Bedrooms 2, Bathroom 1, Occupancy 4
Fabien & Ben
- english, french, german, spanish
About Fabien & Ben
Having lived in France for years and travelled all over the country, we personally fell in love with this region a few years ago, essentially because it is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of France and offers a haven of peace from mass tourism even during the busy summer months. We adore the stunning mountain views, the historic Cathar castles, the unrivalled food and wine, the access to mountain lakes, and the bustling village markets, not to mention the ability to day-trip to great cities like Carcassonne, Béziers, Toulouse, Perpignan and Montpellier, and to the world-class beaches on the south-west coast. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Fabien & Ben purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Fabien & Ben chose Carcassonne
We fell in love with the rustic French charm of this rare railway cottage, but also with its huge, 1/2 acre garden which offers incredible views up to hilltop villages and over the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is a haven of peace but also within easy walking distance of Couiza's and Espéraza's shops, markets, bars and restaurants.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
travel cot and high chair available upon request
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely cottage in beautiful setting.
A lovely cottage in a quiet village location. Well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and cosy lounge. A good sized sunny garden with comfy loungers.
A great area for walking, canoeing, historic castles and towns ... cycling for the very fit as it's quite hilly.
Spectacular landscape at the base of the Pyrenees, still very green even mid September.
Owners have been helpful and prompt to respond to email.
Thank you Jacky for your nice comments. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. Best wishes, Fabien
We loved our stay, the cottage is beautiful, well equipped and very cosy! The garden is lovely and we had a great time eating outside. We definitely recommend staying here, there's many beautiful villages surrounding the area and it is great for a peaceful countryside retreat.
The only issue was that the BBQ was dirty and therefore we didn't use it, but this didn't spoil our trip!
Thanks Hannah for your positive review I am glad you had a great stay at the cottage. I am sorry about the BBQ, we weren't aware it had been used this season but normally it's always clean between every stay. Best wishes, Fabien
This lovely cottage was perfect for a relaxing week away. Delightful garden with plenty of room to sit out and enjoy the sun.
Quiet location but within easy reach of local shops.
I would recommend this cottage.
Many thanks for your nice review Evelyn. Really glad you had a great holiday. Best wishes Fabien
Quiet, restful and convenient, clean and compact.
We spent two very enjoyable weeks in this cottage. It is small , but very convenient for the two us us. The accommodation was clean, with a bright spacious lounge and good kitchen, equipped with all we needed. Everything worked as intended. The area was new to us but we found it easy to get around and saw lots of nice country and all the tourist stuff we wanted. It was very quiet but there are convenient shops, markets and wine outlets. the garden is smaller than some, but is sunny and well laid out.
We did not meet the owners but spoke to them by phone and e-mail and found them attentive, helpful and friendly.
The only, minor negative is the welcome pack, which needs updating to reflect some changes (trains no longer run past the railway cottage).
We would thoroughly recommend this property.
Peaceful and relaxed holiday cottage and location
We had a lovely week at The Railway Cottage. It is well equipped and has plenty of character. The cottage is located a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from Esperaza which has plenty of facilities including a good small supermarket, a few boulangerie and cafes. The Sunday market was worth a visit for fresh provisions and Intermarche is very close. And try the Malbec from Anne de Joyeuse, delicious. It was very peaceful relaxing on the terrace, listening to the birds and spotting the very infrequent trains. The garden is crying out for a pool but that may be a consideration for the future. There is a good circular walk up Chemin de Brimort if you like to get in a bit of a daily walk and there are possibilities for longer ones. The whole area is beautiful and changes as you head south towards the mountains. There is plenty to do in the area locally or a little further afield. If you have kids definitely visit the Dinosaur Musee as it is much bigger and more impressive than expected. A most enjoyable stay and relaxed place to be.
Thanks for your positive review, Helen. We're delighted that you had a great experience in the lovely region. You're right that a pool is our next major project, but the lack of a pool does mean that we can keep the rental prices down, so it does have its advantages! In the meantime, there are plenty of freshwater lakes nearby that are ideal for swimming - such as Puivert, Bucharach and Arques.
All best wishes,
Ben and Fabien
Gorgeous cottage in a great location
Stayed at this cottage for 1 week. Before arriving the owners sent an information pack which was incredibly useful and meant when we arrived at the cottage we could settle in easily and comfortably. The cottage itself was spotlessly clean - each room felt warm and comforting. The location of the cottage was great as it was in a more secluded area (very peaceful) but within walking distance of bars, resturants and shops. Within the cottage was an info pack which contained leaflets of things to do within the surrounding areas which meant that each day we were spoiled for choice with activities! One evening we were slightly cold so asked the owners about heating and the next day the property maneger had put radiators within the bedrooms! Great location, lovely owners, warm and welcoming property- would definitely recommend any of my friends to stay here!
We're so glad that you had a great time and thanks for the lovely review!
Canoeing/Kayaking on the river Aude - 5 mins away
Cathar castles to visit all over the region
Famous market in Esperaza