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Cottage With pool, set in a private 5 hectare domaine, perfect for nature lovers

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Cenne Monesties, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Private And Quiet Location, Surrounded By Nature, Ideal For Those Looking To Get Away From It All.

The Domaine de Badens is a beautiful 5 hectare property, situated on the edge of the village of Cenne Monestiés in the southern French department of Aude. It is nestled in mature oak and pine forests and borders the Lampy river. Wildlife is abundant and the domain is very private, very calm and entirely at the disposition of the renters. The gite is situated 100 metres from the main house on the property, an old mill that was built in 1885; the other buildings onsite are awaiting restoration and yet not inhabited. The gite is newly renovated in a manner that respects local traditions but also assures comfort. The gite includes two principal bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom and an additional small study that can serve as a single bedroom or office. This room has beautiful views over the valley of Cenne Monestiés, with distant glimpses of the Pyrenees and the Pic de Bugarach. A fully equipped kitchen. A large open plan dining and sitting area with wood-burning fireplace. A high chair can be provided. The house is generally child friendly but parents of young children are encouraged to vigilant when outside. Dogs are welcome on the condition that they do not harass the wildlife or destroy furniture and fittings. Dogs should be restrained from chasing the neighbours cats who are also occasional visitors to the property!

Tim Collins
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
14 May, 2017

About Tim Collins

We are biologists who live and work for the most part in Africa. We formerly worked in Congo (Brazzaville) but also have a foot in Kenya, where Hild (who is Belgian) works on a project to census elephants. Tim (who is British) researches whales and dolphins in two regions - central west Africa and the Northern Indian Ocean. We have a young son who revels in being outside and being very very dirty. We are animal fanatics and our house contains a riot of various beasts. We love peace and quiet, being in nature and sharing long meals with friends and neighbours.

Why Tim Collins chose Castelnaudary area

Tim's parents have lived in Aude for over 20 years and investing in a house in the region ourselves was not too difficult. We love the area, its people and its many traditions. We are wildlife fanatics and the property is alive with native European animals (deer, boar, badgers, foxes, martens, bats, owls, hares, red squirrels and a slew of amazing birds, occasional peregrines included. The village of Cenne Monesties is unashamedly arty, something we greatly appreciate, and its inhabitants include writers, artists, painters, sculptors, dancers and acrobats. The region is alive with history, including wonderful castles with suitably gruesome and/or romantic pasts (great for kids), cultural events (theatre, music, arts festivals), traditional markets, lots of outdoor activities (walking, cycling, golf, kayaking, climbing etc).

What makes this cottage unique

We enjoy the peace and quiet - the property can feel a million miles from anywhere yet the village shop is a quick 5 minute drive or cycle down the hill. There are pleasant walks, an abundance of quiet corners, beautiful views and the ever present sound of nature being busy. At night you might hear owls or the occasional deer barking, but not much else. The river is true Swallows and Amazons, and adults and kids alike can revel in exploring its sunlit pools and many fishing spots. The region has many good gites, but we struggle to leave ours and always look forward to going back. Its a special place.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Cenne-Monestiés in Aude

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite bathroom in Bedroom 1 with bath/shower, wc. Ensuite bathroom in Bedroom 2 with shower, wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed. Study can also be equipped with a single bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Outside: Outdoors the cottage has two large terraces (one an American style wooden deck surrounded by mature oaks) with barbecue. A small pool (5 x 3 metres) provides welcome relief in the heat of August. Outdoor furniture (table, chairs, umbrella and sun loungers) is available on both terraces and dining and relaxing outdoors is easy. Utility Room: Washer, Dryer, Iron, Ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is fully equipped with towels and linens. Cleaning services can be provided at the end of your stay for a small fee. Other: A small study occupies a small room above the living space. The study provides beautiful views over woodland with distant views of the Pyrenees. Two large terraces, one in front (sunlit) and one in back (shady) provide additional living space.


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(2 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

It's was a wonderful time in a wonderful place.The magic is there in the morning, surrounded by songs of birds in the sun, all day nature offered me moments of happiness intence and the setting of the day through the branches is to melt with joy. When night falls, the sky and its thousands of stars is within reach. I slept in the tower in the midst of the summits of the trees, the gentle night sounds of the forest lulled me. A sublime place if you are listening to the surroundings ... A little paradise on earth.

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, tranquil surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We booked this beautiful house for a relaxing two week holiday in the lovely region of Languedoc-Roussillon, taking the Eurostar to Avignon then driving. This property looked great online and then exceeded our expectations, it's finished to a very high standard and you have all the space you could need both inside and out. I thoroughly enjoyed sunning myself on the patio then jumping into the pool to cool down, you then have a private patio at the rear of the house where we had several BBQ's in the evening. The wooded setting is idyllic, so peaceful, it's worth taking a walk around the back of the property to see the old dam. There's also plenty to do in the area, we went to the market in Mirepoix several times to stock up the kitchen cupboards and the butchers in Alzone is superb. We took day trips to Carcassonne and Mazamet as well as exploring the local towns and villages. I can highly recommend Maison Gayda for a delightful meal with stunning scenery, you may also want to visit their winery as well as Les Cedres de Robert not far from the house.

Tim and Hilde were delightful and made us feel very welcome, booking the property was easy and we throughly enjoyed our holiday. The house is not only a great base to explore the area it's a pleasure stay in, shame we had leave!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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
High Season
24 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings will be confirmed once a non-reimbursable deposit is paid - this will comprise 25% of the total rental fee for rentals of 1 week and 15% of the total rental fee for bookings of 2 weeks or longer.

Changeover Day:
Saturday has become the preferred changeover day (a client preference) but this is not a hard and fast rule. Guests are asked to vacate the property by 10am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:

Prices are calculated by week and vary seasonally. Weekly rentals are prioritized but daily rentals are possible when available at :
High Season (now reduced for 2016) - €142/day or €~999 per week.

Mid Season - €120/day or €800 per week (including periods immediately before and after high season, ascension, and half-term breaks)

Low Season - €100/day or 600 per week (all other periods)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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