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The Piano House in Lagrasse



Updated: 24-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Old House with a piano in Lagrasse, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, Canal du Midi, Cathar Castles, Sea and Mountains

The national heritage village of Lagrasse in the Corbieres region boasts a 12th century abbey, an ancient bridge, market place and glorious views over surrounding vineyards. Our house is in the middle of the village, within walking distance of several restaurants and markets and accessible to some of the best cycling and walking in the Aude region as well as beaches along the river. It is a beautifully refurbished three hundred year old house with three bedrooms, library/study with high-speed internet, walled garden, fully equipped kitchen-dining room, a beautiful stone-walled living room with tapestries, grand piano and many original features. It takes thirty minute drive to Narbonne, nearby Mediterranean beaches and the historic town of Carcassone, an hour from the Spanish border and ninety minutes from Toulouse, the nearest international airport. Ryanair flies into Carcassone and Perpignan, both 45 minutes away by car. We are located on the Route des Cathares near the canal du midi.

The house has an excellent Yamaha grand piano which the owner is only too happy for guests to play. This includes children under supervision. Robert runs a five day piano festival in Lagrasse in July and would especially welcome professionals looking for a quiet place to practise for their next recital or learn crucial repertory. The house thick stone walls offer total insulation.

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About the Owner

Carlos Lluch
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
24 March, 2017

About Carlos Lluch

The house belongs to Robert and Fred, old friends who currently live in Cambodia. Fred produces dance and promotes the performing arts around Southeast Asia. Robert is an arts journalist who writes for the New York Times and International Herald Tribune. He has a large collection of books and CDs which guests are welcome to use.

5 Reviews

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(5 traveller reviews)


Lovely home in a lovely village

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we were warmly greated we throughly enjoyed both our home and lovely village of Lagrasse. The house is very comfortable with a very well stocked kitchen so cooking with all the amazing food from local markets is very easy.

Many vineyards in the local area and artisans in the village.

A beautiful home that has already been recommended to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I booked the piano house last year after peering through the windows when I was staying in Lagrasse. my niece and her family stayed there for a week and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, it was everything they had wished for, beautiful house, peace in wonderful surroundings, just what the doctor had ordered! space inside and out made it a great time for the family to get together and Carlos was a gem! the wonderful artefacts made the place, a home with character. the river was dammes and the swimming nearby was great in the heat, Lagrasse is such a beautiful place, and the fireworks on July 13th were just in time for my niece's birthday, go on treat yourself!! we did!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Living the French Life

  • 5 of 5

We've always wanted to experience living in a small French village for an extended period of time and we found the perfect house and village in Lagrasse. Robert and Fred's home became our home for three months and we enjoyed every minute. We made all arrangement via email and the local property manager was close by to answer concerns. The home exceeded our expectations and we quickly settled into our village routine. We loved the open plan on the main floor with windows on the street and french doors opening to the terrace. With our extended stay we did plenty of cooking and found most needed items in the kitchen and appreciated the the larger than average refrigerator!

We were here "off season" and really enjoyed visiting the area without the crowds but did find that some restaurants and attractions closed for the colder months. November was beautiful as the vineyard changed color and December and January varied from cold and windy to sunny and only needing a sweater.

We used Lagrasse as a home base as we did many day trips and overnight get-a-ways to Lourdes and points west, Lyon, and Figures for the Dali Museum. In addition to that we took the TGV from Narbonne to Barcellona! We enjoyed exploring the surrounding villages, the canal du Midi, learning about the Cathares, and visiting historic abbyes and chateaus. Oh, how could I leave out wine tasting and learning about the wine culture and history! The village has a small Saturday market just down the street and you will find others scattered throughout the area.

The three bedrooms would be ideal for couples sharing the space and the library/den an great get-a-way for a little alone time. I loved reading on the top floor as the sun streamed in through the skylight.

The WIFI was a little temperamental but was a bonus when we wanted to FaceTime family.

We were made to feel welcomed in this multi-national village that includes families from the UK, Singapore, US and Spain along with the French.

Come and enjoy this home and village, you will create many wonderful memories.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic, quaint and gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

Loved Lagrasse and the surrounding area, never saw so many grapes, vineyards and such beautiful scenery, just gorgeous and highly recommended.

The property was just perfectly French inside, the archway, the walled garden and that lovely lived in feeling that felt like a home from home.

Eating out in Lagrasse town was very good value too. If you go in September though, be mindful that restaurants serve food until 9 pm so go early. Found the people very helpful and friendly too. Would recommend this holiday and gite to anyone who reads this.

Also do try to speak French people do appreciated this.

I want to go back . . . . . .

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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maison très chaleureuse au coeur d'un village qui l'est tout autant

  • 5 of 5

maison jolie, bien décorée, très confortable et très bien située dans le village. Bon accueil. Nous la relouerions avec grand plaisir

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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1-5 of 5


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 35 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lezignan at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A61 at 18 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Gruissan at 35 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Route des Cathares is renowned for its many monasteries, castles and vineyards. Easy access to many beaches. Short ride from the Canal de Midi and the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. 1 hour to the Spanish border, two and a half hours to Barcelona. Swimming possible within village along river. Short drive to many restaurants. Skiing and kayaking within an hour's drive.


Narbonne Plage 40 mins. Cap D'agde nudist beach 40 mins, numerous beaches on the way to the Spanish border.


Ryanair flies into both Perpignan 50 mins and Carcassone 40 mins. Many European airlines fly into Toulouse 90 mins. Nearest TGV station Narbonne 30 mins.


Lezignan 15 mins, Narbonne 30 mins, walled medieval city of Carcassone 40 mins, Canal du Midi 30 mins, Toulouse and Montpelier 90 mins.

Further Details:

Easy driving distance to many larger towns with large commercial shopping centers and markets. Within the village of Lagrasse are 3 restaurants, one well stocked epicerrie, several wine shops, a newsagent and many artisan galleries.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £209.14

Booking Notes:
Contact owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 24-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • house

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Large bathroom with full bath, second guest shower room with sink and toilet.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed Guest bedroom with double bed and en-suite shower room. Small guest room with double bed.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered


  • Notes on accommodation: Radiators in each room. Outside: Outside walled garden with table, chairs and parasol and chaise lounges. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens included. Other: Study with desk, cable TV, video and DVD machines and large collection of books, DVDs and CDs.

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