We stayed for 2 weeks, the first week was spent with our family from Dallas TX and were very grateful of the 'welcome pack' on arrival. Roger & Jane were excellent hosts and looked after us in more ways than one! The village is a delight and our grandchildren enjoyed the evening walks around Mirepeisset before bedtime. The villa was clean and well equipped, the pool was a bonus after a day out as the temperature hit 36 degrees. Roger & Jane's knowledge of the area with regards to what to do and see was very helpful, due to the age range of the family. We were very fortunate to have Roger & Jane's support when we had a problem with our vehicle, they went above & beyond our expectations in every way. We hope one day to return the favour and return.
We stayed in le Fitou last year and came back for more. It is a wonderful place to relax and cut off. There is a nice walled patio and pool area with plants and vine all around just for this property. Great for outside dining. This one has three bedrooms, two twins and a double, and each has a bathroom. The kitchen is well equipped and the lounge diner is airy with the vaulted double height ceiling. The hamlet is lovely with an epicerie which sells very decent patisserie every morning only a short pleasant stroll away. There is a river and park and you can bathe in the river. Vineyards all around and a pleasant stroll or cycle will see you in neighbouring villages like Le Somail or Ginestas. Loads of great villages nearby. Mountain, sea or vineyard. There are shops and supermarkets nearby as well as the local farm markets etc. The hosts couldn't be better, very welcoming and entertaining as well as discrete and considerate of privacy etc. We are not people who return to the same place to holiday. Or so we thought. We are already planning next year as we come away feeling recharged and refreshed.
Just arrived home from a brilliant fortnight staying at La Fleurie and boy what a great time we had.
The accomadation was first class, we were well catered for, welcome food pack on arrival, house was airy and very comfortable, ensuites in each room is fantastic.
The garden is completely private and the pool was a godsend as we did encounter a French heatwave.
Jane and Roger were on hand if we needed anything and had great knowledge about the area.
Lots of nice walks locally and along the canals which nearby. The village is ideally located to the Canal du Midi if you want to book at short canal trip, the beaches around the area are lovely and clean mot suitable for children. Narbonne is worth a visit, great market, and most condensed cathedral I have ever visited.
Roger will recommend great places to eat and they didn't disappoint, La Bouche at Le Somail well worth a visit.
Again I cannot recommend La Fleurie highly enough.
Where do I start? As an area presumably you have done your research as to what you can visit. If you are searching for the Templar's treasure - forget it. But watch for the Cathar's cross, closer than you may think. Is that a clue?
Anyway this Gite is top of the range. We checked out what was available in the area and managed to get this 6 months or so in advance. Do not leave it to late! They will be well booked.
High spots of the Gite? The high spot for us was the totally enclosed sun trap of a terrace and pool! Gorgeous. BUT you must get out and search for the Templar treasure. Forget the bar b etc and reading books or what ever - it is out there, in fact I have a map if anyone wishes to buy it. There are so many walks. (an hour along the canal to a great restaurant.) Try to convince Jane to do a half day one! A good guide is worth a pint or what ever and she is a very good guide!!
Great great holiday. Enjoy.
PS Baggins our working cocker is pining for Lupin, the resident girl dog. But beware, Lupin is a sharp cookie. Any dog food is up for grabs - lock it away
PPS Pet passport no problem at Narbonne
With 4 of us arriving for a week of golf and from 4 different directions it was simply outstanding to find, on arrival, at La Fleurie our hosts (Roger and Jane Hollings) had filled the kitchen/ with:- bread, butter, milk, juices, tea, coffee, sugar, jam, Nutella (in joke) and everything needed including wines and beers to prevent us having to immediately go shopping. Probably other things too just suffice it to say the welcome pack was beyond expectations. The Gite is large and totally comfortable and is as described. Lovely private pool and courtyard area (top quality pool side and patio furniture with barbecue as well) and space outside in the gated area to park your car/cars off the road. An hour and a bit in either direction to reach the golf courses of Beziers and Carcassonne (both accepting the Golfy card for a 25% green fee discount; check it out. Sadly there are no UK courses currently that accept the card but a year's sub can be regained after 4 rounds of golf at participating courses).
Roger and Jane provide full information in the Gite on local restaurants (these are excellent value too), markets, and loads of tourist attractions. The village itself is small but has a grocers shop/bakery and a couple of walking to restaurants. There are supermarkets (we used the big Lidl) within a 10 minute drive so you have splendid isolation (if required) yet access to all that you need. The only downside for us was that on Thursday we had winds of 40k an hour and torrential rain. Can't blame our hosts for that though. Thoroughly recommend La Fleurie.
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