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Attractive Villa, with Private Heated Pool in an Acre of Lovely secluded Garden

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, Bathroom & Additional WC in a Beautiful Quite Location.

L'Arboretum is ideally suited for families and friends alike, who wish to either explore the many attractions available in the Carcassonne area, or just relax in the extensive gardens enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this lovely villa. The light airy accommodation is furnished to a very high standard, with all the home comforts you need for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. There are two large terrace areas which together with the acre of gardens are ideal for alfresco dinning or just soaking up the sun. Cool off in the heated pool, or if you are not a sun worshipper settle yourself under one of the shaded areas with a good book and/or glass of wine, whilst the children are busy using up their energy.

John Kingsnorth
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About John Kingsnorth

My wife and I married in 2003, combining our families meant that between us we have 4 children and todate 6 grandchildren with another on the way. As a family we were rather spread out across the UK and although we now live in Dorset, due to the poor weather in the UK, family get togethers especially for the younger ones is not always as enjoyable experience for them as we had hoped. Our house near Carcassonne has been a real boon allowing us to share moments (in the Sun) with the family that we could not done otherwise. Over the past 6 years we have extensively renovated the house, installing a new kitchen, bathroom, WC, double glassing and redecorating the complete house both internally and externally. The house is not so much a holiday home, more our home from home.

John Kingsnorth purchased this villa in 2006

Why John Kingsnorth chose Carcassonne surroundings

We purchased this property in 2006, as a holiday home. After 2 years of searching we had almost given up and resigned to looking elsewhere, when we were by chance introduced to L'Arboretum. After living in various locations within the UK and Europe we wanted a house on a good size plot which we could make our own. It was essential that the house was not on an estate but within a community where we could participate but still give us a place for peace, quite and relaxation. A further and major consideration was the ability of host family visits. To spend longer periods with our children and grandchildren in the warmth and sunshine with the opportunity for them to play and enjoy a swimming pool in a safe and quality environment. The house offers all of this and more.

What makes this villa unique

The property offers seclusion, privacy, peace & quite with the benefit of a private heated pool. The views over the gardens from the terraces are at there very best in the afternoon & evening. Somehow they give you the feeling of peace with the world. Both front & rear gardens offer areas of shade from the sun, meals are all the more relaxing with the sound of the water from the stream which forms the boundary at the rear of the House. Try breakfast either in the summer room with the patio doors open or by the Apricot tree, just relax and listen to the sounds of, birds and running water. The gardens not only enable children run of the enormous levels of surplus energy but also allow mums and dad's the opportunity to just relax.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Saint-Denis in Carcassonne area

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Double wash basin.
    Separate (2nd) WC - Toilet , Additional Toilet & Hand Basin
  • The bathroom is well equipped, with a double washbasin, toilet and a shower which is above the bath. Hot water is via a 300 ltr electric heated water tank, so always plenty of hot water. We do ask that items such as sanitary towels and babies nappies are not flushed down the toilet as this will block the system and invariably require expensive call out of sanitary company clear such blockage. Additionally a separate WC and wash basin is in place. 1 bath and 1 hand towel is provided for each person together with a hand towel next to each wash basin. Bathroom towels should not be used outside the villa. Swimming pool towels are provided additionally for this purpose.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 5ft bed, built-in wardrobe with hangers and shelves.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 5ft bed, built-in wardrobe with hangers and shelves.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 x 3ft beds, built-in wardrobe with hangers a shelves.
  • Bedrooms 1 & 2 have 5ft beds, Bedroom 3 has 2 x 3ft beds. The bedrooms are very comfortable each having an internal double wardrobe, bedside cabinets, with bedside lamps and a dressing table. A full set of bed linen is provided together with pillows (2 per person) and Duvets. Electric fans and/or heaters are also available to guests.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
The heated pool has a safety cover which in accordance with French law must be used when the pool is not beings adequately supervised. We provide swimming towels for use outside of the house. To the rear of the house the back garden has been fenced off and access to the stream is not advisable, access is only possible from the public foot path details of which will be shown in the house information booklet left at the property.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)


Lovely and spacious!

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely place in an away from it all location with everything you need for a relaxing break. The villa is quite spacious and airy and the garden is huge! The four of us in our party enjoyed morning swims before breakfast and, after a long day out and about, enjoyed cooking dinner together and spending the evening chatting around the dining table...working our way through a very strong Camembert became the challenge of the week!

There is lots to do in the area and a car is a must. We had a varied week of visiting Carcassone, a circular drive to Limoux then on to Lagrasse (a beautiful town!), a boat trip on the canal du midi, a walk to the castles at Lastours, local walks from the house (signposts at end of lane) and several strolls around the local village of Montolieu where it was especially nice to sit outside the bistro opposite the church and enjoy a glass of wine as we watched boules matches!

Thank you John and Christine for a very enjoyable week.

We highly recommend L'arboretum, but be warned...the beds are very comfortable and are not conducive to early mornings!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

From the second we arrived at the villa we felt completely relaxed. The garden is huge, well maintained and so peaceful, just what we needed!! The weather was beautiful so the large heated pool (cleaned twice a week) was perfect. The villa had everything we needed and more - I wish my kitchen at home was this well equipped 😊 . Everything was clean and tidy, the bed and sofa were lovely and comfortable, nice big TV, fans in every room, I could go on and on.... The surrounding area was stunning but honestly, we were at our happiest lazing by the pool with something from the bbq and a cosy night on the sofa. We stay in villas in France every year (for 10 years now) and this one was our absolute favourite. We would love to stay again and highly recommend to anyone. Thank you so much to John and Christine, who were super helpful, and all those who work to maintain the property - we had our best holiday, and wedding anniversary here.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, We would like to say a very big thank you for your lovely comments regarding your stay at L'Arboretum and we are so pleased that you had an enjoyable time. Our thanks also for recognising the people who work so hard behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly. Without all the hard work that our people put into maintaining the house, garden & pool it would not work as well as it does. We certainly hope that you will choose to revisit this lovely area of France and that you will consider staying with us again in the not to distant future. Finally our sincerest congratulations on your wedding anniversary and wishing you a lovely time in what remains of 2016. Kind regards - Christine & John
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Wonderfully sunny location

  • 4 of 5

The Gite provides extensive accommodation for 6 people although we were only 4. The Gite is clean and has a good kitchen with all needed facilities. Internet access is very good for those with techy needs. Bedrooms are very comfortable and the grounds are extensive.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Thank you for your review, we are so pleased that you all had (quote from your email} "a fabulous time in your property. Many thanks for the use.". It always good to here that guests had a enjoyable stay, and we would like to thank you all for looking after our home. Kind regards - Christine & John
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable stay at L'Arboretum. A peaceful location without any road noise. House very comfortable and plenty of room for our family of four, kids age 8 and 5. The pool was bigger than the photos suggested. Montolieu is a picture postcard village with pretty alleyways, bookshops and restaurants. Wish we had booked two weeks!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Thank you for your very kind review, which is very much appreciated by us and the team who look after the house, pool & Garden. It is always a delight to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay at L'Arboretum. Thank you also for looking after our home in France, we hope that you will think of us in the future should you wish to return to this very special part of France. Kind regards - Christine & John
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Beautiful Holiday Home in a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

Just home after a fantastic fortnight at L'arboretum. About 25 mins drive from Carcassonne, just north of the beautiful village of Montolieu (picture postcard perfect - lots of antique bookshops). The house is beautiful and set in very generous and well maintained gardens. A gardener came a couple of times while we were there. Pool maintenance folk came a couple of times too. The pool was a real highlight too.

The house is very well appointed and we found that most of the usual stuff that we bring with us on French holidays was surplus to requirements. The kitchen has everything you'd need. Very clean and tidy.

There is a lovely sun room with a dining and seating area (we did most of our eating there) but there is a lovely big dining table in the living room area as well.

The bedrooms are very nice and the beds are nice and comfortable.

There is a selection of DVDs and books as well as games and a box of leaflets/books with local info for tourists.

There's a nice boulangerie in Montolieu (10 mins drive) and there's a small grocery shop there too (limited opening hours).

Moussoulens is another few minutes drive away and has a rally nice boulangerie - worth the extra few kms.

It's 25 mins drive to Carcassonne where there is a large new Leclerc.

We've been all over France on holiday and this is the best place we've stayed. Best house, best region and best local attractions/things to do.

I'd thoroughly recommend L'arboretum to anyone and we'd love to go back.

Highlights were...

the walled city at Carcassonne.

Beautiful town of Mirepoix (market on Mondays)

Beautiful village of Lagrasse.

If you like wine go to the cave du vins in Montolieu. It's a blink and you'll miss it highlight. The owner is English and is extremely helpful. Prices very reasonable too.

Nick and Alison

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Many thanks for your very kind review we are so pleased that you all enjoyed your stay at L'Arboretum. As much as we would like to claim full credit for your comments much of the hard work which goes into maintaining the house and keeping it up to the highest standards is down to the enthusiasm and dare I say love of all the people who unstintingly give so much. We are so lucky that all the people involved seem to share a common aim, to ensure that our guests get maximum levels of enjoyment and we hope that this will continue for as long into the future. We must also point out that we have been extremely fortunate in that almost without exception our guests have also looked after the house during their stays and without this high level of consideration life would be very difficult indeed. We hope that you will choose to stay with us again in the not to distant future. Our very best regards - Christine & John
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Wounderful spot in beautiful Languedoc

  • 5 of 5

This house has everything you might wish for a perfect holiday. It is spacious but cosy, comfortable and light. On a sunny day we enjoyed the big terrace, on an occasional rainy day the 'summer room' is absolutely wonderful to sit in.

The swimmingpool is fantastic, as is the big garden. Both are very well kept, as well as the house itself.

The owners of the house are lovely people, they are warm and understanding. They were a great help when we had trouble with our car and had to stay longer then originally planned. Super!

In a range of 5 to 40 kilometers from the house there are lots of places of interest to visit. The nearby village of St Denis is charming and markets of for instance Carcassonne or Mirepoix fantastic and we were surprised that there were so many organic products. We also visited the medieval sites of Saissac and Hautpoul, both really worthwhile.

And last but not least we went to several beautiful and interesting abbaye's and castles.

So we had a wonderful holiday and will certainly recommend this house to everyone who wants to go to this area.

Thea and Ria from Lieshout in The Netherlands.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Thea & Rea, Thank you for your very kind comments we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at L'Arboretum and also that you enjoyed the local area which is very special. Hope you will consider us agin in the future. Kind regards - Christine & John
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid 2017
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Med 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High 2017
22 Jul 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Special Early booking
5 Aug 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High 2017
12 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late 2017
17 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Weekly rates include Gas, Electricity, Water and reasonable use of broadband (see notes in house information pack).
Change over day is Saturday, however we will consider alternative days where possible. Whilst we prefer weekly rentals we have some flexibility for shorter or longer periods, during Low & Mid Season periods.

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