Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Maison Milne offers luxury in self catering with four large bedrooms and quality beds to sleep 8.
A full size cot, c/w mattress, travel cot and 3 wheel pushchair are also available.
The Kitchen is modern, light and well equipped with splendid views over the hillside and vineyards.
A spacious lounge has leather sofas, dining for six, Freesat TV / recorder, DVD, CD & ipod players and log fire.
The bathroom has a full size bath with shower over, hand basin and WC; there is also a separate WC.
An enviable utility room contains a fridge / freezer, washing m/c's, tumble dryer, picnic hamper, cool boxes, beach towels, indoor and outdoor games.
Garden furniture and kiddies inflatable paddling pool are kept in the annexe building.
Bordered by a mountain stream and vineyards the rear garden is mature, private and convenient for sunbathing. Vehicle access is excellent with ample parking and turning behind the property.
Situated in La Digne d' Amont, on the out skirts of Limoux, Maison Milne is a perfect base to explore Languedoc-Rousillon Region, the largest wine producing area in the world.
From the Mediterranean sunbelt to Ski resorts in the Pyrenees the whole area is blessed with breathtaking scenery, steeped in history and rich in culture.
It's an enticing place to visit, why not spoil yourself with a fun filled family holiday or a romantic getaway to a place where there is always something interesting to see and do, whatever the time of year.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Cavayere 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 21 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne / Montpellier 21 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors||
The house is large,offering plenty of scope for several group members to enjoy indipendent activities.
Each bedrooms has it's own TV with integral DVD / ipod player and a selection of DVD's.
The lounge UK Freesat TV receiver / recorder is able to record any TV program up to one week in advance.
Economic and user friendly preparation of food at home is assured with a full range of quality utensils, more than enough crockery, knives, forks and spoons for the largest group together with the provision of a bread maker, slow cookers and a range of spices and condiments to finish off meals without spending a fortune.
Tea, coffee and kitchen consumables are complimentary.
All bedrooms have best quality beds, bedding and towels with wardrobes, bedside tables with table lamps. The bathroom has a bath with shower over, good dressing area, blown air heating and an illuminated mirror.
Electric heating throughout with a traditional log fire in the lounge, full instructions and firewood are provided.
A collection of DVDs, CDs, leaflets, books and maps are available in the lounge.
The First Aid Box, additional drinks fridge, freezer, pedestal fans, ladies hair dryers, UK appliance adapters, indoor games, beach towels, coolbox's, picnic hamper, washing machines, tumbler dryer, steam iron, ironing board, complimentary wash powder and dishwasher tablets can all be found in the utility room.
|Further details outdoors||
In a large plot with easy access to the road there is a turning area to the rear with parking for several vehicles. The garden is private with a grassed area to the side, mature trees and shrubs to the rear, ideal for barbecues and private parties. Bordering the garden there is a small mountain stream, active during winter months, beyond which there is an open view over the vineyards and hills. The garage contains barbecue equipment and charcoal, the garden annexe contains a good selection of garden furniture including sun beds, reclining chairs and parasols. Electrical power for outdoor lighting and music can be taken from the annexe building.
The paddling pool referred to below is an inflatable pool suitable for several adults to use whilst enjoying a cool drink in the afternoon sun.
In general, terms and conditions are those used by commercial companies offering holiday homes in France.
If you would like a sample please request one.
Travel insurance is not a prerequisite for a visit to the house.
To allow sufficient time for thorough cleaning of the property between visits we politely request guests leaving to vacate by 10am and guests arriving to be there around 4pm. Thank you.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The region of Languedoc-Roussillon in south-west France is full of cultural and gastronomic variety thanks to its geography and history. Inhabited by a multitude of conquering peoples, in particular the Romans, Languedoc-Roussillon is full of fascination. It stretches from the Camargue in Provence to the eastern tip of the Pyrenees, down to the Mediterranean and is blessed with some of the most scenic countryside in France, world-renowned Roman buildings, medieval towns and abbeys, a stunning coastline and last but certainly not least, a gutsy local cuisine.
The lower Languedoc is a sunny land famous for its full bodied red wines, festivals and the medieval town of Carcassonne. The coast is scattered with sandy beaches and interesting seaside ports such as Agde and Sete. This is also one of the starting points for the great canal, Le Canal du Midi which was built in the 17th century linking the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.
The upper Languedoc is a mountainous landscape, with forests and mountain pastures making it an excellent destination for hikers, particularly the Parc National des Cevennes. The area of Roussillon, bordering the Pyrenees, has many obvious Catalonian influences, not least its common language of Catalan. It has pretty coastal villages and towns with valleys that go inland along the foothills of the mountains. It is a place to which artists - Matisse, Picasso and Fauves were drawn because of its luminous golden light.
Each day in this area will be full of interest and there is plenty for everyone to enjoy. Days on the beach can be interspersed with days wandering through the perfectly restored medieval fortress town of Carcassonne and then visiting the stunningly preserved architecture of the Pont du Gard. Don’t miss the many festivals that celebrate harvests, religious festivals and life in general and then meander softly on a barge up the Canal du Midi.
The food and drink of Languedoc -Roussillon is also very distinct. The legacy left behind by the Romans, particularly of wine and olive, is everywhere to be seen and tasted. Indeed this region is the largest wine making region in the world and best known for its robust and delicious red “country” wines labelled as Pays d’Oc.
The food here is as robust as the wines and the most famous languedocien is cassoulet, that wonderful garlicky stew of white beans and meat or sausage.
On the coast try gorgeous seafood in typical dishes such as bourride (fish with garlic mayonnaise) and the anchovy garlicky mix of anchoade.
Fruit in this region is also wonderful thanks to the sunny climate which ripens to perfection – try apricots and figs for a true flavour of the area.
As food, culture and nature lovers will attest, Languedoc-Roussillon is a land of riches with its inhabitants dedicated to the art of fine living, an enticing and delightful place to visit.
The Villa is located at La Digne D' Amont a small village set in vineyards of the Aude valley only a few minutes drive from the bustling market town of Limoux. Situated between the Pyrenees and the plain of Carcassonne since Roman times Limoux boasts the delightful atmosphere of a medieval township.
Vineyards covering these sunny hillsides have for centuries produced high quality wines with Blanquette de Limoux, a sparkling bubbling white wine, the pride of this ancient tradition and dates back to the 16th century.
Limoux town square is typically French with a thriving cafè culture and all the ambience one would expect.
A good variety of food and drink can be found in and around the square, ranging from a sandwich to a full sit down meal. Because the locals use the same places as tourists the food is of a high standard and sensibly priced.
The square is also home to the Friday morning market and the Limoux Carnival, a colourful age-old traditional mix of music, serpentine dances and confetti performed each year between January and March. An occasional flea market can be seen on Sunday mornings alongside the main road to Quillan. Parking in Limoux is plentiful and generally Free.
Local activities include rafting in the Aude gorge, hydrospeed and canoeing. Accro parcs, mountain biking, fishing and swimming in the natural mineral water pool are available at Alet les Bains. Cycling for the enthusiast is very popular with endless mountain roads and minimal traffic, the less enthusiastic can hire bikes and ride along the Canal Du Midi. Walking along the Canal or indeed anywhere in the Pyrenees and the Corbières hills is possible almost everywhere you care to go. Ski Resorts close by include Les Angles, very popular and a comfortable distance to commute.
For those less keen on actvities there are the vineyards of the Languedoc, cool and fruity, the wine of the Languedoc is the symbol of Mediterranean conviviality. Chateau Pennautier on the outskirts of Carcassonne is one such place, highly recommended for its excellent wines, good food at sensible prices and very pleasant surroundings, the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the Black Mountains.
The Corbières hills are a secret land steeped in history with many tales to tell, not least those relating to the persecution of the mysterious Cathar heretics who developed a more ascetic and less ritualised version of Christianity, creating a very turbulent era in the country’s history.
The rugged beauty of the region is made all the more dramatic by the striking and seemingly inaccessible fortresses in which the doomed Cathars sought refuge. Anyone climbing up to one of these most astonishing Châteaux, that witnessed the oppression of the Cathars, will be rewarded with inspirational views towards the ever-present Pyrenees. TIP, take some food, drink, flat shoes and a warm top as you may like to picnic in the area and it can sometimes be quite windy around the Castles.
Cathar Châteaux's Peyrepertuse and Queribus, a most spectacular Cathar stronghold, are very close to Limoux and, together with the several other exceptional beauty spots mentioned below, can make your stay very interesting and enjoyable.
Rennes-le-Chateau where it would seem that in the late 19th century abbot Saunière unearthed treasure and documents so important that they might change the face of the world hence the Chateau's strong association with the Da Vinci Code, the Holy Grail and the book Labyrinth by Kate Mosse .
Rennes-les-Bains is well reputed for its health restoring springs where those famed builders and hot spring enthusiasts the Romans valued the hot water, rich in sulphate, calcium, chlorine and radio active properties.
Gorges Galamus with its single narrow roadway between the mountains where the river Agly has cut out one of the regions loveliest ravines. Triple asterisk for this place, simply breathtaking.