La Croisade - CROS101
Lovely stone cottage close to the Canal du Midi with private heated pool and fabulous views from the sundeck overlooking vineyards as far as you can see. UK satellite channels. Walking distance to a restaurant. Flexible arrival and departure dates out of peak season. 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom. Sleeps 4 FLEXIBLE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES ACCEPTED FOR ANY WEEKS NOT ALREADY BOOKED
- Satellite TV
- Un-overlooked Pool
- Private Pool
- Heated Pool
- Secure fenced pool
- Private Parking
- Golf Nearby
- Watersports Nearby
- Secure Parking
- Child Friendly
- BBQ Area
- No Pets
- Private Villa
- 2+ Bedrooms
|05 / 04 / 2014 - 24 / 05 / 2014||£ 1000|
|24 / 05 / 2014 - 28 / 06 / 2014||£ 1250|
|28 / 06 / 2014 - 30 / 08 / 2014||£ 1500|
|30 / 08 / 2014 - 30 / 09 / 2014||£ 1250|
|01 / 10 / 2014 - 31 / 10 / 2014||£ 1000|
Security Deposit: £ 300.00
Linen and towels included.
Security deposit £300.
Saturday to Saturday bookings only in high season
RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE OWNER
Auberge de la Croisade restaurant is just a 5 minute walk down the road. This restaurant has a number of set menus and A La Carte. The wine list is extensive and includes some very reasonably priced good quality wines from the immediate area. The service is of a high standard and Bruno, the co-owner / maitre d' is a top quality act, very entertaining, and fluent in English, German and French. Booking is advisable, especially in the high season, but once you have a table, there is no hurry to vacate it. Bruno enjoys customers who enjoy their food... and wine. The Auberge offers a very good value leisurely lunch menu, and the setting is top class, with the added bonus of a designated driver not being required.
Bruno has been in business at the Auberge for over 17 years, so they must be doing something right! The building was previously a dwelling for canal workers, and was actually lived in by "Les Rossignols" who owned this house until they fell victim to their own wine back in 1974, when it was contaminated by pesticide.
Another "high end" restaurant worth mentioning is the "Table de Roueire" which is between Quarante and Capestang. Superb terrace overlooking fields towards Creissan, which is lovely for summer lunches. If lobster is your fancy then you can make your own live selection from the tank inside the restaurant. Very clever use of micro herbs, and a good range of both formula and a la carte menus utilising plenty of locally sourced ingredients. Wine list to suit all tastes and budgets. Quite formal service but also very friendly, if a little more restrained than Bruno at "Auberge de La Croisade"! In our experience, always welcoming to children, with a nice Menu Enfants to match - not at all "stuck up" in this respect. No reason at all why it shouldn't be busy at every service, but has always been quiet when we've dined there. Not that we have a problem creating our own atmosphere!
There's a super bar in Quarante, "Bar le 40", which is very popular with locals and tourists alike, especially across lunchtime, Starter, main, dessert, and wine for €11 the last time we were there! Cheap and cheerful, but also a good range of grilled meat and fish dishes. The bar is situated on what we call "Scratchy Car Corner", where we have spent the odd afternoon with a few glasses of rose trying to see who can count the most cars without scratches. Harder than you might think!
OTHER LOCAL AMENITIES
There are a wealth of nearby village festivals throughout the summer months.
Superb, child friendly beaches within a 30 minute drive, all with waterside
restaurants and cafés.
The lively town of Beziers which is especially vibrant in August for the
annual Feria, a 5 day long festival. Perhaps the best flower market in the
south of France on Fridays in the beautiful tree-lined main boulevard. Lots
of fascinating shops in the little cobbled lanes in the old town.
Lovely walks along the nearby Canal du Midi - this international heritage
site links the Atlantic and Mediterranean coast. Beautifully shaded
tow-paths ideal for walking or cycling with many cafés and bars dotted
along the banks or many opportunities to take a boat ride or rent one of
Roquebrun (called "Little Nice"), a gorgeous medieval hilltop village with
a bathing river. Mediterranean garden to visit right at the top of the
Carcassonne – a medieval town with its exceptionally well preserved citadel
and walled town only 45 minutes away.
Pezenas – City of Molière with quite exceptional old world charm and
architectural heritage. Numerous arts and crafts shops and workshops open
to the public and a popular extensive Saturday market.
Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park consists of gorges, the Lac de Salagou
and is a beautiful area only 30 minutes drive away, with its stunning
gorges and superb walking, hiking, river rafting, watersports and carp
Bassin de Thau – a calm inland sea teeming with fish. A breeding place for
oysters and shellfish, producing over half the oysters consumed in France.
Ideal for windsurfing and sail boarding. Villages, such as Bouzigues and
Meze, have many restaurants serving sumptuous platters of fresh shellfish.
Cap D’Agde and Gruissan – these two towns offer everything you might wish
from the Mediterranean. Both have fun water parks and offer a range of
water sports and sailing opportunities with lovely clean beaches nearby.
Other quieter beaches are not far away.
The medieval settlement of Minerve is also not to be missed. 'A Cather
stronghold in the heart of the 'Da Vinci Code' country, with a fascinating
history. It boasts beautiful buildings and scenery, excellent restaurants
and officially one of 'The Most Beautiful Village in France'
Local walks – whether you like an easy stroll in the countryside or
something more adventurous there are walks nearby to meet your needs. Area
also very well suited for cycling.
Golf courses nearby at Béziers (St Thomas) and Cap d'Agde.
Funfair at Vias Plage (July and August)
Spain - an hour's drive to the border. Barcelona - approximately 3 hours
The cottage is located on the edge of La Croisade, a hamlet between Beziers and Carcassonne.
The renowned gourmet restaurant 'Auberge de La Croisade' is with in a 5 minute walk and sits by the side of the Canal du Midi. Domaine Encairo, a local wine grower/sales outlet is directly opposite the restaurant by the canal bridge.
There are several villages within a few minutes drive, all of which have a selection of restaurants and shops. Cruzy is just a 2 minute drive and has all usual amenities. Quarante is also very close and Capestang is between 5-10 minutes and has a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops.
Capestang - hosts a market every Wednesday and Sunday and though on a smaller scale to St Chinian it is a very popular meeting place.
The city of Beziers is about a 25 minute drive and Narbonne is 20 minutes and has a Thursday morning market with enthralling covered food hall. The cathedral and abundance of shops and restaurants are not to be missed.
St Chinian – lively town with super Sunday morning markets, well worth a visit.
Places of Interest near this Property
Enter the property through double gates into the drive. The cottage is stone built and very pretty with light green shutters and a window box on the first floor.
You enter the house into the main living area which consists of a kitchen, dining and lounge areas.
The kitchen area has all amentities, oven with hobs, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, kettle, etc.
Dining area with table and 4 chairs and a great dresser which houses a selection of crockery and glasses as well as some board games. Also there is a selection of toys, buckets and spades for the beach, and board games, playing cards, and a set of boules.
Attractively decorated lounge area with seating on a sofa, arm chair and rocking chair and a large flat screen TV which has UK satellite channels and a DVD player. Doors to courtyard.
Utility room with washing and drying machines, basin and WC.
Stairs lead to the first floor which has a lovely wood effect floor throughout.
There are 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom on this floor:
Bedroom 1 is a beautiful, spacious bedroom with double bed, high beamed ceiling, good storage space, wardrobe and drawers, 2 bedside cabinets, a fan and a door to a small balcony with views over the countryside.
There is also a twin bedroom, very pretty, with 2 single beds, wardrobe and drawers and door to a small balcony. Additional folding bed.
Large bathroom with bath, basin, WE and a walk-in shower.
There are 2 adult bikes available for guests to use on the proviso that any punctures are repaired.
There is a travel cot and bedding provided. Also there is a selection of toys, buckets and spades for the beach, and board games, playing cards, and a set of boules.
Private heated pool of 8m x 4m with walled terrace and table and chairs. Parasol. The pool has a shallow and deep end with Roman steps at the shallow end.
Fabulous wooden sun deck of 5m x 6m with 4 sunbeds and views over the vineyards towards the Canal du Midi.
Exterior lighting in the pool and on the terrace.
Large, shady courtyard with 2 tables and plenty of chairs. Washing line.
2 adult bikes available.
Parking in the drive for several cars.
- Linen and towels supplied.
Not suitable for people with limited mobility
Internet available at the library in nearby Capestang.
Flexible arrival and departure dates out of high season and stays of 10 days accepted.
Visited by one of our team - very highly recommended.
- Kitchen - well equipped with oven, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, kettle.
- Lounge - sofa, armchair, rocking chair, footstool, large flat screen TV with UK satellite channels, bookcase with selection of DVDs.
- Bedrooms - 2, one with double bed, 2 bedside cabinets, wardrobe and drawers, doors to small balcony with views over the countryside.
- Second bedroom with twin beds plus one folding bed, wardrobe and drawers, door to small balcony.
- Bathrooms - 1 bath / shower room
- Utility - washing machine, drier, WC, basin and storage for outside cushions.
" The property did exceed our expectation which were already quite high! Good quality throughout. It was lovely to receive a bottle of wine in the fridge when we arrived. The booking procedure and service was very good. "