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Stylish Artist's Domaine with Large Pool and Stunning Views of Pyrenees. 10 bed.

Overview

Property

Updated: 10-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 20
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the property

Chateau/Manor House in Montréal, Nr. Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Beautiful Domaine Of Artist In The South Of France

Les Jasses is about escape. The current owner gave up being a lawyer and came here to become an artist. The domaine sleeps 20 in comfort, grandeur and style; with huge bedrooms and bathrooms and beautiful living areas. Outside are terraces, gardens and a large private pool with views of the Pyrenees. The surrounding landscape is made up of pasture and woodland, with no close neighbours. Languedoc Roussillon is well known for its varied landscape and rural tranquility. At Les Jasses you can experience that peace and see the beauty of the region whilst relaxing in comfort and style. The area is perfect for hiking and cycling.

Les Jasses was once a convent - a place of contemplation for centuries - and still feels like a haven from the world. Three cars a day pass the end of the drive which leads to a landscape unchanged since Roman times. Despite the tranquility you will be within easy reach of airports, the Mediterranean coast, local monuments and tourist attractions. Montreal is the nearest village (7km) with shops, petrol, bakery, tennis courts and restaurant. Carcassonne airport (Salvaza) is 20 minutes away and Toulouse (Blagnac) an hour.

The set-up at Les Jasses is all about making you feel that you have arrived at a 'home-away-from-home'. We strive to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay, and we don't want to annoy you with a million regulations or house rules. We welcome children, and want you to be able to relax and enjoy your holiday the way you want to live it.

The house is the residence of well known artist Anthony Murphy and holds a varied art collection gathered over a lifetime. The house is furnished with antiques, art and books. On the ground floor there is tiled entrance hall large enough to roller skate in. Next to it is the drawing-room separated from the hall by large double doors. This is a good place to read or doze; and also leads out onto the terrace so the room is full of light. The house holds a decent library of English, French and Russian literature. There is even a Pushkin dictionary!

On the other side of the hall through an archway there is the kitchen and further on, through yet more double doors, there is the room with television. We have many DVD's for adults and children which you can borrow.

A stone spiral staircase leads up to the first and second floors. Here are eight double bedrooms four of which have their own private bathroom; one children's bedroom with four single beds; and one bedroom with a single. The house sleeps a maximum of twenty with ease. (Please note, one of the large double bedrooms is a walk through to an ensuite double bedroom. This room is huge, and is perfect for older children and adults.)

Domaine des Jasses is in a Natura 2000 park; an EU scheduled conservation area of outstanding beauty. The domain is double aspect throughout. Look out from one window and you can see for forty miles; look out of the window opposite and you can see for a further forty miles.

The grounds, including gardens, surrounding fields and wood, comprise 28 acres in total. The meadows hold many rare orchids.

The swimming pool is a tiled pool measuring 15.5 metres X 5 metres and 2 metres deep at the deep end. There are steps and a shallow end. There is a shelf all the way round the edge of the deep end for resting on. There is a pool alarm. At one end stands a small octagonal pool house for changing. A Cretan mosaic of an octopus lies at the foot of the pool steps.

The great fortress of Carassonne Cite is twenty minutes away. Its fairy tale towers and crenellations the fantasy castle of most children. The Cité de Carcassonne runs a major cultural festival from July through August. Rock concerts, jousting, fireworks – you name it they do it .

For the more contemplative there are the ancient medieval Abbeys of Frontfroide, Lagrasse, Alet-les-Bains and then in Toulouse the sublime St Sernin all in pink brick. Albi is not far.

There is a Carolingian church by the roadside on the way to Montolieu, the famous 'Village des Livres' (which attempts to emulate the Hay-on-Wye 'book town' in the UK). There are countless antiquarian bookshops, and several restaurants in this vibrant and pretty village. On the way to Montolieu you would cross the Canal du Midi which stretches from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Louis XIV had it dug to move his fleet more freely. You can hire boats or cycle the tow path for miles under the shade of the giant Plane trees.

The Mediterranean beaches are less than an hour away where you can sail and surf in Gruissan. Collioure a little further south is where Matisse and Derain lived and worked as a young men.

Towards Perpignan the Sigean safari park has - amongst other thrills – lions, rhinos and flamingos. Its situation by the sea is special.

Toulouse is a beautiful brick town of great elegance. St. Thomas Aquinas lies there in a golden casket.

There are countless stables nearby where both my daughters learnt show jumping and riding lessons or treks can be taken.

In winter the ski slopes of Andorra are a couple of hours drive.

Finally, for the classicist there are the ancient ruins of the Greek city of Empourias just over the border in Spain.

A LITTLE MORE HISTORY:

In the early 18th century Louis XIV granted Domaine des Jasses to the Ursuline nuns, provided they prayed daily for him and his family. These Letters Patent of King Louis are reproduced here by kind permission of the Archive Departement de l’Aude. There is a line of sight view of the walls of the Chateau de Montségur in the foothills of the Pyrenees where in 1244 over 200 Cathars chose death in an auto-da-fe rather than sign on the dotted line saying that the only true faith was Rome.

France was once divided into those speakers who said “oc” for yes and those that said “oui”. We know who lost the spiritual battle (The Cathars) but the people survived. This is still their region – the Languedoc; and they have been living here since they were given these lands by the Romans one thousand five hundred years ago. The Vatican has the list of the names of those who were burnt on March 16th 1244 at Montségur and those names still fill the Lavelanet telephone directory. Today this land is remembered for where Catharism took hold most successfully and where its uprooting was the most difficult. The house faces the pogue on which sits the ruined castle of Montségur where the final siege took place . We are in the heart of the countryside where the churches emptied and the local folk, instead ,took into their houses these traveling, weaving ‘parfaits’ who would teach them their dualist cosmology. St.Dominic was drafted in to take on the parfaits in public debates. The house where he lived is still standing in Fanjeaux up the road. Originally part of the Roman Empire you can still take their very straight roads in most directions. Narbonne was a large Roman port and you can see where the chariot wheels have worn ruts in the cobbles of the via Domitia the oldest Roman road in Gaul.

More Details

About the Owner

Anthony Murphy
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 March, 2017

About Anthony Murphy

My uncle Richard Murphy became a poet and although I was taught at Westminster and Oxford to become first a barrister,then banking lawyer at Clifford Chance , it just wasn't me . I had won an Emmy as Tom Brown in the BBC's 1970 production of Tom Brown's Schooldays so I knew there were less respectable careers to be had . I abandoned my desk in Paris and headed South to try my luck . Domaine des Jasses entered my life and our partnership continues to this day. My sculptor friend, Brian Wall, from San Francisco says you can see its influence on me in my work. Long may it last. I have to travel alot putting on exhibitions . I have three studios ; one in the wing which you are welcome to visit ; one in London and one in Ireland . My children are nearly all grown up and so I mainly just paint.

Why Anthony Murphy chose Carcassonne surroundings

Les Jasses is about escape. The current owner gave up being a lawyer and came here to become an artist. Languedoc Roussillon is well known for its varied landscape and rural tranquility. At Les Jasses you can experience that peace and see the beauty of the region whilst relaxing in comfort and style. The area is perfect for hiking and cycling. Despite the tranquility you will be within easy reach of airports, the Mediterranean coast, local monuments and tourist attractions.

The set-up at Les Jasses is all about making you feel that you have arrived at a 'home-away-from-home'. We strive to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay, and we don't want to annoy you with a million regulations or house rules! We welcome children, and want you to be able to relax and enjoy your holiday the way you want to live it. We look forward to welcoming you here!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The convienent location 20 mins from Carcassonne, 1 hour from beaches and 45 minutes from skiing make Les Jasses a fantastic holiday location. With the large 15x5m pool, extensive gardens and surrounding countryside to explore - there is however, no need to really leave the large Domaine at all!

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From the Owner

Les Jasses is about escape. The current owner gave up being a lawyer and came here to become an artist. Languedoc Roussillon is well known for its varied landscape and rural tranquility. At Les Jasses you can experience that peace and see the beauty of the region whilst relaxing in comfort and style. The area is perfect for hiking and cycling. Despite the tranquility you will be within easy reach of airports, the Mediterranean coast, local monuments and tourist attractions. The set-up at Les Jasses is all about making you feel that you have arrived at a 'home-away-from-home'. We strive to make you as comfortable as possible during your stay, and we don't want to annoy you with a million regulations or house rules! We welcome children, and want you to be able to relax and enjoy your holiday the way you want to live it. We look forward to welcoming you here!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Carcassonne at 15 Kilometres

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Spring 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
£692
for 2 nights
From
£346
£1,946
£5,190
 
 
Mid Summer 2017
17 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£2,422
for 7 nights
£2,422
 
 
Summer Holidays 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£4,325
for 7 nights
£4,325
£17,301
 
 
Late Summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,038
for 3 nights
From
£346
£3,028
£8,650
 
 
Autumn 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£692
for 2 nights
From
£346
£1,687
£4,325
 
 
Christmas 2017/18
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,298
for 3 nights
From
£433
£3,893
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£692
for 2 nights
From
£346
£1,687
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £865

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner for more details.
Heating fee charged at cost during low seasons.
Catering and part/full time housekeeping can be arranged subject to availabilty. Please enquire at time of booking.

Changeover Day:
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 10-Mar-2017
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Facilities

From the Owner

The convienent location 20 mins from Carcassonne, 1 hour from beaches and 45 minutes from skiing make Les Jasses a fantastic holiday location. With the large 15x5m pool, extensive gardens and surrounding countryside to explore - there is however, no need to really leave the large Domaine at all!

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

General

  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom: toilet, tub/shower Bathroom 2: toilet, tub/shower Bathroom 3: toilet, tub/shower Bathroom 4: toilet, tub/shower Bathroom 5: toilet, tub/shower Bathroom 6: toilet, tub/shower

Bedrooms

  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 9
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 20 (10 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20 Blue Bedroom: 1 double En Suite Red Bedroom: 1 double En Suite Ciel Bedroom: 1 double En Suite Chintz Bedroom: 1 double En Suite Architects Bedroom: 1 double Blue Damask Bedroom: 1 double En Suite

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and Linen are included. Housekeeper Optional.

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