Courtyard Villa, Lagrasse
Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
This beautiful house is located in the heart of the medieval village which provides a great base for exploring the Languedoc-Corbieres, the nearby Pyrenees or Mediterranean coast or just wandering around the village itself. The property is bright and light throughout and is built around a secluded, south facing courtyard surrounded by old stone walls. The courtyard is ideal for lazy breakfasts in the sun or al fresco evening meals. Ideal for families and small groups of friends.
The living room benefits from an open fire and mezzanine dining area/study which provides a lovely sense of space. The four double bedrooms and one single bedroom provide flexible accommodation. The house provides a great base for exploring the village and abbey (thought to be founded by Charlemagne in the VIII century). The village is unusually vibrant, with literary and music festivals, shops, cafes, restaurants and a patisserie.
During the warm summer months, there is swimming in the Orbieu that flows through the village and the area is excellent for walking, cycling and natural history. Further afield. the Mediterranean is about 40 mins away, the Pyrenees about 90 minutes and Barcelona about 3 hours.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne (45 kms), Beziers (70 kms), Toulouse (, Nearest railway: Narbonne (46 kms), Lezignan (15 kms)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
MP3 player with dock for iPhones, iPads etc and line-in for other devices. High speed wireless throughout house. Courtyard dining table and chairs, deckchairs, barbecue, large family fridge. A second living room off the main ground floor living space includes a large HD TV including UK channels and which can be viewed without disturbing the main living area. This living room and the twin bedroom above it can be closed-off if the house is being used by smaller groups. The house also has a separate laundry room with dryer. Firewood is provided and there are also bicycles, tennis rackets (which can be used on the village tennis court) and balls.
|Further details outdoors|
Private and entirely secluded, south-facing courtyard ideal for al fresco dining and relaxing. The property also has a secure, single garage located in the village around 100 metres from the property. Great swimming in the river running through the village and canyoning and pool jumping around 20 mins from the village (near Chateau Trebes). Tennis can be played on the village courts. Visitor parking is available in the village a short walk from the house.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Lagrasse is well-known for its Abbey - St Marie d'Orbieu - founded in 799, with a founding charter from Charlemagne. The old part of the village includes medieval houses and streets, a covered market and a 12th century hump backed bridge. It is a great place to explore throughout the year and the village also includes a number of good restaurants, cafes and a patisserie. During the summer months the river running through the village also offers a great place to swim. There is also an excellent municipal football pitch and a tennis court in the village.
Lagrasse is a vibrant village - especially during the summer months. The village hosts an annual music festival, a literary festival and once a month, a brocante along the main street. Live bands and orchestras frequently perform in the Abbey, classical concerts in the church facing the house and each Saturday the covered market trades local produce.
The village provides an excellent base for walking and cycling. For those interested in wildlife, the area holds lots of interest. In spring, Spider orchids spring from the grassy meadows on the slopes above the village. Migrating honey buzzards and short-toed eagles soar northwards overhead. Hoopoes, Dartford warblers and Redstarts can be found in the local heathlands and vineyards and Blue Rock Thrushes and Black Redstarts sing from the rooftops. The area is also excellent for walking, cycling and running.
Going beyond the village, spectacular Cathar castles, such as Peyrapetuse and Queribus perch atop the limestone mountains and provide exhilarating views and walking. The historic castle and city of Carcassonne and the beaches of the Mediterranean are less than 60 minutes away and the area has plenty of caves for those interested in tasting the wines of the Corbieres. Further afield, the wildlife of the Camargue, and excellent hiking and skiing in the Pyrenees. Across the border, Gerona and Barcelona are both within easy reach and Andorra takes a couple of hours by car.
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13 May 2014
"Home from home in beautiful Lagrasse"
We stayed here with 2 small children and had several family members join us. It is a fabulous house, comfortable for the family and very well situated in the centre of Lagrasse. The courtyard is perfe… More
30 Jan 2013
"Great town house with lovely courtyard in perfect village"
We were a group of 9 (5 adults and 4 kids) and have stayed here over the last two New Year periods and really enjoyed it both times. On a practical level the house is spacious and easily accommodated all of us. The layout is good and the fire is really nice in the winter. Everything is fairly new and works just fine, there were no issues and everything is pretty much as it says on the tin. On an aesthetic level the house is charming, just like the whole village which is totally unspoilt and a real treasure. Of course, there are quite a few holiday homes owned by outsiders but there are also a lot of locals and the whole place feels really authentic. The places in Lagrasse that have been restored have been done so very tastefully. You can get essentials locally but you need to go 30 mins in the car for a big supermarket shop. Outside the depths of winter you can probably get everything you need locally. The surrounding countryside is absolutely gorgeous and there is loads of exploring to be done. We definitely plan to go back.
16 Dec 2012
"fabulous house in perfect medieval village"
We were five adults and six teenagers, old friends reuniting from Asia, Africa and the USA. The house - charmingly set around a shady courtyard - was big enough to accommodate us all in comfort and style. The kitchen is well-equipped to cater for large numbers and there is a lovely, large living space for generally lounging around. There is a wonderful, light-filled home office space, making it easy to work even if other guests are relaxing or watching a video. All in all, the best holiday rental I have ever taken.
The village itself is both beautiful and funky. It offers plenty for all age groups with an outstanding music festival, lovely little boutiques, wonderful restaurants, hiking, spectacular local wines, a great football pitch and river-based swimming.
Great that you and your family enjoyed the house and village!
17 May 2012
"What a mezzanine!"
We stayed in this lovely house and couldn't recommend it more. It's well equipped and what makes it really special and stand out from other houses is the beautiful mezzanine floor, which gives the house a very light, cool and spacious feel and a stained glass window to marvel at. We loved the location as Lagrasse has a lively local restaurant scene and the additional advantage of no pass-through traffic. The local bakery 150m from the door was the first stop of the day before strolling out for a gentle walk down the river or a more adventurous hike into the hillsides. We had meant to visit Carcassonne which is a stone's throw away but just didn't find the time or the inclination to leave Lagrasse.
15 May 2012
"Authentic, picturesque getaway in an unbeatable location"
After a quick two hours in the air, we (a group of five) were transported from busy London to what felt like a completely different world (in every positive way!). We were greeted by the iconic, beautiful French vineyards on our scenic drive from the airport, and not long after came upon the unbelievably sweet village of Lagrasse. Walking through the narrow cobblestone streets, it didn't take long to discover our home for the weekend, and it took even less time to become smitten with it. Logistically speaking, it was very convenient to unload (and take day trips) as the car park is very close by.
Once we entered and opened all of the shutters, we explored and found that the house kept going and going, and more and more lovely bedrooms and baths unfolded before our eyes. It's a perfect place for families or groups of friends -- it's equally easy to come together as a group for lounging and cooking/dining as it is to venture off and relax in privacy.
The location is very quiet yet right in the middle of it all. A walk in five minutes in any direction will get you to the local boulangerie, cafes, shops, abbey, river, historic market, art galleries, or trail-head to hike to scenic summits. It's unbeatable. Getting back on the main road for day trips is very quick and easy, as well.
We didn't miss anything from home, and the kitchen was particularly well-equipped. Our fresh Saturday morning market finds lent us the inspiration, and the kitchen had anticipated our crockery/equipment needs already. It made cooking the stress-free, delightful experience one hopes to have on a French holiday.
For anyone seeking a respite from busy everyday life, or simply an effortless, unparalleled holiday experience, this one ticks all the boxes (even for teenagers).
30 Apr 2012
"A relaxed holiday in a luxury home full of character"
We spent four unforgettable days in this spacious and luxurious house in the centre of the wonderful medieval town of Lagrasse, with its famous covered market, artisanal shops, and walks by the river and Abbey and beyond. We were a party of five, which included three teenagers, who were able to explore the town and surrounding countryside freely.
We were spoiled for choice with the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the beautifully designed house, and we made good use of the well equipped kitchen, in particular after a memorable trip to the market on Saturday morning, and enjoyed meals outside in the enclosed and sheltered courtyard in the Spring sunshine.
The instructions on using the facilities were clear, linen and towels were provided.
We also enjoyed a trip out to the coast near Narbonne, driving through amazing landscapes with castles and vineyards.
I recommend a stay in this home to anyone looking for a relaxing, peaceful holiday in a traditional French setting.
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