Villa in Durban Corbieres, Aude, Languedoc - Peaceful Location, Vineyards, Historic Castles, Beach 30 minutes
Villa les Hauts is a luxury cut stone property built in the traditional style, on a small exclusive prize-winning development overlooking the old village of Durban Corbieres in the Languedoc region of Southern France.
Durban itself has a food store (which includes the all important bakery for those morning croissants), a bank, a bar/restaurant and a petrol station .The region is renown for its great wine, castles, beaches, beautiful scenery, great walks and cycle rides.
We offer flexible change over days (not including Mid July - End of August) to enable visitors to make the most of mid-week flight deals. Upon arrival at the villa guests are met by our good friend Jeanne who is English but speaks fluent French. She has worked with our family for many years and will help with any queries you have, and can also book a restaurant for your first night.
The accommodation consists of two double and one twin bedroom, one en suite shower/WC and a further bathroom and WC, living/dining room and kitchen, private heated swimming pool, sun deck, barbecue and terraces for relaxing outdoor dining. The house is furnished very comfortably to a high standard by a professional interior designer. There is Satellite TV Freesat, DVD player and DVD library.In the kitchen there is a washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher, micro wave oven and conventional electric oven and hob.
Outside seating for 6 in a sheltered terrace, with a landscaped garden with additional seating areas and views of the medieval Cathar Castle of Durban Corbieres. Teak deck with swimming pool.
For younger visitors there is a wild life park at Sigean and aqua sports on the Mediterranean coast.
For the adventurous there is water skiing, wakeboarding and other water sports at a number of the coastal resorts, or Skiing , white water rafting, canyoning etc in the Pyrenees as well as many thermal spa"s. The area attracts a lot of cycleist due to the lovely winding roads through the vineyards and hills.
About the Owner
We love the area because it is unspoilt and still very French with Spanish influences. We travel a lot but this area still draws us back.
Each time we go we discover something new.
There is something for everyone - we like the good food and wine and walking amongst the old castles. We love the climate, it extends the summer for us. Our grandchildren love the pool and the beaches. Our daughter can indulge her hobby of water skiing. So we are all happy.
In the winter, you can see the snow covered Pyrenees under clear blue skies.
From the Owner
“Easy to reach but peaceful. Beautiful scenery with lots of walks. Beautiful coastline of the Mediterranean not far away. Not too near or too far from larger towns should you need them. Always something new to discover.”
Activity and Interests
About 25km to the Mediterranean beaches. Le Franqui has a long sandy beach and it is suitable for wind-surfing. Other beaches include Leucate and Toreille Plage. All beaches have cafes and restaurants nearby. There is a marina at Barcares, an aqualand at Port Leucate and water skiing is also available at some of the beaches.
Carcassone is about 1 hour's drive away as is Perpignan. Ryan Air fly to both and car-hire is available at the airports. Train to Narbonne or Perpignan is another possibility and car hire is available at both stations. From Calais, you can drive on motorways almost all the way. It is 1106 kms of which 1051 are on motorways.
You will need a car at the property.
Durban Cobieres is about 5 minutes walk from the villa. Carcassonne Medieval city is about an hour away, Narbonne about 45 minutes. There is a Cathar castle in Durban Corbieres, another at Tuchan - about 25 minutes away and those of Queribus and Peyrepetuse about 1 hour away. The Corbieres and Fitou wine routes are close by. The wild life park at Sigean is about 45 minutes by car. Terra Vinea, a 19 km underground wine cellar is about 30 minutes. Lots of beautiful walks right on the doorstep.
In Durban Corbieres there is a supermarket, bar/restaurant, bank, petrol station, pharmacy, tabac, bakery and a few other little shops. For hypermarkets the nearest are on the way to Narbonne or Sigean. A 2 star Michelin restaurant at Fontjoncouse is about 4km away. In Villeseque about 2 km there is a restaurant and most of the surrounding villages have their own bar/cafe/restaurant. Lots of seafood restaurants in the coastal towns particularly.
There is a tennis court in Durban, water skiing and wind surfing are available from Barcares and Le Franqui.
The Spanish border is about 1.5 hours on the Motorway and there is an excellent buffet restaurant at La Jonquera. The Abbaye de Fontfroid not only has historical interest but has a very good restaurant. It is about 45 minutes away in the direction of Narbonne.
The villages of Rennes-les-Bains and Rennes le Chateau are about 1 hour drive west along scenic country roads. The latter has been made famous from Dan Brown's Da Vinci code and Kate Mosse's Sepulchre. Kate Mosse's book Labyrinth centres on Carcassonne and the Cathars.
For trips further afield, about 2 hours to the south is the very pretty coastal town of Collioure. It has 3 sheltered beaches, lots of seafood restaurants and great ice-cream.
- Booking Notes:
30% deposit on booking. The balance due 8 weeks before departure. A 300 euros breakage/damage deposit is payable with the final payment. This will be refunded within 2 weeks of the end of the rental period. The rental price is all inclusive, however if there is damage to the property, or if it is left in a state which requires more than our normal routine cleaning, then the cost of this will be deducted from the deposit. Cancellation within 8 weeks of departure incurs loss of deposit.
Normal changeover day is Saturday. Arrival between 4.00pm and 7.00pm, departure by 10.00 am. There are times when the changeover day can be negotiable. Flexible stays of more than a weeks may also be possible.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“5 minute to the bakers for breakfast croissants. Easy to drive to many sites of interest - the Cathar castles, the wine routes the beaches. Easy house to live in.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 1 with walk-in shower, wc, basin. Separate wc. Bathroom with bath/shower over, basin.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 large double bed with ensuite shower room and patio doors. Bedroom 2 large double bed. Bedroom 3 twin beds.
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: The villa is child friendly, heating is available in each room for cooler parts of the year, fans are provided for hotter times. The pool as required by French Law has a safety cover. Outside: Front garden with secluded private heated pool 7m x 4m with Roman Steps and about 1.5 metres deep at the deep end. Pool is only usable from May to end of September. Teak deck, shower and stone built barbecue. Table and chairs. Large rear garden with patio with table and chairs for 6, 2 further patios with loungers and seats, parasol. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen provided. Beach towels also supplied. Other: Garage for storage of luggage/bikes etc.