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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 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


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 November, 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 Saint-Denis

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.


Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Local Village Saint Denis
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Montolieu (4 resturants)
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Car: necessary

This Area offers something for everyone. Cathar castles, fabulous scenery, great cuisine, an abundance of vineyards and of course further afield miles of clean sandy beaches. The most renowned attractions in the area are the medieval walled ' Cite' and the Canal du Midi, both of which are World Heritage Sites and should not be missed. However there is so much more to see in the delightful region. The surrounding area is one of outstanding natural beauty and nearby villages such as Montolieu, Saissac, Revel, Limoux and Mirepoix, to name a few are all pretty and interesting, Further afield Narbonne, Montpellier, Toulouse and Pezenas are all worth a visit.

Saint Denis is an excellent base from which to sample the wide variety of activities that are available in the region. In addition to great walks that can be taken from the house, the more adventurous might enjoy kayaking, canoeing and white water rafting that are all within a reasonable drive. Lac de la Cavaere, a man made beach and lake close to Carcassonne, is 25 minutes drive away. Here there is a sandy beach, swimming, picnic areas, walks and other leisure activities including an excellent treetop adventure course for all ages. The famous Canal du Midi also offers boat trips, boat and cycle hire or alternatively stroll along the river that takes you past La Cite itself. There are numerous markets that are a feature of life in the area, in particular, the Saturday morning markets at 'Place Carnot in the centre of Carcassonne which is an absolute must, but nearby markets in Revel, Limoux and Mirepoix are also well worth a visit.


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

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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.


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Attractive Villa, with Private Heated Pool in an Acre of Lovely secluded Garden
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews

Wonderful house in beautifulSetting. Both the gardens and local area very beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Clean, great facilities, perfect for group of adults, lovely pool, communicative and helpful owners and housekeeper. Fantastic location totally peaceful yet minutes drive from lovely old french town

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly as lovely as it looks

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely, good-sized property in great condition with a well appointed kitchen - huge fridge, coffee machine, and all the utensils you will need. The pool is a further away from the house and is also bigger than it looks online. Our teenage kids spent most of their time in the pool, but there was also plenty of space to play badmington and frisbee - the garden is huge. The property is located up in the hills above the plains where Carcassonne is located. We did the big shopping there and then topped up on bread locally day to day. The boulangerie in Montelieu was open on Sunday but not Monday. The house is remote and peaceful - part of its appeal for us. It was really hot so we didn't walk as much as we thought we would! The beds were comfy and we slept well when we weren't out looking at all the stars we could see in the pitch black nights. The property has good wifi and British TV for evening entertainment. We felt quite at home and had a wonderful time.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time with our daughter, son-in-law and 3 year old granddaughter. Being all on one level was a bonus with a little one. The kitchen is very well equipped. Weather was mixed so enjoyed trips out and lazy days at the villa when hot. It was easy to find places to explore, both historic and picturesque. Plenty of maps and suggestions of where to go. We felt very relaxed in this peaceful location. The owners couldn't have been more helpful prior to our stay, answering our various questions and ensuring we had all our needs met. Would genuinely love to come here again. The photos really don't do it justice!

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 04-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 26-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Saint-Denis, Carcassonne area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Med 2017
7 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High 2018
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late 2018
15 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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