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Spacious Villa Near Carcassonne With Large Gardens, Private Pool, Fabulous Views

People10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Space 21,527 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Villa at La Peyre Blanque, near Carcassonne, Aude, France - Set In A Peaceful Rural Location Yet Only 30 Minutes From Carcassonne

Villa Toto is set in a tiny hameau, there are only five other houses and the road doesn't lead anywhere, so it's rare to see a passing car - and the drivers always wave! It has five double bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large L-shaped lounge and a fully equipped kitchen. There is room for ten to dine in comfort both inside and out, and the terraced gardens lead down to the large pool which has a fence to keep little ones safe. There are plenty of loungers and chairs, and the west garden is shady in the afternoons if you need to stay cool. The well-maintained gardens extend to almost an acre, and are planted with lawns, herbs and trees. There is a rose garden next to the pergola which bursts with colour and fragrance in the summer months. To keep everything looking its best all the gardens are automatically watered with recycled rainwater every night. Part of the parking area can be used as a boules court - and you'll find the boules provided along with a full size croquet set for fun on the lawns. Although rural in location, Villa Toto is just a ten minute drive to everyday shopping and is half an hour from Carcassonne. A twenty minute drive takes you to either Limoux or Mirepoix and the property is located in the fascinating Razès area of the Aude. The views from the garden are spectacular - to the south the Pyrenees, and to the north lie the Black mountains. The Mediterranean beaches are under an hour's drive to the east and the Pyrenees about the same to the south. If you search for Villa Toto on the web you'll find our own website - villatoto.com - with much more detail and lots of links to local activities and places of interest.

When children arrive at Villa Toto, they'll find a teddy bear tucked up in their bed to greet them and make them feel at home straight away. The bears assemble in North Buckinghamshire (our English home) in the early spring and pack themselves into a suitcase for their journey to France. We're not quite sure what they get up to when we're not there, but they have made a few short films for children who want to know about their holiday home and what there is to do at Villa Toto - you'll find one in the video section and more on our own website.

We think it's a nice idea for our younger guests to have a small furry surprise when they see their holiday bedroom for the first time - but it's up to you. Whichever way, the bears will expect to go home with their new owners.........

More Details

Owner
Mr & Mrs Ross
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
15 November, 2017

About Mr & Mrs Ross

When we're not in France relaxing at our lovely villa, we live and work in north Buckinghamshire with, from time to time, an assorted collection of children and stepchildren and an abbyssinian cat - Morag - whose shape bears a passing resemblance to a butternut squash.

Mr & Mrs Ross purchased this villa in 2010

Why Mr & Mrs Ross chose Hounoux

Having visited Carcassonne for the first time some ten years ago and fallen hopelessly in love with it, when the opportunity arrived to buy a house in France it just had to be in this wonderful area of the Aude. While Carcassonne and its magical medieval castle is an easy half hours drive away, Villa Toto itself is in a tiny hameau in an area of unspoilt peace and tranquility with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. The house needed total renovation, and we have had a happy time turning it into the perfect holiday home. It is beautiful throughout the seasons - surrounded by soft greens of the vines in the spring, fabulous fields of yellow sunflowers in the summer, rich browns and oranges of the vineyards in the autumn and spectacular snow-covered mountains in winter.

What makes this villa unique

As the property has only just finished being renovated, everything is brand new and has been designed for the sole purpose of creating an idyllic place to relax. A few steps from the kitchen/dining room take you to the table under the pergola where honeysuckle and trumpet vines provide you with shade. There you can sit with a glass of the local wine and gaze out over the pool and beyond to the rolling hills of the beautiful countryside and gently think about what you might want to do - or not do - tomorrow.

Villa Toto is so easy to get to as it's only 30 minutes from Carcassonne airport and the car hire deals are excellent, even in the summer. The Mediterranean sea is about an hour away, but there are fabulous sandy beaches at inland lakes just a few miles away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved this luxury villa set in the tranquility of the French countryside .It nestles in a remote hamlet of only a few other buildings and provides a perfect escape with magnificent views for miles around. The pool and gardens are great.The villa is well maintained by the owners friend who lives nearby and is easily contactable.



The only slight downside is that local shops are a fifteen minute drive away but that's a price worth paying.There are delightful towns nearby. We visited local lakes for swimming and water sports.
Aug 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Hounoux in Aude

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 21527 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , and a balcony......
  • There are three bathrooms: one with bath (and a balcony!), one with large shower, and one with standard shower. All have WC's and washbasins, and beautifully tiled walls and floors in top condition, having been renovated in 2011.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , bunk beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - King size double bed. Bedroom 2 - King size double bed. Bedroom 3 - Standard double bed. Bedroom 4 - Twin beds. Bedroom 5 - Bunk beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Tiled floors throughout the property keep the villa cool. There are shutters on all the windows, and Parisienne tilting shutters on the south facing bedrooms keep these rooms cool whilst allowing in light and air. The lightwell above the stairs with its remotely controlled Velux window and blind floods the stairwell and landing with natural light. The house is set in large and well maintained gardens, terraced down to the pool on the south side, whilst several mature trees (including a very productive cherry) provide shade in the west garden. An extensive gravel area provides parking space and also forms a boule court - boules provided! There is WiFi throughout the property, iPod player and radio in the kitchen, books and games for all ages in the lounge - including French Monopoly! Both the lounge and dining room have woodburning stoves for winter evenings and the new double glazed windows help keep the house cool in summer and warm in the winter. This is a non smoking property. Outside: French doors lead you from the dining room to the terrace where a table and ten cushioned chairs are shaded by the pergola. There is a barbecue, and a variety of herbs are to be found growing close by. To the side of the pergola, there is a rose garden and, after dark, the pergola is illuminated with soft lighting. The terrace overlooks the Roman-ended 10x4m private swimming pool which, to keep the little people safe, is surrounded by a security fence. The pool has a fully automatic system which uses the latest UV treatment, so there are no sore eyes or chemical smells. The pool is regularly checked to make sure that all is working properly. There is a large gravel area for parking part of which also serves as a Boules court - and we've provided the boules for you. The gardens are planted with lawns, shrubs and trees, and an automatic watering system using collected rainwater keeps everything looking its best for you. There's a full size croquet set if you fancy some competitive fun. Utility Room: Ironing board, iron, washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen and duvets are provided, as are all towels - including pool towels and tea towels. The villa is cleaned and linen changed at all changeovers - and additional cleaning and linen can be arranged if required at extra cost. Other: The bright and airy dining room is on a split level down from the kitchen, with french doors leading out to the terraces and pool. Under the pergola there is a large table and ten comfortable chairs. A wood burning stove keeps the room warm in winter.

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Spacious Villa Near Carcassonne With Large Gardens, Private Pool, Fabulous Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
5

Highly recommended destination for a relaxing holiday in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Villa Toto is a wonderful base for visiting this part of France. It is comfortable and very well-equipped. The pool, barbecue and outdoor dining are perfect for when the sun shines but even the odd rainy day didn't bother us because it was great to curl up with a book or catch up on some TV! The welcome pack on arrival was a godsend, given that we'd somehow managed to miss all the supermarkets on our drive. There was plenty there (meats, cheeses, bread, fruit, milk, fruit juice and wine) to provide us with a substantial meal on the first evening so that we were able to unpack and relax and leave the shopping for the next day. I should also mention that all bedding, towels and even toiletry packs were supplied which has certainly not been the case at many other places we have stayed. The villa is quite remote with wonderful views, so perfect for a relaxing break. The closest small town/village is about 10-15mins drive and has a great boulangerie, boucherie/charcuterie and a small but well-stocked supermarket. There are lots of places to visit in the area, from small, mountain-top villages to bustling towns to the spectacular Carcassonne. Whichever direction you head out in, the views are breath-taking. We often just stopped the car so that we could take it all in. I would have happily stayed for longer!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted to have such a glowing review - and whilst we can't take the credit for the beautiful area of France that Villa Toto is located in we take great pride in the fact that all our guests have such a happy relaxing time and find everything they need at the villa.
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5

Quiet place for vacations

  • 5 of 5

The house is located in a very quiet place. Rooms distribution is great for 2 families. We were 9 persons (4 adults and 5 kids) and there is enough space for all of us in a confortable manner. The swimming pool is great and large enough to enjoy a lot.

Property is clean and well maintained, Mr & Mss Ross provide very good customer services with WIFI, and they take care about their guest . 2 wine bottles ready when we arrived and some foods in the fridge to have a good vacation start.

The house is located in a great region with Cathar castle close to it (1 hour max to drive).

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guillaume and Sandra Line Thank you for your wonderful review of the villa. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much, and it is a credit to the area, the facilities at the villa and our super turn round/cleaning crew. We're so pleased all our reviews have given us five stars - it must mean we're doing everything right!
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5

Lovely villa in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a wonderful week at Villa Toto in July 2017. The villa is tastefully decorated and very comfortable, with all mod cons. There was plenty of room for our three generations (6 adults and two small children). We loved being in such a peaceful location in the middle of the beautiful southern France countryside, surrounded by wheat and sunflower fields. Carcassonne is about 20 minutes away and a "must-visit" location. This is a great base to explore, or just to relax around the pool. Definitely recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our aim when we renovated the house was to create a place that functions like your own home, but set amidst the tranquility of the sunflowers and vineyards of southern France. We are very happy to have achieved this for our guests.
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5

Happy family memories are made here!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you open the front door until the moment you leave you feel the relaxing welcome that is Villa Toto!

Amazing yummy food and drink pack waiting.

Toiletry pack for all the grown ups.

Teddy on each child's bed which made them feel special and immediately at home.

Space and enough for 3 generations of the family to spread or party.

Lovely villa, gardens and pool made for a great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A relaxing welcome is always the start of a great holiday and we're pleased it worked. Really glad the bears were a hit too! Martyn & Carolyn
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5

Villa toto

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better location .the property was very well equipped .all we had to do was buy food wine etc and what a love ly touch .the owners left milk bread ham and a couple bottles of wine hope to return in the future

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to know that Villa Toto is what we intended - a wonderful holiday home which all our guests enjoy,
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5

Excellent Villa, great facilities.

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 10 (2 families with kids ranging from 7 to 16). The Villa was excellent with great facilities and in a really beautiful part of France. The area is not too touristy so you can hide away or head off and explore many of the great local sites. The owners provide a good level of information about local area to get you orientated and a bunch of helpful guide books. The pool is great with kids. The house was clean and tidy, furnished well but not cluttered. There was seating for 10 in the dining area inside which was a major point for us when looking for a villa. Lots of places can sleep ten but very few providing seating for ten so you can eat together.....and when in France surrounded but such great food, enjoying sitting down together was really important.The description of the villa is accurate and small things like having some cheese, bread, lunch meats and fruit available when we arrived was very thoughtful and took the stress out of having to head out and find somewhere after arriving late. Great Holiday and if back in this area would definitely book it again.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having rented holiday homes ourselves for a number of years, and encountering tight, cluttered spaces, we know how important it is for everyone to have room to relax, eat together - and be able to find a quiet corner to read a book if they want to. Villa Toto has gardens on all sides, so there is always the choice of sun or shade, and being with everyone else, or finding peaceful solitude with a glass of something lovely. We're so glad our guests agree.
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Location

Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Le Vieux Chene, Maserolles
Nearest Ferry
350 Miles
Bilboa (Spain)
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Bram
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
Autouroute de Deux Mers - D 61
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Maserolles
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Formigueres
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Carcassonne Plage
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

It's about an hour's drive to the blue flag Mediterranean beaches of Narbonne Plage, Gruissan-chalets plage and St. Pierre de Mer. Our favourite, Tamarissiere, is a little further on, not far from the picturesque old port of Marseillan - home to Noilly Prat. Closer to home, just outside Carcassonne to the east lies Lac du Cavayere. Beautifully landscaped with crystal clear water and pretty pebbled beaches, this lake provides safe freshwater swimming, canoeing and other water sports.

Travel:

A number of budget airlines fly to Carcassonne (30 minute drive); Beziers (1 hour's drive) and Toulouse (90 minutes drive). All these airports have car hire facilities.

If you are driving down the autoroutes you'll find they are usually easy motoring as they are far less busy than motorways in the UK. Carcassone is 9 - 10 hours from the French channel ports. Villa Toto is 20 minutes from the Bram junction on the A61.

Distances:

Belvèze du Razès, with its shops, bar, bank, chemist, boulangerie and summer restaurant is 8 kilometres away, while the larger towns of Limoux and Mirepoix with their colourful markets and wide selection of restaurants, bars and shops are just a little further away. Carcassonne itself with its stunning medieval castle - a world heritage site - its cosmopolitan shops and restaurants and colourful squares is an easy 27 kilometres away.

Further Details:

The Aude region in the Languedoc is one of the most unspoilt regions in France. Set amidst vineyards and fields of sunflowers, the tiny Hameau of Peyre Blanque is in the centre of the Razès - a wonderful area with many villages built in the medieval circulade design.

The winemaking estate of Domaine Gayda is close by at Brugairolles and is worth a visit with its wonderful restaurant (offering an affordable menu at lunchtime), its wine-tasting courses and its breathtaking view of the Pyrenees.

Mirepoix is a 15th century medieval bastide town with a wonderful central square, Place des Couverts. It is surrounded by fabulous timber-framed medieval houses which form broad covered walkways sheltering the many shops, restaurants and bars.

Limoux, famed for its sparkling blanquette wine, straddles the river Aude. Its wide central square, Place de la Republique, buzzes with activity, especially during the markets which are held on Fridays, and, during July and August, on Tuesday evenings.

Carcassone is the largest town in the area and boasts many attractions with bars and restaurants to suit every pocket and taste. Famed for its spectacular medieval walled city (complete with jousting knights in the summer) Carcassonne also has a great deal more to offer the visitor. The music festival in July attracts world class performers, and La Bastide festival provides free concerts and a breathtaking firework display on Bastille day. The Canal du Midi runs through Carcassonne and is a relaxing way of exploring the region. Boats can be hired in Carcassonne by the hour, or for a day or longer, and the towpath provides easy walking or cycling.

The history of the area is defined by association with the Cathar movement, the legacy of which can be found in the wealth of castles scattered across the countryside. Although 'La Cité' in Carcassone is the best preserved, Montsegur, Queribus, Peyrepertuse and Puilaurens are also spectacular Cathar castles worth a visit.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Hounoux, Aude

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
winter
15 Oct 2017 - 7 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£830
for 7 nights
£830
 
 
Spring
8 Apr 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,040
for 7 nights
£1,040
 
 
Early Summer
3 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,110
for 7 nights
£1,110
 
 
High Summer
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,050
for 7 nights
£2,050
 
 
Autumn
2 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,140
for 7 nights
£1,140
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 30% is required to secure the booking. Full payment is required, together with a security deposit of £250, eight weeks before commencement of the holiday. The security deposit is held against damage and/or extra cleaning costs and will be refunded within 14 days of the end of the rental period.

Changeover Day:
Although Saturday is the most popular changeover day, where possible we are more than happy to accommodate an alternative day to suit your own special requirements. Time of arrival is after 4.00pm and departure by 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
Prices for the property are per week in UK pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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