Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
A charming French villa with pool set in the beautiful hillside of Montazels. With stunning views of the surrounding hillside and the infamous Rennes-le- Chateau, it is the ideal retreat for people who enjoy visiting cities and tourist attractions but like to have somewhere quiet to come and relax at the end of the day.
Modern and spacious inside with all the home comforts you could need. Each bedroom has stunning views of the surrounding hillside. A large patio door from the lounge opens up onto the spacious stone terrace. Ideal for sun bathing. If you aren't a sun worshipper, settle yourself under the covered veranda with a book and a glass of wine. On hot days, cool off in the clear blue swimming pool flanked by a mature Mediterranean garden.
Fully decorated with lovely furniture, this villa is light, spacious and immaculate throughout. With everything you could need to make your holiday as pleasurable as possible, this villa is a real home from home with the added bonus of a swimming pool, stunning views and wall to wall sunshine. This area averages about 300 days of sunshine a year so the odds of bad weather are minimal. The villa floor is stone tiled throughout making it very easy to keep clean. Choose to either dine inside or enjoy the weather and the view whilst you dine outside on the spacious covered veranda. There is a downstairs shower room which is very useful after a swim. Master bedroom with en suite shower room and separate lavatory. Twin and double share upstairs bathroom and lavatory. All have built in wardrobes. Twin room has TV with built in DVD player. The bedrooms all look out to the hills and when night falls, close the wooden shutters to ensure you wake up when you want to and not when the sun wants you to. There are plenty of shops on Esperaza and Couiza and a supermarket (5mins). Plenty of local speciality produce to try, like the Blanquette (Champagne), wines and nougat.
The pool is heated by the sun and so is only really useable May to October. The garden has it's own olive trees and fig trees which you are welcome to pick if you happen to be staying when they are ripe. The villa is set in 1000 sq metres of Mediterranean garden and is quite private. I'm sure you will be very tempted to stay and relax at the villa each day but if you fancy visiting one of the many attractions nearby, you will find it a very useful base for beaches, the skiing, the mountains, the towns and the historical sites. In fact there is so much to see and do in this area, you may well find yourself coming back.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne 40 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 40 km, Nearest railway: Montazels 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
From the wild areas of the high plateaux to the Mediterranean coast, Languedoc-Roussillon is a region with a thousand facets, and as many different ways to enjoy yourself.
Discover cities full of art, culture and history, whose inheritance stretches back several centuries, follow in the footsteps of famous historical characters...
Bask in the sun on more than 120 miles of unspoiled coastline, take in the breathtaking landscapes of the countryside, commune with nature or indulge in outdoor sports, get to know the locals and discover the art of living...
The citadel of Carcassonne looks like a medieval film set. The spectacular walled town is one of France’s most famous national monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally a Roman settlement, then a medieval walled town, it was built between the 12th and 14th centuries...
Medieval walled city with castle and shops within. Take a look at this website for details on events over the year. Well worth a visit.
Whether you’re looking for a sunshine ski resort, snowshoe resort, snowboarding area or just a peaceful mountain village, you’ll find it Languedoc-Roussillon
Camurac Ski Resort
Mixes the charm of a mountain village with skiing and other gliding sports, all the while preserving the environment. 15 Tracks on 2,5 hectares, heated picnic room - snack-bar - first aid post. At the bottom of the Tracks: ski renting. Regular buses and trains from Quillan
The mountains of Languedoc-Roussillon reach heights of almost 3000 metres in the Pyrenees , with the peaks of Canigou (2784m) and Carlit (2921m), and more than 1500m in the Massif Central, topped by Mont Lozère (1699m) and Mont Aigoual (1565m).
Languedoc-Roussillon is honeycombed with caves and caverns, forming one of the richest areas of subterranean landscape in France.
About 15 of them are open to the public. They contain extraordinary shapes, stunning colours, narrow passages and vast chambers… and some surprising images that seem to be sculpted from rock, such as the hundred-thousand soldiers of the Grotte de Trabuc, or the Medusa’s head in the Grotte de Clamouse. In these mineral kingdoms, lakes and rivers sometimes appear.
From the Camargue to the Côte Vermeille (Vermillion Coast), the spectacular coastline of Languedoc-Roussillon stretches for 150 miles along the Mediterranean Sea. It has some of the finest French beaches, a warm climate and clear waters that are thought to promote health: a perfect combination for family vacations.
A mix of family holiday resorts, health spas and ancient fishing villages cluster along the shore, backed by a hinterland of untouched natural beauty.
Unraval the mysteries surrounding the infamous Rennes-le-Chateau featured in The Da Vinci Code. Seen from the villa up on hillside.
Walking / Hiking
Aude en Pyrénées, crossroads of the Mediterranean, the Corbieres and the Pyrenees, is an ideal location to go hiking.
For riding, cycling and walking tours Europe has few better destinations than Languedoc-Roussillon. The varied landscapes of Languedoc-Roussillon make it one of Europe’s favourite locations for hiking, mountain biking, pony trekking and horse trail riding.
Languedoc-Roussillon, renowned for the diversity of its agricultural produce, boasts a delicious and authentic cuisine.
Based on olive oil, garlic and basil, this cuisine is typically flavoured with herbs of the Provencal garrigue (scrubland) such as thyme, rosemary, bay, savory.
Cheeses, wines, honey and fruit complement the rural and coastal specialities. Sampling the cuisine of Languedoc-Roussillon is still one of the best ways to really discover our region.
Take a walk in to nearby Esperaza, a quiet village with many shops including a bakery, bars, restaurants and pizzeria as well as a dinosaur and fossil museum. Don't miss the Sunday market.
Take the train from Esperaza station to the beautiful medieval city of Carcassonne (40 mins drive. Famous walled city and castle. Many events held all year round including on 14 July the traditonal setting light of the walled city which includes a world famous firework display.
Visit the thermal spas of Alet-les-Bain and Rennes-les-Bain. Approximately 10km away these thermal spas dating back to the Romans are well-known for their health-giving properties.
Unraval the mysteries surrounding the infamous Rennes-le-Chateau seen from the villa and featured in The Da Vinci Code. Visit ancient sites, chateaus, caves and Cathar castles.
Explore on foot or on bicicle. The Montagne Noir (Black Mountains) and Pyrennes, gorges, forests and rivers are all on your doorstep.
For wine lovers you have Minervois, Corbieres and Fitou which help make the region the biggest wine producer in France. You must try the French Champagne (Blanquette) which is made locally in Limoux.
Explore the market towns of Bram, Castlenaudry, Mirepoix, Revel and of course Carcassonne. Take a boat trip on the Canal du Midi from Carcassonne.
Canoeing and whitewater rafting available along the river Aude as well as fishing.
Beaches are just over 1 hour away. Narbonne (ideal for families) and Perpignon offer some beautiful beaches.
Barcelona is between 2.5 - 3 hours away if you fancy a touch of Spain.
Andorra is popular due to it's tax free status as well as it's ski resorts. Not far away but takes about 3 hours due to the nature of the roads.
If skiing is your thing, the nearest resort at 40kms away is Camurac, with 15 slopes, two of which are green, 8 blues, 2 red and 3 black. With 7 ski lifts, 13 snow canons and 14 km of cross-country ski tracks. Buses leave twice a day from Quillan (7kms) during the season.