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Self catering cottage (gîte) for holiday letting
St-Ferriol, Aude, Languedoc, South of France - Testimonials
Extracts from our Visitors' Book:
Hem vingut a Sant Ferriol a passar uns dies envoltats
de festa i xerinola! Hem anat visitant algun que altre castell. El
dia 11 de Setembre el nostre pais es manifesta. Esperem que un dia
o altre pogueu venir a la nostra petita terra. Molt i molt agradablement:
[We came to Saint Ferriol to spend
a few days and looking for a great atmosphere! We have been visiting
some castles. On September 11, our country will have a big celebration.
Hopefully one day you will come to our region. Very very nice.]
Oriol, Mireia, Xavier, Cesc Tarragonna, Spain, Agost
Thank you for your generous, warm welcome again!
Crista & Mark, Vermont, United States, September
Two months of tranquility & enjoyment. I came here
to write, & write I did. But with the charming hospitality of
Sophie & the residents of St. Ferriol I was able to feel truly
at home. The gite is more than comfortable, a welcome scope, &
surprisingly cool on the hottest summer days. There is much to see
& do, for those yearning for touristy adventures, as many of my
visitors did. Highly recommended for either long or short stays. Thank
Adam, London, United Kingdom, July and August 2011
One whole month of bliss. What a blessing! This place
has the best energy ever. The landscape, solitude and just plain old
relaxing. It has magic. All the comforts, style of home back in USA
couldnt have found a better place. Kitchen is well stocked
and the beds are really comfortable ! Even the washer and dryer make
it easy to stay for the whole month. My husband enjoyed the bike riding
tremendously. Comfort, comfort, comfort ! Sophie is the best
very accommodating and helpful. A big fete at the château added
to the real French experience my parlez francais
was tested quite a bit and now I need to study even more. I just love
it. The couple next door offered us fresh eggs, meat and in-season
vegetables. They were friendly and patient with the French speaking
as well.The neighbourhood is extremely safe and easy to walk around.
The markets Esperaza Sunday, Limoux Friday, Quillan Saturday...couldnt
get enough of it. There is even a daily van that come through the
village every weekday with croissants and baguettes.
Will come back twice a year and even started the process
of buying our own gite. Had a medical emergency and Sophie drove me
right down to the Quillan clinic and helped me sort it out. I love
[Quina benedicció! Aquest lloc
té la millor energia que mai he viscut. El paisatge, la solitud
i la relaxació. Té màgia. Totes les comoditats,
estil similar al d'EUA (impossible trobar un lloc millor). La cuina
està ben equipada i els llits són molt còmodes!
Fins i tot la rentadora i l'assecadora han funcionat perfectament
durant tot el mes. He fet el descobriment més profund, treball
de recuperació espiritual, l'ambient acompanya! Em sento com
un nou jo. El nostre matrimoni va prosperar i el meu marit va gaudir
de la bicicleta enormement. Comoditat, confort, comoditat! Sophie
és la millor, molt complaent, molt servicial, ella és
la millor. Una gran festa al castell va arrodonir l'experiència.
El meu "Parlez francais" es va posar a prova per demostrar
que he d'estudiar molt més. M'enamore! La parella de veins
ens va oferir ous frescos, carn i vegetals de temporada que no podriam
aconseguir en cap altre lloc. Eren amables i pacients amb el meu francès.
El barri és molt segur i fàcil de recorre. Els mercats
(Esperaza - Diumenge, Limoux - Divendres, Quillan - Dissabte) eren
molt macos! El noisette (cafè) i el meu favorit pain aux raisins
estaven deliciosos. Hi ha fins i tot un camió que passa a través
del poble dues vegades per setmana per oferir baguettes del dia. Després
d'acostumar-me a les campanes de l'església, no he tornat a
utilitzar el meu rellotge un sol cop. Sophie, James i Guilhem eren
com la meva pròpia família (sense el tedi és
clar). Tornarem dues vegades a l'any i fins i tot vaig iniciar el
procés de compra de la casa que hi ha just a la cantonada.
Vaig tenir una emergència mèdica i la Sophie em va portar
dret a la clínica Quillan i em va ajudar a resoldre-ho. He
trobat una millor amiga de per vida. Gràcies des del fons del
Diane and Mark, Connecticut, USA, June 2011
Thank you for the many chats and the educational sessions
we were able to have. I would encourage your guests to visit Queribus
and Collioure. These areas are full of castles, wineries and restaurants.
In Port Vendres we visited the plage area called Paulillas, a beautiful
beach and château.
Jamy and Janel, Denver, Colorado, USA
We had a real French experience because of you all
!! Everyday was a new event and we captured it on film. The food,
wine, markets, Esperaza, Limoux, Cacassonne. The trip to Collioure
was a delight. Our turn next time in Connecticut.
Faith and Dominic, Connecticut, USA, October 2010
Sejour tres agréable, un réel plaisir
pour les yeux car de nombreuses visites touristiques incroyablement
belle comme les Gorges de Galamus, Le Château de Puivert, les
bains chauds de Rennes les bains et dautres encore.
La situation du gite entre les montagnes et la mer
est parfaite et favorise de nombreuses promenades aux choix multiple.
Le village de St Ferriol est très calme et très
reposant, le voisinage est accueillant et sympathique.
Marie, France August 2010
Peyreperteuse was the most exciting experience Ive
ever been on and having climbed so high up which I never expected
to manage. This is definitely a place Id come back to.
Aimée Richardson, Dublin, Ireland August,
All of us had a great week. I add that the caves of
Niaux are a chance of a lifetime to see. Thanks for all the hospitality.
Natalie Joynt, Dublin, Ireland August, 2010
Having James explaining to us the background to the
history of the Cathars and being able to draw from your vast knowledge
of the history of Christianity was of special interest to us and we
look forward to reading your coming publication Beyond Belief
Great to meet you all and be introduced to the château.
Olive and Frank, Dublin, Ireland August, 2010
Four girls from the UK, didnt know what to expect
from St Ferriol and the Languedoc Roussillon region but found a truly
peaceful tranquil retreat. We loved the gite . On our many trips we
discovered some lovely places particularly at the later « out
of season » Later part of our trip. St Cyprien Plage
near Perpignan. Miles and miles of white sand and aqua blue sea !
Canet plage as above
Le Rebenty Marvellous French Belgian food Axat
Pyrennees wild horses wonderful !! Miles and miles of
winding roads and spectacular views (Tour de France route !)
Limoux wine tasting ! Great !
Montsegur what a climb ! Well worth it. Even with fear of heights
Views great but castle not much left f it !
Horse riding in Granes Nicole> Lovely people, 120 Euros
for 2.5 hours for 4 people !
Quillan Pizzaria in plaza great !!
Mirepoix Medieval village if you like architecture.
Puilaurens/Axat visit château !! Great bar at bottom
of the hill in the village.
All in all a fantastic holiday. French people very
helpful, friendly. Village life idyllic !
p.s. Forgot Collioure. Quiet fishing port. Casablanca
great fish restaurant.
Trudy, Angie, Ally and Antonia, UK, August/September
This area of France is a delight ! It reminded me
so much of Franschoek and in parts also of Drakenberg. The weather
has been disappointing but the wearying and dramatic landscape
mountains, forests, gorges, rock formations, vineyards and fields
with hay bails more than made up for the weather ! We visited
a few of the Cathar sites and other places of interest during our
stay. Glen and Liam mostly enjoyed the Chateau DArques and the
walled city of Carcassonne. I loved the Abbey of Saint Hilaire
the Gothic arches and stained glass windows are superb. The basilique
de Notre Dame de Marseille (outside Limoux) is another site with beautiful
stained glass windows. The gite is comfortable and well-equipped,
and Sophie most hospitable.
Were looking forward to our next visit to France
Sophie, Glen and Liam Campbell, the Netherlands,
Thank you so much Sophie for a wonderful stay. Our
highlights during our week in this fab area and house for chilling
out have been :
visit to Carcassonne although touristy in August,
we found it awe-inspiring.
Visit to Montségur what a climb
you definitely need sturdy shoes for this. The view is breathtaking.
Rennes le Château (musée) and le bains
La Chaumiere, Quillan fancier French dining
Café de la Gare, Good value basics
Arques Roc Café (on the left driving through Arques
We loved the church bells and finally adored all the
poodles. Beth especially loved Charlotte !! Thank you for loaning
them to us for the walks
Wishing you the very best with « project le château »
Gill, Craig and Beth, Shropshire, UK, August 2007
Thank you for renting your house it is a lovely
and peaceful area.
Family Hammer-Jakoban, Denmark, August 2007
Well be back.
Louis, Jo, Alex and Ruby, Paris, France, July, 2007
This was a great week here and we enormously enjoyed
your gite and the hospitality of Sophie and James. Charley and Christina,
Washington D.C, USA, July 2007
Good luck with the renovations. It will all be worth
You have picked a wonderful place.
The Brooking family, UK, May 2007
The Pyrenees remain a profound part of my life. It
makes me very happy that such a delightful couple have made it a dream
to restore and make available this lovely gîte ...The area abounds
with unforgettable scenery and walks and picnics. Do explore the small
villages & local cafes and do cross over the mountain to Belcaire
& its villages. This is a place of beauty and mystery. Thanks
ever so much.
PS. Breath everything in. You won't find it elsewhere!
Marilyn - California - May 2007
We have really enjoyed our stay at Sophie's gîte
in St Ferriol. So much history ... Visited many of the castles and
villages mentioned in previous pages and found them charming. The
castle at Villerouge was most well restored and easy access. The narrow
winding road to Château Termes was the most "heart stopping".
Our favourite place for lunch - Auberge du Faby in Rouvenac.
Wine, baguettes and cheese for dinner at home! All
in all an unforgettable holiday!
Elissa & john, Marjory & Brock - Vancouver,
Canada - April / May 2007
We have had a lovely stay at Sophie's gîte in
St-Ferriol. Three and a half days was not long enough to fully explore
this interesting out-of-the-way area but we did our best.
Day One - Château de Queribus
Day Two - Drove to Axat and on through the Gorge de
Galamus. Lunch in Rouffiac de Corbiéres at the lovely little
Auberge de Peyrepetuse at the foot of the fortress. Hiked up to the
Château de Peyrepertuse
- not to be missed! Drove back via Bugerach, Rennes-les-Bains and
Day Three - Carcassonne
Day Four - Morning walk to Granès. Rennes-le-Château.
Roman aqueduct south of St Paul de Fenouillet in Ansignan.
Picnic supper at a beautiful spot just east of and below the Col St.
Louis on a back road between Quillan and the D117 (going SE)
Alison and Dick - Massachusetts, USA - April 2007
A really lovely week spent in this very tasteful gite!
Apart from the obvious "must see" trips to Carcassonne &
Mirepoix we visited gorgeous Collioure, just under two hours' drive
from here on the Côte Vermeille. Also had one day of mountain
sightseeing - taking the road from Quillan to Ax-les-Thermes, picnicking
at Col de Chioula before briefly stopping at Ax-les-Thermes and driving
back along the spectacular (if nerve-racking) D256 + D107! (Yellow
Another lovely day was simply spent visiting the villages
in the local area - Rennes-le-Château, Arques, Rennes-les-Bains,
Château de Peyrepertuse etc.
Not one lost day, all successful, just fantastic!
Really jolly lady in the pizzeria approaching Quillan,
but make sure you're hungry" Very Good food.
Glad we found you!
Andy, Jacqui & Gwen - UK - April 2007
The sky was blue and the sun shone
The air was warm and fresh and cleared our minds
The beds were comfy providing great rest ...
Meg & Peter - Australia/NZ - October 2006
We loved your gite.It was comfortable and beautiful
- very beautiful - incredible design.
Bob & Andrew - LA, USA - October 2006
Thank you for giving us the chance to stay at the Maison
de l'Église it was a wonderful pied-à-terre for
our week in the area
For your future guests, here are our recommendations:
Gorges de Galamus: incredible drive. If you have
the time, take an extra hour & walk to the ermitage carved out of the gorge
Rennes-le-Chateau: For you Da Vinci Code
fans, a must see, but still interesting for those who missed out
Peyreperteuse & Queribus: bring good footwear as the very old stones are
very slippery. Beautiful vistas of the valleys
the château tour in the old "cité" is worth it
Quaint medieval town with well priced shops
de Niaux. Make a reservation. It is one of the last caves open in France &
Cucugnan. Lovely little town which can easily
The Hotel Moderne et Pigeon in Limoux.
Excellent gourmet food with outstanding service
poissonerie in Quillan Very fresh. The fishmonger will recommend local fish.
enjoyed our stay, hope to see you again
Ken & Muriel,
Diane & Granger Canada August-September 2006
enjoyed our stay in St Ferriol. Highlights included
Meals at La Chaumiere
[a restaurant in Quillan]
Cliff, Martin & John - August 2006
We had an absolutely
fabulous time and we want to live in this area now! We loved Camon, we had a great
time kayaking. The views are simply amazing. Lovely comfortable pretty gite. Sophie's
herbs and blackberries are delicious try them
Nicky & Teri - England - August 2006
a lovely stay Lovely landscape, eccentric chateau
summer time is
tops here. May have time after the vide grenier today to go to the outdoor swimming
baths at the foothills of Axat. Must come over for a longer stay: this time was
too short to see all this great area.
Andie, Cathy and
Sadie - England - August 2006
week. Great House. Great region. Many thanks for everything. Wine, Flowers and
even writing paper all unexpected luxuries.
Jake & Jasmine
- Australia - July 2006
It was such a privilege to stay in La Maison dEglise
the house is delightful, comfortable and beautifully finished.
I had such a productive two weeks working [painting] in the landscapes
Wendy Winfield - July 2006
enjoyed a wonderful week of mountain villages + walk, sybaritic living and thermal
pools. The perfect rest-cure!
most spectacular views in this pretty mountaintop village
Medieval town beside the river - wonderful hotel gardens to mellow out in, a trip
back in time.
St-Ferriol: delightful mountain
walks on good tracks. Sophie kindly lent us her girls [three dogs] for a perfect
outing to the ruins of an older chateau - a round trip.
Excellent patisserie ... great fun at the hat factory ... Fernando of the main
square serves`excellent food & wine and is a most charming host
amazing chateau perched on a hilltop. Worth seeing.
Axat: like a Swiss
village. Lovely river garden.
Thank you for the warm welcome
Helena and Lorcan - County Meath, Ireland
- July 2006
Unexpected luxury! Such
a fantastic house. And what an amazing area! So much to do, so much to see. Thank
you so much for the best holiday of our lives!
John - UK - 2006
We have had a wonderful
week relaxing, discovering,, shopping and cooking in this great southern part
of the province. ... We record the following points that may be of assistance
to future guests:
Esperaza: Sunday market - particularly
if the "Oompah" band is playing - they were fantastic! ...market had
lovely dips & jambon
Miropoix: Monday market
spoils the town. Go another day to enjoy this Tudor town.
The old walled city is definitely worth a visit ...
We all enjoye walking around this walled town - it's very picturesque.
Took the thermal baths ...
amazing hill top town. If you into the Da Vinci Code or conspiracy theories this
may be the town for you. Appears`to have a very good book shop on religions and
Lagrasse: A really cute town...
The town square was delightful as were the abbey and the fish in the river.
We enjoyed the walks around Saint Ferriol and the generosity
of our neighbours Mme Sire gave us a huge bunch of parsley
and Louis showed us around his farm. The cow bell tinkling had intrigued
us from day one !
and Jane and Simon and Ngaire - New Zealand - 2006
Contact Sophie McDonald about
renting the cottage.
You can reach her at + 33 418.104.22.168:
04.68.20.11.42 from France,
00 33 422.214.171.124 from the UK
011 33 4126.96.36.199 from the US
or by e-mail.
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and agreed your reservation, you will need to check our terms and conditions and
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