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Beautiful Maison de Maitre with private pool and surrounding gardens

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 - 9 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Traditional French Master's House offering rural charm sleeps 8-10

Only 15 minutes from the centre of Narbonne yet very much in the heart of the countryside, Raissac d'Aude is a small, friendly and very quiet village.

Located at the entrance to the village, this large, very private 19th Century Master's House is an exceptionally comfortable 6 bedroom (but max of 8-10 guests) summer getaway of some 325sqm over 3 floors with its own private pool. The house dates back to the 1850s but has been sympathetically renovated to provide all modern conveniences and amazing spaces for a relaxing holiday. The property is available to rent from June to September inclusive.

The entrance to Le Petit Chateau is through imposing white wrought iron gates leading on to a shared gravel driveway with ample parking for upto 5 cars.

The property comprises of one long building which is split into three distinct sections. Initially, you have the main house; then the old stables which serves as a games room with a 2 bed apartment above (owners reside on-site) which has its own separate entrance (Le Ramonetage is also advertised here for low season bookings and on holidaylettings where you can check for great guest reviews since 2008); and then we have the barn. On all sides the property is surrounded by its own private grounds of just under an acre.

To the front (southfacing) there are views over vineyards some of which are still owned by the family who originally built the domain.

To the rear there is the 10x5 fully enclosed swimming pool which is sunny from early morning through to early evening and overlooked by the majestic 200 year old Cedar tree. Aside from sun loungers, there is ample seating-dining facilities under the abri beside the pool with a "cuisine d'été", Camping gaz bbq, sink and small fridgefreezer ample to store drinks etc.

The garden is laid to lawn on three sides with plenty of trees and shrubby borders offering numerous seating spaces whether seeking sun or shade with the main lawn beside the barn catching the sun almost from sunrise to sunset; a great place to watch the glorious sunsets and then the twinkling nightsky. The lawn provides a great area for games, lounging or dining and there is plenty of seating to accomodate your preferences.

Entrance to the main house is through large oak doors to the front and rear. Double french doors then lead you into the hallway where the walls replicate the original wallpaper in fresco paint.

At the front of the house, on either side of the hallway there are double doors leading into 2 spacious salons, one serves for TV viewing and boasts an amazing Louis XV fireplace and ornate ceilings; on the opposite side is a formal dining room (with seating for 8) which has a substantial open fireplace and oak mantle. There is also an external door that leads to the side lawn and offers an ideal spot to enjoy the early morning sun with your cup of coffee.

At the back of the house is a fully equipped, typically French style kitchen with painted cupboards and granite worktops. There is a beautiful arched window overlooking the side lawn which streams in the early morning sun. An oak kitchen table comfortably seats 8.

The utility room across the hallway offers extra dining, cupboards, 2 fridgefreezers and laundry facilities.

Restricted entrance to the games room is through the stabledoors at the front of the house. There is table tennis, darts and other boardgames to be enjoyed. Here you will also find some beach gear like foldable chairs, beach mats and umbrellas which you are welcome to use.

There is a downstairs cloakroom in the vestibule at the rear of the house.

On the 1st floor landing double french doors take you onto a wrought iron balcony which overlooks the vineyards to the front of the house.

At the other end of the landing the modern family walk-in shower room is shared by three of the five well appointed double bedrooms. Two bedrooms have their own shower-toilet facilities.

The wide staircase leads to the 2nd floor with a Master bedroom and ensuite overlooking the front of the house.

Further information can be found on lepetitchateau.online.

Changeover is Saturday 16.00 to Saturday 10.00.

A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking; the balance is payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. Payment can be made online or privately by bank transfer (with all charges to sender) or Paypal.

A Damage Deposit of €650 is required with the final payment or on arrival and completely refundable provided there is no damage and the property is left as found.

Bed linen, towels and beach towels are included.

Water and electricity is included (except for Winter lets, oil central heating is an extra charge of €500 per week)

Cleaning: Guests are not required to undertake a full clean of the house before they leave. However, we do ask that bins are emptied, bottles taken to the bottle bank and any washing up is done and put away before you leave.

The area: Raissac d'Aude is one of those sleepy little French villages - there are just 260 people living here and the road to the village goes no where else. Not surprisingly therefore it's a peaceful place. Surrounded on all sides by vineyards little has changed over the last century. It's location is superb - it is off the beaten track yet within easy distance of the medieval Carcassonne, the Mediterranean coast, Corbieres hills, unlimited vineyards and a15 minute drive into central Narbonne & 5 minutes to the Canal du Midi. The market town of Lezignan Corbieres is 10 minutes away and the area is well known for its Cathar castles and local wine is cheap and plentiful! If you fancy something completely different, then Spain is only 75 minutes away.

Raissac itself has a corner shop 50yds across the road selling fresh bread , croissants and groceries, a post office and its own winery where you can sample on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Visiting vans sell meat and fish in the church square. In the grounds of the village hall there is a small park with slide and play area for young children. The nearest bar is 5 minutes away in Canet d'Aude where there is also a good pizzeria, small supermarket, boulangerie, pharmacy, newagents, butchers and tennis courts. More restaurants can be found in nearby Ventenac and Paraza by the Canal du Midi about 5km away. Beyond that, there are numerous other villages with restaurants within 15 minutes drive of Raissac. Narbonne is an easy (i.e. not small windy roads) 15 minutes drive away where there is a limitless choice of shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants, hypermarkets and a really good indoor market every day (open until 1 o'clock), plus a bi-weekly market Sundays and Thursdays. Lezignan Corbieres is just under 15 mins away and has a good market on a Wednesday with a full range of shops for provisions.

Things to do:

Abbaye de Fontfroide - a restored Benedictine abbey founded in the 11th Century located just outside Narbonne

Sigean African Wildlife Reserve - 15km south of Narbonne on c. 300 hectares of land and housing more than 3,800 animals

Basilique St-Nazaire - The first church would have been built in the 6th century under the Visigoths and King Theordoric. Documentation dates back to 925.

La Cité in Carcassonne is a must see. An impressive fortress style construction which has played a central role in local history of the centuries. Carcassonne Festival is usually held in July.

Lake Cavayere near Carcassonne offers picnic areas, pedalo hire, miniature golf, sandy beaches, fishing, and a Forestry Acrobatic Park. An ideal place for walking around its pine shaded paths.

The Cathar Trail - The area is littered with Cathar history. An interesting topic to read up on, or alternatively take some time to visit some of the many castles which the region houses.

Canal du Midi - Now very much leisure focused, the canal originally brought commerce and wealth to the region when it linked the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in the 17th Century. Conveniently, the canal is just 5km from the house - an easy cycle ride or short drive.

Toulouse - The 'pink city' as it's often referred to.

Cassoulet Trail - If food is your thing, then a trip to Castelnaudary to try their famous cassoulet is a must do.

La Clape massif - Once an island, now an area of c. 15,000 hectares and located between Narbonne and the coast. Just a short drive from the property and offering some fabulous walks and wildlife, not to mention stunning sea views.

The lagoons - The Aude coastline is littered with salt water lagoons. Salt marshes, rich fauna and flora and some significant oyster farming make these interesting areas to stroll around. Traditional fishing methods are still practiced in the lagoons.

Visit the beach! The Mediterranean beaches are long and sandy around here. And the choice....! Narbonne and Gruissan Plages are the nearest although there are a variety of others to choose from.

By road: Easily driveable in one day from the South of England, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark and Germany via the excellent motorway network in France, the property is less than 15 mins from both the A61 and A9 motorways.

By air:The area is well served by the following 6 international airports (Ryanair flights) Carcassonne and Perpignan: 40 minutes Toulouse, Montpellier: 75 mins Nimes and Girona (Spain): 90 minutes

By rail:Narbonne and Lezignan-Corbieres are on the main high speed rail network (TGV) and offers a direct line to Paris and Barcelona in Spain.

Bus:There is a bus service from the village to Narbonne and surrounding villages

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

It is a beautiful house and we felt lucky to have had 7 nights enjoying it. There was nothing we didn't love. The setting, facilities, hospitality and responsiveness.
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Raissac-d'Aude in Aude

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Family Walk-in Shower Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Family walk-in shower room shared by Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , For Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , For bedroom 2
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Option of 2 single beds : Shared family walk-in shower room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With own shower - toilet facilities
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , With ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , With own shower facilities
    Bedroom 4/Study - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , with interconnecting door to bed 3 & shared family shower
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Splitable zip and link beds - shared family shower
  • Although it is listed as a 6 bed house, we are advertising for max 10 guests
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Services available please discuss with owner Mid week cleaning Catering Wine tastings


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Beautiful Maison de Maitre with private pool and surrounding gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Fantastic Place to Stay

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We had a wonderful stay at this elegant, grand and well equipped French maison. Everything you could want and more was included within the house. The rooms are beautifully decorated and wonderful fittings. The pool area was superb and the area to eat under cover fantastic, the children loved the pool and the adults the sunloungers!!. Ingrid was a wonderful host and very helpful throughout the whole process. I highly recommend staying here and will be definately be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Canet d'Aude
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Canet d'Aude
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Narbonne & Gruissan
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Raissac-d'Aude, Aude

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Nightly Rate
4 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
2 Jun 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
11 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
9 night minimum stay
for 9 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £569.36

The owners live onsite in the apartment in order to maintain the property i.e the gardens and pool require regular tending and will be done without intruding on guest privacy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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