Sleeps 14
Price per week £8000—£15500

We had a blissful time, the house was every bit as fabulous as we'd remembered it, and we are already making plans to go again next year!

Hannah, Oxfordshire

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Living Space

6 bedrooms:
First floor (main house)
Master double suite with en suite bathroom and own sitting room with daybed
3 double en suite bedrooms on the first floor with beamed ceilings
(2 of these can be made into twins)

Garden wing
2 double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
1 more double and 1 single bedroom available for staff or teenagers

Salle de Jeux (this room offers access onto the large pool)
Professional kitchen
Pantry for prepping food
Downstairs loo
Pool house with sink and fridge
Pool shower
Pool loo

A large terrace at the south end is ideal for evening drinks
Another terrace to the west is also great for eating and drinking outside with a beautiful teak table to seat 12
Landscaped courtyard with large, shaded teak table to seat 14 perfect for lunch

Amenities

Swimming Pool (16 x 8m)
The pool has electrically operated floating cover and a thermal exchange heating system
Tennis court
Tennis rackets and balls
Unopiu sofa and armchairs in the shade by the pool
Badminton rackets and shuttlecocks
2 mountain bikes
Full central heating
Fans in bedrooms
WiFi in main house
All bedrooms have Satellite TV
All of the bedrooms have DVD players
Huge library of DVDs (literally hundreds)
Table Tennis
A wide selection of games
The fumoir – cinema space with surround sound, Sky, Satellite, DVD and BluRay
Freesat is available in the fumoir
Freesat is available in the Salle de Jeux
I-Pod docking station
Samsung fridge with ice maker and water
2 Smeg ovens
Ice maker in bar
Printer and office available by arrangement
White Company linen and towels throughout
Waffle bathrobes in every bathroom
Complimentary lotions and potions in every bathroom
2 cots
18C fireplace in courtyard outside perfect for barbeques and for warmth in the evening
Vegetable garden

Domestic Services

Daily maid service 4 hrs a day (more by arrangement)
Live-in guardiens
Laundry service by arrangement

High quality chef (and chef’s assistant) can be arranged and payable on top

Location

Maison Françoise is located 3km from the village of Montlaur, where there is a convenience shop, post office, butcher and bakery, and a small local bar

Lezignan-Corbieres is a 30 minute drive, where there are large supermarkets, good butchers, fishmongers, patisseries and green grocers

Carcassonne is 35 minutes by car, a walled city with a Saturday market

Lagrasse is 20 minutes by car, and has a small market

Narbonne is a 50 minute drive, and has an enormous covered market open everyday

Canal du Midi is 1hr away by car

Leucate and La Franqui (both sandy beaches) are 45 minutes by car, and also have great windsurfing and kite surfing

Transport

Fly to Carcassonne airport from London and many regional airports including Liverpool, Nottingham and Edinburgh.
The house is an easy 25 minute drive from Carcassonne airport.
Also fly to Toulouse, Montpelier, Beziers, Perpignan and Gerona – all within 1 1/4 hours drive.

Local Information

Just behind the house you can walk up onto the Montagne Alaric which is the tallest in the area and offers stunning views to the Minervois and Pyrenees. It lies in an area of outstanding beauty, dotted with quaint villages that hold numerous fetes and other activities during the summer months, as well as regular markets.
The hillsides are covered with easy trails from which to enjoy the splendid scenery and explore the ancient ruins that dot the area. There are a number of waterfalls and swimming lakes.

Use the 2 house bikes to discover the wonderful local mountain biking.
There are some fantastic equestrian hacks on the doorstep. Horses can be arranged in advance.

The annual Carcassonne summer festival is now established as one of the premier events in southern France. In the summer months music festivals are prolific and the Ceret Museum of Modern Art exhibits the works of Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Miro and many others.

There are excellent local wines. with a wide choice of restaurants in the area addressing every level of sophistication.
Carcassonne has an International-standard golf course complete with great views of the old City

Acrobranche/ziplining is an amazing but slightly scary sport which can be experienced in a number of nearby locations.

Our View

It’s difficult to know where to start with this paradise as we were properly blown away – and that’s saying something!

Arriving at this lovely property we were struck by the quiet in the surrounding valley. Set above a tiny winding road which leads into a nearby gorge the house sits proud with lovely views.

With its glorious setting and spectacular views the English owners of this palatial house have thought of everything to ensure your comfort and relaxation is complete.

The house has been transformed from an ancient wine barn on 120 acres of one of the most beautiful valleys  in the French Languedoc.

The interiors (designed by Sam Todd-Hunter) are regularly shown on the cover of magazines, they are stylish and well thought out. Each bedroom is a different colour with sumptuous furnishings & high quality sheets and towels.

The huge swimming pool offers fantastic views across the valley to the mountains beyond. The garden has been beautifully designed with some great planting.There are several house bicycles and helmets (more can be hired) as well as ping pong, tennis and table football. It is a paradise for children and adults and all immaculately kept up by the very gracious Mike and Geraldine.

The house runs like clockwork and has every single modern update you could desire. There are cocktails on offer at the bright blue bar (verrrrry James Bond) and even a whole room dedicated to games. Nobody is going to be bored at this house, we just love it!

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