We are really happy here and consider ourselves fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. The village is very small but the residents are very friendly.
Maison de Laura is a traditional long farmhouse built in 1876 and is south facing. The barn was once used to store and make wine but has since been converted into a gîte The gîte is 80 sq mts over two floors. Upstairs there is a double bedroom with built in wardrobe and views to the swimming pool. The second bedroom has two twin beds and a built in wardrobe. The luxury bathroom has a large walk in shower room, heated towel rail and fresh towels are supplied. Downstairs there is a lounge/dining area with wood burning stove plus a free supply of logs, table and chairs, two sofas and English or French satellite TV and DVD player. The fitted kitchen is fully equipped with washing machine, dish washer, microwave, full size cooker, ceramic hob and good size fridge with freezer. Outside the gîte there is a private terraced area with table, chairs and a barbeque area. There is a good sized garden and a south facing swimming pool open from end of May until October.
Maison de Laura is situated in a valley surrounded by vineyards in the village of Salsigne 20 minutes north of Carcassonne in the foothills of the Montagne Noir. The village has a local shop selling most items including fresh bread and croissants. There is also a post office and a wine cave. The area is steeped in history and there are many places to see and visit. From Maison de Laura you are within walking distance of the Cathar Castles of Lastours. A short drive away are the Grotto de Limousis and the amazing underground safari of the Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine (a gorge inside a mountain deep enough to hold the Eiffel Tower), The Cascade de Cupservies (the longest drop waterfall in Europe), not to mention - wonderful vineyards, great French restaurants and amazing scenery. It is ideal for walking holidays as we are in the heart of the countryside.
You can swim in our pool directly opposite your gîte, There are two lakes both with beaches, one in the nearby Montagnes Noir and one is near Carcassonne. This one has boating facilities and both have life guards in attendance. The Canal du Midi offers boat trips and you can walk or cycle along the canal. In Carcassonne on a Saturday there is a market selling local produce and often there is live music which all adds to the atmosphere.
There are several good restaurants in the area and the one at Lastours ”Le Puits du Tresor” has a Michelin star. Conques sur Orbiel has a superb restaurant and pizzeria.
There are many fine and reasonably priced restaurants in and around Carcassonne and in the walled city itself. We are in the well known wine region of Minervois with plenty of caves to visit locally.
We are 30 minutes from the historical walled city of Carcassonne, 1 hour to the Mediterranean Sea, 2 hours to the Pyrenees Mountains, 1.15 hours to Toulouse 1.30 to Albi and 15 min. to the Black Mountains. We are situated right in the heart of the Cathar country.
Guest have access to the swimming pool, garden and secure parking
Interaction with guests
Once you have arrived we will show you around give you the keys and explain how things work. We will then leave you alone but we are on site in case you require any help, advice or just a chat.
Other things to note
Please note there is no restaurant or bar in the village just a small shop selling most items plus fresh bread and croissants every morning.
There are several restaurants in nearby villages though.
Please do not smoke in the Gite. You are more than welcome to smoke in the grounds.
You will be self catering but breakfast can be supplied and bought to the Gite if required for an additional cost. Just let us know.
Please depart by 10.30am. Please leave the Gite as you found it. Remove all your rubbish and make sure the dish washer is empty. If you wish we will do the cleaning for 50 euros extra.
Do not mess with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, any problems, we will check them out and replace batteries etc, they are there for your safety.