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Large holiday rental South France, heated swimming pool,hot tub, sleeps up to 28



Updated: 25-Nov-2016
Holiday home rental, 28 people, heated swimming pools, hot tub, nr. Carcassonne

Home from home, spacious holiday rental for your group of up to 28 people

‘La Maison’, a 4 Epis (4 Star) fully-equipped French manor house with annex in the little village of Villegaihenc, with many original features, for either up to 20 or 28 guests in one group, it is a simply furnished, comfortable yet splendid vacation choice. Your whole group can relax and enjoy the property in complete privacy as only one group is ever booked at any one time.

Here in the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon area of the Aude region of the South of France, there is so much to offer your group, whether you have in mind a family celebration or occasion, family or class reunions, a week of pampering, a HQ for walking, touring, cooking or painting holidays or, just a relaxing ‘get away from it all’ holiday with your friends and family and pets. With secure outside entertainment space as generous as the manor house, incorporating secluded gardens, with hammocks and plenty of seating, a large covered open-barn summer kitchen, BBQ and large dining area, hot tub, heated swimming pool and many games – there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy individual peace and quiet, fun for children (ages 0-80!), as well as being able to create a party atmosphere when you want to.

Just a few of the many highlights of a visit to ‘La Maison’ are:

➢ Only 10 minutes from Carcassonne Airport

➢ 12 bathrooms/en-suites with linens, pool and bathroom towels provided at no extra cost

➢ Personal Chef, Chauffeur or daily Maid service can be made available

➢ Massage and Beauty treatments available at ‘home’ (please ask for details)

➢ Traditional French friendly village stores including butcher, baker, grocery (10% off when staying at La Maison) and a restaurant/bar all within walking distance

➢ We can also help you to create and organise your individual ‘event’ to your own needs

New for Christmas/New Year bookings 2016!

➢ A fabulous new entertainment room in the basement of the Manor House, incorporating:

• Home cinema (with X-Box)

• Bar

• Dance floor with sound system and lighting!

➢ For special offers please visit our website

More Details
  • Sleeps 28
  • 15 Bedrooms
  • 11 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Colin and myself have been running our house rental for fourteen years. We are both really arty, Colin is a practising artist and you will be able to view his paintings which adorn the walls of La Maison.

We were drawn to this area because of the stunning countryside and the vast choice of walks, good local wine and gourmet food.

Colin is an artist and many of his paintings are of the local area, as he finds it a constant source of inspiration.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

March 2013 – one week - ' I can’t believe it’s only a week ago since we left! Thank you so much for providing us with such a beautiful home for our holiday. I think everybody had a good time despite the weather! We are already talking about returning next year. Liz

March/April 2013 – one week - Thank you so much for a great holiday!!! The house was even better as we expected. Even though the weather wasn't so great, we could swim in the pool, and we definitely enjoyed the hot tub. The kids also loved the garden and so did we. And the bedrooms were wonderful! Astrid

June 2013 – one week - 'I've been meaning to write to let you know what a wonderful time we had at your holiday home. It was perfect for our needs, and we've been recommending it left right and centre to all our friends.Your house is just brilliant for groups, the pool and outside area are a real asset too. All four of us families have actually come home, hell bent on buying a table tennis table.'
Dec 2009
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21 Reviews

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This place is amazing!

  • 5 of 5

What a find! La Maison is an absolutely wonderful place to stay. The village has the essentials and is very easy to get to Carcassone. There are beautiful walks nearby too.

Mel and Colin were both fabulous to deal with. The house was fully equipped with everything we needed for 20 of us to have a relaxing and comfortable stay. Colin had lit a fire for us on arrival which was amazing and nothing was too much trouble. All of the rooms were lovely and each room has its own bathroom which is a bonus.

The outside area was great for children who enjoyed many hours in the pool. The hot tub was also an added luxury!

On Mel and Colin's recommendation we also used a chef who came to the house and cooked for all of us on a number of occasions. Petra and her husband Marcel were absolutely amazing and well worth it.

Mel and Colin gave us many recommendations of things to do in the area and places to eat and it is the perfect house to do as little or as much as you want.

Thank you for a wonderful stay - we will be back!!


  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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perfect family retreat and a hot tub too!

  • 5 of 5

Just perfect. Ideally located for Carcassonne airport, and the surrounding area - beach and mountains, both in easy reach. Very impressed with the facilities - pool, play area for children and a fabulous hot tub too. We loved our stay there and our only regret is that we didn't book it for two weeks instead of one.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relax and enjoy La Maison.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful week at La Maison - the youngest generation (aged 2 - 6) absolutely loved the pools, table football, swings and hot tub - the rest of us found it an incredibly easy house to manage with masses of towels, china, glasses, cutlery etc and endless hot water - great to have a shower room with every bedroom too. Such a beautiful area to cycle, run and drive around and lots of super restaurants too - everyone in the village is so helpful and friendly and Colin and Mel were super efficient too ! A truly relaxed house to stay in with lots of space and a perfect set up for 2, 4, 5 and 6 year olds ! One of the easiest large houses we have stayed in !

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Maison - great for large families and groups

  • 5 of 5

As a large group of extended family stayed at La Maison in April this year. We chose this house as it has so many en-suite bathrooms and we were not disappointed. Most of the bedrooms especially the ones on the first floor were palatial, and the current owners have kept all of the beautiful original features of the property, such as the hand made terracotta tiles, marble fireplaces, water marble fireplaces, water pump, old sink and so fourth - the house has an artistic eclectic feel which works really well. Our family spans over several generations and it was perfect for everyone from age 3 to 80, the kids enjoyed the heated pool and we spent hours enjoying the jacuzzi. There is enough space for everyone, in either the great outdoor barn area, with summer kitchen or in many of the seating areas both in and outside the house. The kitchen is really well equipped, with plenty of cutlery and crockery to avoid doing the dishes when required. The house is ideally located for walking to the local bakers, butchers and supermarket, the locals are friendly and it made it feel like a really authentic French experience. We hired bikes during our stay, and biked out to the canal, and several tracks just outside the village. There are so many places to see and visit in the area, lakes, caves, the Med, but we spent most of the time at the house as it was hard to pull ourselves away. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great venue for a get-together

  • 4 of 5

We’re just returned from a most enjoyable stay at this property to celebrate an 80th birthday. It’s very suitable for a group of friends as the rooms are en-suite. (Some bathrooms are a bit on the small side, but big enough).

The owners have been very helpful through the whole process of booking, arrival, and throughout our stay, and in returning our deposit afterwards.

The village of Ventgailhenc is very French and sleepy, and there’s not a lot in the way of night-life. We used the local shops (patisserie, butchers and supermarket), all within walking distance, and created our own night life in the wonderful outside area (- which has its own fridge and dishwasher!) - and in the charming dining room. The local winery sells refillable buckets of wine, 5 litres for €6 – very quaffable for afternoon drinking:)

The house is on a road which can be a bit busy, particularly first thing in the morning, and the entrance to the driveway is a bit tight, - a lot of care is needed, especially when pulling out. There is some parking across the road opposite the entrance, which is a lot easier, though a bit further to walk.

This area of France is very beautiful; a visit to Carcassonne is a must. Although if the weather is good, it’s hard to leave the swimming pool!

Our group included two children (ages 3 & 6), who loved it! We would definitely like to return to stay in this property, and are looking for another excuse for a celebration!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Good for all ages

  • 5 of 5

Just back home from a lovely week in your fantastic house.

We all loved the time we could spend here (from 1 year old up to 65 years old). In a matter of fact it was better than we expect.

Easy to to do a lot of things in the surrounding and in the house for everyone. Great dinner times in the garden with 20 people at the table.

I surely gonna recommend this to my friends.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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From the Owner

We fell in love with this property not just because of the wonderful original features such as the original tiles, marble fireplaces, high ceilings and the stunning stone carved staircase spanning three floors, but because of its fantastic location here in the Carbardes wine region of the South of France. It’s in a lovely village and only a 10 minute drive to the City of Carcassonne and 15 minutes from the airport. The views from the second floor of the house are breath-taking and the established garden has some 200 year-old rare variety, coniferous trees, giving natural shady spots for those hot summer days. On a more practical basis the village provides great local produce and amenities (including butcher, baker, pharmacy, doctor, dentist and supermarket) which means that you don't have to get in your car each day to enjoy lovely freshly baked baguettes or croissants. The village provides easy access to the some of the most amazing historical sites in France, such as Le Château de Montségur, a former fortress near Montségur, a commune in the Ariège region - its ruins are the site of last stronghold of the Cathars. Then there are the grand Black Mountains (Montagne Noir) to the North, the regal Pyrenees to the South, 40 minutes to the beautiful south coast, as well as gorgeous swimming lakes nearby. 2 weeks will not be enough to take it all in! On a more practical basis the house is situated in a village with great amenities which means that you don't need to get in your car each day to get one of the lovely freshly baked baguettes or croissants from the bakers. Plus only a 10 minutes drive to the City of Carcassonne, large supermarkets, 15 minutes from the airport. It's also en-route to the beautiful Mountain Noir. The locals are so friendly, if you want to taste the French experience, living in a traditional house and living like a local then this is the property for you. If you travel South, North, East or West you will find a different landscape.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Carcassonne at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Carcassonne at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Villegailhenc at 30 Metres Nearest Beach : Narbonne at 60 Kilometres Car: recommended

This is an ideal house to hold themed holidays; such as a yoga retreat, cookery and painting courses, please email us for more information.


The Mediterranean is 40 mins by car, there are also some beautiful swimming lakes close to the house.


It is possible to fly from Stansted, Bournemouth, Ireland, East Midlands or Liverpool to Carcassonne airport, just 10 minutes from the mansion. From Gatwick to Toulouse airport (50 mins by car) or 1 hour by train. From Stansted to Perpignan and Beziers 45 mins by car. To really enjoy your holiday we would suggest hiring a car.


The house is situated in a village which has great local amenities. It's just 15 minutes from Carcassonne, La Cité, 10 mins from Pennautier/Aragon, 50 mins from Toulouse, 1hr 10 mins from Montpellier and 40 mins from Narbonne's beach.

There are so many places and things to see and do, it is best to visit our website for further information.

Further Details:

The house is rated as 4 Epis (4 Star) with Gites De France and is situated in the village of Villegailhenc between the Black Mountains, to the North, where there are pine forests, and mountain villages and Alpine houses, and then to the South are the Pyrenees.

The village has great local amenities, a butcher, baker, supermarket, pharmacy, dentist, and doctor.

The mediterranean coast is about 40 mins, and there are some great places to visit such as Gruissan/Sete - two lovely fishing port and old towns, and Collioure - about an hour away, an artist village, perched on a hill side, tumbling down to the coast.

Aude is steeped with history and there is La Cité of Carcassonne to visit nearby (about 10 mins by car), Lastours (7 Cathar Castles perched high up on he mountain, with an award winning restaurant just below), and Medieval villages such as Mirepoix, this has Monstegur just next to it - the last Cathar strong holding, with amazing views. It can also be enjoyable to go up in a sky lift to the top of the Pyrenees in October, as the views can be spectacular, there are also a couple of caves to look at locally, fantastic local restaurants, we have a 2 Michelin Star restaurant 10 mins by car in the Village of Aragon - another village with over 400km of mountain bike trails.

There is Rennes les Bains - a thermal spring, which has a great walk around the village, and you could combine a trip there to Rennes la Chateau - perched high up on a hill - Dan Brown's, Da Vinci Code, was said to have been inspired by the village, a great mystery where they think the priest found some hidden treasure, as he suddenly came into great wealth.

The house is based in between several different wine regions, Villegailhenc is in the Cabardes region, and then a short drive you have the Minervois region (our favourite), then the Corbieres region lies to the south of Carcassonne.

If you enjoy cycling, it's possible to cycle along the Canal du Midi from the house.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Up to 28 people
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Up to 28 people
27 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season up to 28 people
2 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season 20-28 people
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn up to 28 people
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year up to 28
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £84 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £502

Please note that these prices are for up to 28 guests, please either visit the rate page of our website or contact us for a price of up to 20 guests. The two properties are never rented separately.

It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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From the Owner

La Maison is a great place to spend a holiday, especially for large groups of family and friends, as it offers plenty of space for both entertainment and relaxing inside and out. There is a large covered barn area, with a hot tub, summer kitchen (including an extra dishwasher), gas and coal BBQ, seating, dartboard and table football. The pool is heated to around 28-30 degrees throughout the year. There is also an area with swings and a ping-pong table. Basement with cinema area, dance floor and bar.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Family
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming


  • Shower room 6 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 7 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet - Toilet
  • Bathroom 8 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 9 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 11 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Walk in shower - Suitable for disabled - please enquire
  • Bathroom 12 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 Large shower room, with sink, WC Bathroom 2/3/4/5/6/7 shower, sink, WC. Bathroom 8 full sized bath, sink, WC Bathroom 9 walk in shower, sink, WC Ground floor WC Bathroom 10 - suitable for disabled - Raised WC, sink and walk in shower - please enquire. Bathroom 11 - Walk in shower, WC, double sinks Bathroom 12 - Shower, WC and sink.


  • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Bunk beds
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 9 - 1 Single Bed, Adjoining bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 10 - 3 Single Bed, 1 single, 1 bunk bed
  • Bedroom 14 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 11 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 15 - Suitable for disabled guests - please ask
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, Adjoining room with bunk beds, bed 2. SKY TV
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, SKY TV
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, SKY TV
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed, TV/Kitchen
  • Bedroom 12 - 1 Double Bed, With free standing bath - SKY TV
  • Bedroom 13 - 1 Double Bed
  • • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, • Bedroom 2 - Adjoining room 1, bunk beds, SKY TV • Bedroom 3 – 1 King sized bed with SKY TV • Bedroom 4 – Twin beds • Bedroom 5 – 1 Double Bed • Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed • Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed Suite (with Kitchenette) • Bedroom 8 - 1 Double Bed • Bedroom 9 - 1 Single Bed (adjoins bedroom 8) • Bedroom 10 – 1 single, 1 pair of bunk beds • Bedroom 11 – I double bed, 1 single bed • Bedroom 12 - 1 Double Bed (room suitable for disabled guests, please ask when enquiring), wood burner, French doors onto courtyard garden • Bedroom 13 - 1 Double Bed, With free standing bath - SKY • Bedroom 14 - 1 Double Bed • Bedroom 15 - 1 Double bed


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • The property is a large manor house with large annexe ideal for any age group, as there is plenty of space to either meet communally in the large 72m2 barn area, 50m2 indoor games room in the basement (as from 2017) , plus a pool table room, large kitchen/dining room and enough intimate seating areas to relax away from the hubbub when needed. There are also two heated pools, a toddler pool and large pool, with shelving around the outside, perfect for children learning to swim. There are plenty of sun beds and deck chairs as well as ample shade for hot sunny days. The bedrooms offer good sized accommodation, and most are en-suite with SKY TV. Air-conditioning on the top floor - every room has fans. There are also 3 cots available for guests to use, plus a baby bath, changing mat, high chair and play pen. The barn area is covered, and has plenty of seating for up to28 people, with outdoor kitchen, comprising of sink, cupboards, fridge, dishwasher and a gas and coal BBQ, plus a lounge area, kids table, darts and the hot tub which offers a perfect place to wind away the evenings. There is also an iPod player. The tables are moveable which can create a large space if needed. There is also a swing area, with baby swing, swing and climbing rope, plus ping-pong table. There is parking for up to 6 cars, and plenty free parking just opposite the house. Large Utility Room/boot/cloak room with: washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. There are 20 metres of washing line space tucked away in the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, beach towels and linen are included and are changed on a weekly basis. For a two weeks mid-stay booking, we will come in and service the bathrooms and change the bedding. Breakfast can be booked in advance. Daily maid service is also available. Other: There are plenty of reading and guide books in the house,DVD’s and other games. Large games room in the basement.

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