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Stylish manor house and Pigeonnier with magnificent pool on picturesque vineyard



Updated: 17-Sep-2016
2 delightful family homes on secluded 175 acre estate on the Canal du Midi

Le Manoir and the 17th century Ancien Pigeonnier are situated in an unrivalled location bordering the Canal du Midi. Both lovingly restored luxury villas are surrounded by 175 acres of vines, olive trees & pine forests. The spacious nature of the houses,outdoor terraces & stunning pool area make both very flexible properties, suitable for large families or groups of friends.Stylishly decorated throughout, with brand new oak beds & furniture, as well as luxurious kitchens, these beautiful houses offer everything you would expect from a dream holiday home. With traditional painted shutters & lovely original roof tiles, they evokes the very essence of romantic French country living. To complement this, guests will find a stunning & extensive pool area in the old walled garden with a large adult & separate children's pools.Relax in the sun, enjoy dining in the shade of the club house or al-fresco, surrounded by old pines, olive & almond trees, as well as many Mediterranean flowers.

Cantalauze website: There is a comprehensive website showing lots of information about the history of the vineyard, the wine making activities, Languedoc history, local tourist information and numerous photographs of the property as well as the estate. Please use the link on the site.

Directions: Full directions from Carcassonne airport and motorway A61 are available at the vineyard website, see above, along with a local map.

Golf and wine: There is a lovely golf course at Carcassonne only 15 minutes from the vineyard. Further local courses are to be found at Mazamet, Beziers and cap d'agde. Keen golfers will also find many glorious courses in nearby Catalonia in Spain

Whilst staying guests are welcome to buy white and red wine produced on the estate.

The owner is happy to recommend local vineyards to visit where tastings can be arranged.

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Details for holiday chateau / country house Le Manoir de Cantalauze et l'ancien pigeonnier, 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, 7 Bathrooms

Lovingly restored spacious 100 year old manor house and a charming 17th c stone farmhouse .The flexible accommodation allows plenty of space for groups or families from 6 to 18 people to enjoy a relaxing stay on a peaceful enchanting working vineyard. Both houses are stylishly decorated throughout, with brand new oak beds & furniture as well as luxurious traditional French kitchens, these beautiful house offers everything you would expect from a dream holiday home. With traditional painted shutters and original roof tiles, they evoke the very essence of romantic French country living. Complemented by a a stunning & extensive pool area in old walled garden with a large adult & separate children's pools. Dine on your own terraces, front and rear, or in the shade of the clubhouse where BBQ and other facilities are available

  • Sleeps 18
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent family property

  • 5 of 5

I can only echo recent reviews. This is a fantastic holiday property comprising two houses side by side and comfortably accommodating 18 in total. The houses are comfortable, well equipped and spacious. The bedrooms are all very smart. Not all rooms have air con in the Manor House but even in August we had no problems as the buildings are solid and cool inside. There was constant hot water so no issues at shower time! The pool area is large with plenty of chairs and sun loungers as well as a good play area for children big and small. Thomas ( and his parents who also gifted fruit to us) are really nice people, and were very helpful. In fact, nothing seemed to be too much trouble. Trebes was a straightforward 25 min walk. I would only mention that the stairs in the Pigeonnier were a little steep for my 80+ mother but there were no problems in the manor house. We have rented holiday homes for 20 years plus, and this is comfortably one of the best. Thank you, Thomas, for your particular kindness when we had some issues with airport transport. I recommend this property without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful holiday in a lovely rural location with perfect weather.

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 11, ages from 8 to 68, really enjoyed this holiday week. We spread ourselves comfortably over the 2 adjoining houses where the facilities are excellent. The grounds are extensive, well-laid out and there is plenty to explore. In particular, the 2 pools and surrounding garden are superb and, the weather was hot and sunny, so that was where we spent most of our time. The adjoining pool house has a good-sized barbecue which we used several times.

Thomas and his family gave us a warm and friendly welcome and are excellent hosts.

Our favourite beach in the area was Leucat- Plage which is about 1 hour away. The nearby Canal du Midi is ideal for walking, jogging or cycling.

We can thoroughly recommend this property which is ideal for larger parties. We hope to visit her again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best holiday rental ever

  • 5 of 5

Having had a week to reflect on our stay in these two holiday homes I can honestly say that they were the best we have encountered. Our extended family of fifteen, ranging in age from 13 to 78 all had a great time. The houses were comprehensively equipped and were simply but appropriately furnished.

Everything worked well i.e. washing machines, dishwashers, hot water system and air-conditioning etc.

Outside there were two well-maintained and much enjoyed swimming pools and a large covered area for eating inside if rain or wind prevailed.

This also included a barbecue, table tennis and X box for extra entertainment. There was also a boules pitch, which was enjoyed by all.

The owner, Thomas, was charming and most helpful with recommendations for restaurants and explanations about the excellent red wine which he is producing from his vineyard. He also had various whites and roses on offer in the wine coolers.

He was away for the first week of our holiday, but his parents live in the village and were there to help with any queries in his absence (we didn't have any) and, more importantly replenish wine supplies! His father, Gerard, also left a wonderful box of apricots from his orchard on our doorstep midweek. A gesture which was much appreciated and certainly beyond the call of duty.

The location suited us well. A pleasant half hour walk, partly alongside the Canal du Midi to the pretty little town of Trebes, with a wonderful boulangerie and adequate supermarket. It also has several canalside restaurants, including the wonderful "Moulin" where we had a superb meal. The less active could do the car journey in five minutes

We enjoyed a dayat Leucate, where we lunched at a great beach restaurant, recommended by Thomas and the young had fun on a pedallo. Carcassonne is not to be missed for its charm and history, but go early and have petit dejeuner there before the crowds arrive.

All in all it was a holiday which will be remembered by us all. Not least because of the friendliness and welcome from the Sananes family.

WeI have no hesitation in highly recommending this venue. Thank you, Thomas. Best wishes, Mike and Carolyn Graham & family

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot for this comment Carolyn. We were very pleased to welcome you and all your family at the Domaine de Cantalauze. We are really happy that you enjoyed it and we hope to see you again in the next year. Best wishes from France and see you soon.
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Amazing Summer Family Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We were an extended family group of 17 people, ranging in age from 6 to 70s. The property has many bedrooms and easily accommodated all the various family groups. We enjoyed the grounds, the pool, and the outdoor cabana area for evening meals. Thomas was readily available to help us and answer questions and offer suggestions. The property is walking distance to Trebes village. A fun time had by all, the week passed too quickly!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, stunning location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Manoir de Cantalauze during the summer of 2009 with our 3 children of 4, 10 and 13. We had the most fantastic time!

The house is furnished and decorated to an extremely high standard with beautiful oak furniture. The bathrooms are really nice and light and the master bedroom had me wanting to move in! My children loved the fact that we were in the middle of vines and beautiful rolling countryside and that they could roam around at will. Its great cycling country with the canal du midi at the bottom of the drive - you can go for miles. We used to cycle into Trebes (the local town) for bread and croissants - it was the highlight of the childrens day to ask for their pain au chocolat at the fantastic boulangerie there.

The kitchen and downstairs area is quite open plan which could be a bit noisy but it has a great feeling of space. It even has a fireplace in the kitchen which would be lovely if you planned to go there off season.

The pool area was just stunning!

You feel like you have arrived in a film set its so beautiful. There is a lovely long pool if you have the energy to do lengths and my littlest appreciated the shallow kids pool very much.

There is also a great barbeque corner in a huge pool house - more like a barn - which also has a separate loo.

Cantalauze is extremely well situated for exploring the local area as it is close to all the main routes. It took us 40 minutes to get to the beach (lots to choose from) and you can get to to Carcassonne in 15 minutes. The old cite is a must. We also loved the Minervois area - lovely little villages and the impressive site of Minerve. There are lots of local markets to visit - Mirepoix is worth the trip on a Monday and Carcassonne has markets on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Trebes itself has a lovely Italian restaurant (kids loved the pizzas) and a fish restaurant (you can see how fresh the fish is as it is a shop also) They are right on the canal du Midi and you can take boat trips just there. There is a local tourist office which is very helpful.

We will definitely be going back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A relaxing few days holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate enough to spend a few days in this tranquil setting during the grape picking season. A hive of activity and very interesting,and beautiful weather.

The accommodation was very comfortable for our party of six with spacious bedrooms and living accommodation. The kitchen was well equiped.

The pool area was enjoyed by all and a great place to relax and enjoy the excellent wine produced on the estate.

The surrounding areas is worth exploring with historic towns close by. Canal cruises are available from Trebes and if we had more time we would certainly have spent a day on the water.

Hope you enjoy your stay as we did

  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 12 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Carcassonne at 7 Kilometres Nearest Train : Carcassonne at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Carcassonne east - Trebes at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : trebes at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Narbonne at 55 Kilometres Car: recommended

The picturesque local town of Trebes (1 mile away ) is on the canal du midi,where short excursions & longer boat hire can be arranged.Trebes has 2 supermarkets, a choice of typical French bakers, a delicatessen and several quaint bars & restaurants. There is a helpfull tourist office, 3 banks, chemists, doctors & a post office, Experience medieval life in the nearby walled city of Carcassonne, only 5 miles away.The Cantalauze vineyard is in the famous Minervois wine region providing endless opportunities to visit interesting wineries and taste their wines.Delightfull Lagrasse 15 miles and an array of Cathar towns (Minerve) and ruined castles (Peyrepertuse) easily reached on day trips. Toulouse, Narbonne, Beziers and perpignan all within 1 h Numerous Mediterranean beaches 45 min Even Spain is not far, an hour to Gerona and Figueras (Dali museum) with fascinating Barcelona just some 2 hours or so. Ski enthusiasts can reach the Pyrenees and Andorra in under 2 hours.

Golf: Lovely local golf course on Northern edge of Carcassonne . other nearby courses are Mazamet , and several near Beziers

Ski: Andorra only 1.5 hrs away


Rental rates

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14 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
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8 May 2017 - 11 May 2017
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Early 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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Late 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £890

Outside of July and August the 2 houses , Le Manoir sleeping up to 10 people and the Pigeonnier , sleeping up to 8 can be rented separately . Please email for rates .

Arrivals: Check ins after 4 pm and departures: check out by 10 am latest.
Rentals in excess of 1 week will benefit from a weekly cleaning service . Winter and low season rentals may be subject to a heating charge

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Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Family
  • Luxury


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 850 m²


  • Bathroom 1 En suite Manoir Master - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 Twin shower - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Top floor Le Manoir
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, 1st Floor Le Manoir
  • Bathroom 6 En Suite Pigeonnier master - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, 1st Floor Le Pigeonnier En suite
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, 1st Floor Le Pigeonnier En suite
  • Bathroom 7 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Pigeonnier top floor
  • The luxurious master bathrooms have marble topped baths . All bathrooms benefit from roomy walk in tiled and marble showers and hand built marble or tile topped vanity units. The spacious top floor bathroom in Le Manoir has 2 walk in showers and a wide double basin vanity unit, perfect for families. All bathrooms in the Pigeonnier are en suite with the top floor bedroom having a private downstairs bathroom and dressing area


  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 9 - 1 Double Bed, At top of house in Pigeonnier
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Master bedroom Le Manoir
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Master bedroom Pigeonnier
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1st Floor Le Manoir
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, Top Floor Le manoir
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed, Top Floor Le Manoir
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed, Top floor Le Manoir
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, 1st Floor Pigeonnier
  • Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed, 1st floor Pigeonnier
  • Le Manoir : The master bedroom and bedroom 2 on the first floor benefit from overhead fans and central heating, whilst the 3 second floor bedrooms have air conditioning (dual control also provides heating to this floor). L'ancien pigeonnier : All bedrooms have air conditioning units which also can provide heat in winter if required All bedrooms have plenty of wardrobes and chest of drawers space with lovely oak furniture in the double rooms.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • The spacious kitchen and dining area has a lovely open fireplace, perfect for brightening up Autumn and Winter evenings. There are tiled terraces to both the front and rear of the property allowing guests to choose to relax or dine in either shade or sun. Alternatively you can eat or have a barbecue in the attractive walled gardens of the pool area, either al fresco or in the shade of the clubhouse. Dining , drinking and chatting here can continue long past sunset as external lighting casts magical shadows on the trees and giant Balinese Buddha statues. The owner has an extensive collection of DVD films at the estate that he is happy to lend to guests.

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