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Medieval Village, house, garden and terraces.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Caunes Minervois, Aude, Languedoc Roussillon - Medieval Village

Perched high, this typical village house, extends over four levels overlooking the medieval heart and away towards the distant Pyrenees. Maison du Midi is an ideal base from which to explore and enjoy southwestern France, and even Catalan Spain. Fronting onto the main village thoroughfare and backing onto the medieval lanes, it is a short walk from all the amenities in this unusually bustling French village — a choice of restaurants, bars, boulangerie, general supplies, post office, etc. Caunes Minervois, clustered around the ancient Abbey that houses the tourist office and is the venue for open-air concerts and jazz nights, is situated on the edge of the Minervois vineyards and up against the Black Mountains. It invites a range of activities: wine-tasting tours; walking in the mountain foothills, through the vineyards or along the Canal du Midi; cycling; driving excursions across the Minervois plain to Narbonne plage and the Mediterranean coast, into ancient bastide villages and up to the many Cathar castles, to the Black Mountain caves, ravines and grottoes or to the swimming lakes and rivers both in the mountains and the plain (Lac du Jouarres in Homps, just 15 minutes away, or the similarly close-by new aquatic centre). The world heritage site of ancient Carcassonne, La Cité, is 20 minutes drive. Catalan Spain is just two hours away, either over the Pyrenees or along the coast. Salvador Dali’s house and museum are popular destinations, as is Barcelona. Many good restaurants can be found throughout the region, a remarkably good selection in Caunes itself, just a few minutes’ walk from the house. Market days occur in all the villages, as well as in very large produce market in Carcassonne on Saturdays ( also Tuesdays and Thursday), in addition ‘vide greniers’, or flea markets, can be found in one of the local villages most weekends.

A variety of ‘spaces’ around the house have been created to cater for outside living from day-long full sun (the sun terrace), partial shade (the kitchen terrace and courtyard garden) to full shade (next to the barbecue beneath the kitchen terrace).

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Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Amazed at the last negative comments because we have had a fabulous time here. The house was fantastically equipped and spotlessly clean on arrival. We have had such a great time that we never noticed any traffic noise. Lovely area to explore. We had a great day in La Cité-Carcassonne. Enjoyed the walks along the Canal du Midi. Olonzac market on a Tuesday is a must visit place. Enjoyable meal out at La Table d’Emelie. So much more to explore next time we visit this area. Thanks for providing a wonderful place to return to every evening.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Caunes-Minervois in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , spacious on same floor as master, hairdryer provided
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , large wetroom with shower, toilet & sink
  • Bathroom (level 4) with sink, toilet and bath/shower. A wall heater, mirrored wall and power point & hair dryer (incl). Wetroom (level 2) with sink, toilet and shower. A wall heater and heated towel rack.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , large room with direct access to roof terrace
    Bedroom 1 (master) - 1 Double Bed , top floor, lovely views over the medieval village, ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , good size room with twin beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms, two double and one twin) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom (level 4) with double bed, and views over village to Pyrenees, a bathroom is the only other room on this level. Two more bedrooms one with twin beds and window onto street, other one with double bed, sun terrace and rooftop village view.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Suitable for a family or friends sharing - 2 rooms with double beds and one with twin beds. Please note: there is a strict no smoking policy inside the house. As a consideration to other guests, no pets are allowed. Outside: A courtyard garden is accessed directly from the street (using side gate and alley), or from either the "cave" or steps down from the kitchen terrace. A large, built-in barbecue is adjacent to the steps down from the kitchen terrace. A sun terrace with fine views across the village to the Pyrenees. Utility Room: Front room (street level) contains work desks, washing machine, library & arm chairs. "Cave", below kitchen contains deep freeze & 2nd fridge. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house is cleaned prior to all arrivals. All towels and linen are provided, and are changed and cleaned weekly. Other: The "cave" is an old wine cellar under the kitchen, with 'pierre-apparent' walls and massive stone slab ceiling, converted to a cool room (with deep freeze) with french doors into courtyard, garden, BBQ & lower dining area.


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Medieval Village, house, garden and terraces.
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Wonderful property with a fabulous outdoor space!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great property for families and friends to get together, the kitchen and outside deck area works really well for warm sunny evenings. The bedrooms are all very well equipped and a great size, so no need to fight over who gets the bigger room! The design and decor of the home compliments the area too, so you get a real feel for the place!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location in heart of medieval village

  • 5 of 5

gorgeous village and property, nice to have lots of outdoor space that is so provate in the heart of a village, lovely courtyard and sunbathing area. Outdoor dining areas both useful as well and nice to have the bbq. v well equipped and well placed for all sightseeing and winery trips. comfy beds, large bedrooms & bathrooms. Nice to have good wifi and UK tv as well just in case! Beach equipment all provided for you was a nice touch as well as the welcome bottle of wine. also plenty of storage space for fridge /freezer with the extra downstairs - v useful for a full house. hikes from the village were all worth doing - we did a few ranging from 17km to Citou and back on the forest paths, to 10km past the church to just shorter walks in the vineyards around the village. V good restaurants in Caunes compared to other small french villages we have stayed, nice wine bar too and nice to have all the local shops and amenities within a few minutes walk of the house.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An interesting property in a pretty town.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the house in Caunes. It was clean, well kitted out with everything and more than we needed. Multiple fans were useful in the hot weather and there were plenty of books, games, tvs wifi should the weather be poor. The house had a homely feel and and the quirky lay out on different levels added character. The kitchen was well supplied with crockery and cutlery and there were cooking facilities if needed.

Upstairs and downstairs bathrooms were useful and added to the feeling of there being everything that you need.

The outside space, whilst limited, provided eating space and relaxing space. It would be better for relaxing if the sun terrace had a better shade facility as the umbrella was broken and was not safe in the windy conditions.

The only other problem was the lack of a parking space and it was first come first served on the busy road.

Caunes is an interesting town with a variety of local shops, artisans and good local restaurants. A good place to wander round.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay in Caunes with a very central location. Communication with the owner was very prompt. The place itself has everything you need, and the outdoor patio and garden is amazing! I would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect escape

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with some colleagues, it was a great base to explore Carcassonne and surrounding area. We ate at a local restaurant which was very welcoming and enjoyed some lovely walks nearby. The terrace both outside the kitchen and off the upstairs bedroom are lovely and perfect suntraps. The chalet was well equipped, the wifi worked well and beds were very comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely place to stay

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely stay at this house. The booking process was very efficient. The house was clean and very well presented when we arrived. The house is well equips and they even supply some beach equipt. Great outdoor space and it's a lovely village to stay in. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Table d'Emilie
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

In the gardens of the Abbey at the centre of the village concerts (both a classical season in July/August and more popular events) are staged weekly in the summer. The village hosts an annual marble sculpting competition as well as a variety of craft classes at various times. The foothills of the Montagne Noir begin behind the village and provide walking, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing opportunities. The extensive vineyards of the Minervois, and the Canal du Midi that runs through them, provide excellent walking and cycling opportunities.


The Mediterranean coast is 40 minutes drive away, and the adjacent village, Peyriac (5 kms), has a new public swimming pool. Just 20 minutes away, the Lac de Jouarres near the village of Homps has been developed for swimming, picnicking, etc. Swimming from the man-made beach on the Lac de Cavayere in Carcassonne is also popular in the summer.


Caunes is easily accessed (by car) from a number of airports: Carcassonne (20 mins), Beziers (1hr 10mins), Perpignon or Toulouse (1hr 20 mins). Car availability is recommended unless a local cycling and/or walking holiday is required, full shopping facilities are close by. Caunes is approximately 10 hours drive from Calais (virtually all by motorway except for the final 15-20 mins.)


Carcassonne and the World Heritage site of the old walled city is 20 minutes by car. A wealth of interesting villages, such as the Cathar stronghold of Minerve, are about 30 mins drive away, and to the south a variety of ruined Cathar castles can be visited en route to the Pyrenees. Barcelona is 2-3 hours drive from Caunes.

Further Details:

Five minutes walk away Marlene's shop has a amazing selection of foodstuffs including a bakery. Caunes offers another bakery, a small supermarket (including a butcher's shop), a bank, a cafe-bar, several delightful restaurants, a pizzeria and a hotel with a restaurant. In addition, there are many outlets for the local wines, art galleries, and a post office.

Parking is in the street across from the house, or in an off-street carpark (5 mins walk).


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the usual changeover day, but other days can be agreed by prior arrangement.
Check-in time is 4pm and check-out time is 10am. However, if these times are inconvenient, we will be happy to store luggage for you by prior agreement.

Notes on prices:
All local taxes, including the tourist tax, Taxe de Sejour, is included in the booking cost.

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.