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Recently Built Traditional Style Villa with Private Pool, Barbeque, Wifi, Aircon

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Durban-Corbieres, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Panoramic Views of Village, Castle and Corbieres Hills

The villa is one in a small development of traditional 'bergerie' style houses built on a hillside. It is situated on the top level of the development to make the most of the stunning view over the village with its ruined, medieval castle and across to the distant hills. The open plan living room has large French doors which open onto the south-facing pool and outdoor space, which includes both sunny and shaded terraces. Kitchen and bathrooms are fitted to a high standard and furnishings are of high quality. Air conditioning in bedrooms. Free wifi.

Julia Mills
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
6 June, 2017

About Julia Mills

Nick and I live in Bedford, England. Nick is a retired solicitor, and I am a retired French teacher (which comes in useful!). Our "pie in the sky" wish for a number of years was to own a home in France, and after much exhaustive (but highly enjoyable!) research this dream came true for us in January 2008 when we took ownership of our brand new villa.

We loved the traditional building style coupled with the modern, open feel of the interior, we loved the idea of having our own pool and we particularly fell for the amazing view - I can sit and just look out of the window for hours!

Julia Mills purchased this villa in 2008

Why Julia Mills chose Lezignan-Corbieres area

We considered various areas of France but decided on Durban-Corbieres for a number of reasons, apart from the house itself. We like being in a wine-growing area - Durban is a working, farming, wine-producing village surrounded by vineyards - the proximity to the coast, the mountains and the ski resorts, the short trip to Spain, the nearby cities of Carcassonne, Perpignan with its colourful Catalan identity and Narbonne with its amazing food market (where we've watched the locals enjoying horse meat and red wine for breakfast!) We love the vastness of the skies and the hills, the climate (more hours of sunshine than the Cote d'Azur), the endless possibilities for walking and the wealth of local restaurants - every village has its own little gem.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The villa was more than we expected and the view was to die for...obviously great thought has been given to home comforts, should anyone ask us to recommend a place to stay in France, we know where to send them.' Ann and Barry

'We hadn't appreciated before we left that the air-conditioning in the bedrooms was a real bonus, if you intend to rent the property again next year, we'd very much like to hear from you!' The B family.

'Glad we discovered you and the villa. We wouldn't hesitate booking again and would thoroughly recommend the place!' K and P.
Nov 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Durban-Corbières in Aude

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Bath with Shower
    Toilet - Toilet
  • En-suite shower room to bedroom 1 with shower, washbasin and wc. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with bath, over-bath shower and washbasin. Washing machine under double width vanity unit. Separate wc adjacent to bedroom 2.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite shower room, double doors to pool deck and views to hills. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and en-suite bathroom. Views over vineyard.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: Air-conditioning in the bedrooms. Free wifi. Please note this is a non-smoking property. No pets. Outside: Private pool 7.5 x 3.8m. Living room and bedroom 1 have French doors opening onto the pool terrace. Step down to lower terrace. Table and chairs, sun loungers, barbecue. Shaded area. South-facing, stunning views. Small walled garden area to front of property with olive tree and local 'garrigue' plants. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen and towels (including pool towels) provided. Property is cleaned between rentals. Additional changes of linen/cleaning can be arranged at an extra cost. Other: Mezzanine room with balcony overlooking living area, separate seating area and shelves containing books, games and puzzles.


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


6 out of 5!

  • 5 of 5

I lost count of how many times our family stayed at this villa - even though we usually prefer to find new places every year. So I thought I should finally share our appreciation of this perfect holiday spot.

The villa is almost new and well maintained. The decor strikes the perfect balance between tastefully modern and practical, very nice stuff but not so nice you can't let the kids in the house. The view from the terrace is absolutely amazing, no pictures can do it proper justice, but it does come at a small cost: This is a windy part of the country and near the top of the hill you will notice, occasionally. Bedroom A/C is great in summer, wifi works impeccably. The pool isn't huge, but big enough for a quick dip and for the kids to play all day.

The location of the villa is in a small, British dominated area above a village which is otherwise remarkably non-touristy, same as most other villages in the area. All facilities are within walking distance down the hill, except maybe a great restaurant.

We eat out a lot when in France, and fortunately there are wonderful restaurants scattered throughout the area. Our favorite price/value ratios are Le Toit Vert in Fitou, La Table du Château in Bizanet and La Table Saint-Crescent in Narbonne - all a bit far away but worth the drive. There are also good choices in neighbouring villages, ask the caretakers. Tips: In many restaurants, go for the value lunch menu and buy baguette, cheese, sausage and wine on the way back for light dinner on the terrace!

There's lots to see in the area, we suggest the idyllic abbey village Lagrasse, some of the many carthar fortresses, or any local wine producer. Or just let the road take you, the I can't really think of a place anywhere near here which is *not* strikingly beautiful, or at the very least unspoilt and unmistakably French. Trekking in the area is impressive, most villages in the area have marked village walks, but plan in advance and get a map at the tourist office as things can get quite rough, desolate and hot quickly. The drive to the great beaches on the coast (we suggest La Franqui or Leucate) is about 40 mins. You will go on small mountain roads (or take the long route around) but the effort is rewarded.

Owners Julia and Nick as well as caretakers Jeanne and Dave are extremely friendly and always helpful on any enquiry. Thank you for sharing your beautiful place and taking good care of us, look forward to coming back this summer!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing Villa

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned home from a lovely week at this villa. We had a lovely welcome from the caretaker Dave - our 12 year old son was itching to jump in the pool within 5 minutes of arrival so Dave said 'off you go'! It is a very clean villa, the pool can be seen from both the lounge and the bedroom - great for monitoring older children. The pool/outside dining area is very private. the air-conditioning in the bedrooms was lovely as was the pool towels which were provided for all the family. Views of the castle and the village of Durban are beautiful, especially at night. The mezzanine has a great selection of books/dvd's and games so, as parents, we were able to relax and recharge. The local Utile supermarket provided food and petrol and the boulangerie is lovely, open sunday mornings too. Recommend visits to Fitou vineyards and the abandoned town of Perrilos. The owners very helpful from our initial enquiry to the lead up to the holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing week in this lovely modern villa.

No complaints at all. Swimming pool clean with outstanding views across the town.

The local representatives were extremely helpful and informative.

Air conditioning in the bedrooms very effective and welcome.

All in all a perfect week and we have recommended this property to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
A booking deposit of 25% is required. The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to arrival. At that stage you will also be asked to provide a security deposit of £250 which will be refunded within 14 days of the end of your visit.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival time from 4pm and departure time before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds, although payment may be made in euros if preferred. Bedlinen and all towels (kitchen, bath and pool) are included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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