In the Montagne Noire village of Labastide Esparbaïrenque, this three-storey stonebuilt cottage was fully renovated in 2014. Tastefully furnished and thoughtfully equipped, it has bags of character. There's a big kingsize bed, wifi internet access, and your pet is welcome.
Labastide is one of the famous 'villages percheés' of La Mongane Noire. In the heart of great walking country, there are two restaurants in nearby Roquefère, 2.5km, and a swimming lake within a 10 minute drive.
You could book via a site which charges an extra "service fee", typically 12 to 15%. Book direct with us to avoid this. It's the same property and the same owner, but for less.
The front door enters the middle floor, where there's a compact kitchen, a dining table, and a living area with an easy chair and a sofa (which folds out to make a bed). There's a tv with Chromecast (requires a smartphone with Google home app), and a freestanding woodburner to keep you warm if you're here in the cooler months.
The kitchen is compact but well equipped, and has a fridge, gas cooker and electric kettle.
On the lower floor is a 'cave' storage area. An inner cave area, accessed by a spiral staircase, leads to the toilet and shower room. The external rear door is on this level.
On the upper floor is the bedroom with a kingsize bed, a chest of drawers, some hanging space, a comfy chair and a small computer desk with chair.
The cottage sleeps up to 3 if one guest uses the sofa bed, and is not suitable for small children or babies. As it's on three floors, and has a narrow spiral staircase to the lower floor shower room and loo, it also isn't suitable for people with mobility issues. One well behaved pet is welcome, so long as it is restrained from chasing the local cats and is kept off the furniture.
Prices include bed linen, towels, electricity and gas. An initial supply of wood is included from October to April. This will be sufficient to run the fire for several hours daily. More wood can be ordered if required.
The cottage is equipped for year-round living, and is available for winter lets from October to March - please get in touch for a quote, as our booking system won't give you an accurate answer for long stays.
Things to do nearby
Labastide-Esparbaïrenque is a spectacular perched village above a river valley in the Montagne Noire. Set not far from the highest point - Pic du Nore 1209m, about the same as Snowdon - of La Montagne Noire (in English, the Black Mountains), it is surrounded by wonderful countryside, criss-crossed by many randoneés (waymarked footpaths), and is a great base for walking.
Just 2km down the road - or a pleasant walk along the riverside path - the tiny village of Roquefere has two restaurants and a shop selling wine, sweets and local produce. The next village, Mas Cabardès, about another 3km, has a small épicerie.
About 7km further up the hill is the village of Pradelles-Cabardès, where there is a swimming lake which is warm enough to swim from mid-June until the end of summer.
Labastide is about 25km from Carcassonne along a scenic road which passes through the villages of Les Ilhes Cabardes, Lastours and Conques s'Orbiel. Carcassonne is a sizeable town, best known for its medieval Cité. It has plenty of shops - most on sprawling retail parks accessed via the ring-road - and a pleasant town centre with a big square surrounded by pavement cafes at its heart.
Whilst we would recommend bringing a car, it's not strictly necessary as pick-ups from Carcassonne can be arranged, and several travelling shops visit the village every week.
Travelling to Labastide Esparbairenque
Carcassonne is on the A61 autoroute between Toulouse and Narbonne. The drive from a Channel ferry port is around 600 miles and takes at least 12 hours. We recommend DFDS Newhaven to Dieppe as the ferry route which has the most direct road links for driving to the South of France.
Carcassonne South of France Airport is on the edge of town, so about 25 mins from Labastide. It has Ryanair flights from manyand European airports. The airport has a car hire desk. Another option is Toulouse Blagnac, 128km, which is served by a wider choice of carriers from departure points around the World.