We were greeted absolutely on time by Patricia, who showed us through the large garage to the stairs and up to the apartment. It occupies part of the first and second floors of a remise conversion, just off the main street of Cuxac d'Aude. There's plenty of parking on the street close by, we never had a problem finding a convenient space.
The gite is well appointed, there is a large shower room with bidet and trendy washbasin just inside the front door, with a washing machine occupying a separate section of the room, then a separate loo just across. The large entrance hall leads onto a light and airy corridor with a seating area, and the two bedrooms open off this. The bedrooms are simple rooms, the double has a flat screen TV with French channels and the most comfortable mattress - we even stripped the bed to discover the make and model we were so impressed! Both the bedrooms have generous built-in wardrobes. Upstairs (rather creaky stairs so no good for trying to creep up unheard for a midnight feast!) is the open plan living area on the mezannine. Two red leather sofas with a very large flat screen TV with satellite UK channels, and a DVD player then a dining table and chairs then the breakfast bar with bar stools and up a little step to the kitchen. We have stayed in many self-catering homes, and this kitchen was one of the cleanest and best equipped we have enjoyed, there was even a blender so I could turn the leftovers of my poule au pot into a chicken soup for next day's lunch! The kitchen opened into a conservatory style kitchen-diner where the oven and another hob is located, we used this room for breakfast every morning, with the patio doors opened so we could enjoy the sun. The patio is a real suntrap, and very private so you can relax on the loungers in comfort.
Cuxac is an excellent location from which to explore Minervois and Corbieres, we also made use of the bikes provided to cycle along the canal into Narbonne, as well as exploring the local vineyards and olive groves.
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