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



Updated: 15-Oct-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 off the road out of Pennautier towards Aragon. Originally a monastic foundation separate from the village, it has retained its large quiet garden and copse of conifers. Entered by a courtyard with your large secure garage for two cars on the left, the ground floor has two living-rooms and a large well-equipped kitchen, scullery & wc. The first floor has 2 double bedrooms (one with en suite bath & shower), 3 twin bedrooms, large bathroom with bath & shower. Porte-fenetres lead from one of the salons onto the south-facing dining terrace and barbecue, overlooking the private garden, not overlooked. A boltable gate leads to the copse & the fenced swimming pool 11x5ms with paddling area 3x3ms., exclusive to you. Catering may be on offer. Wifi. The television receives UK programmes. Pennautier has a museum & 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.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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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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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


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.


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.


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.


Rental rates

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1 Oct 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
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5 Nov 2016 - 5 May 2017
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6 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
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3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
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1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
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26 Aug 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
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4 Nov 2017 - 4 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
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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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Updated: 15-Oct-2016
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  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

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


  • 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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