Village House in Caunes Minervois, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Recently renovated in 2009 this authentic French village house lies within the old city ramparts, nestled in a narrow, car-free lane beyond the ruins of a 15th Century Church. The house has a large dual aspect French country style eat-in kitchen, living room with original Caunes Marble fireplace and period floor tiles. The 2 double bedrooms are spacious and light with original wood flooring. There are 2 bathrooms, one is a large en-suite to the master bedroom with a new walk-in shower and dressing area. Situated in a quiet "Impasse", in the east of the old village, the house is located moments from ancient ruins, as well as a 5 min stroll to the famous Caunes Abbey and local shops, restaurants and bars. The house has spacious rooms and is ideal for a couple or 2 individuals. The house has some UK satellite TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
Top Traveller Review
Chill out in Caunes!
About the Owner
My husband and I took some time out from London life when our son was born in 2009. We decided to spend the time as a family in Southern France renovating our home in the medieval village of Caunes Minervois. It was sometimes a challenge to juggle parenting and renovations, however, we got there in the end! We discovered this picturesque village in 2007 whilst on holiday in the area. We loved it so much, we also got married there and held the reception in the Abbey.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a brilliant time at your lovely house. It is a gem of a house in a gem of a village. We strolled around the village, bought food at Marlene's and had lots of interesting chats. Its historic past, and its artistic present makes this a village to remember....and indeed a holiday to remember. Aug 2012
We have just returned from our holiday in france , we enjoyed our stay in your house very much. Ann, Sept 2011
We had a wonderful time staying in your house. Very french and in
such a lovely quiet spot. Elizabeth, June 2011
4 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
Chill out in Caunes!
The cottage is right in the heart of the old town, along a narrow cul de sac. Expect to have to walk the last few yards from your parking space! The house has been nicely restored by the owner, but remains at its heart an ancient building. If you are after a quiet retreat and some respite from the summer sun, this is for you. Caunes has a useful convenience store and bakers in the centre and a supermarket with artisan butcher a little further away. We only sampled Emilie's Table - run by Linda (English!) - but we can say it was very good. We went twice. Plenty to see within driving distance and good walking from Caunes.
This is charming property in a great location for visiting all the attaractions in the surrounding area such as the walled city and the vineyards. the property itself is very comfortable with a fantastic and spacious bathroom. The village itself is very pretty and has alot to offer locally.
Maison St Gerome
We really enjoyed our stay in this cosy house in the beautiful village of Caunes-Minervois in May. The house is nice, tidy and well equiped. Its location in a quiet dead end street makes it a good place to relax and retire from working life. The village is also great and features some very nice places to have dinner. I do recommend to either go by car or rent a car as there's lots to see nearby as well (Villeneuve-Minervois, Latours, Minerve,....) and you should really pay a visit to the cité in Carcassonne: it's just amazing.
Cathar Country Gem
The house is charming, very comfortable, very well appointed and a great base for walking and exploring the area. We loved it.
Caunes is in a fabulous region of France, amazing history, castles, architecture, food, wine, people - I could go on........
From the Owner
“We love Caunes because of its unique location: in southern France, close to Spain, close to the beaches of the Mediterranean, close to the Pyrénées, in the middle of wine and Cathar country and just twenty minutes away from the UNESCO World Heritage site of La Cité in Carcassonne. Caunes is a sleepy, picturesque village crammed with higgledy-piggledy old buildings and maze-like narrow streets that all seem to deliver you to the Benedictine Abbey at the heart of the village. In the summer months the village comes alive with a full programme of live music in the Abbey grounds and many a fetes offering regional produce and wine tasting.”
Activity and Interests
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, cycling and picnicking opportunities.
The Mediterranean sea and miles of sandy beaches are approx 50 mins drive from Caunes Minervois. Lac Jouarres has a sandy beach - it is a large lake 10 mins drive from Caunes, near Homps and the Canal du Midi where you can swim, sail or just lounge by the shore.
Caunes is easily accessed (by car) from a number of airports: Carcassonne (20 mins), Beziers (1hr 10 mins), Perpignon or Toulouse (1hr 20 mins). Girona (Barcelona) 2 hrs 30 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. The world famous Salvador Dali museum at Figueres is 2 hours drive away and Barcelona is 2-3 hours drive from Caunes.
Caunes offers two bakeries, a small supermarket, a butcher's shop, a bistro, a bank, 2 cafe-bars, a cafe, a pizzeria and a hotel with a restaurant. In addition, there are several outlets for the local wines, a local foodstuffs shop, art galleries, a sculpture gallery and a post office. Parking is in an off-street car-park 30 metres from the house.
Local activities include: cycling along the Canal du Midi, hiking around Cathar ruins such as Lastours, discovering the Black Mountains and hill top villages around, relaxing by the local lake or Mediterranean beaches, enjoying French cuisine at any of the local restaurants, visiting the Abbey, learning about the Minervois wine - and of course tasting it! Day trips a little further afield - 2 hrs drive to Figueres (home of Dali), Barcelona, and the Pyrenees.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
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strict cancellation policy
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.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Satellite / Cable
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- recreation centre
- water parks
- winery tours
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- water skiing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Large en-suite bathroom off the Master bedroom. The shower is a spacious walk-in "wet area", there is also a dressing area, sink and toilet. Second bathroom has a shower, toilet, sink and washing machine. Baby bath is available on request
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed and large en-suite shower room. The bedroom is spacious, light and has retained original wood floors. The Guest Bedroom also has a double bed. It is a bright room with 2 built-in wardrobes.
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: All rooms in the house are spacious and would be ideal for a couple, a small family or 2 individuals. Both bedrooms have double beds. Please note: There is a strict no smoking policy inside the house. As a consideration to other guests, no pets are allowed. Outside: At tables and on chairs to the side of the house you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine whilst savouring a setting that has barely changed for hundreds of years. Sitting in this close and quiet space you may exchange “bonjours” with a neighbour or a passing explorer searching for the 13th century breach in the fortifications attributed to the crusader Simon de Montfort rooting out heretic Cathars (it’s at the end of the impasse behind the house). But it is more likely you will be struck by the peace and quiet occasionally disrupted only by birdsong. Utility Room: Washing machine is located in the second shower room. Washing line is outside, behind the kitchen. There is also an iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house is cleaned prior to all arrivals. Bath towels and bed linen are provided. For 2 weeks or more, a change of linen will be provided. Additional cleaning is available on request during your stay, but is an additional charge of £30.