The Gallery House & The Bicycle House | Self-catering in Aude | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Gallery House & The Bicycle House - Self-catering in Aude

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Rue Magene, 11220 Lagrasse, Aude
Languedoc - Roussillon, France

Amelie Dekker
+33 (0)6 51 45 27 30(mobile)

In enchanting Lagrasse, two high-modern terraced houses in ancient walls. River swimming, Corbières discoveries: culture, castles, vineyards

Lagrasse is an enchanting old village of winding streets and higgle-piggle roofs, the prettiest little river (a safe pool in summer), a great abbey, culture, crafts and festivals galore. For exploring the castles, vineyards and gastronomy of the craggy Corbières, the artists’ house for five is perfect. In the curvy open-plan living area of the Gallery House there’s not a right angle in sight. It is soberly minimalist, all furnished for good, plain comfort, with grey surfaces, blocky modern furniture, original art and photography, the latest in kitchen kit brightened by colourful crockery and fun details. The high-walled BBQ patio leads off one side, the new shower room off the other; there’s an outdoor shower, too. Take the timber stairs to the twin bedroom-study and its steel and glass terrace; or the original stone stairs to the (connecting) main double and second wc.. Above the terrace, the lovely little suntrap has rooftop views to the mill on the hill. Next door is the Bicycle House for six with courtyard, brand-new galley kitchen and a big light-filled top-floor bedroom: another careful 3-floor mix of ancient and contemporary styles.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Local points of interest from Amelie Dekker:

Local points of interest from
Amelie Dekker:

  • We're from London, first came to Lagrasse 15 years ago & fell in love with the place! We've had long careers in photography and media and now happily focusing on our personal interests of film and translation - the house is full of books and images!
  • The family who owned the property used to have a bicycle factory in Toulouse. Later the family lived in Lagrasse and had a cycle repair workshop, that has a bicycle wheel sign outside in the street.
  • During the renovation of the property we found a Knights Templar coin under one of the timbers and also a pot embedded in one of the walls. We hoped for a mystery revelation in the pot but only found some well preserved almonds!
  • The river at Lagrasse is blocked at the wier during the summer and this creates perfect swimming! Nothing better than early morning or late evening swimming along the length of the river with only the swifts darting above for company.
  • Look out for concerts in the village, in the abbey or in the church or the En Blanc et Noir piano festival held in July when a range of European pianists come and play outside in the mediaeval square
  • In an hour you can be swimming in the sea at one of the many beaches along the coast. Take your pick from Leucate, Gruissan or Narbonne Plage where there are plenty of great seafood restaurants. Perfect day out.
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  • 2 Houses for 5 - 6
Price:(i) 700 to960 per week

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Restaurants 2-minute walk.




Rue Magene, 11220 Lagrasse, Aude

Self-catering The Gallery House (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single; 2 shower room.
Price: (i) 700 to 960 per week
Self-catering The Bicycle House (self-catering)
House ~ 2 doubles, 1 family room for 4 (1 double with double sofa bed); 2 bathrooms.
Price: (i) 700 to 960 per week
Amelie Dekker
+33 (0)6 51 45 27 30(mobile)