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  • Cottage 1, The French Gîtes

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    Room facilities:Bathtub, BBQ, Coffee Machine, Complimentary toiletries, Dishwasher, Flat Screen TV, Fully equipped kitchen, Furnished balcony or terrace, Sofa bed, Stunning view, Terrace, WiFi

    The French Gites Cottage Beds with The Little VoyagerMain bedroom Cottage 1 French Gites

    Kitchen Cottage 1 French Gites

    Bathroom cottage 1 French Gites

    Twin bedroom cottage 1 French Gites

    Entrance Cottage 1 French Gites

    This cottage is the largest on the property (90 square metres) and can fit up to 5 people (or 4 adults and 2 children). The cottage spans three floors, with a large double bedroom (160cm bed) and a smaller double bedroom (140cm bed) on the first floor as well a twin bedroom on the top floor. The ground floor has a bathroom, living area and kitchen, which connects to a private terrace with outdoor seating and a BBQ. There is also a second private terrace connected directly to the double bedroom on the first floor. This cottage is perfect for larger families who want to enjoy their own private outdoor spaces.

    Maximum capacity: 5 people (or 4 adults and 2 children)

  • Cottage 2, The French Gîtes

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    Room facilities:BBQ, Coffee Machine, Complimentary toiletries, Dishwasher, Fully equipped kitchen, Furnished balcony or terrace, Sofa bed, Stunning view, WiFi

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    Kitchen in farmhouse apartment

    This cottage is a charming cottage also organised over three floors, and can accommodate up to 4 people. The ground floor has a kitchen and dining room, along with a little patio with its own table and BBQ. The first floor has a living room that can double as a children’s bedroom, along with a balcony overlooking the garden and vineyards. The top floor has a master bedroom and bathroom. Because of the steep stairs, this cabin is best for people with babies or children over the age of 5. It’s located close to the bar, so parents can enjoy a bit of extra time to themselves after putting the kids to sleep.

    Maximum capacity: 4 people

  • Cottage 3, The French Gîtes

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    Room facilities:BBQ, Coffee Machine, Complimentary toiletries, Fully equipped kitchen, Furnished balcony or terrace, Spacious gardens, Stunning view, WiFi

    The French Gites Bedrooms with The Little Voyager

    Cottage 3 main bedroom French Gites

    The French Gites Sitting Room with The Little Voyager

     

    Single bed cottage 2 French Gites

    Single bed cottage 3 French Gites

    The French Gites Kitchens with The Little Voyager

     

    Entrance cottage 3 French Gites

    This Cottage is perfect for families with 1 or 2 smaller children, as it is located on the ground floor of the farmhouse and can be accessed easily from the parking area. It has its own private entrance,  with seating area and small BBQ, and can accommodate up to 2 adults with 2 children. The double bedroom connects directly to a private terrace with another outdoor seating area including a lovely view.

    Maximum capacity: 2 adults and 2 children

     

  • Cottage 4, The French Gîtes

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    Room facilities:Coffee Machine, Complimentary toiletries, Furnished balcony or terrace, Kitchenette, Private garden, WiFi

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    Cottage 4 outdoor

    This tiny shepherd’s cottage has its own private garden. It has a main bedroom, separate kitchen, bathroom, and a private terrace that has stunning views of the nearby fig trees and vineyards. This cabin can accommodate up to 2 adults and one younger child on a cot.

    Maximum capacity: 2 adults and 1 baby (or small child)

  • The Farmhouse, The French Gîtes

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    Room facilities:Basic items for cooking (salt & pepper, oil, spices), Bathtub, Coffee Machine, Complimentary toiletries, Desk, Dining area, Dishwasher, Free parking in front of the house, Fully equipped kitchen, Furnished balcony or terrace, Heating, Iron & ironing board, Kettle, Outdoor dining area, Outdoor space, Oven & hob, Private terrace, Seating area, Separate living room, Terrace, TV, Vacuum cleaner, WiFi

    Main Farmhouse at the French Gites

    Dining table inside the main farmhouse at the French Gites

    Living room inside the main farmhouse at the French Gites

    Double bedroom at the main Farmhouse at the French Gites

    Outdoor seating area at the main Farmhouse at the French Gites

    View from the main farmhouse at the French GitesThis beautifully restored farmhouse features three double bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower, plus a second family shower room. On the ground floor is a large fully equipped kitchen, a sitting room with smart TV and wood burner. A spacious furnished south facing terrace is the perfect spot for al fresco dining to enjoy the lovely views towards the vineyards. Two cots can be added to the main bedroom.

    Maximum occupancy: 6 people

General

The French Gîtes

are family-run cottages in the heart of rural southern France.                                                  .

Total capacity:

  • 4 self-catering cottages (for 2-5 guests)
  • 1 farmhouse (for up to 6 guests)

Useful things to know:

  • On-site Barn Bar has local wine, craft beer, and soft drinks
  • Property has a 20m long gated swimming pool (unheated, chlorine) that is perfect for children
  • From April to October, the Barn Bar serves pizza made in a wood-fired oven
  • 7-day minimum stay in the high season (July and August)
  • A hired car is recommended
  • Breakfast can be pre-ordered
  • Nearest airports are Carcassonne (40 mins away) and Toulouse (80 mins)

Overlooking a stunning vista of vineyards and the rolling hills beyond, the French Gîtes are a perfect place to get lost in the beauty of nature. The renovated farmhouse is surrounded by 4 cottages and is only 30 minutes away from the medieval city of Carcassonne.

The French Gîtes are run by a friendly family from the UK who have lived in the region for many years, and are very knowledgeable about the area. They can help book tours nearby, and have great tips about local foods and wines to try.

The cottages are surrounded by several acres of beautiful countryside. The 20m gated pool (chlorine, unheated) stretches to the horizon and is perfect for families. Kids can also make friends with other guests their age and take advantage of the play area, which has a trampoline, ping-pong table, swings, and a football field. Animal lovers will enjoy meeting the chickens, nearby sheep, and friendly cats.

Guests can order a delicious breakfast that includes fresh bread, Colombian coffee, organic juices, and viennoiseries like pain au chocolat and croissants. On Friday and Saturday nights in the summer, the hosts organise pizza dinners in the Barn Bar. The pizzas are cooked in the outdoor clay oven, and many of the ingredients come directly from nearby farms.

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Check-in time

17:00

Check-out time

10:00

Minimum Stay

Please note there is a 3-7 night minimum stay (depending on the season).

Low season: April, May, October

Mid season: June, September

High season: July, August

 

 

 

Prices from

2022 Prices (per week):

Cottage 1: 1.150 € in April, May and October; 1.250 €  in June and September and 1.500 € in July and August.

Cottage 2: 1.000€ in April, May and October; 1.100€ in June and September and 1.250 € in July and August.

Cottage 3: 800€ in April, May and October; 900€ in June and September and 1.000€ in July and August.

Cottage 4: 800€ in April, May and October; 900€ in June and September and 1.000€ in July and August.

Farmhouse: 1.500€ in June and 1.750€ in July and August

Please note price includes towels, linen, bathroom products, tea, coffee and a bottle of local wine.

Deposits / Cancellations

The accommodation requires a 30% non-refundable deposit when confirming the booking.

The balance is due up to one month before arrival. Cancellations within a month of arrival are non-refundable.

Pets

Pets are allowed on request.

Facilities

  •  In cottage massage & beauty treatments
  • Bar
  • Big trampoline
  • Communal laundry (with a small fee per load)
  • Fenced Outdoor Pool
  • Outdoor play areas for children
  • Parking
  • Pool towels
  • Spacious gardens
  • Stunning view
  • Vegetable garden
  • WiFi
  • Woodland area with hammocks

Internet

Wifi is available in the cottages.

Our Reviews

Claire S. stayed at The French Gites in August 2019 with her family: "We recently stayed in The French Gites in the South of France, booked through The Little Voyager. The service was flawless and the stay was just idyllic, perfect for young families and really cost effective too. We'll definitely be using them again, thank you Ilonka and team for a beautiful, stress free holiday. Claire"

 

Sarah T. stayed at The French Gites  in September 2019 with her family: "We stayed at The French Gites for 6 nights in September 2019 and loved our stay! As a family with 2 young children, we prefer self catering holidays primarily so that we can feed the kids what they want, when they want it (!) without the formality of a hotel dining room. We’ve also learned that some outside space is key, so that we can relax with a drink in the evening whilst the kids are in bed, rather than all sharing one hotel room and sitting in the dark being careful not to wake sleeping children! Ilonka at The Little Voyager perfectly understood our requirements and The French Gites surpassed all expectations. We stayed in Jasmin, the larger cottage. The property is charming, comfortable and stylish. Plenty of space for our family. We loved exploring the garden and barns. The pool and barn bar were great! Our 4 year old had great fun fetching the croissants each morning and feeding the chickens! We flew from London to Toulouse and hired a car. We spent a few days chilling by the pool and enjoyed day trips to Carcassonne and the beach at Leucate, as well as lunches out in Mirepoix and Limoux."

 

Arne H. stayed at The French Gites  in July 2020 with his family: "We spent a wonderful week at the French Gîtes with our 2 children. Cottage 3 was perfect for us: charming, cosy and equipped with with everything we needed. The property is beautifully renovated and very well taken care of. We really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere and meeting the other lovely families staying there at the same time. The pool was a fresh reward after a day of sightseeing in the sun. And the pizzas on our last evening were not only delicious, but a lovely way to say goodbye. There is so much to see and do in the area, for both adults and children! Thank you, Tilly, for being such a great host and Ilonka for recommending the property to us. We hope to be back some day!"

Kids in pool at the French Gites

 

Bengu stayed at The French Gites with her family in August 2020: "Just back from a very relaxing vacation at South France. For the first time we tried two of the locations recommended by The Little Voyager - The French Gites and The French Hamlet. We enjoyed both places - cannot even choose which one is better :-)! My kids (7 and 9) felt very much at home and enjoyed the freedom at the premises. Great hosts, great locations. And Ilonka definitely makes a difference with her customer service. Thank you so much!"

 

Tieneke P. stayed at The French Gites in September 2020 with her family: "Thank you Ilonka for a wonderful stay this year at the French Gites! We and our three little girls have had a very pleasant time this September in the south of France - with lots of croissants,  swimming and sunshine and of course Tilly’s unforgettable pizza night!"

 

Chris G. stayed at The French Gites in May 2022 with his family: "Just a note to let you know we loved the experience at the Gites. We will be back on Little Voyager for our next family holiday."

 

Charlotte D. stayed at The French Gites in June 2022 with her family: "Ilonka at The Little Voyager has been so helpful assisting us through the pandemic and the issues that arose with cancelled flights and Covid restrictions.
Thankfully we were finally able to go on our family holiday this year! We had the most delightful stay at the French Gites with our children age 3 & 5. The owners are exemplary hosts and nothing was too much trouble. They went above and beyond to make our stay special. As parents, we appreciated the toys and books in the gite while we prepared meals, etc. We enjoyed days out to Carcassonne, markets in Limoux, swimming at the lake in Puivert, and Mirepoix. All within a very short driving distance away which is ideal with small children. We would 100% recommend The L.V and look forward to booking our next trip away."

Kids at the pool at the French gites Kids eating outside cottage at the French gites

Room 1

Cottage 1

The French Gites Cottage Beds with The Little VoyagerMain bedroom Cottage 1 French GitesKitchen Cottage 1 French GitesBathroom cottage 1 French GitesTwin bedroom cottage 1 French Gites Entrance Cottage 1 French GitesThis cottage is the largest on the property (90 square metres) and can fit up to 5 people (or 4 adults and 2 children). The cottage spans three floors, with a large double bedroom (160cm bed) and a smaller double bedroom (140cm bed) on the first floor as well a twin bedroom on the top floor. The ground floor has a bathroom, living area and kitchen, which connects to a private terrace with outdoor seating and a BBQ. There is also a second private terrace connected directly to the double bedroom on the first floor. This cottage is perfect for larger families who want to enjoy their own private outdoor spaces.

Maximum capacity: 5 people (or 4 adults and 2 children)

Room 2

Cottage 2

The French Gites Kitchen with The Little VoyagerThe French Gites Cottage Bedrooms with The Little Voyager

This cottage is a charming cottage also organised over three floors, and can accommodate up to 4 people. On the top floor there is a shower room and a double bedroom with 180cm bed.  On the first floor is a second bedroom with twin beds and a balcony looking over the garden and vineyards. On the ground floor there is a kitchen and dining room which opens onto a little terrace with bistro table and BBQ. Because of the steep stairs, this cabin is best for people with babies or children over the age of 5. It’s located close to the bar, so parents can enjoy a bit of extra time to themselves after putting the kids to sleep.

Maximum capacity: 4 people

 

Room 3

Cottage 3

The French Gites Bedrooms with The Little Voyager

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This Cottage is perfect for families with 1 or 2 smaller children, as it is located on the ground floor of the farmhouse and can be accessed easily from the parking area. It has its own private entrance,  with seating area and small BBQ, and can accommodate up to 2 adults with 2 children. The double bedroom connects directly to a private terrace with another outdoor seating area including a lovely view.

Maximum capacity: 2 adults and 2 children

Room 4

Cottage 4

The French Gites Cottage Double Beds with The Little Voyager

The French Gites Cottage Exterior with The Little Voyager

The French Gites Cottage Kitchen with The Little Voyager

Cottage 4 outdoorThis tiny shepherd's cottage has its own private garden. It has a main bedroom, separate kitchen, bathroom, and a private terrace that has stunning views of the nearby fig trees and vineyards. This cabin can accommodate up to 2 adults and one younger child on a cot.

Maximum capacity: 2 adults and 1 baby (or small child)

Room 5

The Farmhouse

Main Farmhouse at the French GitesDining table inside the main farmhouse at the French GitesLiving room inside the main farmhouse at the French GitesDouble bedroom at the main Farmhouse at the French GitesOutdoor seating area at the main Farmhouse at the French GitesView from the main farmhouse at the French GitesThis beautifully restored farmhouse features three double bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower, plus a second family shower room. On the ground floor is a large fully equipped kitchen, a sitting room with smart TV and wood burner. A spacious furnished south facing terrace is the perfect spot for al fresco dining to enjoy the lovely views towards the vineyards. Two cots can be added to the main bedroom.

Maximum occupancy: 6 people

sleeptime

  • Crib/travel cots
  • Blankets/sheets
  • Blackout curtains/blinds

bathtime

  • Bathtub
  • Baby bath
  • Bath toys

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feeding time

  • High chair
  • Blender
  • Baby cutlery & tableware
  • Kettle

play time

  • Indoor toys &books
  • Outdoor games&toys
  • Beach toys
  • Playground nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool

pooh time

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protection

  • Stair gates
  • Socket covers
  • Fenced swimming pool

other

  • Shopping possibilities close by
  • Pre-arrival shopping service available
  • Doctor on call
  • Playground nearby
  • Washing machine
  • Trusted babysitter available on request

Activities for kids

AT THE PROPERTY

Play area

The French Gites Play Area with The Little Voyager

Ping Pong table at the Fench gites

The French Gîtes have a lovely play area that includes a trampoline, mini slide, swing set, a football area with goal posts, and a ping-pong table (next to the pool). There is also a billiards table that older children can use at the barn.

Pool time

The French Gites Pool Side with The Little Voyager

The pool area has a gate, which makes it safe for children with adult supervision. It’s a great place for families to spend time together and splash around.

Chicken, sheep, cats, and nature

The French Gites Ponies with The Little Voyager

The farmhouse and cottages are surrounded by acres of lovely wooded landscapes and vineyards. Kids can visit the nearby sheep, feed the chickens, and play with the friendly cats who live on the property. There’s also a quiet wooded area perfect for short walks and exploring.

FURTHER AFIELD

Prehistoric theme park in Tarascon-sur-Ariège

This educational and entertaining theme park will immerse visitors in prehistoric times. Kids will discover the wonders of cave paintings, see how they measure up to mammoths, and try their hand at excavating dinosaur remains.

Visit Carcassonne

The French Gites and Carcasonne with The Little Voyager

The fortified city of Carcassonne is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Families can take the city’s “petit train” on a tour of the historic sites or even hop on a horse-drawn carriage.

Canal du Midi

If you want to spend an afternoon on the water, pick a boat tour along the Canal du Midi that visits nearby spots like Carcassonne, Castelnaudary, and Hompes.

La cité de l´espace

Cité de L'Espace Toulouse

Let your kids explore the world of astronauts and rockets through a variety of  fun interactive activities and impressive full-scale models. The city of space is a scientific discovery center focused on space and the conquest of space and it is a fun daytrip for the whole family. It is located on the eastern outskirts of Toulouse (about an hour and 15 minutes away from the property) and features a Planetarium, an Imax Theater and much more.

Activities for adults

AT THE PROPERTY

Pool time

French Gites Swimming Pool with The Little Voyager

Take advantage of the property’s 20 square metre pool to relax and soak up some sun.

Relax and enjoy nature

The French Gites and Lakes with The Little Voyager

The French Gites offers guests lots of outdoor options to enjoy the gorgeous natural surroundings. From private terraces attached to each of the cottages to a lovely garden area to nearby vineyards, forests and fig trees, there’s plenty of ways to breathe the fresh air right on the property.

FURTHER AFIELD

The Village of Mirepoix

Mirepoix town in FranceMirepoix is a picturesque nearby village. Try visiting the traditional market on Monday mornings, walk around the gothic-style Saint Maurice cathedral, or grab a pastry and stop at one of the cafes on the main square to people watch.

Cathar Castles

Visit Montsegur or one of the other nearby Cathar castles and learn more about the lives of the medieval heretics who helped shape southern France. Today the castles are beautiful ruins set in precipitous locations. Make sure to avoid visiting during the hottest hours of the day, and plan for around 1.5 hours of walking.

Wine Tasting

The French Gites and Wine Tasting with The Little Voyager

The Atelier de Vignerons wine shop in Limoux is a good place to ask for recommendations. Several local vineyards offer tastings, and it’s also possible to visit the wine caves at the Domaine Gayda or in Sieur D’Arques. A charming vineyard to visit is Colline de L'hirondelle (owned by a lovely French-American couple), where they produce organic wine which can be tasted on site. The hosts can also give you more information on wine tastings and help you book them.

The Area

The Aude region of the Languedoc offers an altogether more tranquil and authentic version of southern France than one finds at the seaside resorts. Here, medieval castles perch on rocky crags and rivers meander gently through lush valleys.

Undulating vines and farmland surround sleepy villages, where family bakeries turn out fabulous breads and afternoon activities may be limited to a game of boules under the shade of a plane tree. There are plenty of historic towns and villages – most notably the citadel of Carcassonne – and the pretty Canal du Midi winds its way peacefully through the area.

With rivers, gorges, valleys and lakes, the scenery is spectacularly varied and begs to be discovered, and winery tours are always a popular way to spend a day or two when in the area. The peaks of the Pyrenees – good for skiing in winter, and walking in summer - are an hour away, and the coast is about the same.