Pyrenees - Puivert - 4 gites
4 simple 3-star gites with garden and pool
Puivert Castle - Cathar Castle route - TdF routes
€248,000 * ref n° 110
Puivert Castle - legendary home to the 'Ninth Gate' dominates Puivert village and its 14 hamlets
Puivert Castle, dating back to the 12th century, is one of the renowned 'Chateaux Cathares' where followers of the Cathar faith sought refuge and protection against the forces of the established church and the French king during the 13th century Albigensian Crusade. It lies on the celebrated road which links Perpignan to Foix - passing through Estagel, the Gorges de St Lys, Quillan and Monségur - and is much used by wine route fans, cyclists and tourists in general as well as those on the 'Cathar Trail'. Recently the castle has attained a new notoriety as the setting for Polanski's (fictional) film, The Ninth Gate, which sees Jonny Depp clambering over the ancient stones at Puivert and surviving a Dan Brown-style fire and brimstone attack.
The village of Puivert is an oddity: a tight compacted warren of narrow laneways and stone houses at the core of the village ... but it also includes 14 out-lying hamlets scattered over the basin made by the surrounding hills, each one dominated by the massive outline of the mediaeval castle. There's a lake at the village with a beach, lifeguards and a café. And a flying club with gliders launched by cable and soaring silently overhead. An idyllic holiday spot which attracts a modest, family-oriented following of tourists throughout the summer months.
The property in question is in one of these out-lying hamlets, about 2 kms from the village and a bit less from the Castle. The gites occupy two houses in the village, more or less back-to-back, with an extensive garden across a laneway with a pool, terraces and outdoor furniture for the guests.
There are four gites in all: three two-bedroomed, one bathroom, kitchen and living area self-catering units and one one-bedroomed gite. They offer simple, functional, comfortable and fairly spacious accommodation for two-children families or couples. The accent here is on affordable clean and functional holiday accommodation - there are no exposed beams, no terracotta tiling or ancient stone sinks - but simple, often new, equipment such as dishwashers, microwave ovens and new bedding...
....and there is mains drainage!
The garden faces away from the hamlet and allows the gite guests to discover the total quiet and peace of the site. The pool is an added attraction. Three of the gites have 3-star ratings given by Gites de France who handle some of the bookings. The gites are full from May through to end September.
The owner does not live on site. She lives in a neighbouring hamlet and manages the business by coming over on the changeover day and dealing with reservations by internet.
Our opinion: By concentrating on modest French families (rather than trying to attract upmarket foreign custom) the current owner has opted for a realistic approach to gite marketing. With high season prices of around €600 per week, she ensures that the gites are full for the entire summer season. Buyers have the option of taking over her own home as well as the gites (an ultra-modern, wood 'eco-house' priced at €140k) or using one of the gites for themselves as they discover the region and other accommodation possibilities.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* agency fees included ____________reference n°:110
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The département of the Aude, in the Languedoc, prides itself as being the home of the Cathar, a famed religious sect of the 12 and 13th century, who dared defy Rome with their brand of humble, scaled-down Christianity. They failed in the end, but their story of defiance, struggle and eventual extinction is etched into the landscape, villages and castles of the region.
Throughout the 12th century the Cathar faithful were slowly pushed out of the low-lying plains towards the hostile, mountainous uplands where they found refuge in fortified villages or in castles and keeps perched on the most inaccessible crags of the Corbières or the Pyrenean foothills. In the end the French State allied with Rome, sent Simon de Montfort to root out and kill the last 'heretics' in what was known as the 'Albigensian Crusade'.
In the western part of Languedoc the most notable feature is the Lac de St Ferréol, specially conceived by Riquet when building the Canal du Midi, and designed to supply water to the canal throughout the summer period. This it does by means of a mini-canal - 'le rigole' which carries water from the resevoir to the highest point of the canal on the watershed (between Atlantic and Mediterranean basins) near Avignonnet-Lauragais.
The southern part of the département meets the Pyrenees and boasts a wealth of whitewater rivers, trekking trails and ski resorts.
- 4 simple gites
- In a hamlet
- 3X2-bedroom gites, 1 studio
- garden with pool
- lake with freshwater bathing
- 40 minutes Carcassonne/Perpignan airport.
- ski resort at 45 mins
- very good price
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