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

Overview

Property

Updated: 28-Nov-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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!

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25 Reviews

4.9
based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

5

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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5

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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4

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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4

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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5

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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5

Love this place

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a small un-touristy village where we could experience the real France, and we weren't disappointed. The house has great character and the bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and well decorated. The little courtyard with barbecue and shady palm tree is a lovely private area, where we could sit out in the sun and relax with a coffee and a book - more than warm enough even though only March. In the evenings a stroll around the village,a 'coarse' game of 'Boule' and a Pastis at Keke's bar, then back to the house and light the stove. So cosy and just what we wanted.

The quiet and well looked-after village has a butcher, baker and two good restaurants. We will book again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Wine tours available from local guide. English speaking guide - see www.vinenvacances.com

A Google search will provide details of the many tours to the historical Cathar sites that abound in the area.

Skiing is accessible at various resorts in the Pyrenees within 2 hours drive

Coast/Beach:

Excellent/good rated beaches within an hour's drive include Leucate, La Franqui, Gruissan, Torreilles.

Under 2 hours takes you to Argeles, said to be one of the best beaches in France. Close to Argeles is the beautiful harbour of Collioure which has some lovely small beaches and excellent seafood restaurants - highly recommended.

Lakeside beaches at Lac De la Cavayere (15 minutes from Carcassonne) and Lake Jouarres (30 minutes from Villeneuve Minervois).

Travel:

Carcassonne Airport - 25 minutes

Toulouse Airport - 1 hour

Beziers - 1 hour

Car hire recommended

Parking area within a minute's walk from the house. It is possible to unload you car directly outside of the house.

Distances:

Carcassonne - 11 miles

Caunes Minervois - 3 miles

La Redorte (to hire bikes for the Canal du Midi) - 10 miles

Homps - 20 miles

Lastours - 6 miles

Minerve - 17 miles

Narbonne - 35 miles

Caves at Limousis - 10 miles

Toulouse, Lagrasse, Mirepoix, Pyrenees - 1 hour drive

Collioure (1.5-2 hours drive)

Ski resort, Aix Les Thermes - 2 hour drive

Further Details:

There are so many places to visit in the area that one week may not be enough!

Within the village there are 2 very good restaurants (one an auberge serving local dishes and the other which is a more suited to fine dining). Other amenities include a boulangerie, butchers and small Spar shop. There is also a chemist and post office. The village is famous for "la Truffe" and in the winter colourful markets are organised to celebrate (and sell) all things related. You can visit the local museum, Maison de la Truffe (Truffle House) within the village all-year-round. Also dont miss out on a visit to le Moulin (a working windmill) which is a 15 minute stroll from the house.

In the surrounding area the numerous areas of historic, scenic and cultural interest are easily reached by car. There are the famous Cathar fortresses of Chateaux de Lastours and Queribus. However, the biggest attraction in the area is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne. Carcassonne is the largest walled city in Europe, the fascinating 'La Cite', where at least in the story, the heroic chatelaine defied the siege of Charlemagne. Despite its fairy tale appearance, Carcassonne has all of the conveniences of a modern city.

To cool down in the summer there are lakeside beaches and a forestry acrobatic park at Lac de Lay Cavayere. Both popular with families. If you fancy visiting some of the caves for which the region is well-known, head for the Grotte de Limousis or Cabrespine. For those that don't mind a longer drive there is a wonderful tourist train Rivesaltes to Axat which takes you through dramatic and beautiful scenery.

For the more adventurous there are lots of activities such as gorge walking, whitewater rafting and kayaking.

The village of Caunes Minervois, famous for its red marble and Benedictine abbey, is less than 15 minutes drive away, where there is a wider selection of shops and dining options.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter 2016
5 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£505
for 7 nights
£505
 
 
Christmas 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£631
for 7 nights
£631
 
 
Low season 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£505
for 7 nights
£505
 
 
Spring 2017
11 Mar 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£530
for 7 nights
£530
 
 
Mid season 2017
10 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£639
for 7 nights
£639
 
 
High season 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£774
for 7 nights
£774
 
 
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£639
for 7 nights
£639
 
 
Winter 2017
7 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£505
for 7 nights
£505
 
 
Christmas 2017
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£639
for 7 nights
£639
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£589
for 7 nights
£589
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £210

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 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • town
  • village

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • 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.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • 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).

Outside

  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • 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.

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