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Beautifully Renovated House, Heated Pool, Enclosed Grounds ** Special July 23



Updated: 05-Oct-2016
House in St Marcel sur Aude, Laguedoc-Roussillon, France. Cover feature in 25 Beautiful Homes mag - Featured on cover of '25 Beautiful Homes Magazine' , BBC TV and Times newspaper

This beautiful old wine makers house which overlooks vineyards, is a charming spacious property. Peaceful Location on the edge of a Village, close to the Canal du Midi and local amenities. It has been sympathetically renovated, losing none of its character. Furnished to a high standard in traditional french style, using some of the original pieces of furniture. It is situated in the attractive wine-producing village of St. Marcel, close to Narbonne and glorious Mediterranean beaches (25 minutes). The house is very well equipped, a home away from home.It has been featured in '25 Beautiful Homes Magazine' May 2014 where it was also considered good enough for the front cover picture.

It has also featured on BBC TV and in the Times newspaper when a long lost love letter was discovered tucked into the cushions of an old chair that was being reupholstered. It had been there for nearly 200 years.

The house is very large and easily copes with maximum occupancy and outside there is also plenty of space. The pool area is nicely segregated from the rest of the garden providing an oasis of calm surrounded by lavender and other vibrant plants. Later in the year you can even pick a fig.

The grounds of 1 hectare are totally secure and provide plenty of shade for children to run around or adults to chill out.

During the high season, most meals will be taken outside on the large terrace where the big gas BBQ with cope with the task easily.

Should you wish the kitchen has a great range cooker and the dining room seats 10 comfortably and overlooks the terrace. There are two large fridges, one labelled Food the other Drinks!

Next to the dining room is the day room with satellite TV, DVD player and Ipod dock are all available and a second TV/DVD player is available in the separate sitting room allowing more choice of entertainment.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Tim & Georgina Davis have restored this old wine makers house. Georgina has many years experience with interior decoration and the house has been featured in "25 Beautiful Homes" magazine, appearing on the cover of the May, 2014 issue.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

All well and good here and Le Parc as lovely as we remember it
Jun 2014
  • 1 of 5

3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful Stay at Le Parc

  • 4 of 5

We've recently returned from a wonderful 2 week holiday at Le Parc. The house was beautiful, clean, excellently equipped with lovely original features. The swimming pool was fabulous and so easy to use. Our party included toddler twins and although the pool does not have a safety fence, the excellent pool cover eased our fears. We enjoyed many evenings dining outside on the terrace watching the bats dart through the trees at dusk and the odd game of boules. We picked daily the best figs we've ever eaten from the huge tree in the grounds - such a treat.

The owners were great at supplying us with all the information we needed for our stay and were very quick at answering our questions.

The house is located within easy reach of lots wonderful places to visit although it was hard to drag ourselves away from the pool on hot and sunny days! Carcassonne, Narbonne and Lagrasse are a must see. We didn't do much dining out due to the age of the children but we were more than happy cooking for ourselves at the house.

We would unquestionably recommend Le Parc to a friend or relative.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have spent our holidays at Le Parc for the past three years and we will defiantly be returning. It is a quick journey from the airport to Le Parc. On arrival, you drive through some magnificent gates into a well established garden with lots of trees. The house is tastefully decorated and has an ora of elegance. The bedrooms are all very spacious with crisp clean linen. The kitchen is well laid and is certainly the heart of the house, cooking and drinking the local wine with all the family. The Dining Room is adjacent to the kitchen which we didn't use because it is all about outdoor living. We used the outdoor facilities to have all our meals utilising the BBQ once or twice. The pool is a good size and has plenty of sunbeds, there is also shaded areas for those who don't like too much sun. This year the owners have built a Boules Pitch and turned out to be great fun. All the amenities are close which meant we could either walk, cycle or drive. We forward to booking again in 2016!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little disappointing

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed our holiday but were disappointed that the house did not live up to the 'Beautiful Homes' tag that the website talks about. On the plus side the bedrooms were comfortable and clean with two of the three shower facilities having been completely refurbished. Downstairs the kitchen is very well equipped with two good sized fridges one for drink and one for food. Outside the pool was a good size. Our disappointment stemmed from the fact that downstairs and outside was in need of some tender loving care. The gardens have become overgrown and cutting back around the pool would probably stop a lot of debris falling into the water. The photos were taken some time ago and things have grown considerably since. The barbecue was dirty when we arrived and patio table and loungers needed cleaning on our arrival and are really in need of renewal. Inside the curtains were hanging of their rails and some of the dining chairs were broken. The owners were helpful when we shared concerns by phone but if the advert is stating 'Beautiful Homes' then the renter is entitled to expect something really special and that was not the standard. All in all a comfortable house albeit a little tired. The owners were friendly when we spoke on the phone and were understandably disappointed with our feedback. The house certainly has potential with a small amount being spent to get it right.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try to take on board all comments and have certainly done so here. This has been the only negative comment we have ever had so are obviously disappointed. The curtain rail was repaired immediately upon your departure and we left instructions with our changeover staff to ensure the outside furniture get an extra clean. The outside tables are rattan and black glass which in hindsight is not a good idea for a Mediterranean climate that is hot and dry. These will be replaced for the next season. We have already cut back the lavender plants around the pool and replaced some with new plants. Whilst most people see it as a full and healthy growth they do impinge somewhat on the pool area. The dining chairs will also be replaced prior to next season - these were locally sourced (antique-ish) in an attempt to maintain the authenticity but have proved a little flimsy. The BBQ, which gets a lot of use, should be left in a clean state by the previous client but we have added this to our own task list as well, to ensure it is clean. You also mentioned in our phone conversation that you felt the olive tree needed trimming. This has been grown to offer some shade by the pool but it will be trimmed by a professional at the end of the season - we do hope to get a little oil from it. To improve the property we have already planted over 30 evergreens and 20 oleander bushes to define the entrance and to separate the very large grounds into a formal and informal area. The formal area close to the house will have an irrigated lawn and a new driveway is being constructed. Pictures will be added as the projects are completed. The garden already has a number of large pine trees which offer welcome shade and we now have our own Boule pitch. It is only two years since the house was featured on the front page of Beautiful Homes magazine and I am sure we will exceed this standard for next season. We are obviously disappointed with the review but it has spurred us on to raise our standards even higher.
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From the Owner

Having started in Provence and finding it too touristy we moved to the next department of Languedoc which has all the charm but is still very French. The area is dominated by the Canal du Midi and the vast vineyards. It is less crowded than its neighbour and eating out is a pleasure both in terms of quality and price. Menus are also incredibly varied. It is a fantastic are to tour with less traffic but many interesting places from the world famous Carcassonne to a fabulous local artists village of Someil nestling on the banks of the Midi. Beaches are just 20 minutes drive away.

Activity and Interests


There are many lovely beaches the nearest is approx 25 mins away. Narbonne Plage is a huge expanse of sand stretching for miles whilst there are a number of smaller more secluded beaches within easy reach.


There are three airport, Beziers,Perpignan,Carcassone which are all within 45 mins away from the property. Montpellier is a little more.


Narbonne 10 Mins

Carcassone 40 Mins

Perpignan 45 Mins

Montpellier 1 Hour

Further Details:

Intermarche 5 Mins by car

Aldi and Bank 2 Mins by Car

Casino 8 Mins

Bakery 5 Mins Walk

Canal du Midi 10 minutes by car

Many restaurants with 10 mins by car and the local restaurant is a 10 minute walk.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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From the Owner

Whilst the property is on the edge of the village and just 5 minutes walk to the local bakery it is totally private as the aspect is over vineyards towards the river Aude. The grounds of around 1 hectare are totally secure with many large trees offering shade and a lovely heated pool positioned in a secluded area close to the house and surrounded by lavender and an ancient olive tree. Supermarkets are within a few minutes drive and you can walk or cycle from the property to many local beauty spots and even take a dip in the mountain fed river Cesse.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


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


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


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • river
  • village


  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • All are beautifully appointed Bathrooms Bathroom 1 Bathroom 2 Bathroom 3 Bathroom 4


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Maximum of 10 Plus a Cott Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Original French Double Bed Bedroom 2 Super King with Tempur Mattress/ Bathroom on Suit Bedroom 3 Original French Double Bed Bedroom 4 Twin Single Beds Bedroom 5 Twin Single Beds


  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: The Property has a very large, secure garden of around 1 hectare with many very mature trees including two huge plane trees guarding the entrance to the grounds which are home to owls and hoopoe birds plus many others. Eagles from the Pyrenees can often be seen from here. Large terraces with a Gas BBQ, Dining Tables and Chairs. Sun Loungers and Lounge Chairs are spread around ensuring that there is plenty of space for everyone and there is a hammock slung between two of the trees for that snooze after lunch. The pool which can be heated out of the season is 10 metres by 5 metres with a roman end which has steps leading to the shallow part of the pool - ideal for very young ones. There is also a safety ledge all around the pool. The pool enjoys sun for most of the day and there is always sun in one part of the garden or another almost until sunset. For children there is plenty of room to run around in the shade of the trees and there is now a professionally built Boules / Petanque court. . Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen, Bathroom Towels and Pool Towel are included. Please Bring your own Beach Towels Other: Ipod Do

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