Holiday cottages near Carcassonne

We offer self catering holidays in the South of France, comprising 6 holiday cottages in a beautiful setting near Carcassonne. Gites 500 is a a lovely collection of converted mill houses, nestling in a beautiful, private and peaceful wooded valley with its own trout stream & large swimming pool in South France.

Cottages ideal for families and large groups in the Languedoc.

In total there are 6 gites available for rent, with both self catering cottages and apartments, sleeping 2 to 32 people, making it ideal for families or groups of families wishing to holiday together. There is a very large swimming pool, with fantastic south facing sun terrace that benefits from full sun all day. Our holiday accommodation includes, converted from a 300 year old mill, Moulin Haut, sleeping 6, and Moulin Bas sleeping 6, as well as Ecurie, which also sleeps 6, Le Sommet which sleeps 4, and the Petit Clément studios which take 4 people in total.

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The beautiful grounds are very spacious, with children’s play areas, including a lovely stream that runs through the middle of the gardens, private terraces and barbeque areas, as well as plenty of shaded areas if the sun gets too hot. The valley is a lovely haven of peace, walks upstream bring you to wild wooded countryside. The huge pool is set away from the holiday houses, and each cottage has its own private terrace, garden furniture and BBQ. We are situated in South of France, 20km north west of Carcassonne, also easily accessible from Toulouse and Béziers, and have now been offering gites holidays for 14 years.

We are not too far away from Mediterranean beaches.

The sea beaches of Languedoc Roussillon tend to be larger and sandier than Provence’s pebbly equivalents, and some stretch for miles along the coastline . If you get off the beaten track, some of Languedoc’s beaches are amongst the most beautiful in the South of France. Narbonne Plage is a huge sandy beach, and only 1 hour away. La Franqui and Leucate are two of Languedoc’s beaches that are regarded as ‘excellent’. Part of La Franqui’s beach is double-sided – with the sea on one side and the etang (inland lake) on the other. Leucate has two beaches – one larger one that feels like a southern Californian or Australian beach town, and a more remote, thin strip of beach bordered by rocks. Espiguette beach is unique – in that it is long and wild, backed by endless sand dunes. Cap D’Agde’s beach is excellent. Portiragnes and Sérignan are Béziers’ best beaches, secluded and free from ugly buildings.

Another delightful beach is Argelès – Languedoc’s most famous beach – which at its northern end is truly beautiful, with its stunning views of the Pyrénées. Languedoc’s beaches tend to be straight and long until just south of Perpignan. Here, where the Pyrénées meet the sea, Languedoc’s beaches suddenly break into craggy inlets – with smaller, more secluded beaches. You’re guaranteed to find beaches here, even in summer, with very few people on them.

The Carcassonne Festival always features great bands, whether rock, pop, classical or opera. The headline act for 2017 will be the Pixies, with further band announcements expected soon.

The region around Carcassonne.

There are numerous freshwater lakes for swimming as well as wonderful forest walks, running, cycling and mountain biking opportunities. There are mountains, rivers, trout streams and lakes, ancient cities, towns, villages, thermal springs, abbeys, and cathedrals, châteaux and castles, notably the famous mountain fortresses popularly known as Cathar castles. The region is famous for its wine and vineyards, bustling markets, festivals and live entertainment, including the magnificent fireworks display in Carcassonne on 14th July, Bastille Day. There are a number of World Heritage sites closeby, including Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, and the Pont du Gard.

The Languedoc (now renamed Occitanie)

In recent years the area has become a popular French holiday destination, with long sunny days, tourist facilities, thousands of miles of walks, and rides, National Parks and wildlife reserves. There are thermal springs and spas, grottos and caves, and reminders of the region’s long and rich history, and everywhere reminders of the the Cathars and the Papal Crusade against them.

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