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A 'Hidden Gem', In Its Own Private Walled Courtyard Just Outside Carcassonne

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House near Carcassonne, Villeneuve Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Only 20 Minutes Drive From Carcassonne, 10 Minutes From Canal Du Midi And 45 Minutes To The Coast

A delightful 3 bedroomed character house set within its own private courtyard. The property is situated in Villenueve Minervois, an authentic village typical of the region with its shady boulevards, plane trees and 2 very good restaurants. The property is ideal if you enjoy all things local and a sense of independence; from markets, wine tasting and local delicacies to mountain walks and relatively undiscovered remote villages. However, it will also suit those who require a more focused stay as well-know attractions such as Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi are within a short drive. The property provides a cool haven in the summer but also has a fantastic wood burning stove and central heating providing a good all year round base to enjoy activities from walking in the spring, to Bastille Day and the enchanting Christmas market in Carcassonne. A beautiful boutique property that has extra touches, such as The White Company linen, to make your stay as luxurious as possible.

Rolland Keane
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2017

About Rolland Keane

A long-term love of France and some 30 years of dragging family and friends around every corner of this intoxicating land led to the inevitable journey to the south west and our home in Villeneuve Minervois. This still unspoilt corner of France offers everything from lofty mountains to sandy beaches, haute cuisine to the humble cassoulet. Our house is also our home for as much of the year as our working lives in London will allow. We hope you enjoy, as we do, everything that the wonderful Minervois has to offer!

Rolland Keane purchased this house in 2013


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Villeneuve-Minervois in Carcassonne area

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • town
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1, private bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath, shower, wc. Bathroom 2, on the first floor with free standing shower and wc. Ground floor WC. The White Company towels provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, French style double bed, with private terrace and bathroom (second floor). Bedroom 2, double bed, with attached dressing room and views over courtyard (first floor). Bedroom 3, two twin beds (first floor).
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Outside: A spacious private walled courtyard with large barbecue area and outdoor table and chairs. A perfect place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Second floor bedroom has a private terrace with table and chairs for 2 people. Utility Room: Fridge freezer, washing machine and ample storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: White company linen and towels are provided for use in the house only. Beach towels are also available. Other: Second floor mezzanine study/reading area. First floor large dressing room with floor to ceiling wardrobes and storage. Outside store room with mountain bikes.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)


Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away up a narrow side street, behind a painted gate, hides this beautiful little house. It was clean, warm and welcoming on our arrival. It is tastefully decorated, giving it a calm, modern, yet rustic feel. Although a relatively small property it had a spacious feel as it is arranged over 3 floors and all the rooms were of a good size, especially the bedrooms. For us the best architectural feature was the spiral staircase, with its smooth, ear-like curves. The kitchen was well equipped and there was a good library of books and DVDs. As we were there in the winter we made good use of the log burner but there is also a pretty courtyard with an amazing palm canopy as well as a little roof terrace, which would be brilliant in the summer.

The village of Villeneuve-Minervois, has the basic essential shops (butcher's, baker's, greengrocer, chemist and a Spar) as well as a couple of restaurants, although we didn't dine out during our stay. There is also a weekly market and a number of supermarkets a short drive away as well, of course, as many wine tasting caves. We did not manage to visit the 'House of Truffles', which is also in the village.

The owner was more than helpful and answered any queries I had swiftly. His directions to the property were also detailed and clear.

There are many walks from the village into the surrounding countryside and many sites of historical interest nearby. We even managed a dip in the Med one day.

I would definitely recommend this property to friends and family. It was the perfect setting for our French Christmas.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anne, thank you for the excellent and detailed review - it is very much appreciated. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back on another occasion and in the meantime wish you and your family a very happy 2017. Rolland & Andreea
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Wonderful stay in fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

After so many holidays when either the house or its location was not quite up to scratch it was an absolute joy to open the gate and find this pretty house - a hidden gem in every sense! Inside was lovely; tastefully decorated rooms providing contemporary comfort whilst retaining so much of the character of this wonderful old property. We loved it! After outings with the kids to various beaches (Guisson, Le Franqui and the lake just outside Carcassonne called Cavayere) we returned in the evenings to the peace and relative cool of the pretty courtyard where we enjoyed some great family BBQs washed down with plenty (too much!) of the delicious local wines. The village itself was a proper working French village with real French people! It had all the amenities we needed but was wonderfully free of the flocks of tourists that have slightly spoiled some of our French holidays in the past, particularly in Provence. All in all we loved the house and the area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect - elegant and tasteful

  • 5 of 5

We booked on the basis of the advertisement and the reviews . To our very pleasant surprise , the house is even better than the descriptions . It has been beautifully restored and fitted out with very high quality materials . The village is delightful and the local area has so many attractions.

The first thing we did upon our return was to book again for 2017 .

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Chris, we are delighted you enjoyed the house and your stay in the wonderful Minervois. We very much look forward to welcoming you back again next year. Rolland & Andrea
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Love this place

  • 4 of 5

This house is comfortable, peaceful, well-appointed and surprisingly spacious. We wanted to just chill at first, and the local shops and restaurants make it easy to have a few days off from driving: a couple of minutes stroll will reach butcher, baker, greengrocer and the Spa store.There are also plenty of hypermarkets within a few minutes drive, with a great selection of food and wine, and a great market in Carcassonne. The kitchen is small but perfectly adequate, and the choice of inside or outside dining on the two generous tables, made us linger shamelessly, so that one meal often merged into the next! Narbonne Plage was an hour's meander through lovely back roads, and 'Le Salin de Gruissan' a beachside seafood restaurant in nearby Gruissan HAS to be visited - definately need to book though.

We will be back, maybe to see what it's like in Autumn when we would have an excuse to light the log burner.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The top floor and roof terrace are, literally, the crowning glory for this beautiful property.

  • 4 of 5

The roof terrace gets the sun from 9am until 6pm in late July. The courtyard is an oasis of calm, not that the surrounds are at all noisy, just birdsong. The ground floor is nice and cool to retreat to but the lighting could maybe be improved particularly in the living room area. Free parking in the nearby street containing the main Auberge in the village is favourite but, the birds in this tree lined street will leave many presents! Over all, a delightful holiday home, well placed for the many local attractions.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem indeed....

  • 5 of 5

We had a really lovely stay in this tranquil traditional French village house which is beautifully furnished, well equipped and well maintained. Perfect to sit outside in the pretty courtyard garden enjoying a glass of wine and the bbq or breakfast coffee and the best croissants ever from the boulangerie just five minutes walk away. The village is a perfect location as a base for visiting other local towns and markets within easy reach and the village has a butcher, boulangerie, grocery shop, a couple of good restaurants and a bar all within a few minutes walk from the house. A gourmet food and wine tour with Vin en Vacances was excellent. We will definitely book this property again.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season 2017
10 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early-summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
7 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £210.55

Changeover Day:
Saturday - peak season (June to September)
Off peak - negotiable plus length of stay

Notes on prices:
Longer stays may benefit from a discount particularly in the winter months.

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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