Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Maison Galloise is a large family Villa set within an acre of land with secure front gates leading from the Vineyard into a private, spacious front garden with secure parking for several cars. There is an extensive rear and side garden with fruit trees and great outside 'play' area for children and adults alike.
The villa boasts a very private swimming pool which is heated early and late summer up to 24 degrees. In high summer you will find that the sun will heat the water up to 30 degrees with it staying around 25/26 at night so the pool heater tends to be turned off as it will work in reverse as a fridge and cool the pool water. The area has an extensive terrace which has shaded areas for eating and sunbathing along with a large BBQ. All of this is situated in the heart of the Minervois Wine Region with surrounding vineyards.
The villa has 3 large bedrooms (2 double & 1 twin); family bathroom; storage room for bags that also has a large clothes rail & hangers; 2 toilets (one upstairs and one downstairs); large lounge area with wood burning fire; fully equipped kitchen with separate pantry; dining room with wood burning fire.
There is a large Garage in the grounds where the pool table, dart board and swimming pool furniture are stored for your use as well as two bicycles (Ladies and Gents) which you are free to use during your stay. There is also access to beach accessories such as the beach umbrella, some outdoor games and beach bowls. The Garage also houses a third toilet.
20 minutes from Carcassonne it is ideally located on the edge of the historic village of Rieux Minervois and within walking distance of all amenities including 2 bars; 4 restaurants; a large local supermarket; 2 banks; a fishmonger; 2 butchers; numerous bakers and not forgetting the local market that is held 3 times a week in the center of the village. The historic village is very picturesque and is home to one of the few XII century round churches in Europe.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne 45 km|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 20 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 20 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|
|General||TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
On the first floor of Maison Galloise there are 3 large bedrooms which comprise of 2 doubles & 1 twin ( a cot is available on request along with a child's buggy pushchair and child's highchair); family bathroom; storage room; separate toilet. All bedrooms have Mosquito window nets and a ceiling fan room light. Linen is provided (including a bath, hand & beach towel per person) and for 2 week stays these are replenished at the end of week one.
The ground floor has a large lounge area with 2 x 3 seater sofas, wood burning fire, Wifi, TV with satellite facility, DVD, CD player & radio, iPod doc/player. French doors leading to the shaded terrace eating area and through to the Pool & sun terrace. Fully equipped kitchen (fridge freezer, cooker, microwave, washing machine, toaster, ironing & drying facilities,hoover, kettle and a dishwasher) separate pantry / utility room; dining room with seating for up to 6 people plus wood burning fire and French doors leading out to the terrace and pool areas.
There are family board games, maps of the area and guide maps of local places of interest including day trips on the Canal du Midi, Cathar routes & suggested wine tasting venues.
There are UK plug extensions provided for each bedroom for your convenience or you can use the 2 hairdryers, hair straighteners and curling tongs provided.
|Further details outdoors|
The outside area has extensive grounds which have several fruit trees including, cherry, plum, apple, pear, apricot and quince which guests are welcome to pick the fruit if ripe during your stay. There is a picnic bench in the front garden to give you a relaxing spot for your evening sun-downers. The Villa has a very private pool which is heated early and late summer up to 24 degrees (the sun takes over from there heating up to around 30 degrees), it also has a secure pool safety cover, large terrace area and use of 6 sun beds & 6 outdoor poolside chairs.
The pool & terrace area and the terrace eating area are separated and shaded by two well placed trees giving welcome shade from the heat of the day and your lunchtime meals. The eating area has a large wooden table that can sit up to 16 people. The front of the house has a large porch where there is a bistro table & 2 chairs which can also be moved outside for views of the sun setting whilst enjoying a glass or two of wine as well as the picnic bench situated on the front garden lawn. There is also a 'Monkey' swing for the smaller children to use.
The garage has a large area where we have set up a pool table for our guests to enjoy, you will also find a dart board in there. It has a large roller door so you are able to bring your car in should you wish.
Electric, Gas & Water are Included in the rental price.
Bed & Bathroom Linen is included in the rental price (including end of stay launder). 2 week stays will be provided with clean linen at the end of the first week.
Winter Heating, there is a main wood burning fire & smaller wood burning stove on the ground floor. All bedrooms and the bathroom have wall mounted electric heaters which are included in the rental price.
End of stay Cleaning: You are expected to leave the house in the clean state you found it. If you don't want to be bothered with any cleaning during your holiday, the local contact can arrange a cleaner for you at a rate of 12€ per hour - this can be arranged on booking for you to assist with your stay. The local contact will service the property ensuring it is 100% ready for your arrival.
Suitable for children (cot, high chair and buggy pushchair are available on request).
Please note: this is a non-smoking property. Smoking is not permitted at this property indoors or out.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Rieux is within the Minervois area, the largest wine growing area in France where you are never more than 5 minutes from a Domain or Chateau and are welcomed in to taste the local produce. 45 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea and an hour from the Spanish boarder it enjoys one of the highest levels of Sunshine with average summer temperatures in excess of 35 degrees.
The area is set in the historic Cathar region with many sites of interest including Le Cite in Carcassonne with its fairytale turrets, Hautpoul & Minerve.
The Languedoc is also famous for the Canal du Midi which flows down to the town of Sete where it meets the Mediterranean sea. The Tour de France often comes through many of the villages as the area is known for its cycle and walking routes. Other places of interest include Narbonne, Bezier, Mirepoix, Perpignan, Foix and not forgetting Limoux where the Masked Carnival takes place every weekend from January to March.
Rieux is an old Cathar village which is typical of the area with narrow streets where stone buildings front each other and street names that reflect its history. The XII century church is well worth a visit with the alter central to the church and pews surrounding it in an 180 degree circle.
The Chateau Rieux is just one of the Wine producers for the village which also has a local co-operative just 5 minutes walk from the house where you can top your wine supplies up from the tap. Typical of the Region, Rieux hosts many fetes throughout the year and welcomes visitors to join them.
The Canal du Midi is about 5 minutes drive from the village and day boat trips can be accessed in Homps about 10 minutes drive from the house, The village hosts a market three times a week, including Saturday where you can buy fresh produce including specialist goats cheese, Mussels, Oysters, eggs and vegetables. Lakes with watersport activities are located at Carcassonne and Homps, with the sunkissed beaches of the Mediterranean less than an hour away.
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25 Aug 2014
"A rustic gem which did not disappoint."
A fantastic holiday experience from the initial contact through to the moment we left.When I contacted Ross she replied almost immediately answering my questions and sending over the letting agreement… More
It has been a pleasure to deal with you and your family and we are so pleased to read your wonderful comments about your holiday experience from start to finish. It is this sort of detail that helps to give our future clients confidence in the location and us. We most certainly look forward to welcoming you and the family back to Maison Galloise and we will let Francois know how much you all appreciated the tomatoes he brought down for you :-)
Ross & Baden
19 Aug 2013
"Sunny tranquil poolside haven for superb family holiday"
Maison Galloise offered us two weeks of lovely gardens, with a superb amount of space both inside and out, villa was extremely well equipped, everything you need, right from the start with the warm we… More
Thank you Paul and Family for your lovely review of Maison Galloise and your experiences from booking through to being there. We are thrilled you all had a great time and that the boys enjoyed the Pool Table as well as the swimming pool and outdoors. It makes it all worthwhile for us and your feedback is invaluable info for our potential future guests. It was a pleasure to have you as guests and we look forward to your return.
26 Jul 2013
"Perfect home from home summer retreat in a vineyard location"
My partner and I stayed at Maison Galloise with our two children (15 and 12) and we had the most relaxing holiday. It was like staying at a friend's house - a home from home. Everything went smoothly. Ross' instructions and directions were all flawless and we were really pleased with the house and especially the pool which is the best we have had. The house is very well equipped and there was nothing that we lacked, even a dishwasher which a previous reviewer must have missed. The house is generally in excellent condition though some may not like the cracked tiled surface in the kitchen, which I think adds to its rustic style. There were especially loads of towels which given the fabulous pool at a consistent 29 degrees C during our stay, were very much needed. In fact had we done nothing but relax by and in the pool, listening to the cicadas and the odd tractor rumble by and watching the butterflies on the shrubs surrounding the pool courtyard, we would have been happy.
As someone who normally gets eaten by mosquitoes, I was delighted that the bedroom windows had mosquito grills on them. This meant we could leave the windows open for air circulation during the day and night without risk of bites. Daytime it was 35/36 degrees during our week, and still 23/24 at night which was hot - the ceiling fans in each bedroom helped a little.
Just a little point re the stairs; the treads are shallower than usual ie a big footed person would have more foot hanging off the step than in the UK which I noticed particularly when descending and I would suspect that someone with a disability may find them tricky.
We took Ross' advice and went with the locals in Rieux to the fireworks event at the Chateau on Bastille day (14th July) which is a great event. We ate at La Bella Volta (delicious pizzas) on the main street which is only a 10 minute walk and ended up passing Ch de Riviere winery who were having a tasting! As Maison Galloiise is in the heart of the Minervois wine region, there are lots of wineries around, who sell direct to the public.
Ross went out of his way to track down some tennis courts in Rieux for us, which we ended up not using because it was just too hot to play. The children found lots of board games in the living room sideboard and enjoyed darts and pool in the barn style garage.
We had a hire car which I would recommend which made food shopping straightforward. There is a Spar supermarket (not corner shop size as in UK but small supermarket proper) as you enter Rieux and an Intermarche in La Redorte, the next village along which both stock everything you'd expect, however, I walked daily to the boulangerie (of which there are two) for fresh croissants and baguettes and we bought fresh Toulouse sausages and chicken from the boucherie for the BBQ.
Another restaurant we tried in La Redorte (10 mins in car) was right alongside the Canal du Midi (Le Rivassel) and you can sit out front on the terrace. Pizzas figure highly as well as more local dishes, steak and cassoulet. It's a big area for fois gras and duck. There is another restaurant on the square in Rieux but it was closed the night we went, a Friday, which seemed odd.
The Cite at Carcassonne 20 mins away has to be done - it's a mega chateaux and the kids were intrigued by the torture museum but we resisted going in. We flew to Toulouse and as we had a teatime return flight we stopped off on the ringroad for the Cite Espace which has Ariane rockets, Hubble, Soyouz and Apollo modules and is a fascinating Space and Science museum;well equipped language wise too.
We will return to Maison Galloise for the relaxation, the pool and the wine.....Thanks Ross and Baden.
Thank you Piarina and family for this great review. It is perfect re information and your experience, in helping potential future guests to find out if Maison Galloise if for them. Again, thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experiences of Rieux and us.
23 Jul 2013
Our first visit to Maison Galloise more than lived up to our expectations.We were initially impressed by the quantity and quality of information provided prior to our stay by Ross the owner who was very helpful. The house is situated in a quiet lane but only a short walk from the village centre. The attractive house is very private, has a fabulous pool and a large pleasant garden.Should one wish to venture further afield Carcassonne and other attractions are only a short distance away. Of course one of the most appealing attractions is the availability of local wine at very good prices from the numerous wine sellers in the area.We had one of the most enjoyable and relaxing holidays ever and if this is the sort of holiday you are looking for this is the place. We highly recommend it !
Thank you so much John and family for your lovely feedback which is invaluable. We are so pleased your holiday met all your expectations and very much hope to see you again sometime soon.
8 Jun 2013
"Perfect Peace with wonderful views"
Having visited the Canal du Midi area for some 12 years staying at lots of different villages and villas the holiday at Maison Galoise was nothing short of perfect! From the helpful info from the delightful owners at booking, through to lovely local help, some English some French, we were able to relax totally with our disabled daughter in safe, secure,pretty and very French surroundings. Daytime at the pool, a real sun spot, to evening drinks watching the sun set over the garden whilst BBQ sizzled away we shall always remember ! The house is very French, which we love, ( absence of wardrobes, dishwashers, etc testify to this and is part of the charm!), the village full of friendly locals, again very French bars and restaurants with unsophisticated charm and excellent food and drink! I could happily live there! The eggs from theFrench pool tender's bantams were particularly delicious and he kept us well supplied!
It is lovely to ready your review and very kind comments about your experiences. I have a grin from ear to ear now :-) I know that when looking to book, information such as this is invaluable to potential guests. Thank you.
5 Jun 2013
"Perfect ... Perfect .... Perfect!!!"
Stayed once again at my favourite place with some friends, and once again had a fantastic time in amazing surroundings. I can't say enough about this property... It has everything you could want.… More
As one of our 'regulars' your views are invaluable as you are now almost a local :-). We are so pleased you feel as positive about the villa and surrounds as we do.
30 May 2013
"A stay in Paradise"
I have recently returned from a stay at Maison Gallise, I have stayed all over the world and to say that this property had everything you could possibly need would be an understatement. The house and… More
Thank you so much for your very welcome comments. They are invaluable to us and also hopefully to our future guests. We hope you will return sometime soon.
22 May 2013
"Relaxing break in idyllic location"
I recently stayed here with my cousins. The house is lovely, three bedrooms, bathroom and toilet upstairs. Downstairs is a beautiful lounge and kitchen/ diner with all the facilities you could wish… More
Reviews like this are very helpful to guests looking at our Villa as it gives a good idea of what they can experience in the area as well as the property. Thank you for your very positive comments :-)
23 Feb 2013
I stayed at this wonderful villa last year, in fact I stayed there twice... And loved it so much I have booked to go again with friends in May.I was looking on the site to show them where we would be … More
Thank you for your comments, it was lovely to have you return and hope your May trip has the good weather for the outside life :-)
13 Feb 2013
"Tired dirty property"
Travelled with 2 children (4 & 7)Firstly the owners were very friendly and accommodating in relation to booking the trip which gave us confidence.Unfortunately the reality of the property and resoluti… More
How disappointing to have such comments posted, especially when guests who stayed pre and post this family as can be seen below experienced nothing that has been described here. It is also very odd that these comments have been listed some 6 months after their visit.
Perhaps it is an indication of the validity of their comments, that, there has never been mention of a dishwasher at our property and the hill (actually a gradual slope), that seems to have been an unexpected find, is mentioned in the holiday letting details.
On their final note of having better local support, they, like all our guests, are given the details of the local contact and my husbands mobile, both of which are available 24/7 before they arrive.
This family chose not to use these and to only communicate by email, which I do not have access to until the evening. When we asked our local contact to resolve things for them, they refused to even speak with him. Again as you can see, previous and post guests have found our local support friendly and supportive.
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