Village house in Tuchan, Languedoc
From breathtaking views of snow capped mountain ranges in winter to lavender fields and vineyards in summer. This area is totally unspoilt with ancient castles, abbeys, natural springs, gorges and pretty rivers.
With over 300 days of Mediterranean sunshine Tuchan’s excellent location makes it ideal place to holiday all year round. Nearby Perpignan, Carcassonne, Montpellier and Nimes are beautiful large cities/towns offering lots of culture, historical buildings, great cuisine and shopping.
The area has numerous excellent sandy beaches within 45 mins drive. The quaint seaside town of Collioure and Port Vendres are 55mins drive and are well worth a visit.
Perpignan the closest large town is 40 mins drive. With a pretty river running through the centre, lined with cafe bars its a great place for the gentlemen to sit and have a beer whilst the ladies shop in the wide range of shops.
The ski slopes of the Pyrenees come to life in winter with great skiing and après ski. Even the non skier will find plenty to do at the ski resorts. The nearest ski slopes are about 1.5hrs drive in the Pyenees. Andorra is about 2 hours. The slopes in Les Angles (1 hr 50 mins) are well worth a visit, reasonably priced ski hire and lift passes, free BBQ and coals at the top of the slopes. Breathtaking views and non skiers can get up to the restaurant and BBQ area easily.
The enchanting town of Carcassonne is an hours drive with its fortified village full of cafés, shops and street entertainment. Carcassonne has a music festival in July with many famous UK artists.
Narbonne about 45 mins away is a lovely French town with lots to do including a beach and great activity centre called L'espace de liberty which has an Olympic size pool, slides, ice rink, bowling alley, bar and great self service buffet.
The Spanish border is about 50 minutes away and Barcelona 2.5 hours away. In 2010 a TGV train is planned to run from Perpignan to Barcelona taking only 40 mins!
In June/July /Aug Tuchan has some local festivals in the village square.
There are a number of nearby villages, which have local weekly markets and most weeks small markets visit Tuchan.
The Tour de France will pass through Perpignan (about 40 mins drive) and along the coast this year.
Tuchan has everything you could possibly need;
- Grocery shop (open 7 days a week)
- 5 restaurants (within 10 mins walk) -note 2 closed from Nov -May
- Village outdoor pool (high season only)
- Bakery (open 7 days a week)
- Cash point
- Post office
- Tourist information
-Pottery and art shop
- Petrol station (outskirts)
-Regular outdoor markets in the village square.
- Wine cave and visitors centre
- River swimming area
- Quad biking through the vineyards
- Volley ball in the village square
- Camp site – Lapierre (10mins walk with lovely pool, volleyball. good restaurant and bar, twice weekly entertainment in high season)- owner happy for local villagers to use his facilities -open May - Sept
Tuchan is well know for its wine (Fitou being one) and there are many activities throughout the year to celebrate this. If you are a wine connoisseur this is the village to base yourself, right in the heart of wine country with the large Mont Tauch cave and education centre 5 mins walk away.
Some very good local restaurants within walking distance.
Nearby there is Rock climbing, walking and cycling treks, fishing, quad bikes, paragliding and horse riding.
Local attractions include Tautavel ( prehistoric man museum), Chateau d'aguillar, white water rafting (Axat), Many wine caves, African Reserve, Little Yellow train thorough the breathtaking Pyrenees mountains and skiing within 1hr 40mins.
The house has been sympathetically renovated retaining is original character, with wooden beams, stone floor and original wooden doors.
Ground floor - Entrance hall leading to double bedroom with door out to paved courtyard and morning room, large shower room and separate washroom/ toilet.
1st floor - Large fully equipped kitchen with dining table leading to living room with 2 sofas and large sofa bed. Digital TV and DVD player. Door out to furnished terrace.
2nd floor - Large double bedroom (with plenty of room for 3rd person to sleep), step up to the dressing room area and en suite. Door through to twin bedroom
Stand up fans and heater in upstairs bedrooms. Travel cot available for hire
Further details outdoors:
The house is situated off the road down a gated courtyard. The house is 3 storey and the exterior is full of character with its original wooden shutters.
At the back of the house there is a private wooden decked terrrace with wooden dining furniture and sun canopy (seats 8), stairs lead down to private courtyard and shaded morning room with table and chairs
There is ample parking near the gates of the courtyard.
Budget airlines fly to this region, nearest airports Perpignan, carcassonne, Beziers, Montpellier, Gerona, Toulouse, Nimes, Barcelona.
Prices for up to 9 people £199 - £485 per week. Short breaks and late deals also available.
Late deals from £250 a week ( for up to 9 people including bedding and towels.
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This page was last updated: 20 August 2009