beautifully presented accomodation ,decorated with love and care by the owner Nicole set on the banks of the river that runs through Legrasse, a lovely little village --the area is very interesting historically .
we loved our stay and the people we met
Reasons why I hate to do this:
1. Words could not do the required justice to the quality of the accommodation, the historic building, the beautifully restored and furnished interior and the breathtaking views.
2. It is impossible to express how much I appreciated the welcome, the attention, the introduction to the local area and the holiday management skills of the owner without raising undue suspicions of my wife.
3. This region of France is still so under exploited and under-commercialised that everything is not only authentic but also good value (except Carcassonne :))
4. There is quite honestly no better place than this for a holiday, as a couple, as a family or with friends in all of the Languedoc. If you go there you will never want to leave and I don't want the weight of that responsibility on my shoulders.
5. If this review gives you even the vaguest idea of the quality of our holidays (we went in July and then immediately booked to go back again in September) then you will go there. If you go there when I wanted to go back again I will be heartbroken. Stay away from this house, it's perfect.
I have returned at least four times and had the benefit of staying in two of the different apartments. have to say every time my experience was faultless, the actual apartments are beautifully designed and dressed with style and elegance but also equipped with the latest mod cons iPad speakers dishwashers etc - and the beds are some of the most comfortable I have slept in.
Nicole is a delightful and thoughtful host who goes out of her way to make sure you are comfortable and provide you with advice and information about the area - and you are quite likely to share a sociable tipple with her, on the beautiful terrace overlooking the river, on one evening during your stay - I would thoroughly recommend a visit especially perfect as a romantic break for couples and discerning visitors .. 10 stars !!
This place is a real find - quiet, comfortable rooms in stunning natural surroundings. The riverside location is perfect. Throughout it is beautifully and tastefully finished, down to the last detail. One small gite ideal for a couple, a larger one above would suit a family or group of friends. Go soon, before someone beats you to it!
We stayed in the Ramparts and Riverside apartment, which was perfect for a two week stay exploring the wonderful Cathar region. It was very tastfully furnished, the sofa and bed were both very comfortable, the shower room was great with a nice powerful shower and the kitchen, though small, was quite adequate.
The position of the apartment was perfect, just yards (or rather metres!) from the old covered market square and of course, overlooking the river. Sitting on the balcony overlooking the river was a joy. We realised we must have been in hundreds of tourist photos taken from the bridge and across the river. However, they were far enough away that we didn't find it intrusive. We enjoyed the five minute stroll up to the boulangerie on the main street every morning to get our bread and croissants for breakfast. And while we couldn't park the car outside the apartment (except briefly for unloading/loading luggage), the car park was only a two minute walk away and well used by campervans, so it felt perfectly safe.
We loved Lagrasse, exploring its streets and meeting its people, who were without exception friendly and helpful. There were plently of restaurants to choose from and the little epicerie had a reasonable range of food and other items. However, as we self-catered quite a bit, we did main shops at the Intermarche and Carrefour supermarkets in Lezignan-Corbieres, roughly a half-hour drive away.
Nicole, the delightful owner, provided useful advice on where to go, what to see, the local restaurants, places to swim etc. She was also very responsive to the odd minor problem.
We loved the region with the amazing hill-top castles and monasteries and beautiful scenery. So, our thanks to Nicole, for a great apartment in just the right place and for the help she provided while we were there.
We stopped in the one bedroomed 'Ramparts and Riverside' apartment for a week in July. The apartment had looked lovely on the website and even exceeded our expectations when we saw it in person. It was decorated and furnished beautifully throughout and was a very special place to stay. We loved having breakfast (fantastic pastries available from the nearby boulangerie) and many of our evening meals sat out on the little terrace, our only company being the swallows flying over head and the sounds of frogs in the river we overlooked. Lagrasse is a picture postcard French village, old stone houses and cobbled streets, set by a river dominated by an abbey, with medieval bridges crossing it. It was nice to just step out of the house in the evening and go for a meal in one of the excellent nearby restaurants or just buy an ice cream and take a stroll along the river. You could easily spend all your time just relaxing in the village or, like us, you could explore some of the many nearby interesting towns and tourist sights (far too many to fit into the week we had there). If you have a car with you there is plentiful free parking in a car park a couple of minutes walk from the apartment. If you are looking to holiday in a lovely area of France and want to stop in a beautiful apartment, then look no further and book this one.
We have just spent two weeks living in the Large Terrace Apartment in Lagrasse and we loved it right from the moment we arrived. The apartment itself is decorated to a very high standard but still has that great French charm. More spacious than it looks on line, lovely high ceilings and big windows. The most amazing view from the terrace upstairs where we spent lots of time eating, reading, sunbathing. A wonderful private outdoor space. I loved the little things - beautiful roll top bath, soft white towels, soaps that are handmade round the corner!, quality linens and comfortable beds. Our younger daughter (8) made the mezzanine in our room her own "little apartment" and our older girl (12) claimed the twin room at the top. Both were very happy! Kitchen very well equipped and we cooked quite a lot. The little courtyard off it was ideal for breakfast or a quiet cup of tea. The kids favourite local restaurant was L'Affenage and ours had to be La Cocotte Felee. Kids loved La Cite, Carcassonne and we loved the indoor food market in Narbonne. The sheer beauty of our surroundings both in the apartment and the town of Lagrasse meant we returned home with a feeling of well being. Thanks Nicole!
from the Raleigh Family