Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6
L'Occitanie is situated in the delightful village of Malves-en-Minervois which is about fifteen minutes from the medieval city of Carcassone. The village is surrounded by vineyards with views of the Pyrenees to the West and the Montagne Noire to the East. The village has a chateau, bar and a bustling village shop selling fresh bread and wonderful croissants.
The house is surrounded by a high hedge giving it seclusion and privacy, the swimming pool faces south and is surrounded by mature plants. It is an idyllic place for holiday, either lazing round the pool or being more venturous and visiting the many places which are all within an easy car ride.The house is comfortably furnished, all bedrooms have good quality beds and all the linen is provided for your comfort. The kitchen is well equipped with all mod-cons. We are presently installing a new family bathroom, so the property will be even more comfortable for your stay. The french windows in the kitchen open on to a terrace with table and chairs. The lounge is spacious with settees and chairs, there is tv satellite, cd, dvd bookcase full of books and boardgames. The garden room has a large dining room table with a door leading out to the back garden and table and chairs under the pine tree. You should nt need it in the summer months, but all rooms have a heater. Within fifteen minutes of the house you can be in the mountain range of the Mountagne Noir, The Chateau de Lastour which are the ruins of the four so-called Cathar Castles. Discover La Grotte de Limousis, take a stroll or perhaps hire a boat on the Canal du Midi. If you want the beach Lac de la Cavayere is nearby or take a trip to Narbonne plage which is just over the hour away on the mediterranean coast.
The history of Carcassonne is retold in the novel "Labyrinth" by Kate Moss the film was shown on Channel 4. Take time to visit the town of Carcassonne where there are three markets each week. The saturday market is particularly lively during the summer surrounded by cafes and restaurants. With all this and the local restaurants and the Minervois wine the holiday is complete.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de La Cavayere 14.6 km|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 13.6 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 12.3 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, 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 (2), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The lounge is very comfortable appoximately 25 feet long with double doors leading on to the terrace and double doors at the rear leading into the "Garden Room." The Garden room has a large dining room table, built in bbq and door leading into the back garden.
The kitchen is about three years old, white and modern there are french windows leading straight from the kitchen onto the terrace where there are tables and chairs.
There are four bedrooms. Three with double beds. One bedroom is ensuite, the front double bedroom has views to the Pyrenees and the double bedroom downstairs has a kingsize bed. There is also a fourth bedroom with twin beds and a new family bathroom and toilet are being fitted this year. There is a very large garage with the utility room at the rear. There are also pool toys etc., in the garage.
The property also benefits from having WiFi..
|Further details outdoors|
The house is surrounded with a large garden and is private with mature trees. The swimming pool faces south and is all one depth approximately 1.6 meters. We have a security gate into the enclosed area of the pool for your safety and around the pool you will find comfortable sunloungers.
There are table and chairs to the front of the house which has direct access from the kitchen area. There are a further set of table and chairs at the rear under the pine tree.
There is an english representative on hand to answer any questions.
The swimming pool is open from June until end of september.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Malves en Minervois is situated near Carcassonne one of the best preserved walled cities in Europe. Carcassonne is symbolic of the eventful history of Languedoc, walk the cobbled streets and you will find hotels, shops and restaurants. Take time to walk up the path at Lastours to the castles. The area is also rich in vineyards and the countryside truly beautiful with the backdrop of the Pyrenees in the west and the Montagne Noir in the east. Nearby are the smaller towns of Trebes which is next to the Canal du Midi, and Villalier. Trebes is on the Canal-du-Midi where there are a few restaurants.Driving towards the Montagne Noir there is the ancient town Caunes-en-Minervois during the summer months there are concerts at the Abbey. The climate during the summer months usually offers sunny hot days and warm evenings perfect for the outside musical events in the area. If you want the beach the Lac de la Cavayere is nereby, there is a safe sandy beach, especially good for younger children. This area also offers picnic areas with a walk around the lake with Pyrenees as a back drop. This area is lovely whatever the time of year for a walk. Further afield is the mediterranean just over an hours drive, or two hours away is the border with Spain and the Costa Brava beyond. The area is rich with beautiful little villages, restaurants and plenty of choice with sporting activities and lots of areas to explore.
During the summer months there are a wealth of festivals throughout the region. Opera, theatre, pop, rock everywhere the villages and the towns are celebrating. Carcassonne holds the Festival de Carcassonne from June until the end of August. There are always a selection of top international artistes performing at the festival. Also during this time there are free concerts held in the town of Carcassonne. All sports and recreations seem to be catered for. The smaller towns with Abbeys will hold musical soirees, organ recitals some are combined with dining too. I try to leave in the house up-to-date information about the area together with brochures.