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Manor House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
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)|
|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|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|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, King Beds (2), Single beds (2), Bunk Beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|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....
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.
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.
About this location
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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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
- Horse Riding.
- 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
- Cathar Castles
- Rennes le Chateau.
- Underground caves
- Wine producers
see our website - domainedecouchet for more information on things to see and do
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13 Aug 2014
"Fabulous hosts, wonderful holiday"
I stayed at the Domaine de Couchet with my family for two weeks. The house is spacious, comfortable and has great facilities. We travelled with our 18 month old son and the facilities on site were out… More
26 Jul 2014
"Charming Stay in the Countryside."
Our group of three couples had a lovely week long stay at the Domaine de Couchet last June. The charming 300 year old property is set in a quiet, peaceful location in the beautiful countryside and was the perfect base for our exploration of the surrounding areas such as The Pyrenees, The Carthar Castles, the quaint village of nearby medeaevil Mirepoix to name a few.
Our accommodation was spotlessly clean and comfortable and the modern kitchen had everything necessary for the nights we decided to eat in. We enjoyed the outdoor dining area with its beautiful views, and the pool at the end of a long day sightseeing was very welcome The owner, Justine, was extremely helpful and did everything she could to make our holiday a memorable one. We appreciated her thoughtfulness in providing us with a few basic provisions and a bottle of wine to see us through our first night as we had a rather late arrival.
We all considered the Domaine de Couchet as a great place to stay and thoroughly recommend it.
It was an utter delight to welcome you all here. We hope you will be able to visit again one day.
14 Apr 2014
""Domaine de Couchet is fantastic!""
We had a great family holiday at Domaine de Couchet. The owners Justine and Randall gave us a warm welcome and were delightful hosts, available with any advice when requested. Pictures don't do justice for this property, a very comfortable French manse; Large rooms and baths with an awesome fireplace along with all the modern conveniences of home in a wonderful setting. A large outdoor terrace with huge table provided for outdoor enjoyment for every meal on the south-facing terrace with a great view. The new modern kitchen has everything! We spent the daytime either exploring the Cathar country and castles or lounging around the pool. A trip to the beach or to visit the mountains for skiing were only one hour away. At night the quiet countryside and the clear night sky was amazing! We will definitely be back for another two weeks as there are so many things to do - or not and just relax :) while staying at Domaine de Couchet. It was great to share this special place with family and friends to make memories we will share - and relive when we return.
Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad you had an enjoyable holiday here and hope your trip back to Scotland was a good one. Best wishes to you and hope to see you soon. Justine
14 Apr 2014
"Great time had by all on our return visit"
We visited Domaine de Couchet 15 years ago as a younger couple when it was a bed and breakfast. Later we visited before the birth of our first child and met the charming owner Justine. Recently, we returned with our children (ages 7, 5, and 2yo twins) and grandparents. It was a delight to see Justine again (and meet her husband Randall) and to see the improvements to the property since we last stayed. The new kitchen is kitted out with all modern conveniences. The outdoor terrace is great for having a nice long relaxing meal any time of the day. There were plenty of toys and games for the children to play with in the large library above the living room (Tom, Justine's boy, was great with playing with our children and answering any questions they had about the place). We enjoyed a warm fire in the fireplace on cooler nights. The pool wasn't open but we told the kids as we looked at it from their bedroom window that we would come back when it is warmer sometime to enjoy it. On a cooler note the children loved the visit to the ski station at Mont d'Olmes for a day of snow and lunch in brilliant sunshine. A day spent at Lac de Montbel was also enjoyable as there are paths to walk around the lake and into the woods with stunning views of the Pyrenees. We love the place and now our children do as well. Great for all ages. See you again soon.
Thank you for your review. We are glad you all enjoyed your visit here and hope to see you soon in warmer weather to make full use of the pool. Best wishes to you all from Justine, Randall and Tom
5 Apr 2014
"A totally wonderful experience."
Arriving at Domaine de Couchet was so exciting and the owners Justine and Randall gave us a really warm welcome. Pictures don't do justice to this property as this home is trully loved and well cared for and is in a wonderful French setting. We enjoyed large and comfortable rooms, an awesome fireplace, and all with the modern conveniences of home in a fabulous setting. The large outdoor, south-facing terrace, with a huge table, provided great outdoor enjoyment for every meal. We just couldn't get away from the great view. Loved the new modern kitchen - had everything we needed. We spent the daytime exploring the Cathar country and castles - such an interesting history. We slept soundly every night due to the quiet countryside and the clear night sky was amazing! We will definitely be back as soon as possible as there are so many things still to do and see. Domaine de Couchet has left us with very fond memories and we can't wait to return. Thank you for your hospitality Justine and Randall, can't wait to see you again.
It was really lovely to welcome you here. We are glad you had such an enjoyable European holiday and that you loved the house and many of the fun things to do around here. We hope you had a safe trip back to Australia. Fingers crossed we'll be able to see you again in France.
6 Feb 2014
"Nice holiday soured a little by the owner"
It is worth reading the detail very carefully. When the owner says 'on site in seperate accomodation' what they mean is in the other half of the house. The pool is some distance from the hou… More
Yes, it is worth having a contract in place and signed to protect the owners and renters in case of any issue(s) should they arise. Feedback is always welcome! Unfortunately, most of what is stated in this review is distorted from reality. We are always available to answer any questions before, during, and after your visit (this is stated in the contract as well as means for redress if necessary). None of the above issues in this review were mentioned during any visit from our guests in previous years over decades of visiting Domaine de Couchet. If you have any questions concerning anything mentioned in this review please contact us and we will be happy to answer them. Thank you.
20 Oct 2013
"Beautiful, peaceful location."
Thanks so much to Justine and Randall for our lovely week at the Domaine - what a gorgeous, peaceful place for a retreat, and the perfect base to explore the region of the Cathars. We enjoyed Carcass… More
30 Jul 2013
"MAGIC PAST TIMES"
Picturesque towns (Foix, Mirepoix), magic places (Montsegur, Queribus), past times (Carcassone) they all can be visited, among many others places, whether you like history or not. The chance of feelin… More
25 Jun 2013
"Beautiful house, beautiful view, welcoming hosts"
The location was the perfect getaway for our small group of friends. The fully equipped kitchen and local markets made for some great meals. The spacious dining room indoors was warm and welcoming with a fire going in the next room for the few chilly nights we had. Dining on the patio comes complete with a beautiful landscape of green, hilly terrain of the surrounding area. The pool was perfect for some of the scorching days we had.
Justine and Randy were wonderful hosts and were always available for any questions we had about the house or things to do in the area. They gave us practical advice regarding local markets and wineries.
We had a wonderful stay and would definitely recommend it to others.
We hope you will come back soon. The natural surroundings at Domaine de Couchet are never disappointing and even on a cooler night the inside is warm and inviting.
20 Jun 2013
A wonderful holiday in a beautiful location. The house was perfect - all the ammenities we could ever need. The market in Mirepoix was amazing, we found and cooked a feast every night with delicious local food and wine. We felt lucky to have been able to use both the pool and fireplace (occasional chilly nights), which both felt really special. (Thank you to Justine for help lighting the fire). We were able to visit the nearby Lac du Montbel, various villages and Toulouse. It was great to be able to get advice from the friendly locals (Justine and Randy) on the best places to visit and how to get there. We would definitely recommend this to anyone!
Spring 2013 did have some chilly nights but there is a warm spot here at Domaine de Couchet for everyone any time of the year. Hope to see you again!
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