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L'Olivier

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The house

A luxurious country house, recently restored wonderfully spacious with over 200 sq. metres; 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on two floors. This gite has both a fireplace and a wood-burning stove. There is central heating, only needed for the winter months. The large pool is close by. L’Olivier comfortably accommodates 8 people.

Ground Floor :
Living/dining room (50 sq. metres) features a big fireplace as well as a wood-burning stove. Satellite TV, DVD player and a radio-CD player are provided. The walls were restored in the original way (‘pierres apparantes’). A door connects to the courtyard located at the south side, with outdoor furniture and a barbecue.
Glass-enclosed veranda has a view of the woods and can be used as a playroom for children.
Independent large country kitchen fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, hob, oven and a fridge/freezer. The kitchen door leads to the courtyard.
Bedroom with queen-size bed (160×200) and antique wardrobe.
Modern bathroom with shower.
Traditional floor tiles as well as palomino squares, small washbasin made from Toulouse marble.
Utility room with washing machine.
Separate toilet in the hall.

First floor:
Spacious landing with walls restored in the original way (‘pierres apparantes’) and a view of the woods. Traditional floor tiles throughout.
Master bedroom (18 sq. metres) with queen-size bed (160×200) and antique wardrobe.
Second bedroom (16 sq. metres) with two beds and antique wardrobe.
Third bedroom (20 sq. metres) with two beds, antique writing table and antique wardrobe.
Small room for ironing and storage of luggage.
Luxurious modern bathroom with shower, bathtub, double washbasin and toilet – and a glorious view of the woods and the meadow.

Facilities

  • Independent
  • Local contact
  • Suitable for large groups
  • Safe for small children
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Vegetable garden
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Internet
  • Bicycles at the house
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Bath
  • With swimming pool

Surroundings

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Domaine Le Trabet is an estate whose history dates back to the 18th century. Formerly a winery, it now offers three luxurious Gites (holiday homes), where travelers from around the world come and experience the joys of French living. The Domaine is situated in the countryside of Languedoc-Roussillon, close to the small village of Moussoulens, eight kilometers west of the famous medieval town of Carcassonne. Surrounding our property, vineyards, forests and fields of sunflowers delight the eye. The Pyrénées and the Montagnes Noires can be seen in the distance. The Mediterranean Sea is about an hour away and Spain and Andorra are not far either.

  • Rural
  • Meadows and woodland
  • On a vineyard

Restaurants, food & wine

Domaine Le Trabet is situated in the Cabardes wine region. The Cabardes, although not too well-known yet, obtained its own AOC label some years ago. South of Le Trabet you will find the Malepère, Limoux and Fitou vineyards. Limoux is famous for its excellent Chardonnay and also its sparkling wines such as the Blanquette de Limoux, ranking on a par with well-known champagnes but without the associated high price. The largest wine growing areas however are the Minervois (mostly red) and Corbières; producing excellent wines which, according to the experts, offer an optimal balance of quality and price. During your stay at Le Trabet, we propose to introduce you to some renowned vineyards where you can taste and purchase the wines directly from the winegrowers. Several wineries organize exhibitions and dinners during the summer, like Château de Jau (famous for its excellent Muscat wines) and Domaine de l’Hospitalet near Narbonne.

Although France is well-known for its ‘cuisine’, in the Aude there are many good local restaurants where you can eat and drink well for reasonable prices. There are a number of Michelin star rated restaurants, five of them quite close to Le Trabet.

Fresh vegetables, spices and marvelous selections of fruit can be found at local markets, like the ones in Bram (on Wednesdays), Montolieu (nearby ‘Village des livres’, well-known for its bookstores and galleries, including a well-stocked English bookshop), Revel, Carcassonne (three times a week) and many others.


Activities

Art and Culture

Beside some interesting regional museums, there are three museums well worth a visit: LAC (Lieu d’Art Contemporain), at Sigean, the Musée de l’Art Moderne in Ceret (Ceret has been home to many painters and artists between 1910 and 1925 like Braque, Chagall, Picasso, and Soutine) and the ‘Teatre Museu Dali’ at Figueras, just over the Spanish border and not far from beautiful Barcelona. During the summer months, several wine estates organize art exhibitions, either presenting one artist or providing a more general exhibition like Chateau de Jau with its Modern Art. In several villages one finds galleries with works of interesting regional artists. Toulouse, just one hour from ‘Le Trabet’, offers a variety of exhibitions and galleries. Antique and Brocante shops are to be found all over the Aude as well as the ‘Vide Grenier‘ organized by villages from time to time during the summer.

Vinyards and Wines

Domaine Le Trabet is situated in the Cabardes wine region. The Cabardes, although not too well-known yet, obtained its own AOC label some years ago. South of Le Trabet you will find the Malepère, Limoux and Fitou vineyards. Limoux is famous for its excellent Chardonnay and also its sparkling wines such as the Blanquette de Limoux, ranking on a par with well-known champagnes but without the associated high price. The largest wine growing areas however are the Minervois (mostly red) and Corbières; producing excellent wines which, according to the experts, offer an optimal balance of quality and price. During your stay at Le Trabet, we propose to introduce you to some renowned vineyards where you can taste and purchase the wines directly from the winegrowers. Several wineries organize exhibitions and dinners during the summer, like Château de Jau (famous for its excellent Muscat wines) and Domaine de l’Hospitalet near Narbonne.

Gastronomy

Although France is well-known for its ‘cuisine’, in the Aude there are many good local restaurants where you can eat and drink well for reasonable prices. There are a number of Michelin star rated restaurants, five of them quite close to Le Trabet.

Fresh vegetables, spices and marvelous selections of fruit can be found at local markets, like the ones in Bram (on Wednesdays), Montolieu (nearby ‘Village des livres’, well-known for its bookstores and galleries, including a well-stocked English bookshop), Revel, Carcassonne (three times a week) and many others.

Hike and Bike
Amateur speleologists will want to visit the nearby grottos of Limousis or the giant cave at Cabrespine. Rivers that disappeared long ago have left the Aude with beautiful gorges and canyons, worthwhile to visit, like the ‘Canyon de Cesse‘ near Minerve, the ‘Gorges de Clamoux‘ near Carcassonne and Cabrespine and the ‘Gorges de Galamus‘, ‘Defilé de Pierre Lys’ and ‘Gorges de St. Georges‘, all south of Limoux.

Sail and Surf
Leucate is easily reachable and offers both inland and seaside surfing. The whole coastline near Perpignan profits from the Tramontagne coming from the northwest, providing best conditions. Many more surf spots are available – choose one and go!

  • Bicycle
  • Near hiking trails

Further remarks

At the south side of the house, the large infinity swimming pool (14m x 7m) with its covered pool house is surrounded by sweeping terraces. During the warm and agreeable summer season, large trees provide shade. There is also a playground for children. An ancient ‘pigeonnier’ which was formerly used for rabbits, chickens and, of course, pigeons, now serves as a private barbecue area, surrounded by fragrant oleander. A short path leads away from the house to the surrounding fields towards the barn with its historic wine cellar: living testimony of Le Trabet’s role as an important wine making estate.


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Additional price info and offers

We charge 60.- for cleaning. Electricity and water will be charged during the months of October - April.


Price includes

  • Towels, Bed linen

Price exclusive

  • Cleaning fee (compulsory) € 60.00

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Claudia Löhner has last updated the calendar on 14 Jan 2019

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Visitors of L'Olivier evaluate this property in the past 4 years with an average of:

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Visited in August 2018

We (parents and two guys 16/19 years) had a lovely holiday at Le Trabet, close to Carcassonne!

The gite Le Laurier has the comfort of home, and the luxury of holiday. Everything we needed was there, and if not, then there was Claudia with friendly, good and quick helpouts. And nice conversations.

We enjoyed the peacefulness of the domaine, with even nice possibilities to sit and meditate.
The comfortable and clean pool was a hit fot both us and the boys.

Would love to come back!

10
Comment from Claudia Löhner

Thank you very much again for staying with us at LE TRABET, And for writing us such a lovely review. It was a pleasure getting to know you a little bit. Claudia

Visited in June 2015

A charming property in the middle of a beautiful and quite countryside. Everything in Le Trabet is impressively spacious, confortable and immaculate: the bedrooms and bathrooms, the very well equipped kitchen and the large living room. Everything is as good as it looks in the photographs. There's also a magnificent swimming pool, a huge park and even a real barbecue place!Whether by walking, hiking, bike (provided) or vehicle, exploring the area is just exciting and there are lots of wonderful spots to discover not very far away, starting with Carcassonne, the fortified city on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
I would most certainly recommend this property to my friends.

10
Visited in May 2015

A fabulous and peaceful getaway! I spent nearly a week at Le Trabet and could not recommend a place any more! The property is absolutely gorgeous and furnished with taste, the owners are kind and extremely invested in the property and making sure guests have the best stay possible, and the nearby towns are accessible and quaint. There is enough to do both on and outside the property (not to mention a great pool!). Stay here if you want to truly experience countryside France!

10
Comment from Claudia Löhner

The comment was posted by myself since the client had booked through another site and posted his review there.

Visited in July 2014

One visit is not enough!
We spent a week at Le Trabet in late July of this year. It was superb. Claudia was a warm and gracious hostess. The gites were large and comfortable. Lots of space to spread out. The kitchen and bathrooms were spacious and modern. The grounds and surrounding countryside are peaceful and quintessential French countryside. You can ramble out the back for forty kilometres. The pool was well used by us and our two children. We met some really interesting travellers, and enjoyed every minute at Le Trabet. I hope to go back some time in the not too distant future.

10
Comment from Claudia Löhner

The comment was posted by myself since the client had booked through another site and posted his review there.

Visited in June 2014

A wonderful two weeks

We had a wonderful two weeks at Le Trabet, and really enjoyed everything the region had to offer. Le Trabet and the pool were great, with beautiful clean and well equipped gites. We'd love to come back sometime!

10
Comment from Claudia Löhner

The comment was posted by myself since the client had booked through another site and posted his review there.

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