Le Manoir de Cantalauze
About the home
In the peaceful and beautiful setting of a panoramic working vineyard , this handsome large period farmhouse is stylishly decorated throughout, with solid new oak beds & furniture as well as benefitting from a luxurious authentic French kitchen. An imposing spacious and light house offering everything you would expect from a dream holiday home. With traditional painted shutters and original terracotta roof tiles, it evokes the very essence of romantic French country living.
To complement this, guests will find a stunning & extensive pool area in the old walled garden , with a large adult & a separate children's pools. This charming area , covering nearly an acre , is shared with any guests staying at L'ancien Pigeonnier nearby. Dine on your own terraces, front and rear, or in the shade of the clubhouse where BBQ and other facilities are available,including table tennis . Framed by old pine trees and lovely stone walls , the area is planted with cypresses , old olive , pomegranate and almond trees as well as many local herbs and shrubs .
|Size:||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Narbonne plage, 65km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pools:||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Childrens pool|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The ground floor is a lovely open airy space featuring the original decorative tiles in the large living area , complemented by new Italian deep red tiles in the kitchen / dining room .
The living room has plenty of comfortable seating for all the family to relax and watch TV or DVDs after a relaxing day in the sun . As well as 2 large settees in one half of the living room facing the TV and rear french windows , you will find a chaise longue and armchair on the on other the side allowing some quieter moments to be enjoyed. The french windows lead out to a marble rear terrace where guests can breakfast in the morning sun or enjoy the shade during the heat of the day . There is an internet connection for those who need to stay in touch with distant friends and colleagues . We have a selection of DVD films to borrow if you or the children wish to unwind in theevening .
Off the living room you will find a fully equipped laundry room and washroom .
The kitchen has been traditionally designed with hand made cupboards using antique doors whilst the extensive work surfaces are topped with striking local Languedoc red granite . The kitchen has al lthe equipment you need to feed a large hungry family . The pleasure of dining around the large oak dining table can be further enhanced during winter months by lighting the open fire .
To the front of the house is a further marble terrace with a large teak table permitting dining al fresco for all the family and friends .
The 2 bedroom levels feature the lovingly restored original oak floors , whilst the facilities have been improved by removing old partitions and building 3 new bathrooms , all featuring large open tiled showers and marble topped vanity units . The en suite master bedroom also has a large bath , whilst the top floor features a very large bathroom with twin showers and sinks .
The first floor bedrooms benefit from fans to cool the summer nights , with air conditioning for the top floor 3 bedrooms for those who like it even cooler . The traditional Languedoc design of thick walls and shutters does ensure that the house remains at a comfortable temperature at all times and usually means a comfortable sleep is guaranteed regardless .
t The much admired solid oak furniture , made with great skill from old reclaimed oak wood , features throughout the house . The master bedroom has a super king size bed , while the 2 twin rooms make accomodating children simple . Spacious wardrobes and chest of drawers throughout ensure lots of storage space , no matter how many changes of clothes you bring .
Further details outdoors:
Enjoy strolling or jogging in the secluded 175 acre vineyard with walks through the vines, farmland, woods, olives and fruit trees. Hunting is banned on the estate so it is a refuge for wildlife and birds such as the summer exotic bee eaters.
Bicycles can be hired in Trebes if you wish to explore the countryside or cycle along the Canal du Midi
The leisure area in the old spacious old walled Parc features 2 tiled swimming pools . a large adult pool of some 14 metres and a smaller shallow pool for youngsters learning to swim , babies taking their first dip or even for adults to enjoy whilst keeping their feet cool in the heat of the day .
There is plenty of room around both pools to relax on the numerous loungers provided . Surrounded by mediterranean herbs and shrubs , old olive , almond and pomegranate trees , traditional cypresses and bright oleander , all framed by the magnificent old red pine trees , it truly is a charming place to unwind .
Enter through the security gate and you will find on the lower level a lovely old barn fully restored to provide shade and a place to enjoy your BBQ or meal out of the sun . Parents can relax here whilst keeping an eye on their children . There are 2 large glass dining tables , with a sink , work top and wash room to complete the amenities .
The new wall around the pool area has been traditionally built from old stones reclaimed from former old walls around the estate .You then enter the pool area via stone steps and the outdoor shower . You may find it hard to ever leave .
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Aude region
The Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the most fascinating areas of Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the east and the Pyrenees Mountains to the south. It benefits from an exceptional climate (a "Mediterranean Climate") and has an unusually rich wildlife, a spectacular coast, and surprising history. It possesses a number of World Heritage sites, including Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, and the Pont du Gard.
The Cathars had a striking impact on the region .Catharism was widespread for a short period of time in the Middle Ages in and around the Carcassonne area of the Languedoc, before being violently suppressed by French lords after the Catholic Church declared the Cathars a heretical sect. Many impressive ruined Cathar castles and towns, such as Minerve, are a reminder of this short but important period of Languedoc history. Of these, the castles of Queribus and Peyrepertuse in the Pays Cathares or the castle of Montferrand on the ridge of the Pic St Loup, are striking examples from this bleak and violent period of local history.
The other major influence on the area are the extensive vineyards that shape the landscape in all directions . The Languedoc-Roussillon wine producing area is not only the largest in France, but also the world. It spreads from the Pyrenees to the Rhone valley, encompassing some 300,000 hectares (750,000 acres) of planted vines, making it several times larger than either the Bordeaux or the Australian wine regions.
Less than an hour from Cantalauze are endless miles of sandy beaches at resorts like Gruissan and further south the captivating Collioure , the St Tropez of the Languedoc. There are over 70 kilometres (40 miles) of golden sandy beaches stretching from the mouth of the River Aude, down the length of the Golfe du Lion to the rugged cliffs of the Côte Vermeille at the Spanish border.
We have a comprehensive website showing lots of information about the history of the vineyard, the wine making activities, Languedoc history, local tourist information and numerous photographs of the property as well as the estate. Please use the link on the site.
The Carcassonne / Trebes area
Dominating the high-ground above "modern" Carcassonne, the Cite (the largest walled medieval city in Europe) is a huge attraction for French and international tourists. It is well worth joining one of the guided trips to gain a real insight into its history and workings. During July and August, wonderful twice-daily medieval style tournaments take place, with professional mounted stuntmen conducting life-like jousts and armed combat bouts.
The nearby Medieval small town of Trebes (5 minutes away from the vineyard) is a popular stop-off for people travelling on or along the Canal du Midi, offering a number of shops, banks (with cash points), opticians, chemists, doctors, hairdressers, estate-agents and good local restaurants - all within walking distance of the centre of the village.
Being on the main tourist route from Carcassonne to the region’s vineyards, Trebes is known as the "Gateway to the Minervois". Leaving Trebes, you soon arrive at numerous local "domaines" where you can buy wine direct from the growers. Domaine de Catalauze is the largest member of the Trebes wine cooperative, although we also bottle our own wine too.
How to get there
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Carcassonne airport is only 20 minutes drive from the vineyard. It is served by Ryanair with direct flights from 7 UK airports (Stansted, E Midlands, Leeds, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Glasgow & Edinburgh) 2 from Ireland and also from Brussels.
In addition there are flights to Toulouse (British Airways & Easy Jet) only an hour away, which also has domestic connection within France. Perpignan, Girona (Spain), Bezier and Montpellier, all within easy reach, also have airports.
The main Toulouse to Narbonne motorway (A61) has an exit only 10 minutes from the estate.
Activities near Carcassonne
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
A winter sun break
04 Oct 2012
We are seasoned self-caterers abroad, and Domaine de Cantalauze is unrivalled, it is in another league. Stunning property with every detail covered and more, stunning pool, and the clubhouse... more
26 Aug 2012
We really enjoyed our stay at Le Manoir. We rented the property for just over 4 weeks, and really enjoyed it. The house is fantastic. We spent a lot of time in the open plan kitchen and living room... more
09 Jun 2012
Le Manoir has the look and feel of a traditional French farmhouse, but furnished and equipped for every modern comfort. Beds are so comfy and bathrooms are great. The house easily absorbs 10 adults, even on rainy days. Cycling along the Canal du Midi is a treat not to be missed. Walking, cycling or driving the 2.4 km to Trebes for wine, groceries or fresh pastries was a daily activity. Owner and staff are very welcoming and we felt right at home from the moment we arrived. If you like a relaxing break with family and friends, this is the place.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|summer||30 Jun 12||1 Sep 12||£ 2250||-||-||1 Week|
|late summer||1 Sep 12||6 Oct 12||£ 1600||-||-||1 Week|
|autumn||6 Oct 12||15 Dec 12||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|christmas / new year||15 Dec 12||6 Jan 13||£ 1450||-||-||1 Week|
|low season||6 Jan 13||17 Mar 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|easter . early summer||17 Mar 13||30 Jun 13||£ 1650||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer||30 Jun 13||1 Sep 13||£ 2300||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Winter rentals are subject to additional heating charges. Heating of the pool outside of the summer season is available at an extra charge.
Subject to availability reduced rental rates may be available for groups of 7 or less people.
Preferred payment is by direct transfer to our French bank account in Euros at the estimated prevailing exchange rate. Payment to the UK in £ sterling can be arranged by agreement.
A 25 % deposit non refundable is required to secure a reservation.
The balance of the rental, plus the security deposit of £500, is required no later than 8 weeks prior to arrival.Enquire now
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