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Villa In Caunes With Large Private Pool And Stunning Views. Friday changeover.

Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Caunes-Minervois, nr Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Tranquil Setting Less Than 10 Minutes Walk To Centre Of Village With Shops, Restaurants, Bank

Villa Nova is situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Caunes, with fantastic far-reaching views across the village, the Abbey and countryside. The villa has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on each floor, making it ideal for family get-together or for 2 families holidaying together. The villa is well-appointed with flat-screen TVs (English and French channels), wifi internet, billiards room, large well-maintained salt-water pool, boules pitch, board games, books and music system to keep all ages entertained. Traditional shutters on bedrooms and tiled or wood floors throughout help to keep the house cool in summer, and air conditioning in the kitchen and living rooms provide additional comfort. During the cooler months the house can be heated by electric radiators, air conditioning, and the wood burner in the living room. Ideally positioned on a quiet, private road with no through traffic yet within walking distance (10 mins) to all the village amenities including a choice of restaurants (some might be seasonal), a pizzeria, cafes, bakery selling lovely fresh baguettes and croissants, a small supermarket and butcher, a bank, doctors, pharmacy, hair salon, and artisan workshops.

*Planned upgrades to the ground-floor bathroom and 4th bedroom are due to take place during winter 2017. Please bear in mind that the 4th bedroom will not have the antique single beds from 2018 as we feel they are in need of replacement. Instead, it will either have a king or 2 x standard single beds.

More Details

Jenny Rutherford
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

Why Jenny Rutherford chose Caunes-Minervois

We fell in love with Villa Nova and the amazing location the moment we walked up the front steps, turned and looked across the terrace at the view beyond. At the time, we didn't know anything about the house or selling price as the owners were away, and it was only by word of mouth that we heard about it before it was listed with the agent.

We had been looking for a property for approx. 12 months and had viewed many and varied houses across the Languedoc region. Villa Nova had everything we were looking for and more. Luckily it didn't need any major work, just a few minor upgrades such as new windows and shutters in the living areas, and the new security pool cover to comply with local regulations.

Since buying the house in 2014 we have enjoyed some very happy times there with family and friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Slept like a log! An amazing "chill out" place. Weather great, accommodation fantastic!
Sep 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Caunes-Minervois in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor bathroom with shower, bath, bidet and washbasin. Separate toilet. First floor bathroom with shower, twin washbasins. Separate toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Superking bed or 2 x singles, opens onto terrace, views
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Ground floor, French doors to terrace, views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Superking or 2 x singles, door to balcony, views
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 2 large antique singles, balcony, views
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 + cot (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: all have views to front and either a terrace or balcony. Bed 1 - King size bed, french doors to terrace Bed 2 - superking or 2 x singles, french doors to terrace Bed 3 - King size bed or twin beds, French doors to balcony Bed 4 - 2 large antique single beds, French doors to balcony All bedrooms have views, hair dryers, wardrobe or hanging/storage space
  • Books ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Friday changeovers. A travel cot and high chair are available on request. This house has a no-smoking and no-pets policy. Outside: Outside you will find various seating/dining areas to choose from.The large gas BBQ is superb for those alfresco meals on a warm summer's evening. Relax on the shaded front terrace overlooking the village or on the sun loungers beside the pool with it's stunning rural views. The large, private salt-water pool is cleaned weekly during your stay and is secured by a manually operated safety cover which complies to French regulations. A pool shelter provides an ideal shady spot to dine or read beside the pool away from the sun. Play boules (known as petanque) on the boules pitch behind the house with the boules provided. Utility Room: The utility room is downstairs in the 'cave' or cellar and has washing machine, tumble dryer, airer, fridge-freezer, iron, ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen is provided including beach/pool towels and bath towels. The property will be clean on arrival and we ask that it be left in a similar condition upon departure. Other: A games room is situated downstairs, with continental billiard table and darts board. A variety of board games, books, toys, boules and pool toys are available for use.


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A lovely property with a great pool and plenty of space

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A lovely property with a great pool and plenty of space. This is a fantastic place to spend time relaxing and enjoying the fabulous south-west climate. Great wines too! Attractions in the surrounding area are little limiting for children but the accomodation itself is well equipped for entertaining the little ones.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stuart, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your stay in Caunes and the wonderful surroundings and climate of the area. Hope to see you again. Kind regards Jenny
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Just a little tired

  • 3 of 5

The villa was as advertised but sadly was all a little tired. Settees in the sitting room sagged, armchairs in the terrace area had cushions on hardboard, loungers had only two positions - semi upright or flat, bathrooms were very small and quite dated, the best was our bedroom - good bed and a good size, oh and the fridge - excellent

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, your comments are appreciated. We are pleased that you did enjoy your holiday as mentioned in your email. Kind regards Jenny
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Fantastic family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in Caunes this summer and had an absolutely wonderful time. The villa was wonderful, the pictures didn't really do it justice.

We did have one day trip, to Carcassonne, but apart from that didn't feel the need to go anywhere, we were all so happy lazing around the pool.

We did eat out a few times in the village and we also regularly walked down to the patisserie in the morning to buy breakfast.

I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing, quiet break in a beautiful part of the world.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jonathan Thanks for your lovely review. We're glad you enjoyed your holiday in Caunes. It is definitely a relaxing and peaceful place. Kind regards Jenny
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A not-to-be-missed villa!

  • 5 of 5

Just home from a wonderful family holiday in this lovely villa. We were grandparents, parents and their siblings down to baby grandson and all of us had a great time. The position of the villa is second-to-none in its peaceful garden with stunning views. The spacious villa interior is beautifully done, and is extremely well-equipped.

As well as energetically climbing up to the castles at Lastours we equally enjoyed lazing by the large pool or having drinks before supper on the terrace looking out over sunlit roofs and gardens to the Abbey. Jenny was extremely helpful throughout and delightful to deal with. Altogether an idyllic rental and I recommend this villa very highly.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review. I'm so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday and found the villa to be well-equipped. Hopefully you will visit Caunes again one day. Regards Jenny
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Excellent large villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a very nice villa and is a very good size for 8 people - as another reviewer said, it is bigger than it looks from the photos. Great swimming pool with views over village, good patio areas for evening dining with great views over the village. Modern, but with many rustic features.

It is on the edge of the village with Med forest behind - so very nice surroundings. The village has a good ambiance with an interesting old quarter and abbey.

Great wines in the vicinity for tasting and walks in the hills around from where some of the ornamental stone came for Versailles.

We had a very relaxing time and enjoyed ourselves. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your holiday in Caunes and hope you will visit again one day.
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Amazing location!

  • 4 of 5

The villa is lovely and very well equipped and much larger than the pictures show. We stayed with 4 adults and 4 children and there was plenty of room. The room layouts are quite flexible and you can easily accommodate 2 families.

The pool was lovely and a good size and was cleaned once during our stay which was sufficient. The owner answered my numerous questions before arrival and were very helpful.

The location is amazing with beautiful views. You can drive to Carcassonne, or up into the mountains, tour vineyards or just walk into the village and have a long lunch...perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to leave your review. I'm so pleased you found the villa to be comfortable and well-equipped, and that you enjoyed the ambience of Caunes-Minervois and the surroundings. Regards Jenny
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Caunes is situated in the very productive wine region of the Minervois, with many wine cellars and domains nearby where you can sample the local produce. The area is also known as Cathar country and is steeped in history with many sites worth a visit for keen historians, such as Lastours, Carcassonne and Peyrepertuse.

For nature-lovers or those seeking an active holiday, the area offers opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, cycling, climbing, tennis, golf, skiing.

A few kilometres from Caunes, Ammonite Pottery holds pottery lessons where you can learn to throw pots on a wheel, ideal for both children and adults.


A lake at Carcassonne has many family activities during summer. The sandy beaches of the Med can be reached in less than an hour, and provide a variety of amenities and activities.


Carcassonne airport (served by Ryanair with reasonably-priced fares from many UK cities) is 20 minutes from the villa.

Other airports within reach are Beziers (1hr), Toulouse (1hr15mins), Perpignan (1hr30mins). Car hire is available at these airports.

Although not essential, a car is recommended to make the most of the activities and sight-seeing in the area.

Caunes is approximately 10 hours drive from Calais, mainly on the superb toll ways.


Carcassonne and its fortified old town La Cite, a World Heritage site, are only 20 minutes drive. The canal du midi, another world heritage site, is also within easy reach and offers boat trips or walking and cycling along its banks.

Narbonne, 40 mins, is a charming town on the canal, while the city of Toulouse (1 hr 15 mins) offers a wider choice for culture lovers. The Spanish border is approximately 2 hours and Barcelona 3 hours.

Further Details:

The local shops in Caunes sell a variety of lovely local fresh produce and general goods and can all be reached on foot, but for a wider selection there is a large supermarket within 10 mins drive.

Caunes is famous for its pink marble, which is still quarried today, and marble sculptures can be found dotted around the village. A marble sculpting competition is held in June every year.

The village holds a small market on Thursdays, while larger markets can be found at nearby towns, notably Olonzac on Tuesday mornings.

The 12th century Abbey in Caunes can be seen from the villa, and is spectacular at night when lit. The Abbey hosts a number of music events throughout summer.

The area is known as Cathar country, with the ruins of several Cathar castles in driving distance.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Caunes-Minervois, Carcassonne area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
1 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2 - Peak
29 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
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 £400

Booking Notes:
A 25% non-refundable deposit is payable on booking. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival, when a refundable security deposit of £400 is payable also which will be refunded after a full inventory is completed, and within 28 days of end of stay. An additional £40 will be charged if the BBQ is not clean on departure.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday but may be flexible depending on bookings, so please ask. Checkout time is 10.00 am. Check-in after 4.00 pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices include all bed linen and towels. Prices listed may be subject to change.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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