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Luxury House on Canal du Midi own Pool nr Carcassonne - BIJOU



Updated: 21-Oct-2016
Family accomodation, On Canal du Midi, with Pool near Carcassone

Three 2 bedroom houses.

Tango has a sole use pool and Bijou/Pon Pon shared a heated salt water pools

Tango, Bijou and Pon Pon all have 2 bedrooms (1 double and a Twin) 1 bathroom.

Lounge/Dining Room with two seater sofa and 2 chairs, coffee table, TV and multi media centre. Tall uplighter lamp and a combination of halogen and LED lights for all moods.

Multi media centre provides TV via internet, numerous information channels and unlimited access to local information to help you make the most of your holiday.

Fully fitted kitchen with hob and oven, microwave, large fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, toaster kettle and coffee maker.

Bathrooms T

Tango has a shower room, Bijou a bath with shower over it. Pon Pon has a bath with shower over and also an en-suite to master bedroom.

Bijou's pictures are on the right hand side of photo section.

Located in the middle of a French village, Marseillette is elevated and runs alongside the Canal du Midi and overlooks the Alaric Mountains. Only 20 minutes away from the historic medieval walled city of Carcassonne.

The three gites are named after the horses that used to work the vineyards. While the horses have long gone the stables have been converted to two gites and the owner’s house. The property is on a UNESCO world heritage site and the stables (and chicken shed) have been developed. Come and see for yourself!

We believe that holidays are important and we will do everything we can to make your holiday memorable. All gites are equipped with food essentials (it’s like going to your own home but in a different place) salt, pepper, coffee, wine, beer, dishwasher tablets etc.. Oh and yes a little lunch on arrival.

Tango and Bijou have air-conditioning which is lovely and cool also great to use in the winter months. Pon Pon will be having air-conditioning installed shortly.

Tango (detached) sits in what used to be the orchard of Les Petites Ecuries. It is set in a private walled and gated garden with a sole use salt water pool (13 x 7 meters). Sleeps 4 (super king and 2 large singles) and have plenty of areas to chill out in the sun or shade as your mood takes you.

Bijou (the chicken shed) is now a 2 bedroom Gite, with kitchen dinning and lounge area. 2 large patios offer shade and sun. With views over the large garden/canal and the sole use / shared pool and Alaric Mountains it’s a place to rest or play, you decide.

Pon Pon is now a 2 bedroom Gite, with kitchen dining/lounge area and an en-suite to master bedroom. 2 large patios offer shade and sun. With views over the large garden/canal and the sole use / shared pool and Alaric Mountains it’s a place to rest or play, you decide


If you intend to spend most of your time at Petites Ecuries, then ask about our transfer service from Carcassonne airport and return for 30 euros.

Set on the border of the Corbieres & Minervois wine regions, it’s just 15 minutes from the Medieval Cite de Carcassonne and 45 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches.

To do!: Local places of interest.

Activities: The medieval walled city of Carcassonne, dates back to the 6th century. What better place to see the children's jousting events in August each year, great shows to watch, especially for those little people in the family. Typically you will need to invest in a sword afterwards and luckily these are available.

The O2 adventure park might have you shaking in your boots, Mum, but hey the children will love climbing the trees and walking along the ropes 20-30 metres up in the trees. Great fun for Dads and sons.

Sigean, an African Wildlife Park is 30 minutes away. Drive through sees all those animals, our favourites the Lions, Bears are there right up close and in your face. After the drive through you can walk around and see the rest of the animals, a great day out. We suggest you take a picnic and find a nice spot under the trees in the car park.

There are lots of local markets to visit and pick up home grown & local produce. You have Olanzac on Tuesday, Lezignan Wednesday

Activities nearby: Adventure park, badminton, bird watching, boating, boules, canoeing, canyoning, cycling, drawing and painting, fishing, flying, go karting, golf, gourmet dining, gym, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, photography, photography, sailing, sea excursions, shopping, sightseeing, skiing, snowboarding, squash, surfing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, theme parks, tree adventure park, walking, water skiing, water sports, white water rafting, wind surfing, wine tasting, wine touring.

Carcassonne (5.1 miles).

Carcassone's fortifications date back to the first century. They were thoroughly restored from 1853.

Basilica of Saint-Nazaire (Basilique St Nazaire) (9.2 miles).

The Basilica of Saint-Nazaire ia a jewel of the city of Carcassonne. It is a vast romanesque and go.

Mont tauch wine visitor centre (23.4 miles).

Mont tauch is a leading wine producer with a world famous reputation for producing high quality Fito.

Canal du Midi (34.1 miles).

The Canal du Midi or Canal des Deux Mers is a 240 km long canal in the south of France.

Aqualand Water Park - Port Leucate (34.6 miles).

Aqualand water park in Port Leucate, in the south of France.

Castillet, Perpignan (39.0 miles).

The Castillet is one of the landmarks in Perpignan.

Aqualand Water Park - Saint Cyprien (46.9 miles).

Aqualand water park in Saint Cyprien.

It’s a central location makes it the perfect holiday base for exploring the stunning Languedoc region and Carcassonne, Toulouse, Beziers, Narbonne and Limoux. There is a bakery in the village that sells other day to day provisions, perfect for breakfast. Carcassonne comes alive for children in July and August, so much to do to list here.

Within a few minutes’ walk you'll find the friendly Terrace Bar serving drinks and basic lunches and a Restaurant serving more gourmet lunches and dinners. A mobile pizza van also stops in the village twice a week. In the nearby town of Trebes, an 8 minute drive away, you will find a good choice of bars and restaurants and all amenities including 3 supermarkets, chemist, doctors, banks and a tourist info office. Capendu some 4 minutes away you have a small supermarket and other shops.

Help yourself to a drink from our canal side bar while watching the canal boats and cyclists drift by.

For those more energetic we have a vast range to cycles, for young and old alike. We have a follow on bike (great for the youngsters) for Dad or Mum to have your children push you along the canal paths. We provide helmets, chain locks and picnic sets.

More Details

Details for holiday home BIJOU, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Bijou is a 2 bedroom gite that is just newly built. Bijou has stunning views of the Canal du Midi and also the Auriac Mountains. A recently built project in an old stables. Shared swimming pool with Pon Pon.

Enter via the terrace over looking the pool to:

•Lounge/Dining Room with two seater sofas, coffee table, TV and multi media centre. Tall up lamp & a combionation of halogen and LED lights for all moods. Media centre provides TV via internet, numerous information channels and unlimited access to local information to help you make the most of your holiday. There is a 6 seater old refractory dining table.

•Kitchen with ultra modern induction hob and oven, microwave, large fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle and coffee maker.

Upstairs from the lounge there is:

•Bathroom With shower over bath, wash basin and toilet.

•Double Bedroom (with a 150X200 bed overlooking the back garden and Canal.

Bijou's pictures on righ

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Carol and Andrew Ross love rural France, the friendly people, the hot summers and mild winters, fresh fruit, blue skies, smell of cut grass and the sound of the village clock as it chimes the hours as they pass. Carol looks after the property while andrew works across Europe.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Andrew and Carol,

Thanks for a lovely holiday in excellent accomodation.

Wanted to write a review but can't find anywhere on the website to do so! Maybe it's just too full of other good reviews? Happy for you to cut and paste this somewhere. On the upside, Mum and Dad went by your way and picked up a case of wine for us so that will hopefully clear away some of the gloom we now face back here in the rain.

BW Fiona, sIMON, mEG and Frank
Jun 2012
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20 Reviews

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  • 5 of 5

Immaculate accomodation in a perfect location. We stayed in Bijou which was a delight, spacious and well equipped. My boys (aged 13 and 11 years) loved the pool, and as it is salt water there were no sore, red eyes after hours of swimming. The garden is beautiful and leads straight onto the Canal Du Midi - very scenic. You can walk or cycle for miles in either direction along the Canal, we did both - using mountain bikes available at the property. The boulangerie in the village provides essentials, the nearest supermarket is in Trebes, five miles away. Trebes is also the closest village for a selection of restaurants, most of which line the canal so are a great location for leisurely meals. A good location for days out; we visited a local lake ( Lac du Cavayere), villages a plenty ( Lagrasse is beautiful) and of course Carcassonne. The nearest beach is about thirty minutes away. All in all lovely accommodation in a great location. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very clean and well equipped accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay, Carol was very friendly and helpful and the accommodation was spotless. We appreciated the welcome goodies of bread, cheese, salad and wine and used the honesty bar during our holiday. The pool was great, the weather hot. Carcassonne was very beautiful, especially at night. The only downside was the mosquito bites, although not all of us had them. I would reccommend repellant and walking by the canal in the morning rather than the evening.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful relaxing time

  • 5 of 5

We had the perfect getaway at Bijou. Carol and Andrew were friendly and very informative, and helped us get settled quickly. And their welcome packet was perfect for our evening arrival. The unit was very well equipped, including the kitchen. The location was near to attractions yet very quiet with a view of the hills in the distance and the canal at the bottom of the garden. The bicycles were very comfortable for a ride along the Canal du Midi's toepath.

We thoroughly enjoyed the hosts, the comfort of the apartment, and the activities of the surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great holiday in a fantastic location !

  • 5 of 5

One of the most relaxed and enjoyable family holidays we have had, the location is perfect situated right on the canal for walking and bike rides. Bijou was exactly as described, clean, modern and equipped with everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable holiday. Carol and Andrew couldn't have been more friendly and helpful and helped make the holiday so relaxing and enjoyable. Thanks to Louie the dog for keeping us entertained, the children are missing you ! Hopefully we will be back again soon. Tricia, Matt, Tom & Olivia.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bijou villa in beautiful grounds

  • 5 of 5

After a stunning drive down through the varied landscapes of France we were greeted at the gates by Carol and her lovely (very large) dog, Louis who both showed us round the beautiful extensive gardens. We were staying in the Bijou a bright, airy, well appointed villa with a modern open feel. Carol had very kindly left a welcome pack which came in very handy as we had little time to shop for groceries that evening. Overall a charming place to stay with lots to see and do in the surrounding area. It would have been nice to have a Visitors Book in the villa. It’s always helpful to look at activities and restaurants that past guests have enjoyed, as well as adding your own thoughts into the book.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We have now gone and brought visitors books (one for each gite). Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Best wishes
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One of the best places we have ever stayed!

  • 5 of 5

Les Petits Ecuries is one of the best places we have ever stayed. The whole place was very well equipped and immaculately clean. The heated pool was a big hit with our two girls and at the back of the house the beautiful gardens lead down to the canal tow path. We particularly loved the well stocked honesty bars - with prices the same as you would pay locally, there was no need to keep carrying heavy drinks back from the shops. We stayed in Bijou which was very comfortable and more than big enough for a family of four.

Carol and Andrew were so welcoming and friendly and always available for any queries/local advice, whilst giving us complete privacy. The area was lovely with lots of things to do nearby and plenty of good restaurants (if you can get the children out of the pool)! We would highly recommend exploring on bikes which we borrowed from Andrew, as the canal towpaths are flat and make for easy cycling with no traffic. And not forgetting the friendly village boulangerie which stocks so much local produce as well as delicious bread and cakes.

We had a fabulous holiday, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

Petites Ecuries is in the middle of the Minervois wine growing region, surrounded by grapes and great wines. The canal flows at the bottom if its landscaped gardens. Enjoy: sun by the two pools; a drink at either of the 'Baa Baa' Bars; a sleep under the trees; or a game of boules, come sample the fun.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassone at 24 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : La Terrace, Marseillette at 100 Metres Nearest Ferry : Calais at 1000 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Carcassonne at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Carcassone at 16 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Trebes Exit from the route du solaire 21 at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : O Fil de l'O Marseillette at 200 Metres Nearest Ski : 2 hours Andorra or Pyrennes at 150 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lac de Cavayere at 15 Kilometres Car: recommended

Petites Ecuries is located in the middle of Marseillette village, near Carcassonne in the southern Minervois region of the Languedoc. It sits on a hill between the Canal du Midi and the river Aude.

If your looking to see and experience an authentic French village, explore the many villages and picturesque countryside, discover great wines and wonderful food then come on down, you’ll love it. Or if you’re like some of our quests they just laze around the pool and garden soaking up the sun. Watch the canal boats meander along the canal du midi at the bottom of the garden.

Want to explore a little further a field then follow Cathar history, check out Beziers, Minerve, Caves (Dinosaur), Narbonne & the Mediterranean Sea, Sigean Wild Life Park and Spain are all close by.

Marseillette has Boulangerie, Bar, Hotel, Cave and in nearby Trebes & Carcassonne you’ll find supermarkets, petrol, chemist, newsagent, banks etc.

The property sits within a UNESCO world heritage zone.

Golf: Carcassonne has a lovely 18 hole Par 71 - 5,758 metre golf course playable all year round with views of the Pyrenees and which is only a 20 minute drive away. A unique course provides a challenge on most holes, testing your skills and technical ability.

There are several other lovely Golf Courses throughout the region. Toulouse, Mazamet and Montpellier all about an hour away. We would be happy to book for you. We have a set of Gallaways you can use if your pushed for space, or half sets can be hired for 10 Euro at Carcassonne. Green fees are around 40 Euro per person or 70 Euro per couple. The driving range will cost you 2 Euors a bucket. Trolleys and electric Buggies are also available.

The Golf Club terrace restaurant and its 3 course lunch (18 Euro per person) overlooking the 1st Tee is a very nice place to relax after a round.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
1 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
31 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £268

We are now set up to take Paypal payments in sterling and Euro if you require.
Competitive pricing given the superb location and facilities. Flexible changeover days as we try to fit in with your flight and travel arrangements. Open all year round. 365 days of the year.
25% deposit required to confirm booking followed by final payment of the balance 8 weeks prior to the holiday.

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From the Owner

Private, on the Canal du Midi, minutes from many attractions.

Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Baby Gate
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 110 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom has hand basin, toilet and a shower over the bath.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes with shelves and plenty of hanging space with lots of coat hangers too. Master bed is a large double (queen) and has 2 bedside lamps. Twin bed has standard size singles and a bedside lamp inbetween the 2 beds.


  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

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


  • Pets are considered and there is no extra charge. Guests who wish to bring dogs please keep them off the furniture and do not to leave the animals alone in the gites or allow them in the pool. Please also clear up after your dogs both in the garden and in the local area. Dogs are allowed in restaurants as long as they are well behaved. The large garden around the property has a host of interesting places for children to explore and play. We have a vast range of bikes ranging from Daddy to toddler and also ride ons. The poll is heated May - Oct (end of school holidays).

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