Standing for the last 200 years in this tiny hamlet at the end of the road, the simple little house has been sympathetically restored by Patricia, who lives next door and provides a generous welcome basket. It is an excellent holiday house for four with a small enclosed garden on one side and a pretty terrace overlooking endless vineyards on the other. Inside, white walls and softly coloured furnishings give an atmosphere of gracious rustic charm. In the open-plan living space, there’s a good kitchen, plenty of light, a wood-burner in the traditional fireplace and simple furniture. Upstairs, two comfy bedrooms have good new bedding and country peace. You are in the historic Cathar area, a 12th-century sect of peace lovers whose persecution as heretics by the Catholic Church inspired legends, fiction and films. Their fortresses of Montségur, Peyrepertuse and Carcassonne are within an hour’s drive. Axat offers rafting and canoeing; you can go boating on the Canal du Midi; and don’t miss the wines. The famous sparkling ‘Blanquette de Limoux’ was first made by monks long before champagne. Remarkable value.