This is a great rural location. Vineyards and sunflowers. If you're looking at Gites in this area you probably know the secret.
We were really pleased with the quality of accommodation, also that they were so well equipped. The kitchen allows you to cook properly, there's proper knives and pans to hand. Not only is there a dishwasher but all the consumables are provided.
All the odds and ends of self catering are provided, from loo roll to cling film; it's set up so you could travel comfortably with hand luggage only.
Nice sized pool and as there's only one other gite its never going to be busy. The pool complies with French regs and is secure.
I felt duty bound to post a positive review but a part of me wants to keep it quiet so that I can go back whenever I want. Couldn't recommend it more.
Our two-week stay in June in the 2-bed gîte, Le Chêne, was as good as it gets; hot, sunny days, a magnificent pool, an exceptionally well equipped gîte and a most generous host. Not only did Hal ensure that we had everything we needed and that everything was in working order, he was also entertaining company. Ours was a lazing holiday, not one for exploring (been there, done that) and the pool with its shaded shelter was a perfect place to relax, read and swim. We were joined for one week in the adjacent 1-bed gîte by friends from Canada who spent their days exploring Cathar castles. We all dined together each evening including one dinner at local Domaine Gayda, a beautiful setting and excellent food.
The only downside, if you could call it that, was the lack of a village bakery in the immediate vicinity, Limoux town being the nearest source of fresh bread.
We thoroughly recommend the gîtes at Domaine du Renne - we have plans already for our return.
What a fantastic holiday we had. We had booked both villas for my family. We had three adults and one child in one villa and my parents in the other villa. The facilities are second to one with everything you need for a great stay in a villa. The pool and outside space is the best I have ever experienced and so quite. Brilliant BBQ and two seating areas to chill out if you need some alone time. Plenty of shaded area around the pool and house as it got up to 40 degrees when we were there but that didn't bother us as Hal has lots of fans in the villas to keep you cool.
Hal looks after you really well and is there if you need him. The local area is great to explore with fab towns and villages surrounding you on all sides.
I would go back in a heart beat but staying in Ireland this year with our new dog!
If like me, twelve months ago, you are looking for a fantastic holiday in France, then go to Hals place in the South of France. From the moment you arrive until you leave, you will be glad you made the decision to go to Languedoc Roussillon and stay at Hals outstanding gite. Situated in glorious vineyards in rural France, all of your needs are more than catered for. Red hot sunshine, terrific views, close to town with good choice of restaurants and supermarkets. Historical towns and cities right on your doorstep. The gite is 5 star and Hal goes out of his way to more than provide everything that you might need. Would we return? You bet 100 per cent , we had the most wonderful time ever. We did not know just what to expect, Hal is a great host and goes out of his way to make sure that you have everything you need to ensure that you get the most from your time in the area. Probably sounds a bit over the top but we cannot wait to do it all over again. Finally we drove down from Lancashire, totally brilliant experience.
Mine Host, Hal Adams is very accommodating. Gite beautifully maintained, fully equipped and if you have not had time to source some basics, Hal will probably have something in his store room. Wife, Loraine was recovering from a fractured femur and underwent a complex hip replacement at Medipole Garonne in Toulouse ( a wonderful Hospital). The whole gite and swimming pool all level and she was able to hobble around on her crutches without difficulty. Closest boulangerie either Limoux or Alaigne, I preferred Alaigne and would ride my bike up to this rustic boulangerie in the centre of the round square. Yes round square, the village is of concentric circles and the bakery is the innermost along with a handful of houses and of course the church. a lively bar is in this village which attracts the local expats. You must allow time to explore and enjoy Limoux and Mirepoix
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We stayed at Domaine du Renne for four weeks in July and August 2014, excited to be returning again after previous holidays there; and yet again we weren't disappointed!
The owner, Hal, provides a fantastic combination of great accommodation, peace in a beautiful, natural environment, and a welcoming atmosphere. The large pool was once again used every day to cool off in the 80 degrees+ heat, while we loved walking through the local vineyards or making the short journey to the local town of Limoux or to the many beautiful villages nearby with their markets, architecture, cafes and restaurants. As I cycle, it also made a great base from which to ride out to explore the countryside- hurtling past fields of sunflowers in the early morning sunshine made this 48-year-old pretend I was headed for Tour de France glory!
Hal had made several improvements to the property for 2014- new sunloungers by the pool, a new cooker and hob, a plentiful supply of new bathroom and pool towels, and a coffee percolator. When this is added to comfortable bedroom and lounge furniture, a gas barbecue, British TV(!) and free Wi-Fi, it really meant that we felt that we could relax immediately. Also provided, inclusive, were many of those kitchen essentials which can lead to added expense (and would often end up being left behind on leaving) just when you'd rather spend your money on local wines! So, there was foil, cling film, olive oil, salt, pepper, tea, coffee and sugar all provided- it's typical of Hal, as he did everything to make sure that our holiday was everything that we wanted it to be.
Thanks again, Hal and Louise, for a special few weeks. And to Milo and Matilda for providing splendid entertainment!
And, of course, we've booked again for 2015...
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Reviewers all remark on the good location and facilities at Domaine du Renne and I wouldn't disagree with a word of that. Indeed the equipment level here is probably the best we've experienced in many years of gite visits. What sets Domaine du Renne apart from the rest however is Hal, the owner who, apart from being a convivial host, is the most honourable man to do business with. We had to cut our visit short due to a sad family event which was not Hal's problem and I sought nothing from him but he was concerned to compensate us for the lost holiday, taking active steps to take the loss himself. This was not expected of him and shows that Hal truely is a gentleman and the most honourable owner you will ever be lucky enough to deal with.