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Domaine De La Barre: Private Gite With Pool Near Carcassonne, France



Updated: 15-Oct-2016
Cottage style gite in Hounoux, Nr Carcassonne & Mirepoix, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Location, Only A Short Drive Away From All This Lovely Region Has To Offer

Domaine de la Barre is the perfect getaway, it offers a lovely retreat to relax and enjoy the beautiful French countryside whilst still being within easy distance of all the places of interest. The gite is detached from the owners property giving a sense of privacy but the reassurance that the owners are close by if needed. Recently renovated the property offers a high standard of accommodation and it benefits from a large private terrace with stunning views over the pool and surrounding countryside. Please feel free to make use of the large pool, covered terrace, summer kitchen, expansive gardens and the countryside beyond. There is also ample parking for cars. Locally you have the choice of many fine restaurants, sightseeing, water sports, golf, and other activities, not forgetting the world famous Carcassonne city and the canal du midi made famous by Rick Stein's adventures. Domaine de la Barre is just 25 minutes from Carcassonne airport, an hour from the coast and a stones throw away from many fascinating cultural and historical sights. The lovely medieval town of Mirepoix is only 15 minutes away, where you can find lovely restaurants and it's Monday morning market is well worth a visit. For wine enthusiasts out there Limoux, just 20 minutes away is the home of Blanquette, and you can pass away an afternoon visiting a vineyard and sampling the local wines.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The Burgess family have owned the property since 2006 and have put a lot of time and care into renovating it to make a lovely family home and business. We hope that you will love the house and area as much as we do.

We would love to share our knowledge of the surrounding area with you and hope to be able to make your stay something memorable.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely location, with fantastic pool area. Lots of great things to see and do nearby, would definitely recommend.

Very friendly family, made to feel very welcome. Lovely accommodation in a lovely setting. Many relaxing days spent by the pool and we loved Carcassonne and Mirepoix. We were staying during the medieval festival at Mirepoix which was fantastic.
Feb 2014
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Completely chilled out for two weeks

  • 5 of 5

This is the first time we have written a review, but having stayed in many properties in lots of varied locations we found the Gite to be exceptional. We would recommend it to anybody visiting this web page.

The Gite is as advertised and well finished and all necessary amenities have been catered for. We are two ancients and enjoyed the peace, but the property is also well suited for a young family with children. The pool is large, clean and in excellent condition. The view from the terrace is wonderful and we enjoyed many al fresco meals.

Although set in a rural location there are plenty of places to visit and things to do. As you would expect in France restaurants abound. Mirepoix the nearest town and has a good supermarket but definitely warrants a visit in it's own right. We were lucky enough to see the Tour de France go through the town - a great experience.

Sarah and Kevin are discreet hosts, but when asked have an extensive knowledge of the area and give helpful tips and advice.

All in all a great holiday.

Ron and Jean


  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Ron & Jean for taking the time to write a review for us. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the property met your expectations, it's great that you feel that the property is suited to families as well couples as we have always wanted to appeal to a broad spectrum of guests. It was really lovely meeting you both and we'd love to see you again sometime in the future. Wishing you all the very best. Sarah & Kevin
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Relaxing Gite with wonderful views in quiet locale

  • 5 of 5

The gite is beautifully situated in a very quiet area of rural Aude. A short drive from the old towns of Fanjeaux and Mirepoix it is only 30 minutes from Carcassonne airport. The Gite is set apart from the owners house, the outdoor space providing superb open views across the rolling countryside. Inside the modern facilities were clean and well kept. As well as the TV (UK channels) a supply of DVDs and games were on hand (but not required).

The owners are great hosts, discrete but helpful when needed and we had as much privacy as needed, we didn't take up the chance to use the large al-fresco entertaining area with it's Pizza oven and barbeque, but we did 'borrow' Tinkie the cat for some extra company.

It's about 15 minutes to drive to Mirepoix which aside from being an historic medieval town has some nice places to sit and eat or drink. The folder in the cottage has some other great suggestions which are well worth looking out for. The canal du midi area is about 20 minutes to the North and only slightly further afield to the South are the Pyrenees.

We hope to go back to soon to explore further.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great and informative review. It was really lovely meeting you both, we're just very pleased we were able to help you make the most out of your holiday and that you enjoyed yourselves here. It's really good to hear that you found the folder useful as we've tried to give lots of varied suggestions of places of interest for our guests. We really hope that you come back and visit us again in the near future and if we can help with anything in the mean time please just let us know. Very best wishes Sarah, Kevin & Tinkie!
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Great gite in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely gite in a great rural setting. The terrace is a great spot to eat or relax on the loungers and if it gets too hot the summer kitchen offers some welcome shade to enjoy the produce from the local markets. The pool is warm (unlike some gites we've stayed in) so was well used and the poolside shelter was useful on the hotter days, particularly for our boys. The nearest bakery was only 10 minutes away or you can arrange home delivery 3 times a week through Sarah! As others have said there is a lot to explore in the area, our boys really enjoyed the old Cite at Carcassone and the hot thermal pool in Rennes-les-Bains. To anyone thinking of staying here it offers great value for money, Sarah and Kevin are excellent hosts - discreet, friendly and always there if you need help or advice.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review. We really enjoyed meeting you and your family and is always so rewarding for us to hear that guests have really enjoyed their stay here with us. It's good to hear that you found the pool warm, I'm a bit of a chicken so I like the pool to be a certain temperature! We'd love to see you back here sometime in the future. Very best wishes Sarah & Kevin
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A beautiful gite in fabulous rural France

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific time in a fabulous area of France. The gite is really delightful with a sun terrace and great pool area.

If you like getting away from it all,sightseeing,cycling,birdwatching or just reading by the pool. You will really enjoy it here. Sarah and Kevin great hosts and are there if you need anything. But also leave you to your holiday. Thanks we had a top time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed meeting you and your family and it was great having you staying with us for two weeks, we're so pleased that you really enjoyed your time here with us. Thank you also for all the info on all the local wildlife just on our doorstep, I've seen two more deer since you left, one was just in the field the other side of the pool! It was beautiful and didn't notice me for a few seconds so I got a real close up before it legged it! Really hope that you can make back in 2017, it would be great to see you again. Very best wishes Sarah & Kev
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Beautiful Gite & location, releaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic 2 weeks staying with Sarah & Kevin at Domaine de la Barre. The setting is idyllic and the view from the terrace over the hills, vineyards and sunflower fields is amazing. The pool is large with plenty of space around it and a really useful large shaded area for when it gets hot in the middle of the day. The gardens are large with plenty for our children to explore including large trampoline and sand pit. The Gite is beautifully presented with everything that you could need even down to a cool bag and ice blocks for those picnics. Sarah and Kevin are the perfect hosts, always ready to help out with advice on places to visit, weather updates and even emergency wasp sting treatment for our daughter! Nothing is too much trouble for them and Sarah generously gave us free rein to raid her vegetable patch and fruit trees. Our 2 children immediately made friends with Sarah & Kevin’s boys and it was a pleasure to relax on the terrace listening to them all playing and exploring in the gardens. We had some lovely days out including visiting the Cite at Carcassonne (and returning for the medieval jousting display which the kids loved), canoeing on the river, going to the coast and the lake at Carcassonne. We had a truly relaxing time, absolutely loved the Gite, the area and our hosts, and we’ve already reserved for next year!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely informative review, we're so pleased that you had such a good holiday here with us and that we were able to help you out where we could, it's very rewarding for us when guests really enjoy themselves. We loved having you staying here with us and it was great getting to know you all over the two weeks. We're delighted that you're going to come back and see us again next year, the boys are already counting the days! Very best wishes and we'll see you all next year! Sarah & Kevin.
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Beautiful cottage/beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Booking a cottage for three weeks is always a gamble and this time it paid off. Domaine De La Barre exceeded our expectations and gave us three glorious weeks of relaxation in beautiful surroundings. Sarah and Kevin keep their property in pristine condition and look after their guests in a very friendly but unobtrusive way. They have thought of everything that might make for a good holiday and even suggested we help ourselves to produce from their kitchen garden and fruit tress. The nearest towns (Fanjeaux, Mirepoix, Bram and Limoux) differ from each other so there always seems to something new to see. Carcassonne is only a 40 minute drive away and, as well as the famous Cite, has a lot to offer with restaurants and shops galore in the lower town. We enjoyed a fair bit of cycling along the old towpaths of the Canal du Midi and also some walks on part of the Chemin St Jaques (look for the scallop shell). Narbonne is only an hour away and is an interesting, busy town with a fantastic indoor market where food is served all day. However……..our little cottage with its lovely garden and swimming pool was just so lovely that some days we just chilled!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for you're lovely review, it's always very rewarding for us to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay here with us. It was a pleasure having you here with us and the three weeks went by too quickly. I'm so pleased we were able to help you find lots of interesting places to visit and a big thank you to you for discovering that lovely fish restaurant - we've been there twice now since your visit! We really hope that you can come and see us again in the future. Very best wishes. Sarah & Kevin.
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From the Owner

When we first moved into the property we couldn't believe how peaceful it was, having come from a busy city it was amazing to be able sit outside with a glass of wine surrounded by practical silence - only interrupted occasionally by some birdsong! We feel that Domaine de la Barre gives you the best of both worlds, it offers peace and tranquillity whilst being within easy reach of so many interesting and lovely sites.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


The Mediterranean coast is within an hours drive away. Other beaches include Valras plage, Leucate plage, Argeles plus many more depending on what you are looking for. For fish lovers out there the seafood is excellent at the coast.


Carcassonne airport is just 25 minutes drive away, you have Toulouse airport just an hour away and both Perpignan and Beziers within easy access.


Carcassonne is just 25 minutes drive away. The lovely medieval town of Mirepoix is only 15 minutes away while Limoux is 20 minutes drive. The Mediterranean coast is just an hour away.

Further Details:

There are two small villages just 10 minutes drive from the property which provide all the basic amenities including, a shop, a bakers, a cafe , a pharmacy and a restaurant. The nearest supermarket is in Mirepoix, you will also find banks and other shops here. Limoux, Carcassonne and Castelnaudry all have excellent shopping facilities as well.

Fresh bread and croissants are delivered three times a week by our local baker.

Local attractions and places to visit:

We believe the property is ideally located as we're just an hour from the coast, an hour from the pyrenees and an hour from Toulouse. The change in scenery within a very short distance is spectacular from alpine chalets to coastal resorts to the beautiful wine regions of the Minervois. There is something on offer for everyone whether you're fascinated by the history of the region and the many incredible Cathar castles within easy distance or you prefer a more action packed holiday. You can explore the region on the bikes we have for hire or spend a day canoeing down the local rivers. We have a couple of good equestrian centers nearby that can offer excellent days out exploring the area. You can go weight boarding on a local lake or explore the trees on zip wires and ropes - the list is endless!

For those wanting a slightly slower pace of life there are some truly lovely villages nearby that really immerse you into the lovely laid back French way of life. Several of the villages have natural springs running through them so you can pamper yourself at a local spa - highly recommended!

A trip here would not be complete without visiting the stunning old city at Carcassonne, steeped in history you can imagine how they lived all those hundreds of years ago. If like me you're a fan of the Kate Mosse series of books based on the area then a trip here is even more of a must. During July and August they put on jousting contests which a well worth a visit especially if you've got kids.

Heading towards Foix and beyond you've got a handful of caves that are fascinating especially if you consider the the Cathars hid in many of them all those hundreds of years ago to avoid persecution.

No visit to France would be complete with out a visit to a market, one of our favourites is Mirepoix but there are many to choose from and during July and August there are also several night markets in local villages which make for a really great evening out.

We are sure that you would have a wonderful time here as we believe this region offers something for everyone and a recurring comment from our guests has always been ' we didn't have enough time!'


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
20 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
30 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made via e-mail or over the phone (confirmed by e-mail). A deposit of 30% is required on receipt of the booking with the final balance due eight weeks before your arrival. A refundable damages deposit of £250 is required with the final balance but will paid back in full as long as the property is left in the condition that you found it.
Changeover day is on a Saturday but if this poses great difficulty for you please contact us and wherever possible we will try to help.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is normally a Saturday but please feel free to contact us and where possible we will try to accommodate you.

Notes on prices:
Please contact us if you are interested in renting the gite between November and April and we'll do our very best to accommodate you. We can be flexible on minimum nights stayed if it's not in high season (July and August). Prices start from £90.00 per night for a minimum stay of three nights.

We take a 30% deposit upfront which secures the property. Eight weeks prior to your arrival we take the rest of the payment plus the £250.00 damages deposit (this is fully refundable at the end of your stay as long as the property is left as it's found).

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From the Owner

The country side surrounding the property is beautiful, with vines and sunflowers surrounding us, all our guests feel completely relaxed here. Spend the day exploring then come back here and relax by the pool or read a book on your terrace whilst watching the sun go down. Domaine de la barre gives you the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind and enjoy the beautiful French countryside.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Leisure Activities

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Lovely modern shower room comprising wc, basin and shower cubicle.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with twin beds.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: All bed linen and towels provided. The property is strictly non smoking We can offer a babysitting service on request Bikes to hire Outside: Domaine de la barre has lovely large gardens with beautiful views over the gentle rolling French countryside. It is not overlooked by any other property's, offering you uninterrupted views and complete privacy. The pool is shared with the owners and is a very generous 12m x 6m. It has a large terrace surrounding it, perfect for sun lovers but offering a welcome covered area for when it gets too much. There is also a summer kitchen where you can enjoy meals cooked on the BBQ or in the pizza oven. For families with young children there is a lovely play area with swings, slides and a see-saw all situated in a large sandpit. There's even a bench for parents to have a bit of a rest! Utility Room: Washing machine, iron and ironing board. Just outside the utility room is a washing line for your use. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedding and towels are included (this includes bath and separate pool towels). A cleaning service, mid stay bed change and maid service are all available on request at an additional cost.

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