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Delightful rural estate nestled in 25 acres of unspoiled surrounds - Gite Mirabelle

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 21 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking



Gite Mirabelle

Gite Mirabelle is our largest and oldest cottage at Domaine de Palatz, with comfortable accommodation for up to six people. Recently renovated and tastefully decorated, this is a perfect gite for larger families and overlooks the enclosed courtyard and to the south our copse of Mirabelle trees from which it takes its name. We'll be happy to share these delicious fruits with you when you arrive!

Ground Floor:

- Lounge with leather settee set, cable TV, DVD

- Open plan kitchen which seats six, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, oven and hob, fridge, kettle.

- Small bedroom with bunk beds.

First Floor:

- Bedroom with a queen size bed and ensuite bathroom.

- Bedroom with two single beds and ensuite bathroom.

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About the property

Domaine de Palatz

Domaine de Palatz is a charming 17th Century country estate located near Carcassonne in the Aude department of Languedoc Roussillon. Recently renovated to exacting standards, the domaine retains much of its original rustic charm, and combines delightful period details with all the modern amenities you would expect, amidst spacious natural surrounds of 25 acres. There is a large private pool and summer house, covered courtyard, ample parking facilities, numerous picnicking and BBQ areas, gardens, terraces and panoramic views.

Surrounded by vineyards, this property is ideal as a peaceful, relaxing holiday for families or couples. Local activities include sightseeing, wine tasting, fine dining, watersports, fishing, walking, hiking, cycling, horse riding, golf, or simply lazing in the Languedoc sun. Easily accessible by plane, train or car, Domaine de Palatz is just 20 mins from Carcassonne and its airport, one hour from the coast, and a breathe away from countless cultural and historical sights.

Domaine de Palatz is the perfect destination for people of any age and parties large or small: We offer you an environment where you can truly relax and unwind in tranquil surrounds that are full of character, culture and history.

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Denise Drinkwater
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
15 October, 2017

About Denise Drinkwater

Domaine de Palatz is owned and run by the Drinkwater family: Denise, Michael, Jodie and James. Collectively we have decades of working experience in hospitality, business development, customer service and marketing.

Originally from the United Kingdom, and resident in France and Dubai (UAE) for the last ten years, we have travelled extensively throughout the world. Our move to the Domaine is the culmination of a dream to bring our experience of first class service, accommodation and food to all who come to stay with us.

For more information please visit our website

Denise Drinkwater purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Denise Drinkwater chose Laure-Minervois

Located just one km north of Laure Minervois in Aude, Domaine de Palatz provides the perfect base from which to explore all the delights of the Languedoc. Local activities include fine dining, sightseeing, cycling, hiking, watersports, fishing, golf, horse riding, walking the vineyards, wine tasting, or simply lazing under the Epicurean sun. Easily accessible by plane, train or car, Domaine de Palatz is one hour from the coast, 20 mins from the airport and medieval town of Carcassonne, and just a breathe away from countless cultural and historical sights.

What makes this cottage unique

Our aim is simple: to provide our guests with delightful accommodation in a calm and peaceful environment; to use home grown organic food as integral ingredients for breakfast; and to ensure attentive, yet unobtrusive, service – making it feel like your home whilst in France. Domaine de Palatz, in the heart of Cathar Country, is the perfect destination for lovers of the Languedoc.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the moment you arrive till your reluctant departure you will love this place. The setting and ambience are perfect and the rooms are slowly being transformed by the new owners into stylish havens of luxury. The courtyard is the most perfect place for an evening drink and the delicious breakfast is served in the sunny dining room . The swimming pool is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day visiting the local markets or exploring the archeology and of course Carcassonne itself. Cannot wait to go back and cannot recommend highly enough!

- Passepartou, from Cheshire, UK (Stayed May 2014)

This Domaine always had a good reputation - but now, under the new ownership of Denise and Michael, the decor is vastly improved and the attention to details and the services offered by this couple are truly superb! The newly refurbished "White Room" and its adjoining bathroom in the main house, is a joy to behold- extremely stylish, and very comfortable. Denise has wonderful taste and her attention to detail is second to none. Michael is a superb "mine host"!

The property, gites and grounds are most attractive, and over this year, you can look forward to additional high-end styling by Denise, as she works her way through the property, putting her high standard stamp on it. In addition, a new high-class website is online, which really shows off this property., Nothing is too much trouble for Denise and Michael, which is being reflected by the high numbers of bookings being received . Whether staying overnight or in one of the superb gites, you will absolutely love the relaxing aura of this place in the midst of beautiful scenery. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. This is real value for money!

- Chatelaine, from Trausse, France (Stayed May 2014)

The Domaine du Palatz is a very quaint and charming bed & breakfast owned and run by The Drinkwater family. This lovely place is a most relaxing home away from home that fits beautifully into the panoramic countryside of the Aude region. Our room was clean, cosy and comfortable. The breakfasts were a real spread with freshly baked croissants, cereal, bread, home made jams and made to order eggs.

Though the property is a big attraction, I would say that Denise and Michael are the ones that make the whole experience complete. Their unpretentious, friendly and most accommodating manner is eventually what gives this place five stars. One evening we were too lazy to sit through a meal at a restaurant and when we asked about fast food options in the area, Denise rustled up a delicious lasagne for the kids and invited us to join her barbecue.

It's been a week since we left Denise and Michael at Domaine de Palatz and my two and half year old has already asked twice, 'Where Denise?'. We will just have to visit them again some time soon.

- Rajnish, from Barcelona, Spain (stayed April 2014)
Dec 2013
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Thyme Out
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Caunes Minervois
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Our local Mediterranean coast has some great beaches, but the best ones are worth making the extra effort for! We recommend Port Leucate, La Franqui and Vias plage, all of which are less than an hour away by car and make for a super day trip.


Carcassonne airport is 20km away. Toulouse airport is 80km. Perpignan airport is about an hour's drive. Other local airports are Beziers, Nimes, Montpellier, Beziers and Barcelona (Spain).


The nearest village, Laure Minervois, a quaint, sleepy place with a post office, doctor, butcher and baker. It is 1km away, just past the lake, and makes for some lovely morning exercise on our free bicycles!

Caunes Minervois is 3km and one of our favourite villages, with cosy bars, restaurants and historical sights including the famous abbey.

Other lovely villages close by include Minerve, Rieux Minervois, Trebes and Homps (on the Canal du Midi). Carcassonne is twenty minutes away.

Further Details:

There is so much to see & do within 20mins: wine-tasting (neighbours are all vignerons!), abbeys, castles, beautiful mediaeval villages, Canal du Midi, montagne noir, michelin restaurants... you name it!

There are more details on our website and blog (updated regularly) of all the things you can do in the area, but some local highlights include:

- Chateaux de Lastours (4-in-1 castle trip!)

- Minerve (ancient capital of the Mineroivs, and something of a hidden gem)

- Abbey de Fontfroide (beautiful, historical estate)

- Walking the Capitelles on our estate and beyond

- Plage de Carcassonne (awesome natural lake with beaches and watersports, and only 20 mins away)

- Tasting the new organic wines from across this up-and-coming region. We can organise it for

- Kayaking down the river Aude

- Hiking the Montage Noir

- Antique markets every week!

- Cite de Carcassonne

- Dolmen hunting

- Lunch cruise on the Canal du Midi

- Ticking off UNESCO world heritage sites (we have six within two hours' drive!)

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A charge of 50 euros for cleaning is applicable if the property is not left as found.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Laure-Minervois in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Our aim is simple: to provide our guests with delightful accommodation in a calm and peaceful environment; to use home-grown organics for all our produce; and to ensure exceptional, yet unobtrusive, service – making this feel like your home whilst in France. Domaine de Palatz, in the heart of Cathar Country, is the perfect destination for lovers of the Languedoc. - All bed linen, towels and pool towels are provided - High chairs and cots available free of charge - Complimentary high-speed internet access throughout the estate - Extensive media and video library as well as English cable TV - SONOS sound system for guest use - Bikes available for free use - Paniers de Palatz: welcome hampers provided for all guests! - Lots of little details to make your stay special, including luxury home-made soaps, organic produce and a bubblicious welcome! Outside: The property grounds are ideal for picnicking, long walks, and simply relaxing in beautiful natural surrounds. We have 25 acres of unspoiled countryside for guests to explore, including woodland, vineyards, a bubbling stream, landscaped garden and terraces, organic kitchen garden, shaded seating areas, and numerous romantic spots with panoramic views. There are separate BBQ areas, a Summer House and a private covered courtyard which is perfect for al fresco dining and enjoying those long evenings with a glass or two. The courtyard includes a number of dining tables to seat larger parties. After the sun has set, stargazers will adore the beautiful night skies that are completely free of any light pollution! - Multiple dining areas and cooking stations - Private 12 x 6 m pool (with child gate) - Well-stocked 'Thyme Out' Summer House - Large covered courtyard and dining space. - Children's play area. - There is a beautiful lake within five minutes walk - Tennis courts nearby


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