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
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|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||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.
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2 Sep 2014
"A lovely, well equipped house with beautiful views in an incredibly interesting area."
The house is in very good condition and has everything in it that you could possibly want. The welcome bottle of wine was a lovely touch as was the call to check that all was well from Rose, the contact person. What a joy to actually have comfortable beds while on holiday and with good quality linen.
We had not realised that the house was in the foothills of the Pyrenees which means that it is very green and there are stunning views of the hills from the house and patio. There is so much to see in the area that three weeks was not enough time to do it justice. It is an easy 20 minute walk into Esperaza which has a range of shops and a wonderful sunday market and the supermarket and several wineries are only a five minute drive away.
Rose and Terry were the most supportive couple I have come across in 15 years of holiday rentals and certainly made the holiday more enjoyable.
The only downside was that the upstairs TV did not work and there were no DVDs.
8 Aug 2014
"Wonderfull house in 'real France' with great views."
A wonderfull house and outdoor space. A great place to relax. Plenty of things to do, for all ages, in surrounding area.
Rose and Terry, just a phone call away ,were very helpfull.
We have now decided we would like to live in this area.
23 Jul 2014
"Relaxing stay, had everything we could possibly want"
The villa is situated in a lovely position - quiet and private with a great views onto the surrounding hills. Both Esperaza and Couiza are only a 5 min drive away with a good variety of cafes, shops and restaurants. There is loads to do in the surrounding area provided you have a car, the highlight for us being canoeing down the Aude which was tremendous fun.
18 Jul 2014
"Fantastic views, villa offered all you could possibly need for a fab break"
We travelled here with some friends for our annual French break. What a lovely surprise, the villa was kitted out with everything you could possibly want. Pool was great and the views were fantastic. Essential shops were within a good walk. This location is idealy suited as a springboard to many interesting places to visit. The holiday villa proved so good that our friends immediately booked for a further stay within a few weeks. You do need a car to make the most of this marvellous setting. Highly recommended.
3 Dec 2013
"Didn't want to return home"
Had a two week stay here in September 2013, one week as a couple and the other with our daughter and three of her friends. The villa is located on a hill in a very peaceful and private location, with … More
20 Oct 2013
"Excellant family holiday and facilities"
We had an extremely enjoyable family holiday (two adults and three children) at Rennes View in the village of Montazel between Couiza and Esperaza, with lovely views across the valley to Rennes Chatea… More
20 Aug 2013
"Lovely bright house in a great location"
We first stayed in this house in September 2009 and have just come back from a weekend in March 2013. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Once again the house didn't disappoint. It is in a lovely area between the two villages of Couiza and Esperaza ( a short drive or 15 minutes walk to either one). It is extremely peaceful. The house is well equipped, light and comfortable with lovely views. There is a nice terrace looking towards the mountains for breakfast or for a relaxing evening drink at the end of the day . There are plenty of towels, bedding and kitchen utensils. The people who maintain the house are exceptionally friendly and helpful and they live in the area. As it was March they ensured the central heating was on if we needed it and although we were blessed with very good weather we did need it in the evening. When we were there in the summer we enjoyed the lovely pool area.
On a general note the house is in a great place for exploring the area, in particular. Esperaza is right on the river and has a fabulous Sunday market which is a must, the fresh produce is wonderful, there is also a very good butchers in Esperaza; Quillan, another market town has quite a few good places to eat, of the many would recommend La Galerie, Quillan also has a train/bus service to Carcassonne which was excellent and only 2 euros return each!; Limoux has a lovely square where you can watch the world go by or explore it's winding streets, you'll get a good value set lunch, one of the best supermarkets in the area, Le Clerc is only about 5 minutes from Limoux ; Rennes le Bain, is a lovely little spa town were you can take a nice stroll over the quaint bridges or relax under the plane trees and Rennes le Chateau which you can reach through the village of Couiza, it winds up a long twisting road to the top but you are rewarded by breathtaking views towards the Pyrenees and there is a very interesting little church. We would also recommend Domaine Gayda in Brugairolles (23.95 euros for 3 courses with wine to match the food) again it has panoramic views of the Pyrenees.
1 Apr 2013
"Lovely, relaxing stay in well-equipped villa with beautiful views"
We stayed in Rennes View in Montazels from 24 to 31 May 2012. The villa is in a lovely and peaceful part of Languedoc, surrounded by rolling hills and trees. We wanted to get away from it all for a … More
28 Oct 2012
The property was okay although the pool was smaller than the pictures would suggest. We always holiday with elderly parents and were disappointed in that the property was not suitable for those with restricted mobility. We pointed out that the property details on the website were therefore misleading in this respect and were assured that this was a genuine mistake and would be amended. This has not been done and we would just like to warn potential visitors that the access to the property is difficult for those with restricted mobility.
18 Sep 2012
"Lovely pool with lovely views"
After a week spent near Limoge where the temperatures were very hot it was great to arrive ar Rennes View and have full usage of the lovely clean pool.Really enjoyed lazing around it looking out at the surrounding hills.Well worth a visit is Rennes le Chateau which is on the top of the hill seen from the house.Lovely bedrooms and light and airy open plan lounge/diner and kitchen.Although we had mixed weather it was great watching the thunderstorms on an evening from the patio window.
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