L'Ancienne Ecurie, Montlaur
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
L'Ancienne Ecurie is a large village house for up to 8 people newly renovated and very spacious and light. 3 star gite rating .(Relais de Gites de France Aude). Montlaur is in the heart of the wine growing region of the Corbieres within easy reach of Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, Cathar castles and Narbonne and the Mediterranean. .
Double wooden gates lead via an arch at side of the property to private walled garden, with parking through arch for one car, a large sunny terrace on two levels , surrounded by flowers, and paved sheltered area with barbecue. Ground Floor : entrance hall, large dining room with TV corner with wood burner inset stove, leading through door to the converted Stables sun lounge (after which the house is named), ideal for relaxing; this room opens onto a small inner courtyard on one side and onto the large terrace on the other. There is a superb very well equipped fitted kitchen, a separate laundry room, and downstairs cloakroom.
First Floor: New bathroom with spa shower/bath, four double bedrooms (2 with doubles beds and two with twin beds. Two of these bedrooms (one double and one twin) are interconnecting and have a large shower room and a balcony .
Ideal for relaxing, touring, lake and river swimming, walking and for immersing yourself in rural French village life.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Leucate 55 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne, Toulouse , Bezier , Perpignan 25 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Montlaur is in the heart of the Corbieres wine growing region of Lamnguedoc Rousiilon - one of the sunniest places in France with over 300 days of sunshine a year. It is the perfect location to explore the Cathar castles and enjoy this beautiful region rich in history. Ideally placed for walking, cycling, and swimming in local lakes and rivers.
Carcassonne, 25 mins drive, is the second most visited French city, following Paris. It has an amazing walled and fortified city dating from the Middle Ages and is central to the Cathar history as told in the Kate Mosse books “Sepulchre” and “Labyrinth”. The castle has a complete medieval defensive architectural ensemble and is a Unesco World Heritage Site
The Canal de Midi, also a World Heritage site, meanders through the region. The nearest section is at Trebes , twenty minutes away with the opportunity to take boat rides to Carcassonne and beyond.
The Mediterranean is just an hour away with long sandy beaches and azure sea . The Pyrenees, and the nearest Ski Station, are about an hour and a half away
The Cathar Chateaux of Lastours, Villerouge-Termenè, Termes, Quéribus, Peyrepertuse and many others are all within easy reach (less than an hour and often nearer) as is Monsegur, the last standing point of the Cathars situated in the Pyrenees. Mirepoix is a lovely town to visit enroute to Montsegur .
Minerve, is a fortified village where the “Parfaits” (type of Cathar pastors) refused to abjure their faith and died singing at the stake. It is situated on a stunning gorge and is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France .
Montlaur, a small village of less than 600 residents, is also a thriving little centre for the six villages in the Val de Dagne and has a post office, traditional baker's, pharmacy, small supermarket, butcher's and hairdresser's plus five different wine producers providing wine tasting in the village. Market stalls with organic bread, local produce including fruit vegetables and cheeses, and of course wine tasting take place twice a week . There is a small children's well equipped play area and pleasant park.
There are numerous fetes and village festivals during the summer where you can participate in village meals and dance to live music well into the night. Petanque is the favourite sport.
Lagrasse (12km), is listed as one of the prettiest villages in France, with a 13th century abbey, humpback bridge , covered market, cobblestone streets, and swimming along the River Orbieu with a lifeguard on duty in high season . It is good place to explore at any time of the year and has a number of good restaurants.
There is a country park with an attractive sandy beach and ((supervised) lake swimming 20 mins away close to Carcassonne with an O2 Adventure Park rope, wire and zip wire course . Horse riding and trekking are available in Montlaur and white-water rafting is also close by. Bikes can be hired and delivered to the house and some of the major walking routes in the region pass through the village.
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19 Oct 2014
"Great house great village"
A very "french" experience for two Aussies,exactly what we were looking for. The house is very clean and everything you require is provided. Peter and Felicity have an excellent knowledge of… More
7 Oct 2014
"Good centre of village gite"
We stayed in gite for 8 days in September 2014. Sympathetically renovated old village house situated in centre of village, retaining many original features. It has bags of character and space but also well appointed with good modern, well equiped kitchen and 2 excellent modern bathrooms. The courtyard is secluded and provided with table, chairs, barbeque and clothes drier. Excellent area for eating outside. The owners were so nice and helpful and could not do enough for us. They really were first class. Thouroughly enjoyed our stay.
7 Sep 2014
"Chic relaxing authentic home. Modern kitchen set in rustic French house, with thoughtful touches from approachable hosts"
Would highly recommend this holiday home to anyone wanting space privacy and a real taste of france. Great location in scenic region , 15 minutes to La Grasse and less than Half hour beautiful drive to Carcossone . Hosts were very helpful and treat you like guests and friends ! Marvellous
25 Jun 2014
"French character and charm in a welcoming village."
We have just returned from a holiday with our son, his wife and our eighteen month old twin grandsons. The gite was situated in the centre of a very friendly village. Everyone would wish you 'bon… More
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