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Delightful home With Private Pool And Enclosed Garden In Lovely Village Location

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday Home in Montolieu, Languedoc Roussillion, South of France - Near Carcassonne And Beautiful Family Friendly Lakeside Beaches

This lovely house with a private pool (8.5x 3.5m) (open June - September) and pretty lawned gardens is set in the heart of a delightful village. It has a double bedroom en-suite and two twin rooms sharing a family bathroom. Upstairs is a lovely double and a separate large bathroom. French doors lead from the L shaped lounge and from the dining room onto the well appointed deck and terrace with BBQ. The décor is fresh and airy throughout with wooden and tiled floors, a new kitchen and light oak furniture. The price stated for either 6 - 8 people includes bed linen, bath towels and cleaning. The area has so much to offer, Carcassonne with its beautiful UNESCO citadel, walking around and swimming in the mountain lakes, Cathar castles, ancient villages, vineyards, lively markets, delicious food, forest and animal parks, mountain sports and walking, fascinating cities and sandy sun-drenched beaches- this area will enchant visitors of all ages and interests. You can also find us on rent in france. Please note: THERE IS NO SMOKING PERMITTED IN THE HOUSE - THANK YOU.

Stephen Lee
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Stephen Lee

Our property is also on rent in france. We are a family with 2 children who have been looking for a holiday home in France on and off for 15 years! We previously owned a home in the Dordogne but found it limited in activities out of season and we were keen to find a place which has access to both the sea and ski, whilst being close to interesting cities with plenty of activities for the children and cultural interests too! We have stayed in many gites/villas over the years and have poured those experiences into making this the holiday home that we would choose. The house itself was in a poor state of repair when purchased and has been extensively renovated inside and out to provide a comfortable and airy environment inside, and a wonderfully relaxing environment outside.

Stephen Lee purchased this house in 2010

Why Stephen Lee chose Montolieu

Once you visit this village we hope that you will understand why we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it. Not only is Montolieu stunning but with its book shops, museums and art galleries it is also a cultural delight. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with its flowing rivers. Mystical ruins rise from the early morning mists to stand watch over the many ancient villages. Fresh water lakes and their beaches offer the traveller an opportunity to cool off amid their excursions and the wonderful markets and vinyards ensure refreshment is never far away! For the young at heart there are the animal parks, inflatable water parks, caves and highwires. All this means that you are never very far from experiencing some of the delights that this beautiful region of France has to offer. You can also find us on rent in france.

What makes this house unique

Most of us have heard the expression location! location! location! well we think we have it. The house, the pool, the village, the area and their accessabilty were all key factors when buying the property. Carcassonne airport (salvasa) is only 20 mins away. The excellent motorway routes of this area mean that the med is less than an hour away, the pyrenees are only 90 mins away, Barcelona is only 3 hours and the north of France (St Malo/Caen) can be reached in approx 8 hours drive time! In addition to this there are further airports at Toulouse (60mins) and Perpignan (90mins).

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Great location in a French village that retains all the charm that you would hope for"..."Daily morning strolls for croissants and bread were enjoyed by the kids while the parents enjoyed the afternoon stroll to get the fantastic local red and rose wine available at an unbelievable 1E a litre!" "This is a great house which has been tastefully renovated to a really high spec. Its modern and comfortable, yet retains its original French charm." McTaggart family Isle of Lewis.

"Everything you need is within a short stroll along charming flower-filled streets, with several options to eat out"...Had a fantastic time and will definitely be returning. Halliwell Family, Cheltenham.

A beautiful typically French house with lots of space for a whole family to sleep very comfortably. The kitchen is very well equipped. The garden is perfect with a family sized pool, and space for children to play in. We will definitely stay here again we really enjoyed our stay. Jodi & Luther, Cheltenham.
Oct 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Montolieu in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • lake
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • town
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, sink and WC. En-suite shower room with walk-in shower, WC and sink. First floor bathroom with bath, walk-in shower sink and WC.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (1st floor) king size bed and separate bathroom. Bedroom 2 (ground floor) double bed and en-suite. Bedroom 3 (ground floor) has twin beds and shares a bathroom with Bedroom 4 (ground floor) twin beds (children's room only). Cot available.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: The house is a bright, light and spacious property which has been recently renovated to a lovely standard. Tiled and wooden floors throughout, oak furniture and 3 fresh new bathrooms and kitchen. There is ample storage and hanging space for up to 8 guests. (Max 6 adults+2 children) Outside: The relaxing pool area is bordered by Mediterranean shrubbery and is terraced. The pool is a great size for the accommodation (8.5m x 3.5m) with steps in from the shallow end (1.0-1.7m) for less confident swimmers or just for relaxing in the sun! For your comfort and security it is alarmed. The detached house with enclosed gated parking and garden is surrounded by shrubs and lawn to three sides and pretty trees for shade (including a mulberry tree and a Sharon fruit tree). The property has been carefully laid out to offer both shady and sunny areas throughout the day, with a large decking and tiled area to the front accessible from the two sets of French doors and the kitchen, large BBQ for those lazy lunches. There is a large outdoor table (seats 8) and 8 chairs as well as a bistro set. Four sun loungers and two deck chairs are provided for your poolside relaxation. Boules set for those who really want to experience France! No large steps or drops so suitable for young children. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: For guests' ease, bath towels (not for the pool/beach), and linen provided. We kindly ask our guests to leave the property in the state in which it is offered to them. Other: The dining room has an oak table seating up to 8 guests with French doors on to the decking and terrace. Ample crockery and glassware provided. Enjoy alfresco dining (outdoor wooden table & seating for 8 )with BBQ on the relaxing decking area.


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Delightful home With Private Pool And Enclosed Garden In Lovely Village Location
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  • 4 of 5

Thankyou Steve for sharing your beautiful villa with us. We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend Montolieu and villa.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Wendy, hopefully you'll visit again sometime soon. Steve
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Second visit and third visit booked !

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in Steve and family’s lovely house. It is just such a great space for a family break.

It is a short easy drive from Carcassone airport, located in a lovely village with a great bakery a few places to eat, a village shop with a good selection of groceries and a post office. Supermarket is a 15 min drive.

This time we visited the Goya Museum at Castres which was great and the space museum at Toulouse which all the family enjoyed. Already plotting this years trips - the house is a great base for further exploration.

The house itself is great. Well stocked with kitchen ware and books and games. Some English speaking tv channels and the pool is fantastic and many days have been spent there without venturing outside. Space in the garden for boules too which are also at the house.

As the cold weather continues we are very much looking forward to return to Montolieu.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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C'est Magnifique!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely house, a beautiful village, a great location! So much to see and'll love it!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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good house - perfect location

  • 4 of 5

The house was exactly as described in the beautiful village of Montolieu. The location was excellent for visiting Carcassone. The village itself is extremely pretty and has a great little shop and several restaurants as well as the bookshops and art workshops. The house had all that we needed and the pool was great for a relaxing swim. The barbecue and outdoor eating areas were also great.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful 2 weeks in Montolieu

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely two weeks at Steve's house in Montolieu. We had 2 families staying together eight in total and the house was a perfect size with 4 bedrooms. Having 3 bathrooms was particularly useful!

The house was perfectly equipped and kept cool during a hot summer.

The garden was great with shade always available and the hammock was a big hit for kids and grown ups.

The pool was special. A lovely pool that we used every day and was just brilliant.

The village was a bit special too. So interesting, with the bookshops and art everywhere. Restaurants were great and we discovered a weekly jazz night which was incredible.

The drive is really only big enough for one car and is a bit difficult to get onto. We parked at the top of the road in the village.

Communication with Steve was good throughout and the directions were excellent.

A brilliant holiday, we'd definitely recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alex, Thank you so much for the lovely review, it means so much to us knowing you and your family have enjoyed our property. We'd love for you to visit again sometime soon. Best wishes, Steve and Christine.
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Great House, Village and base to travel from

  • 5 of 5

BOOKING & COMMUNICATION : Steve is a pleasure to deal with. We communicated through email which I prefer and at each stage of the process he has been polite and quick to respond to communications.

TRAVEL TO MONTOLIEU: Very straightforward from Carcassone airport. We hired a car while there which was useful to travel further afield.

THE HOUSE: The house is great. Well laid out, cool which is great to get out of the weather if too hot and well equipped. Lots of books and games there to suit a good age range of kids. There is an internal and external dining area and a door in the kitchen which leads outside which is great for carrying food and drinks to and from the table. There is also a seating area by the lounge which is lovely to sit at in the evening while keeping the kids in earshot once they have come inside/gone to sleep. We did not use the BBQ but it looks great. The pool is an excellent size and alarmed for peace of mind. There are gates also so you can keep that area closed off if you don't want smaller kids to access unsupervised.

THE VILLAGE : Peaceful and quiet with lovely interesting quirky streets to explore. The boulangerie is excellent, the grocery shop is well stocked and there is a post office also. The bar/restaurant in the square lovely for a drink in the evening, watching the locals playing boules and looking at the beautiful church.

Further afield : Supermarkets are within easy distance. We used the Internarche in Alzonne for groceries and car fuel.

Sights: Steve has provided lots of great info in folders at the house and the guest book also provides some ideas. Abbaye de Fointfroide was the highlight for us, the paper mill closer to home was also a really lovely trip (very nice people and fascinating tour), we visited Mirepoix in the evening and had a drink and a crepe in the square and had a great time people watching. We went to the market in Castlenaudry which was great too.

We will recommend this house to friends and family. Although we are always keen to try somewhere new and not return to the same property, this house may prove the exception ! There's lots we did not see or do ( to busy sunbathing by the pool !) so may need to come back again.....and again !

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sue, Thank you for your lovely review. We're delighted that you and your family had such a lovely time in Montolieu. Maybe see you again soon?
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Several in the village
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Several in the village
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
3 lakeside beaches within 25 kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

There are cultural/musical events and exhibitions, along with specialist courses on literature related arts and crafts including calligraphy and paper making offered from time to time in the village. Please contact the Montolieu tourist information office for up to date details- Syndicat D'Iintiative.


Golden beaches of the Med and picturesque fishing villages all accessible. Nearest beach 50 mins. For a lovely day try Leucate beach(60 mins) beautifully clean, safe, easy parking even in high season, then visit the village/port and one of the seafood restaurants on the coast. Stunning lake beaches also at Carcassonne(15 min) (with high wire park), lac des Montagnes(25 mins) clear water and beaches, pine fringed shore, play area, cafe, ideal for kids of all ages and Lac St Ferriol(20 mins).


Our home is really easy to get to by air from Carcassonne airport (only 20 mins) served from many locations by Ryan air, car hire available. Toulouse also an easy one hour drive (reasonable and regular flights from BA and others) Beziers and Perpignan also have good air links.

Driving: good option on excellent French motorways Why not try the over night Brittany Ferries to St Malo/Caen and take an easy drive down. Train passenger; trains go all the way to Carcassonne. Motorail to Narbonne.


The house is in a superb location in a lovely, historic bastide village with all amenities, and even has the first self service organic veg dispenser in France! There are several superb South of France cities to visit for a day out; Carcassonne is a must see UNESCO world site 15 miles away, the elegant cities of Toulouse, Narbonne, Perpignan, Beziers, and even Barcelona are accessible. There are the sun drenched beaches of the med, the foothills of the pyrenees or the beauty that surrounds you!

Further Details:

What to do. We provide a full folder of suggested itineraries at the property including suggested days out designed to be of interest to our guests. As well as the beach and swimming lake itineraries consider a day steeped in the history of the Cathar castles or delight in the vibrant local markets. Sports and walking enthusiasts of all ages are well served too. Please contact owner for more information.

MONTOLIEU the village-The villa with its garden and pool is detached and secluded down a quiet side street yet within a few minutes walk (close enough even for the smallest members of your family!) you will be in the heart of a traditional and lively French village. Montolieu is special, famous for its many (17 at the last count!) second hand and antiquarian bookshops (several with English and foreign books) it is also known for the lovely art galleries, craft activities and lively atmosphere. Wake up in complete peace and then take a few minutes walk through the village to fetch your fresh bread and croissants or take in an early evening glass of vin rose in the village square underneath the shady lime trees whilst the locals play boules. The village is alive even out of season with many festivals and cultural activities as its amenities are (unlike many places), generally open all year round- it really is lovely!

WHERE TO EAT- The village is unusually well served with a great variety of eating places. The bar/cafe and pizzeria (take away or eat in) is popular and in high season enjoy the weekly open air music concert and set menu. The restaurant on the square provides great fresh food, whilst the tea room/restaurant provides reasonable set menu with inventive unpretentious cuisine. (Both welcome and are suitable for children) Or, enjoy the taste of Spain with tapas at the local piano bar/restaurant. Further a field there is a huge variety of places to eat, (several with Michelin stars) and a list is available at the property.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Montolieu, Carcassonne area

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £350

Booking Notes:
30% non refundable deposit on reservation, balance 8 weeks before the start of the holiday. A returnable security deposit of £350 should be sent with the final payment. If preferred, payment can be made in euro.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday with departure times being 10am and arrival times 4pm. However there may be room for flexibility according to bookings-please enquire.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for a max of 6 people + 2 children (under 12) sharing the property per week in UK pounds.
For 8 adults sharing add 30% to displayed prices - (unfortunately we must add this cost to cover additional linen, towels, heating, water and cleaning costs).
Further discounts for longer winter lets available, please enquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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