hallways and on our walls are his. We travel a fair bit for his art which is why our apartment is listed on Airbnb.