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Modern Conversion, Stone Barn in a Tiny Village in the Vineyards of Languedoc



Updated: 17-Aug-2016
Now available for minimum of 1 week bookings, starting mid week if required. Ideal for couples wanting to "get away from it all".

You can also spend your holiday here relaxing in the peace and tranquillity on the edge of a tiny hamlet of Caunettes en Val surrounded by vineyards, with the foothills of the Pyrenees nearby. A few tractors and cars pass by each day, but normally, the only sound you’ll hear will be the wide range of birds around. Inside, it is comfortably spacious. You can sit outside at the back back overlooking the vineyards and mountains eating, drinking or just relaxing. You can also sit out at the front where you can watch a tiny part of the world go by. There are plenty of places to visit and things to do in the area and lots of very rewarding walks in and around the village. As you would expect, the local food and wine are excellent, both to have at home and to eat out. Due to a beautiful mezzanine balcony, this accommodation is not suitable for toddlers or lively older children, particularly if they like climbing! We request that guests do not smoke inside the house. You will need the use of a car in this location.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in England with my husband Frank.

Our children have all left home and we have both retired, and work part time which we love. We also love spending time with our children and grand children, both in England, USA and, when they come and stay with us in France

We love spending holidays at our home in this charming village and have really enjoyed converting the barn into a gorgeous gite.

The work has taken a long time, but we think it was time well spent.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

We found The Barn to be a beautifully restored, spacious and well equipped place to spend a restful holiday.

The views from the rear terrace and the tranquil setting were just what the doctor ordered! GC & AT

We have very much enjoyed our time here; the area around Caunettes is stunning to walk and drive through and The Barn has been a great base for our exploring! It had everything we needed and more, and we particularly enjoyed relaxing with a glass of wine on the terrace! We are heading back to London thoroughly de-stressed! S & B

We've had a great week here - chilled and relaxed. Fantastic conversion - very tasteful.

Jane and Frank have been very accommodating. Thanks for your help. Loved it! J & B

A very enjoyable time in The Barn. It was much more spacious than we had anticipated. The area is stunning and completely unspoilt.

We visited most of the places recommended by Jane in her guide and enjoyed them all.

A lovely restful holiday in exceptional accommodation.K&W
Jun 2010
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

Ontario, Canada

Cozy, Comfortable ...Perfect Quiet Spot Not Too Far Removed

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time here & the added bonus was having an outstanding winemaker as a neighbour. The village is very friendly & hospitable. Thanks to Julie for taking good care of us. The Gite is cozy, comfortable & the kitchen is well equipped with all that you need to enjoy your stay. Caunettes-en-Val is close enough yet far enough away - so lunch and coffees in Lagrasse, groceries in Lezignan, market in Narbonne, & wineries everywhere! So you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the village & village life will happen around you or you can explore to your hearts content what this area of France has to discover. We must give a special thanks to our neighbour Sandrine who made our stay that much more enjoyable - her passion for wine making was certainly evident in the wines that she produces....cautions....bedroom is loft so there are stairs to navigate....otherwise a great spot for couples looking for a peaceful getaway with some adventures to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

A lovely converted barn set within beautiful surroundings. We liked the fact that we were away from it all yet only a short drive from both Carcassonne and a variety of beaches and lakes. A thoroughly relaxing week away in the South of France.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed it and had a lovely holiday. You were great guests.
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Peace and quiet...

  • 4 of 5

We had a very enjoyable two weeks in this lovely little barn. Situated in a tiny village in (what felt like) the middle of nowhere. The setting was delightful and the surrounding French countryside beautiful. Great location for getting out and about and a comfortable base to come back to and relax in. The roof leaked during a massive storm, but that's rustic charm :) Brilliant support from Julie in the village and the local dogs make you feel like villagers. Wine from Sandrine next door is worth a try too...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely time

  • 5 of 5

We had a really enjoyable time at Jane and Frank's lovely place. The village is tiny, secluded and very peaceful. The hosts were perfect - around if we wanted advice but we were left to do our own thing. What was also important for us was that it was an ideal place for exploring this part of France. We particularly enjoyed things like going to nearby Lagrasse (10-15 minutes by car) for gorgeous river swimming or even to the seaside around Narbonne which was again near, an hour or so away. And of course various walks even nearer.

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you have such happy memories Marty! Thanks!
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Carlsbad, California USA

Get away from it all!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this property as a base for exploring the Languedoc-Rousillon area, as well as seeing the Tour de France. It's an easy drive from Toulouse airport and close enough to the walled city of Carcassonne for a day trip. The Barn is beautifully appointed, clean, and perfect for two. Be prepared to be isolated - limited cell service - the very small hamlet has no businesses but is very quiet, just the beekeeper's sleepy dog keeping watch in the street! Lagrasse is the nearest big town, 10 miles away on rural roads.

We enjoyed our day trips, to as far away as the Mediterranean a couple hours away by car, and after stopping to shop, we loved cooking at home in our barn. It provides everything you need, and though the owner was not in town during our stay, the landlady/housekeeper lives nearby and was very helpful when the washing machine didn't work! If you enjoy exploring the French countryside on your own, with its lovely villages and meandering roads, and are fairly independent and want to be away from it all, this is the place for you!

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much W! So glad you had such a lovely time. When Frank and I aren't there, Julie, who lives in the village and speaks excellent English, takes very good care of our guests! Unless they've moved, Lagrasse is 10-15 mins away by car, and the Med is less than 1 hour from Caunettes!
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United Kingdom

Head For The Hills

  • 3 of 5

We had a glorious time in The Barn; very comfortable and quiet in a location that gave us every opportunity to explore the area. Our hosts were very helpful and left everything we needed. The baker delivery run round the village in a van each day was lovely (stopped outside the door). A perfect location for wandering round the encircling vineyards on the sunny days. It's an area we've visited twice and love the cuisine and wine. Max, a local dog, called in most evenings for a snack but only sat quietly at the open front door, a lovely, unasuming chap.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought our house and the barn, not knowing for sure what we would use the barn for. It has gradually evolved into this beautiful home described, with the help of local artisans, artists, and Frank's many talents, including amazing copies of Picassos and Miros. We chose the area because it is close to so many beautiful places. Although we do travel around sometimes to the villages towns and cities named, we are often contented to stay in our charming home village. While Caunettes is only a few minutes from Lagrasse, a beautiful historic and artistic small market town, when in Caunettes, you feel 1000 miles from anywhere!

Activity and Interests


There is swimming in fresh water in the rivers at Lagrasse and nearby Ribaute. Both of these have "beaches", and lifeguards from Easter through the summer.

Many of the beaches of the Mediterranean coast are reachable within an hour's drive, including our favourite Lafranqui, a charming, unspoilt place with beaches reminiscent of Vetriano’s scenes, but lacking the cold Northumbrian winds! Lafranqui has recently been voted one of the 3 best beaches in France!


The following list shows local airports with approx. duration of drive to the village: Carcassonne 40 mins. Toulouse 90 mins. Beziers, 70 mins. Perpignan 60 mins or even Barcelona 150 mins.

You can drive from channel ports, normally with 1 overnight stop, in a number of possible locations depending on your route option and your taste for cities or country locations.

Unless you are very familiar with the geography of France, a sat nav will probably save save a lot of fuel and stress.


Caunettes is very convenient by car for picturesque villages nearby with shops restaurants etc. especially Lagrasse 10 mins..

Approximate distances to cities from The Barn are: Carcassonne 40 mins, Narbonne 50 mins, Perpignan 60 mins, Toulouse 90 mins, and Montpelier 90 mins.

There are many Mediterranean coastal villages and towns from 40- 90 minutes, (try Collioure 75 mins) then into Spain, Figueres, Cadaques (for Dali fans) and Roses are 120 mins. In 150 mins, you can be in Barcelona.

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Food and Drink - As you would expect, the local food and wine are excellent, both to have at home and to eat out.

For such a small village Caunettes en Val is lucky to have its own honey maker. It has some good and very good wine makers. (Try Sandrine’s!) It has villagers who know where the wild asparagus grows, where to find the best figs, mushrooms and truffles; who pick fiery wild rocket in the vineyards, and who also like to stalk wild boar. But of course, this is the Aude, a blend of rugged mountains, valleys and beaches which are a key part of the sea of vines which follow the crescent of the Mediterranean shore from the Spanish border to Provence. Languedoc-Roussillon makes a vast amount of mostly red wine some of which rivals the best wines in the world. As this huge wine region re-invents itself for the 21st century, the mix of tradition, modern techniques and adventurous winemaking means that the vineyards of Corbieres, Fitou, Minervois, Coteaux du Languedoc, and Roussillon in the south, reward the diligent searcher with the very best drinking, while very good value, solid, tasty wine is available everywhere. There is good white and rose wine, made to accompany the wonderful oysters and mussels from the Mediterranean coast; strong fortified wines from Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Maury, and sparkling wine (Blanquette!mmm)made around Limoux which claims to pre-date the invention of Champagne.

The serious connoisseur may like to find the following wines: Ollieux Romanis, Voulte-Gasparets, Domaine Lignon, Castelmaure, Mas Amiel, there’s loads, even some good ones round Lagrasse,

Food lovers will relish the open air markets, where both professionals and smallholders sell the freshest fruit and vegetables, olives, saucisson, jambon, chicken, rabbits, even horsemeat, and a magnificent variety of cow, goat and sheep cheeses. The indoor markets (Les Halles) in the bigger towns such as Narbonne offer produce of the very highest quality, necessitating a visit.


Rental rates

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Changeover Day: Thursday
9 night minimum stay
for 9 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner to make the reservation.
A deposit of £100 secures your reservation, and the balance is payable 2 weeks before arrival. Account details for payment are provided with confirmation that you wish to reserve on available dates.
A cheque for £100 should be given on arrival against any damage to the property or contents. This is normally returned on departure when the keys are returned and the barn is in good order.

Changeover Day:
The normal changeover day is Saturday. Arrivals may be from 4pm and we need guests to vacate by 10am on their last day.

Notes on prices:
A deposit of £100 per week secures your reservation, then the balance is payable no later than 2 weeks before your arrival date, unless it's a late booking! We request a returnable deposit of a cheque for £100 on arrival in case of losses or damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The Barn is a very special space to be in. Our friends often ask us why we don't move into The Barn as it is so beautiful, and let our house. We're settled in our house (which is a couple of hundred yards away in the middle of the village) so we're happy to let our beautiful barn so others can enjoy it as a tranquil haven and a base for many happy trips. There are many places to walk in the area, including a waterfall which is only about a 10 minute walk up the road to the picturesque village of Meironnes, which is 3 miles up the road. There is a sculpture trail with 2 levels of walk, just before you reach Meironnes, with some permanent sculptures and some sculptures changed annually. The local countryside is also inviting to enthusiastic walkers, climbers and cyclists. We advise wearing long trousers and closed shoes if you go off the beated track, in case of snakes, though there are many clear open paths!

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has an enclosed shower with many features including a built in radio, foot massager, optional seat and back massaging jets as well as the usual overhead and hand spray. There is a toilet and wash hand basin. Very bright with halogen lights!


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom space has a king sized bed, wardrobe and plenty of drawer space as well as a futon, large glass table and a settee. You can see the street (first storey!) through the window opposite the bed, and, through the velux, you can see the sky!


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: This solid stone barn is mainly open plan, including the large bedroom, though the modern bathroom is enclosed. The style is mainly rustic, but with many modern features and some original artworks, including the wrought iron balustrades on the mezzanine, and some paintings. Cool in summer, being built into a slope. The wood is stored indoors and is useful and decorative. This property which is constructed of solid blocks of local stone, is both rustic, yet with many modern amenities, though away from telephone and television. You can get a mobile phone signal a few yards from the barn, but if you're looking to get away from it all, this is your chance! Outside: Outside at the front, you can sit and watch a tiny part of the world go by: maybe a car or tractor or two, or the wine makers on their way to their vineyards or back. Next door is another barn used by one of the most successful wine makers of the region whose wine is becoming more and more recognised. Wine may be purchased directly from her when she is around. There is a French window on the mezzanine leading onto a terrace at the back where you can eat, drink or just relax. Here you can look out over the vineyards and the nearby hills and watch the birds or, if there are any, the clouds. There is plenty of car parking space a few metres away, behind a neighbouring barn. Utility Room: This is integrated within the kitchen dining room, & there are facilities for washing, drying and ironing, as well as a hair dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: The property is cleaned weekly, when clean towels and linen are provided by a local lady who speaks very good English, or an English lady living. Other: Above is a mezzanine with a chaise longe. There is a French window on the mezzanine leading onto the terrace at the back where you can eat, drink or just relax. Here you can look out over the vineyards and hills and watch the birds or the sky.

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