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Lovely Village House With Walled Garden In Montlaur, Nr Lagrasse and Carcassonn



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
House in Montlaur, Nr. Carcassonne and Lagrasse, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Located In Centre Of Picturesque Wine Growing Village In Corbieres with private walled garden

L'Ancienne Ecurie is a large village house for up to 8 people newly renovated and very spacious and light. 3 epis (ear of corn) Gites de France rating and 3 star Meubles de Tourisme . Double wooden gates lead via an arch at side of the property to private walled garden, with parking through arch for one car, a large sunny terrace on two levels , surrounded by flowers, and paved roofed area with barbecue. Ground Floor : entrance hall, large dining room with table and chairs for 8 , exposed stone walls , TV corner with woodburner inset stove, leading through door to the converted Stables sun lounge (after which the house is named), ideal for relaxing; the Stables Room opens through sliding patio doors onto a small inner courtyard on one side , with small table and two chairs, flowers and log store, and and onto the large two level terrace on the other. There is a superb very well equipped fitted kitchen with walk-in pantry, a separate laundry room, and downstairs cloakroom. First Floor : Bathroom with spa shower/bath, four double bedrooms (2 with doubles beds and two with twin beds.) Two of these bedrooms (one double and one twin) are interconnecting so suitable for families with young children and have a large en suite shower room and a balcony . The house has free wifi , board games, children's' toys , TV, dvd and cd player.

Montlaur is in the heart of the wine growing region of the Corbieres within easy reach of Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, Cathar castles and Narbonne and the Mediterranean. Ideal for touring, cycling and walking or for immersing yourself in rural French village life. Three bicycles and helmets may be available (free) for guests' use if reserved in advance

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Our own home, L'Ancienne Pharmacie, where we now offer chambres d'hotes, is a few doors down the road towards the centre of the village. We bought it in 2006 as a holiday home for us and our children and grandchildren as we approached retirement. When we had renovated it, we let it initially a gite for a few years but spent increasing periods of time here and fell in love with the village, the lifestyle and the slower pace of life- and of course the wine and the sunshine. Montlaur, despite its size (around 600 permanent residents) is a thriving rural village and a little hub for other villages in the Val Dagne with its small shops, school and rich community life. Our family are all regular visitors and participate in the village festivals, in Montlaur and the surrounding areas.

Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Très beau et agréable séjour à Montlaur et dans le région. Nous avons profité amplement de la maison et de la cour pour nous faire de bonnes bouffes et avoir du plaisir en famille . Village sympathique. Temps magnifique . Nous avons beacoup apprécie l'endroit
Aug 2015
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property for a week in summer 2013. We had a very enjoyable stay. The property had been recently refurbished and the standard was very high. The kitchen and bathrooms were fantastic - and having a toilet on the ground floor was very handy.

The beds were all very comfortable - especially the one our 13 yr old slept in!

Outside the table area was lovely and sunny, and it was useful to be able to park in the courtyard area.

Usually we stay in properties in the country so it was a good change to stay in a village. Peter was a great host, nothing was too much trouble.

He recommended many places to go. We had a great time exploring the local area and drove down to the coast to aqua jet water park which the children enjoyed.

We would love to return one day

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great review - we worked hard on renovating the house and wanted to make it a special place to stay so it is good to get positive feedback. We hope you do visit us again.
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Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

It exceeded our expectations such a peaceful, comfortable stay. Peter and Felicity were very hospitable and very helpful with directions to the areas of local interest. Peter was even good enough to source us some local wine. The house and Carrcossonne plage (lake) are very suitable for children of all ages.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your week - the beach at the lake (20 minutes away) is perfect for swimming !
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endroit très agréable, convivial et accueillant

  • 4 of 5

C'était une découverte pour nous. Tout OK pour des vacances superbes, calme, propre, beau, propriétaires accueillants, voisins chaleureux. Rien à redire. Très belle région, beaucoup de balades, de très beaux petits villages. Je conseille cet endroit. Nelly

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

When we saw L'Ancienne Ecurie in 2013 we knew it could offer a holiday in the heart of our village combined with the privacy offered by its pretty walled garden, with its backdrop of the hills outside the village. The stables room, which we converted, is remembered by older villagers as home to two horses during their childhood. It now offers an additional sunny living space. We worked hard with our family and a local builder to renovate the house so that it provides the perfect holiday home while retaining its own unique character . 2015 is our third holiday letting season and we have made it even more comfortable by listening to the positive suggestion made by previous guests all of whom loved the house and its location.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Montlaur at 0.1 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Carcassonne at 24 Kilometres Nearest Train : Carcassonne at 24 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A61 at 16 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Servies-en-Val at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Leucate-Plage at 50 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The house has been inspected and registered by Gites de France with 3 epis ,This is an independent quality rating . It was also awarded three stars by Meubles de Tourisme .

Free Wine tastings and tour of local vineyards can be arranged.

Visits to Cathar castles and routes can be planned with guests at their request

Bicycles can he hired and delivered to house

There is horse riding and trekking in Montlaur and some major walking routes pass through the village.


50 minutes to the Mediterranean beaches of Narbonnes-Plage, Le Franqui, Gruissan and Leucate.

River swimming, with lifeguard in summer, in the Orbieu at Lagrasse 15 mins by car, also in Lake at Taurize 10mins and Orbieu at Ribaute 15mins.

20 mins to lake swimming at Carcassone Plage (large attractive lake with man made sandy beaches and lifeguard, pedallos, and country park with O2 adventure tree climbing circuit suitable for all ages).


Within easy reach of four airports - Carcassonne 30 mins. Toulouse, Perpignan and Beziers all approx 1¼ hrs. 10 hrs by car (not including stops) from Calais. 75 mins from Spanish border. Car essential if visitors wish to travel outside the village.


Lagrasse (12km) is part of the Les plus Beaux Villages de France association, famed for its 13th century abbey, medieval streets, pottery fairs and concerts, and a lovely 12th century hump backed bridge.

Trebes on Canal du Midi 18kms (20 mins)

Le Cite (oldest medieval castle in Europe) at Carcassonne 23km

Narbonne 50 km

Narbonne-plage (on Mediterranean with long expanse of beaches) 60kms

Minerve 45 mins

Bezier and Perpignan 1hr 15 mins

Spanish border 1hr 20

Toulouse 1hr 20

Further Details:

Small children's well equipped play area and pleasant park.

There are numerous fetes and village festivals during the summer where you can participate in village meals and dance to live music well into the night. Petanque is the favourite sport.

The nearest restaurants are in Servies-en-val (5km), Monze (8kms), and Camplong d'Aude (9kms) all of which are recommended and very reasonable. Numerous attractive restaurants in Lagrasse, Fabrezan, Trebes and of course

Carcassonne has an amazing walled and fortified city dating from the Middle Ages and is central to the Cathar history as told in the Kate Mosse books “Sepulchre” and “Labyrinth”. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Carcassonne hosts a huge music festival for the month of July with events to suit every taste. The Cathar castles are all within easy reach as is Monsegur, the last standing point of the Cathars situated in the Pyrenees.

Mirepoix is a lovely medieval town to and Rennes-le-Château receives tens of thousands of visitors per year being the location of an alleged buried treasure discovered by its 19th-century priest.

The Canal du Midi, also a World Heritage site, meanders through the region. The nearest section is at Trebes, twenty minutes away, with the opportunity to take boat rides to Carcassonne and beyond. Alternatively you can relax in waterfront cafes and bars and watch the world go by.

Minerve (45km) is a fortified village where the Cathars refused to abjure their faith and died singing at the stake. It is situated on a stunning gorge and is another .

Not to be missed is the beautiful town of Narbonne with its beautiful cathedral, and wide promenades alongside the Canale de la Robine .


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer peak
8 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

End of stay cleaning £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £168
Pet Fee £21

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% is required to secure a booking with balance payable to Owners Direct 28 days before arrival
Minimum stay is one week in July and August .
Damages deposit 200 euros paid with balance and refunded 7 days after departure by Owners Direct into your bank account on departure providing house left tidy and no damage
End of stay cleaning charge 60euros
Changeover Day:
Saturday in June to August but we try to be flexible during rest of year . Availability is up to date on our calendar

Notes on prices:
Short stays (out of high season) €80 -120 per night according to season and number in party.

25 euros pw reduction for 3 to 4 people; 50 euro pw reduction 2 people and less .

Electricity 1 Oct- 30 April - 15c per KW hour . Wood for log burning stove provided for weekly lets
Beds made up on arrival with sheets and towels provided
For lets over one month we can offer a very attractive price with renter responsible for utility costs

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

This is a beautiful rural location with its garrique, scented wild flowers , amazing walks and so many interesting places to visit within easy reach . Montlaur, despite its size (around 600 permanent residents) is a thriving rural village and a little hub for other villages in the Val Dagne with its small shops, school, weekly organic market and rich community life. Our family are all regular visitors and participate in the festivals, in Montlaur and nearby. The children love swimming in the river at Lagrasse and Ribaute and the lake in Carcassonne, with water sports and an adventure climbing circuit. We have immersed ourselves in Cathar history and know our region very well. Our gite guests benefit from this and we provide maps, guides and arrange wine-tasting in the village domains.

Property Type

  • house


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


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


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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Toys


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 136 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with large enclosed bath incorporating spa shower, washbasin and WC. Heated towel rail New En-suite shower room to master bedroom with shower cubicle , washbasin and WC. Heated towel rail. Downstairs cloakroom with WC and washbasin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Suite with double bed, balcony overlooking inner courtyard & shower room and a door leading to Bedroom 4 with twin single beds ( one slides under other) and Door to Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds Cot/ highchair available


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Thermostatically controlled electric radiators throughout and very effective log burning stove with initial supply of logs in store in courtyard Deceptively spacious house in good condition, Full renovation completed 2013 with new kitchen and bathrooms , Country view from terrace. Montlaur, a small village of less than 600 residents, is a thriving little centre for the six villages in the Val de Dagne and in additional to local shops (mini supermarket, butchers, pharmacy, bakers, cafe bar) there are five different wine producers providing wine tasting in the village (the annual grape harvest in September is major event.). Market stalls with organic bread, local produce including fruit, vegetables, honey and cheeses, take place weekly in the summer in the main square. Montlaur is the perfect location to explore the Cathar castles and enjoy this beautiful region rich in history. Outside: Double gates at side of property leading to private parking for one car and to small garden plus paved area under roof with additional table , ideal for a wet day. Wooden Garden furniture - 2 tables, 8 chairs and barbecue. Sun loungers. Inner courtyard with feature tiled round table, two chairs and plants Balcony to Bedroom 1 with two wooden chairs and table and outside light - overlooks inner courtyard . Utility Room: Utility room with stone sink and draining board, washing machine, iron and ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and 2 towels per person; beds made up for arrival. Table cloths and tea towels. Hand towels in all bathrooms and kitchen. Replacement bed linen and towels available each week for longer stays. Final clean available on request 60 euros Other: Spacious "Stable room" lounge , wooden floor, with doors leading on one side door to inner courtyard and on the other to the large terrace A room for relaxing, reading and enjoying the sunshine, or for children to play with the toys and games provided.

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