Manor House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

The Domaine de Couchet is in the Languedoc Roussillon, amongst flowered meadows in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On 14 acres of private property encircling the Domaine you will find: clouds of butterflies, a huge variety of birds (lovely morning birdsong) and flowers (including 15 wild orchid species). At an altitude of 1300 feet with no near neighbours and encircled by hills, you can expect to enjoy total peace and tranquillity at the Domaine. Perfect for families and friends to enjoy the sun and relax yet keep in touch with free high-speed wifi (up to 20Mbps), French and UK Television.

There is easy access to the nearby charming and popular towns of Limoux and medieval Mirepoix. We are enviably located for trips to the ever popular fortified City of Carcassonne (30 mins) along with a wealth of well known attractions such as the Cathar Castles, prehistoric sites and caves and of course the Mediterranean coast an hour away. Three local airports offer easy access - Carcassonne, Toulouse and Perpignan (35 to 90 minutes). Make a day trip to the beach or take in the plethora of sights and activities just minutes away and return to the Domaine for a relaxing swim, dinner and evening on the terrace.

The stylish and elegant bedrooms are individually designed and named after local Cathar Castles. Each room features high quality facilities with private and immaculate bath or shower rooms, large beds (160x200) and fine linens. The main rooms enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. There is a new fully equipped good sized kitchen next to the enormous dining room (7m x 5m). The two lounges, library and dining room (seats 10) enjoy subtle French influences. Ample and safe parking is available on site.

The householders, Justine and Randall, are on site in separate accommodation and are available to advise you and help plan your excursions and maintain the pool and grounds. Tourist information is available in the large well stocked library. For the more energetic, we can provide good local walk details along with tennis, fishing, horse riding, sailing, canoeing, rafting, golf and skiing nearby. There is a huge selection of over twenty restaurants nearby offering a range of dining opportunities should you decide to not cook. We can also arrange for catering should you want a special treat.

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Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Narbonne 80 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 14 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne 25 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

2 living rooms, one with a large flat screen TV with satellite TV in French and UK TV (200+ channels), huge log fireplace. The two large sofas in this living room fold out to comfortable sprung beds for up to 4 people. One bedroom with a dressing room, 3 bathrooms,

Brand new kitchen

Huge gallery library with hundreds of books, games and toys for children, tourist information on the area

electric heating in all rooms and bathrooms

2 bikes available to use and small children's bikes, baby beds, high chairs, children's car seats....

Free Wifi    

Towels and sheets and duvets supplied (linens are high quality and 100pc cotton, hypoallergenic pillows, swimming pool towels also supplied

Languages: French and English (British and American).    

Access is via a tarmac road, private quiet spot with no neighbours for over 1km, access sign in local village    

Extra apartment available with a kitchen/living room, shower room and double bedroom - see advert 552022

Further details outdoors

Pool has a bubble wrap that increases the water temperature by up to 5C. Access is via a tarmac road, private quiet spot with no neighbours for over 1km, access sign in local village

14 acres wrap around the property.

Further details

Languages: French and English (British and American).

The 12 room rental is a part of a very large house and is totally private with independent access. Pool is only shared with property owners.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

This region is an extremely popular area to stay in France. Enjoying lovely long warm Summers and pleasant temperatures in Spring and Autumn. Lots of local history in and stunning scenery. Cathars castles dot the region and the rural French countryside provides many "WOW" moments (don't go anywhere without your camera!) on any drive in the area. Mirepoix, Limoux, and Carcassonne are minutes away and have events year-round.

Mediterranean beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains, vineyards, wineries. Landscapes are nevertheless very diverse, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pyrenees mountains. Amongst a rich heritage, discover the medieval castles, the « Citadelles du vertige » (literally, head spin citadels), evidence of the Cathar epic ; romanesque abbeys and cloisters; the Medieval city of Carcassonne; the Roman city of Narbonne; prehistoric caves; and many other unique locations. There are a wide range of outdoor activities in spectacular landscapes : walks under the centenarian trees bordering the famous Canal du Midi, hiking, water sports, cycle touring, mountain bike tours, speleology, and many more. Above all, Aude hosts the biggest and oldest vineyard of France. Gastronomy is an art in this region, where you'll be delighted by local recipes and grand wines.

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Carcassonne

Limoux is perhaps best known for its Winter festival, Carnival or fête. It is generally referred to as Carnaval de Limoux in the French language. This takes place between January and Easter. As of 2011 the wine Festival "Toques et Clochers" will be held in Limoux every spring.The cafe scene is dominant in Limoux where food and drink represent the dominant cultural pastime.

The heart of the town is the place de la République, a wide square with some fine stone arcading and a number of timber framed houses. Limoux straddles the River Aude and the banks are lined with grand houses, especially on the eastern side, the so-called Petite Ville (lit. "Small City").

Limoux is an attractive place with a wonderful sense of fun. The town likes to party in a most unself-conscious way and for its own pleasure rather than for the sake of tourists. While worth visiting in itself, it is also an excellent base for discovering the history of the region and is ideally placed for exploring the coast, the mountains and some of the finest walking country in France.

Mirepoix: On the large central square you can still admire the half-timbered houses supported on wood pillars, creating a magnificent covered arcade. The ends of the joists of the richest houses are sculpted, and the most beautiful sculptures are on the house of the Justice du Seigneur, which became in 1500 the Maison des Consuls, showing women's faces, bearded heads, a tortoise and other fantastical images.

The little church of St Maurice built in 1298 by Jean de Lévis and his wife Constance de Foix was transformed over time into a cathedral. Today the cathedral of St Maurice has a single nave 48 m long, 24 m high, 22 m wide, a gothic gate and an elegant 60 m high pointed belltower. Of the cathedrals of Europe only that of Gerona in Spain has a wider nave. You can still admire a tabernacle, a Christ on the cross from the 14th century and seven paintings by Larivière-Vesontius.

Peyrefitte-du-Razès is a small village on the road midway between Limoux and Mirepoix with signage directing you to Domaine de Couchet.

Things to do nearby

   

- Golf.

- Tennis.

- Canyoning.

- Rafting.

- Carting.

- Fishing.

- Horse Riding.

- Walking

- Mountain Biking.

- Skiing in Winter

- local Fetes and celebrations in Mirepoix (15 min)

- lots of curiosity farms with cheese making, bison to see and eat, a special bamboo garden, snail farm, angora wool, hand made tools and walking through butterflies

- Abbeys, cloisters and stunning churches, cathedrals and basilicas

- waterfalls and amazing finds all around

Things to see

- Mountains

- Cathar Castles

- Carcassonne.

- Mirepoix.

- Rennes le Chateau.

- Underground caves

- Lakes

- Markets

- Wine producers

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