mercredi 20 février 2013

Gite to rent in South West France

We have a gite to rent in the centre of the tiny village of Laroque de Fa. The building is more than 300 years old and was the old bakery, the bread oven and system for heating the house are still in place. We do have a more modern heating system now..... Ground Floor: Kitchen with electric stove, washing machine fridge freezer fully equipped for four people. There is a small sitting area with armchairs and a dining table. There is a wood burning stove for which an initial supply of wood is included in the price. From here there is an original staircase to the first floor. First Floor: On this floor there are two bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other is at present made up as a single with an orthopedic bed. A second single would fit in this room. On this floor is a separate WC and bathroom with bath and shower over. Second Floor: The second floor is reached by another original staircase in the local style, through a door which effectively shuts off the two floors. This floor can be included in the accommodation although the ceiling is yet to be painted, it comprises one large room where there is a double bed and two singles set up as a corner sofa, there is also a large dining table and chairs. The windows open on to a little square in front of the house which was the original threshing area for the grain. Hot water, and electricity are included in the price of the gite. Linen is charged at 10 euros per person per week. Cars should be left in the area next to the church or on the main square. The road up to the gite becomes very narrow and although there is a way through via the top of the hill, it is only suitable for pedestrians or very small cars. There is a piece of land belonging to our gite which is a little overgrown and wild but visitors are welcome to use this for picnics during their stay, it is about 200 metres away, we will be happy to show yo where this is and in season you can pick the figs and enjoy them. Laroque de Fa is on the D613 road from Narbonne through to Couiza, putting you within easy reach of places like Roman Narbonne, the old city of Carcassonne, sed in Kevin Costner's film Robin Hood Prince of thieves, Rennes le Chateau with its mysterious history, and Rennes les Bains for free hot spring bathing in the woods, also recently used By Kate Mosse as the setting for her novel Sepulchre. There is a file of useful information on the shelf in the sitting room downstairs, and if you need any more specific information please do not hesitate to contact your hosts on : 04 68 70 09 38 You should also come and visit us while you are here, we have a small farm just outside the village where we are renovating the old watermill, the Moulin de St Jean Circa 1260, and we have an organic vegetable garden, llamas, goats and other animals to see. Photos of the gite to follow.