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“Les Nouveaux Thermes “, 26 Grand Rue des Thermes, 11190 Rennes-les-Bains, France
With its glorious natural scenery, excellent climate, welcoming culture and excellent standards of living, France is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most desirable places across the world to live or visit. On offer here is a chance to make a smart financial investment in this magnificent part of the world.
The first-floor studio apartment is nestled in a valley, at the entry into the Roman spa town of Rennes-les-Bains, with a superb, relaxing location overlooking the warm waters of the River Salz.
The apartment measures approximately 17 square metres and is on the first floor (approximately 20 steps). There is also a lift with room for a pushchair/ small wheelchair if needed.
As you enter the studio there is a kitchen space on the right, with cupboards for storage, a fridge, a sink and a double hotplate to prepare simple meals. This leads into the main living space which has full-length French doors which open onto a Juliet balcony overlooking the river and with a stunning view of the mountains opposite. There is space for a sofabed (or double bed if you prefer), a small table and chairs and a wardrobe.
Leading off this main room is a “salle d’eau” with WC, shower and sink.
This property will be sold with all furnishings included.
The small town has several hotels, cafes and a small shop which provides your daily needs. For more choice of groceries, there is a larger “8 to 8” shop in Couiza ( 8km), and a supermarket at Esperaza (11km). From April to October the thermal baths are open, specialising in cures for rheumatism. The new, naturally heated open-air swimming pool is open to all for a small charge ( last season it cost 5 euros 50 for adults, 2 euros 50 for children aged 3 – 12), and is a few metres away from the apartment building. If you prefer, you can bathe in the hot springs of the river free of charge.
There is a train station in Couiza which is 8km away. From here you can access Carcassonne easily (useful if you use the airport), and the main line provides easy access to all parts of France. There is a train from Carcassonne that goes directly to Couiza and only costs 1 euro!
This part of France is steeped in history and is famous for its wealth of Cathar castles, incredible mountains which have spectacular walks and biking trails, and white water canoeing. Not far away is the walled Citadel of Carcassonne which has been used in film locations, along with the mysterious mountaintop town of Rennes-le-Chateau which was the subject of Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. There is so much to do and see in the area, and this little apartment is a perfect base from which to explore!
ABOUT THE AREA
Rennes les Bains is a village situated south of Carcassonne in the Aude Department. The town originally developed here in Roman times with the discovery of the local thermal waters, and several roman artefacts have been found here including a statue of Mercury.
Rennes les Bains actually has both hot and cold springs, and two wells that were dug in the 19th century. Because of the unusual geological characteristics of the rock the water in the river Sals is naturally salty (hence the name of the river), which is of course very unusual for a river. The village itself lies along the valley bottom with the tall houses of the town hugging the waters edge, some of them having balconies situated over the river. The river is crossed by both a stone bridge and a more recent pedestrian iron bridge.
You can also see the small, very old, church of Saint-Nazaire and Saint-Celse in Rennes-les-Bains, and a small part of the original Roman baths, although these are both quite minor historic monuments As well as admiring the views along the river, the village is now best known for its spa complex which has an outdoor pool that is naturally heated to 33°C. The spa waters here are reputed for their properties in helping with rheumatism and various skin problems. Rennes-les-Bains has also received a little recent notoriety as a result of Kate Mosse’s book ‘Sepulchre’ which was set in Rennes les Bains.
The town is a popular base with hikers exploring the surrounding hills or visiting the natural water sources. There are several sites of interest nearby, including the ruined abbey at Alet-les-Bains, the remains of castles at Arques Chateau and Coustaussa Chateau, and the picturesque Calamus Gorges to the south-east.
Rennes-les-Bains is in the heart of Cathar country and very close to Rennes-le-Chateau recently made very famous for its role in Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’. The famous cathar castles such as Chateau de Queribus and Chateau de Peyrepertuse, perched high on craggy hilltops, are also within easy reach.
• 17m2 of living space
• 1 Bedroom
• 1 Bathroom
• Stunning Views
• Close to essential amenities like such as supermarkets and pharmacies
• Close to many excellent bars and restaurants
• Great base from which to discover other fantastic areas of France
• Many excellent sports facilities, walking and cycling and skateboard areas nearby
• Rental Potential through Airbnb and Booking.com
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