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Wonderful unique property for family holidays with private pool and grounds.

Bedrooms 9
Separate WC's1
Space 9,149 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Beautiful proportion 19th century Chateau plus two bedroom country cottage.

These two magnificent period properties are set in private grounds in the heart of a historic medieval village just 20 minutes from Carcassonne. The château and cottage are set in their own private gardens, surrounded by lawns, flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. It benefits from a completely private wonderful sheltered swimming pool. It is ideal for a large family or two to three families holidaying together and wanting a safe and quiet haven. The whole site is private & not overlooked. There is also a lovely self contained two bedroom house in the grounds. During July and August the Château is usually combined with the cottage as one rental with a maximum of 16 people. The village is on the edge of the historic Etaing de Marseillette with miles of easy cycling on quiet country lanes to explore. It has a bakery & bar with excellent shops & restaurants close by. It is also the heart of the Minervois wine region & vineyards & close to the Canal du Midi. Only 45 minutes from the sea, the property is also close to the lakes & mountains & perfect for activity and family holidays or a quiet romantic break.

Activities: We can provide the following activities and services on request and subject to production of necessary licenses and/or insurance. Prices on request.

Canoes and Cayaking expeditions

Walking and cycling tours

Catermaran Sailing

4 x 4 Landcruiser Safari

Quad bike safari

Horse riding expeditions

Fishing with local guide in the lakes and rivers of Minervois

Wine tastings, tours, vineyard picnics and wine tuition.

Golf club hire ( Callaway, etc)

Catering and Chef services: If you want a special dinner preparing we can also arrange this for you. Our chef will prepare some of the finest home made dishes you have ever tasted from our new wood fired clay oven or from the barbecue grill.

More Details

Alex and Pipa Francis
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 December, 2017

About Alex and Pipa Francis

We moved from London to France in 2003 with our six children and bought Clos des Archers in 2004. It has been a labour of love restoring this 19th century Maison de Maitre and the cottage and grounds. We work in the wine business and we wanted to be closer to our producers.

Alex and Pipa Francis purchased this chateau / country house in 2004

Why Alex and Pipa Francis chose Aigues-Vives

We were looking for a large family house and one which also offered the possibility of guest accommodation for friends and family. We fell in love with the lovely proportions of all the rooms, the space and quietness of the grounds and the huge potential of the house. We were looking for somewhere that was rural but not isolated and it is quite rare to find houses of this size in a village and with substantial outside space. Being just 20 minutes from Carcassonne is a big advantage.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The orientation of the property is such that there is always a sunny and sheltered corner to be found throughout the day. The high walls (Cloister) provide privacy and shade when needed. The terraces are in full sun in the summer, as is the pool. Having proper lawn is also a great advantage for lying out in the sun while the house provides much needed shade on the north lawn for small children to play outside. The house and bedrooms never get too hot in the summer.

The surrounding countryside is really beautiful, with many lovely walks and rides leading away from the village through vineyards, rivers and streams. Within a short drive you can be up in the mountains and lakes and streams or down at the coast. It is a really safe village and area for children and everyone looks out for each other.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Aigues-Vives in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 9149 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Full walk-in marble and limestone shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Cottage Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Sunny bathroom located on the first floor of the cottage.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Overhead deluge shower and large bath with shower. Sink.
  • Chateau Family bathroom one has a huge walk in shower in marble and limestone; traditional deep cast iron french bath on claw feet, wash basin and WC. Door connects to the Blue Room. The second family bathroom has a large family bath, large walk in shower with 'deluge shower' , WC and wash basin. Door connects to the Gold Room. A third shower room and toilet is on the second floor. An additional utility bathroom with toilet and sink is located on the ground floor of the chateau in the corridor to the pool garden. Ideal changing room for the pool with drying space for towels and swimwear. Outdoor shower by swimming pool.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Blue Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , En suite family bathroom
    Gold Room - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite family bathroom
    Rose Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Wash stand
    Top floor Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , Shared shower room
    Top floor Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed , shared shower room
    Optional Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed
    Cottage Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Suitable for two /three children sharing double + single bed
    Cottage Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Master bedroom with optional cot. Walk in wardrobe.
    Children's Room 4 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , Option for additional single bed on request.
  • First floor master bedrooms are furnished with either four poster beds or large sleighbed. All have fine linens, goose down pillows and duvets on request. All master bedrooms have sunny aspects with views and high ceilings and traditional tall french windows. The children's room is also on the first floor and has two single beds.The kids will never want to sleep anywhere else! There is a large play cupboard with toys and puzzles for the children. On the top floor are three further double bedrooms accessed from a vast play area equipped with Table Tennis and a bar football table.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Giant Trampoline, Table Tennis, Table football, Badminton net. The village has its own football fields, bouledrome and children's park. The area is outstanding for cycling at all levels with extensive mountain bike and off road trails as well as quiet roads for family outings and challenging climbs for experienced cyclists. We have recently opened a boutique wine shop in Carcassonne where he hold regular wine tastings and events. Please check us out at Vins&Vinos.com or come and see us at 38 rue Barbes.


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Wonderful unique property for family holidays with private pool and grounds.
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful place for family and recovering

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks in the cottage and had a wonderful time! Lovely house, fantastic garden and pool - indeed very cosy and private. Perfect place for friends and family. Our children had their time of their life with all the toys left for them to play with. And we played ping pong;-) The owners are very friendly - and we enjoyed fresh vegetables from the garden nearly every day. We will be back! Enjoy!

Best wishes, Mona from Norway

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2008
  • Date of Stay: July 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As Monae says we have lots of toys and games for kids so if you come with children save space in your luggage and please don't bring too many of your own as we have board games, books, films and toys galore for all ages and sexes. There is also a giant trampoline for mums and dads as well as kids. We encourage our guests to make use of the kitchen garden for tomatoes, salads and herbs and there is even an allotment from where we can supply other fresh vegetables. Alex and Pipa
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Fantastic family vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Clos des Archers for 3 weeks during the summer and we had a fantastic stay! Our whole family was there and we had a great time.

The location of Clos Des Archers is perfect and the owners, Alex and Pippa were always only one phone call away always willing to help us with information on sites to visit or just info on the closest grocery store! :) Clos des Archers is impeccable and we have very fond memories of the awesome family vacations we experienced :)

Would go back in a heartbeat

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent stay in the coach house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the converted coach house, which is next to the main house. The house was thoughtfully decorated, spacious and very clean. There was a lovely patio area, and use of the gardens and trampoline. The pool was an excellent size, immaculate and well kitted out for the children with a safety cover. The owners were very warm and helpful, greeting us with a bottle of rose on our arrival. They were always on hand for advice, or if we needed anything, and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. When our children wanted ice cream late on sunday evening when all the shops were closed Alex came out with a tub for them. The house is particularly good for families. There were many suitable toys and dvds for the children, and all the kit you would need. They loved the chickens and picking up their eggs for breakfast. The village is quiet, beautifully located, and is perfect for visiting Carcassonne and the region. We would come back and would very much recommend it to our friends other families.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Copenhagen, Denmark

Perfect home for families

  • 4 of 5

My finest recommendation for future guests at this charming, userfriendly, spacy and relaxing home.

Excellent for families with small and/or grown-up children.

Many opportunitites to explore the surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boes, Arhus, Denmark

Great place for a big group with many kids

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Chateau and Cottage for 14 days during July 2012. We were a group of 4 families with 8 adults and 7 children and found this property perfect for a stay in the area surrounding Carcassonne.

During our stay the weather was great, at least 25 degrees Celsius with up to 37, which made sure that the pool was in use every single day. Some days the wind was a bit too harsh. There was a very clever pool “carpet” making sure we could close the pool without having to look for the kids not getting in to the water.

The children were between 2 and 12 and they had a wonderful time exploring the house and playing with all the toys that were let to our disposition. An enormous selection of movies made sure that both kids and grown-ups could find good entertainment when needed. Also a few bikes were at our disposition. And for sure the drum set and the piano was challenged during morning and afternoon jams…

We only used the kitchen in the Chateau, which has plenty of space to be able to cook for the whole group. We had dinner 3 different places around the house, both outside and inside, which says a lot about the flexibility of this place.

The rooms were lovely, with high ceilings and very spacious. Even though they were meant for two to sleep in, we easily slept a whole family (4 people) in one room. That was a great flexibility for us.

In the village there is a bakery store, which sells bread form the nearby village Badens. It’s closed on Mondays, but you can go to Badens for bread. Also there is a vineyard across the street with very good wine (all the local wine we had was great ?). We went for a guided tour one Wednesday in their fields and enjoyed a wine tasting in the courtyard (The tour was in English). Also during our stay there was a market with local producers in the town square.

The villages Trébes (supermarket, Canal de Midi and dining), Caunes-Minervois (The Black Mountains, wine and marbel), Homps (Canal de Midi, Dining) and Olonzac (great market on Tuesdays) are all recommendable places to go. And of course Carcassonne, both the castle and the city itself. Our kinds had a great time watching the Knight spectacular in castle, highly recommendable with kids.

We had great use of renting cars when staying at the house. The Mediterranean, Narbonne and lots of other places are easily accessible with 1 – 1½ hours’ drive from this place.

Will definitely return to the area.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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London, United Kingdom

Languedoc Experience

  • 5 of 5

We spent one week in late August 09 and had a marvelous time. The Manor House and small villa were in excellent condition and very clean. The pool and gardens were very well kept. Both were well equiped with everything we needed - plates, utensils, books, DVDs, and TOYS for the little ones. The Owner was extremely helpful throughout and helped arrange cooks to come prepare fabulous dinners which just added to the experience. We found the location to be almost ideal - minutes from Carcassonne and Trebes, but also minutes from some great Minervois towns and about 1-2 hours from some of the most famous Cathar castles. There was something for everyone - adults and children alike. The medievel church adjacent to the property does have bells that ring regularly, so if you are a very light sleeper, this could be a challenge, otherwise it adds to the charm. We highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2009
  • Date of Stay: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Aigues Vives
Nearest Ferry
400 Kilometres
Santander, Spain
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Carcassonne or Narbonne
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Carcassonne Est or Lezignan Corbieres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: necessary

Clos des Archers is located just on the edge of the Etaing de Marseillette is one of France's hidden secrets and a site of special scientific interest for its rare flowers, animals, birds and plants. The beautiful area lies close to the canal du midi about 20 minutes from Carcassonne. Once an inland lake, today it is the site of a rich farming tradition with apple orchards, plums figs and cherries even rice and of course vineyards. Surrounded by the wild garrigue countryside the air is full of the scent of thyme and rosemary in the summer. It is a paradise for nature lovers, cyclists and walkers, especially suited for children. For those interested in wine there are many exciting wineries close by to discover. We are a short drive from the dramatic Black Mountains as well, and in winter only an hour and a half from the ski resorts of the Arriege.

There are many famous and historical sites close by, including some of the best Cathar country and castles. Many of the local villages and churches date back to the 12th century.

Places near by to visit would be the castles of Lastour; the amazing caves of Cabresprine; canoeing on the Aude; the ancient working watermill and paper mill in Brousse; The medieval city of Minerve and the extraordinary underground rivers, waterfalls and caves; Carcassonne la Cite.

There are daily markets in the surrounding villages and many local producers have farm shops. We can recommend where you should go to stock up on the very best and freshest local produce.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Aigues-Vives, Carcassonne area

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
7 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Cleaning and Linen £200
Stay tax £0.30 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

The rental rate quoted is for the Chateau and cottage combined.
The maximum number of people accommodated at the property (Chateau and Cottage combined) is twelve.
A deposit of 50% will be required at the time of reservation to secure the booking. Balance is due eight weeks before arrival date.
There is a mandatory cleaning/linen charge of €150 for the main house and €50 for the cottage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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