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The Old Donkey Market

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Courtyard & Gite entrance
Courtyard dining
Village of Quarante
1 of 20Courtyard & Gite entrance
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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
3 nights minimum
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Beautifully restored Old Donkey Market with courtyard. Very spacious open plan ground floor consisting of lounge, dining area and kitchen – upstairs a modern bathroom/shower room and large dual aspect bedroom with beams and character. The courtyard is very inviting with “Dolly” our resident guard sheep to await you at the door. The discreet dining area is surrounded by olive trees, flowering shrubs and vines, all protected by the shade of an old pantile roof, which means you can wine, dine and consult your Ipad in rain or sun (normally the latter as records have it that this area has 300 days of blue skies per year!). The property is situated in the middle of the medieval village of Quarante with its Abbey, bars, restaurants, boulangerie, butchers, convenience store, chemist etc. all wit...Beautifully restored Old Donkey Market with courtyard. Very spacious open plan ground floor consisting of lounge, dining area and kitchen – upstairs a modern bathroom/shower room and large dual aspect bedroom with beams and character. The courtyard is very inviting with “Dolly” our resident guard sheep to await you at the door. The discreet dining area is surrounded by olive trees, flowering shrubs and vines, all protected by the shade of an old pantile roof, which means you can wine, dine and consult your Ipad in rain or sun (normally the latter as records have it that this area has 300 days of blue skies per year!). The property is situated in the middle of the medieval village of Quarante with its Abbey, bars, restaurants, boulangerie, butchers, convenience store, chemist etc. all within walking distance. We now even have a dedicated walkway/cycle path along the old railway track to neighbouring villages, all nestling in the vineyards and olive groves. The area offers amenities for all types of holiday – the Canal du Midi, Black Mountains, river Orb and Aude, Mediterranean coast and the two beautiful cities of Narbonne and Beziers all within 30 mins drive or less. Ideal for walking, riding, cycling or just watching the world go by. As for historic buildings, we have them by the score – pre-historic, roman, medieval and the heritage of the Cathars have all left their mark. Alternatively, it is an ideal place to relax in any of the lovely bars and restaurants, sit by the river, sip a glass of wine and soak up the atmosphere – you are spoilt for choice. Logistically the Spanish border is only 1 1/2hrs away and there are 4 airports all within easy reach (Beziers, Montpellier, Carcassonne and Perpignan). At the gite there is parking in the grounds of the Chateau immediately opposite the property. Electric heating, all fuel and power included in rent May-Sept (€30 supplement Oct-Apr), bed linen and towels included in rent, colour satellite TV, microwave, own area of courtyard and outdoor furniture. Sorry, no pets. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Lesley H
Languages spoken:English, Spanish, French
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:January 2014
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Reviewed July 31, 2019 via mobile

Lesley and Mike made sure we were all set up for our holiday with our 10 month baby by providing us with a high chair, travel cot, changing area and even a fan in the hot weather. On arrival, they welcomed us into their home...More

Date of stay: July 2019
Thank Lara W
Mike4cats, VR Owner at The Old Donkey Market, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2019

Hi Lara Many thanks for the review. Hopefully we made it a bit easier for the 3 of you! Kindest regards Mike and Lesley

Reviewed September 17, 2018

Brilliant stay, charming people Lesley and Mike are lovely and very good host.LOvely appartment, very clean ,quiet, just excellent. My friend was well pleased too, no regrets what so either. Quarante is a lovely little village. Weldone and keep doing a great job!!! bravoooooooooo

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank nadinegissat
Mike4cats, VR Owner at The Old Donkey Market, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Glad Bernard enjoyed his stay. Lovely guy and he looked after the place perfectly. It was good to see him relaxing in the courtyard recovering after some very festive occasions! Lesley and Mike

Reviewed May 24, 2018

We have just had a second visit to this delightful gite in a small village in rural France. Again it has fulfilled all our expectations. The Layout is perfect for two people, with plenty of living space (indoor and outdoor) excellent kitchen area and a...More

Date of stay: May 2018
Thank 694nancy
Mike4cats, VR Owner at The Old Donkey Market, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2018

Lovely. Glad you enjoyed the area yet again and are still finding new places. Lesley and Mike

Reviewed September 1, 2017

Delightful and spacious Bed & Breakfast ( Gite ) in SE France. Run by very friendly and welcoming couple. Everything top notch and immaculate. The garden and surroundings are beautiful. The breakfast was in a class of its own. Highly recommendable.

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank r0bertgj
Reviewed August 15, 2017

This gite is very up-to-date, with a modern kitchen, spacious rooms, and a lovely courtyard which is better seen in person than in the pictures. Lesley and Mike are fabulous hosts. They provided many little extras to add to the enjoyment of our stay. They...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank Terry W
Mike4cats, VR Owner at The Old Donkey Market, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2017

Hi George & Terry We are glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving the gite so tidy - you are welcome back any time. Lesley

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Reviewed May 15, 2017

We just enjoyed a magnificent week at the Old Donkey Market. Lesley and Mike were wonderful hosts at once helpful and informative but also discreet and respectful of space. This is a fabulous base to explore the area easy striking distance to -St Chinian for...More

Date of stay: May 2017
Thank raymondp604
Reviewed May 11, 2017 via mobile

I can't say enough about our wonderful week at The Old Donkey Market. It was totally relaxing and we easily could have spent the entire week simply enjoying our private patio and spacious apartment. Lesley and Mike were warm and welcoming hosts. Lesley recommended wonderful...More

Date of stay: April 2017
Thank Joanie R
Mike4cats, VR Owner at The Old Donkey Market, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2017

Hi Tom and Joanie Thanks greatly for the lovely review. Similarly we do not feel we had enough of your company - would loved to have been with you longer. Lesley and Mike

Reviewed October 4, 2016

Your own little oasis. Big rooms .fitted kitchen .Leslie and Mike always on hand for local places to visit info. Just chill and be a local and have some wine.

Date of stay: September 2016
1  Thank John F
Mike4cats, VR Owner at The Old Donkey Market, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2016

Hi both Glad you enjoyed it. Also so many thanks for leaving the gite perfect! Hope to see you again next year and we can spend a bit more time with you. Mike and Lesley

Reviewed August 31, 2016

WOW words cannot truly describe how perfect this gite is for a relaxing beautiful holiday! It was one of our favourite holidays by far and the hosts played a major part in this, so thank you Lesley & Mike. As soon as we arrived they...More

Date of stay: August 2016
1  Thank Rowley86
Mike4cats, VR Owner at The Old Donkey Market, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2016

Hi Both Clients will think we have paid you oodles of money to write this, but seriously thank you very much. We really enjoyed your company and wish you all the very best in your careers - we could "feel" your commitment to your pupils....More

Reviewed August 23, 2016

A fabulous gite and the most lovely and friendly hosts you could possibly want. They were accommodating in every way and gave us suggestions as to where to visit in the area. we became real friends and we intend to keep in touch. just fabulous.

Date of stay: August 2016
1  Thank Mark L
Mike4cats, VR Owner at The Old Donkey Market, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2016

Really glad you enjoyed your stay - we enjoyed your company as well. I also enjoyed the piano lesson you gave me! Mike and Lesley

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Balcony
Central Heating
Internet Access
Linens Provided
Parking
Private Yard
Terrace
Towels Provided
Wi-Fi
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About the neighborhood
The village provides most amenities: baker, butcher, supermarket, pharmacy, doctor, dentist, bar/restaurant. You do not have to leave the village to get your basics.
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Within a half hour radius or less you can choose between mountains, rivers, vineyards, the Mediterranean, Canal du Midi etc. A huge diversity to suit all tastes, for the hardy hiker and biker and kayaker to someone who wants to go wine tasting and enjoy the local cuisine in the restaurants.
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