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Large House nr Carcassonne. Private pool 11x5ms, copse, garden, secure garage.

Overview

Property

Updated: 08-Dec-2016
House in Pennautier, Nr. Carcassonne, Aude, France, a 5-10 mn walk to good village shops, bar & good restaurant, fine view to the Pyrenees. Catering on offer.

Le Domaine du Colombier is situated on the edge of the village of Pennautier, two or three miles from Carcassonne. Its walled gardens are not overlooked. You have a copse of conifers and bamboo in one corner of which is the large swimming-pool 11x5 ms. The house has bags of space inside and out – ideal for children. While you will enjoy your privacy, Le Domaine is only a 5-minute walk to the village shops, baker, butcher, general store, bar etc. and a good restaurant near the river. Visitors with children tell us that easy access to village shops has been a convenience for them.

You enter by metal gates into the courtyard with flower-beds on all sides. To your left is the large garage, which can take two cars, perhaps three. To your right is your front door.

Ground floor. As you enter the house, your main living-room is on your right. It has comfortable seating, many books in English, DVD player with DVDs, a television receiving UK programmes. Le Domaine has wi-fi.

Ahead of you at the front door is the downstairs wc by its lobby.

To your left is the large kitchen, very well equipped. There is an electric oven and hob, a dish-washer, fridge and all the necessary utensils: toaster, microwave, kettle etc. There is a washing-machine and a second fridge/freezer in the scullery. The kitchen is large enough to accommodate the dining-table which seats ten people with ease. It is by a window looking over the courtyard. This makes it very easy to serve meals to your family and friends. I should add that Deirdre who looks after the house for us is a qualified chef and has offered to prepare, serve and clear away one or more meals for our visitors.

You walk from the kitchen into the south-facing sun-room which runs the width of the house. Scarcely a proper living-room, it is nice for relaxing so close to the garden. At the end of the sun-room is the scullery with second fridge and washing-machine.

The first floor. Stairs take you up from the hallway to the landing. On your right is one of the double bedrooms. This is the largest of them. It has a walk-in closet. On the left of the landing is the corridor from which you enter the three twin bedrooms. Two of them look over the courtyard; from the third you have a lovely view over the garden and the village to the Corbières hills.

Ahead of you on the landing is the second double bedroom. This room has en suite bath, shower and basin. From the landing you enter the main bathroom with wc, bath, shower cabinet and double wash-hand basins. There is also a separate wc on this floor with a shower cabinet.

All the bedrooms are well equipped with wardrobe and drawer space. They are all quite large rooms, especially the two doubles.

Outside. Porte-fenêtres take you out from the sunroom onto the outside dining terrace which overlooks the garden below. From here you have a view towards the Corbières hills. There is a nice large table for ten people and seating for sitting out in the sun. The terrace is part-shaded by a mimosa tree. There is a built-in barbecue beneath the terrace.

Steps take you down to the long walled garden which has a variety of shrubs, bushes and trees. It has a double swing. A boltable gate leads from the garden to the copse of conifers and bamboo. From here, there are fine views to the distant Pyrenees. There is a gazebo in the copse which children use to play ‘shops’.

In one corner of the copse is the large swimming-pool 11x5ms. It has a paddling area, 3x3ms, as an extension to the main pool. The paddling area is easily supervised. The broad patio will be decked with the usual tables, chairs, loungers, hammock, swing…… It is entered through a child-proof gate which, in addition to the boltable gate already mentioned, renders it safe for children.

Pennautier has a museum and theatre and is famed for its medieval troubadours. It lies above the river Fresquel. You could live off the village shops. There is a bus service into Carcassonne 3 miles away. Carcassonne is a 'must-see' with its battlements, moat and basilica, the largest medieval fortified city in Europe. The autoroute and airport are 3-4 miles away, but planes cause you no disturbance. The autoroute takes you quickly to the coastal resorts, Gruissan and Narbonne Place, or to Toulouse in the other direction. The beautiful Canal du Midi is about 3 miles away, with boat trips available. Good shopping in Carcassonne, and plenty for young people to do and see. We can send you more information on request.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My wife, Alexis, and I have a background working in the social services. She is Edinburgh-born while I was brought up in Featherstone, a mining town in the West Riding. I have worked and lived in Scotland for well over half my life. We now live in Glasgow. We let our first house near Perpignan in 1989 (now for sale). We expanded the business over the years and now let three houses near Carcassonne and one to the south at Lapradelle. I am retired while Alexis heads the national enquiry into the sexual abuse of children in England and Wales.

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1 Reviews

1 holidaymaker review

4

A Very Comfortable Holiday Home

  • 4 of 5

Our three grandsons (5,8,10) screamed with delight when we arrived at Le Domaine du Colombier after the drive across the country from Avignon. The shouts continued as they explored this rambling old country house, discovering hidden delights, and immediately moving into a game of hide and seek. The parents and grandparents were a bit more subdued as they came to terms with the old house and its low doorways and thick and much decorated walls, but we all came to be very fond of this place and had a fabulous two weeks here in late September.

There was heaps of room for the nine of us, with each having the ability to join the group in the big old country kitchen or outside on the balcony, or spend time by themselves in one of the many nooks and crannies. The two double bedrooms are huge, and there is also plenty of room in each of the three twin rooms. All bedrooms are very well furnished with a wardrobe and a chest of drawers in each, so we could avoid living out of our suitcases. The lounge / TV room is also spacious, and the ‘sun room’ also provided a comfortable recess. The two outside areas provide another alternative on fine days (we were lucky and had almost nothing but). The presence of three bathrooms and toilets also meant that no one had to wait to use them.

The kitchen is very well equipped, and we were able to whip up many delightful meals, eaten at the big table on the terrace if the weather permitted, or in the country kitchen. Having the second fridge / freezer for drinks etc was a great bonus. While the weather was fine, we didn’t use the pool much, as it was a bit cool for we wussy Aussies. Perhaps that was also attributable to the fact that the pool is in an out-of-the-way corner, and we didn’t want the kids swimming there unsupervised.

There were a couple of minor issues that should be mentioned :

• The beds in the two double bedroom are not as comfortable as they might be, and this combined with the fact that these rooms are right above the road, led to a few uncomfortable nights.

• The small TV and dodgy satellite reception meant that watching RWC games wasn’t as exciting as it may have been.

Notwithstanding these little issues, we would strongly recommend Columbier as a great place to spend a holiday, and explore the fabulous surrounding region.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your generous review. We are delighted that you and your family had such a good time at Le Domaine. Over the winter we shall resolve the point you raised about the two mattresses. As for the television, there are now many parts of France where you can't receive UK programmes at all because of the re-alignment of satellites, so you were in luck there. Do visitors want a really large-screen TV, I wonder? Sorry about the outcome of the tournament, by the way. Dismal for the northern hemisphere! Summer 2016. A modern TV has been installed. Mattresses have been changed and toppers provided. All visitors since these changes have been very satisfied. A fixed barbecue has been installed. New staff employed. Catering on site is now available for large groups. Chris Jay.
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Location

From the Owner

We chose Pennautier because of its proximity to Carcassonne (and its fierce independence from it!). It is a house-proud village, very conscious of its historic origins and its legacy from the past. It is conveniently located for the airport and the autoroute. It has sufficient shops to enable you to live off the village, but the big supermarkets are not far away. The house has gardens and a copse which are not overlooked. While you enjoy your privacy and your exclusive pool, you are only an easy 5-minute walk to the village butcher, baker, bar, general store, other shops and a good restaurant by the river Fresnel. Thus you get the best of both worlds. There's lots if space in the house and outside which makes it ideal for children. The huge secure garage is a bonus too.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 6 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Pennautier at 0.25 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Carcassonne at 6 Kilometres Nearest Train : Carcassonne at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Carcassonne at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Pennautier at 0.25 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Carbone Plage autoroute at 70 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

From the autoroute access 3 miles away, it is a quick 40-mile motorway drive to beyond Narbonne whence there is a country road (9 miles) down to the resorts of Narbonne Plage and Gruissan. Narbonne Plage is unpretentious and undemanding. Gruissan is more scenic with its castle, marina and many houses built on stilts near the sea. Beaches are generally sandy and safe. At the main resorts they are often supervised.

Travel:

Carcassonne airport is 3-4 miles away, served by Ryanair. You are not near the flightpath and the few daily flights will not cause you disturbance. Otherwise it is used by small light aircraft - not a problem. Other airports include Toulouse Blagnac and Barcelona, both near motorways. Apart from Carcassonne, Ryanair fly to Montpellier, Beziers, Perpignan and Girona - but do check. There is a bus service from Carcassonne airport into Carcassonne and from Carcassonne to Pennautier.

Distances:

There is a bus service from Pennautier into Carcassonne 2-3 miles away. The 'old' Cite is a 'must see' with its battlements, ramparts, basilica, moat - a ready-made film set. There are good restaurants in both parts of Carcassonne. The 'new' town has good shops, museums, art galleries, markets and bustling squares. There are boat trips along the Canal du Midi from Carcassonne. Otherwise it is pleasant to walk or cycle along the tow-path. There are many lovely villages in all directions.

Further Details:

Le Domaine is a 5-minute walk from the village shops which include a baker, butcher, bar, pizza carry-out, general store. You could live off the village shops. Groups with young children tell us that proximity to the shops has been a great convenience for them. There are always shows in the village theatre and an inter-commune piano festival in August. The old part of the village stands around a low hill, topped by the parish church. Internet access is available at the foot of the lane by Le Domaine. Your nearest supermarket is Leclerc on the way to Carcassonne, perhaps a mile away. There is a cash machine at Leclerc. The Chateau de Pennautier is impressive. Wedding receptions are often held there. Associated with the Chateau is the restaurant not far from the river Fresquel. A renovated barn, the restaurant is good middle-range quality. The Pennautier wine is very good for the price. Keep an eye out for the 'vide-greniers' or jumble sales which are held in all the villages from time to time. There is a good Monday market at Mirepoix. The main tourist office is in the 'new town' of Carcassonne where you will find the banks and other commercial and civic agencies. Boat trips on the Canal du Midi are available from Bram, Carcassonne and Trebes. It is possible to hire a boat for your personal use on the Canal which makes a delightful day out, but you should research this before your holiday since such small companies can be quite impermanent. A Scottish friend nearby has offered to introduce our visitors to the lovely golf course at Carcassonne, where there is a good restaurant attached. There is high-standard inter-commune piano festival in July/August.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
5 Nov 2016 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
May
6 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
June
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
High
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 7 nights
£1,800
 
 
September
26 Aug 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
October
7 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Low
4 Nov 2017 - 4 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit is payable on booking, either by sterling cheque or by bank transfer. The balance is payable six weeks before your holiday - or earlier. We send you copious notes about how things work in the house. Apart from directions, the contents are mainly for reference. At present, we do not ask for a damage deposit, trusting you to look after the house as if it were your own. Please respect this.

Changeover Day:
Our change-over day is normally Saturday. We can be flexible about this 'off-season'. We ask you to arrive after 4.00 pm on your first day and leave by 10.00 am on your last. Again we can negotiate some flexibility.

Notes on prices:
There is a £50 supplement for a single-week booking. An extra £50pw charge will be made if you want the swimming-pool to be open in May or October when it is normally closed. Any week is charged by reference to the month in which its first day falls. We may need to negotiate partial coverage of heating costs in the cooler months. The central heating boiler is oil-fired.

Deposit payable on reservation. Balance six weeks before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Whether unique or not, what you are looking for are the qualities which make Le Domaine an ideal holiday location. Certainly, it has attracted its own fan club, with groups returning to it for their next holiday. At present, Deirdre who looks after the house is a qualified chef. She has offered to prepare, serve and clear away a meal for our visitors by negotiation. Le Domaine is a very practical place for a holiday, comfortable and convenient. The autoroute takes you quickly to Gruissan and other seaside resorts, or to Toulouse for a day-out in the big city. Carcassonne is one of the most majestic sights in France with plenty of interest and activities for children. And only a mile or two away is the Canal du Midi where you can stroll or cycle along the tow-path - or take a boat trip from Bram or Carcassonne. How else can I define perfection?

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The en-suite bathroom with bath, shower & basin is attached to one of the double bedrooms. The main bathroom on the 1st floor has a bath, wc, twin basins & shower. On that floor, there is another shower, wc & basin. On the ground floor, one wc & basin.

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One double bedroom has en suite bath, shower & basin. Another double has a king-size bed & a large walk-in wardrobe. Three twin bedrooms with single beds (no bunks/sofa beds). Ample wardrobe & drawer space. A child's safety gate at the top of the stairs.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Standards of decor, furnishing, equipment and overall comfort are high throughout. We trust our visitors to look after the property as we try to look after them. Outside: You enter through metal gates into the wide elegant courtyard with flower-beds on either side and a table & chairs. Porte-fenetres lead out from the 'sun room' to the south-facing dining terrace which overlooks the large quiet walled garden and barbecue. The garden contains various shrubs and bushes and offers plenty of space for children's play. There is a double swing. A boltable gate leads into the copse of conifers from which there is a fine view towards the Pyrenees. There is a gazebo in the copse, often used by children for playing 'shops'. At one corner of the copse is the private swimming-pool, exclusive to you. 11x5ms, it has an extended paddling area 3x3ms. Surrounded by lavenders, oleanders and other bushes, its broad patio is fenced for security with a child-proof entrance and plenty of loungers, tables, chairs, a hammock, swing etc. The copse is safe for children's play. The large lockable garage can take at least two cars and is situated to the left of the courtyard. Utility Room: The scullery contains the washing-machine and second large fridge, second sink and drainer, and the central heating boiler. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: For each person, towels & one full set of bedlinen are provided, but bring your own cot sheets & towels for sun-bathing or the beach. English neighbours will clean the house before & after your stay. You may negotiate and cover an interim clean with them.

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