Bordebasse du Lac

Bordebasse, SW France

Bordebasse, SW France

Standing proudly on a Mediterranean hillside, between Mirepoix and Castlenaudary are the beautiful farm buildings and private lake of Bordebasse.

Le Domaine du Bordebasse

Le Domaine du Bordebasse

The grand and tranquil courtyard has views overlooking the panoramic Le Vixiage valley and is finished off with a dramatic backdrop of the magical Pyrenees.

Gite Bedroom, first floor

Gite Bedroom, first floor - 4 Bedroom House

Wake up to the sunshine, the master bedroom opens onto a small balcony with fabulous views over the French countryside, the Magical Pyrennees act as backdrop to this stunning view.

Gite Bedroom, first floor

Gite Bedroom, first floor - 4 Bedroom House

The big house comes with 4 good sized and comfortable bedrooms, 2 double with kingsize beds and 2 twin.

Gite Garden

Gite Garden - 4 Bedroom House

Garden table and chairs are under a shady pagoda.

Gite Double Bedroom

Gite Double Bedroom - 2 Bedroom House

This charming cottage, with its bright and airy open plan living, kitchen and dining room also offers you 2 comfortable bedrooms.

The living area

The living area - 2 Bedroom House

The thick walls keep it cool in summer and toasty warm in the winter months.

Gite Garden

Gite Garden - 2 Bedroom House

Set in 10 acres, the cottage has its own small garden to the front and rear of the property, the rear has a pretty table and chairs with a stone bbq for "al fresco" dining.

Sheep and lamb by the shore

Sheep and lamb by the shore

The flock visits the lake every evening. Watch the sheep, goats and their little ones quench their thirst.

Sheep and lamb by the shore

Sheep and lamb by the shore

The flock visits the lake every evening. Watch the sheep, goats and their little ones quench their thirst.

Relax

Relax

If you are seasoned fisherfolk, we suggest that you bring your own tackle. For those of us who are sun worshippers the lake has a small sandy beach with sun loungers and hammocks.

Crystal Clear

Crystal Clear

The pool is fenced off and accesed down a few steps. South facing with beautiful views overlooking Le Vixiege valley.

The view from the pool

The view from the pool

The pool is overlooking the panoramic La Vixiage valley finished off with a dramatic backdrop of the magical Pyrenees.

Art students

Art students

Bordebasse is home to artist Gill Masters, who is happy to share her studio with you.

You can be an artist!

You can be an artist!

Big skies, beautiful landscapes, sunflowers and irises. Why not return home with a work of art painted by yourself.

Affordable Art by Gill Masters

Affordable Art by Gill Masters

To find out more about Gill Masters' paintings, visit http://www.gillmasters.blogspot.com (see link below).

Wine Tasting

The Aude is part of the Langudoc-Roussillon which is the biggest wine growing area in France. While you are here, be sure to taste the the regions most impressive Blanquette Limoux which is similar to a sparkling champagne.

You won’t have to go far before you come across a cave open for wine tasting.

 

Vinécole is the new wine experience of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France - offering wine courses and tastings throughout the year. Located at the impressive Domaine Gayda near Limoux, Vinécole is a wine school for all. Run by Master of Wine Matthew Stubbs, Vinécole offers wine courses and wine tastings both for people looking for a brief introduction to wine, as well as those studying for professional qualifications.

 

Cuisine

Cassoulet, a bean, duck, and pork casserole made in Castlenaudary. The gourmet rich liver from ducks and geese “Foie Gras” with it’s regional capital in Belpech, pigeon, garlic soup, truffles, wild boar, aligot which is sold at local markets and is akin to smooth mashed potato full of pungent garlic, delicious, and not forgetting, the boulangeries and fromageries where to walk past and not feel hungry is almost impossible.

Nuts, figs, apricots, peaches, cherries as big and bright as huge marbles hang from heavily laden boughs, and wild strawberries grow among the banks on slow country roads.

This is the region often featured on TV. “French Leave” (book also of the same title) where John Burton Race, a Two star Michelin chef, came to discover some of France’s best regional foods, also “French Odyssey” book and TV series with chef Rick Stein.

Recent fiction bestseller books written about the area include Kate Moss's Labyrinth and Sepulchre.

 

Nature and Sports

Along quiet country roads, in forests for an hour's amble or for days in the mountains, this area is perfect. If you want a structured walk, click the picture on the left. Potential Energy offer local guided walks in and around the Pyrennees. 

 

Cyclists from all over the world visit the region. For cycle hire and delivery to Bordebasse, click the photo on the right. The terrain can be as challenging as you want. Often used as part of the Tour de France.

Superb country for hacking along on horseback, horse-riding stables within 15 mins.

 

Clean local rivers complement the lake fishing at Bordebasse.

 

Carcassonne golf course is 35 mins away.

 

You can be on your ski and on the pistes within the hour at Monts d’Olmes.

 

The Mediterranean sea and beaches of Narbonne to the east are also within the hour.

 

For the more adventurous, white water rafting is available in the cool rivers of the Ariege 40mins away. 

 

Windsurfing, catermaran and sailing courses available at Lac Ganguise 35 mins away.

Cruising the Canal du Midi 30 mins away. Take a cruise for the afternoon along the canal du midi, built in the 17th century, mountains to one side of you, vineyards to the other.

 

Wellness

To complement your stay here at Bordebasse, why not benefit from a massage. Ease away aches, pains and stress. Pat Penny, a local therapist, will come to you.

 

Bird Watching and Photography

The region is home to amongst many others, Buzzards, Eagles, Montague Harriers, Black and Red kites soar overhead, Bee eaters and Golden Orials are welcome visitors every summer, and late summer we have the beautiful Rollers that sit on telegraph wire and fences.

 

Come along, relax and have a great holiday.

 


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