House | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 15
Beautiful, authentic village house (Maison de Maitre) furnished with antiques and period furniture but with modern comfort and secluded swimming pool set into large terrace in peaceful medieval village, covering 450 square metres. There are 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms-roll top baths-huge wet rooms, 2 cots, 2 high chairs, 2 dishwashers! Snooker, table tennis, bicycles. The house is suitable for one or several families or groups. Lots to do and see for all ages. Wine-tasting, Carcassonne World Heritage Site,med, lakes, rivers to swim. Area steeped in gory Cathar history. Wine tours and lectures can be arranged with Master of wine over several days or a weekend.
Equally, it is a very peaceful and charming location to do very little and appreciate the French village life.
In the Winter and Spring there are lovely walks in the hills behind and the days are usually bright. The evening chill can be kept at bay with the wood burner and the open fire.
|Size||Sleeps up to 15, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gruissan. 40 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 35 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne or Narbonne 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Video player, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (7), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 15, Lounge seats for 15|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The house has original tiles and shutters everywhere keeping it lovely and cool when it's hot. There are fans in the house too.
All the bathrooms have a bath and a shower except one which has a shower attachment over the bath.
There is a traditional, well-equipped kitchen with marble work tops , american fridge freezer on the ground floor over-looking the garden where most meals are taken under the Mulberry tree. There is also a basic kitchen by the terrace and pool on the first floor.
On the top floor there is a large room with 4 built-in bunks and a double bed which is particularly good for children, with a huge black board, pin board and table football.
There is an open fire in the dining room and a log burner in the sitting room and lots of games/ videos for all ages and toys for children aswell as snooker, table tennis and bikes.
There is a laundry room with a washing machine and bbq.
|Further details outdoors|
There are two out door tables in the garden and lots of chairs and french day bed under the Mulberry tree where the swing is.
On the first floor the pool is set into the roof of our adjacent barn where there is a pool house and more seating. It is totally private and has the feeling of a Moroccan roof top!
There is also a terrace behind the laundry room for drying washing.
Through large gates at the back of the house there is a driveway which leads into the barn where you can park 2/3 cars securely with the gates closed. There is also parking on the street outside.
English-speaking representative can answer any questions.
some basic provisions will be put in the fridge for you on arrival in case the shops are not open.
A cook is available at an hourly rate.
Wine tasting tours or lectures at the house can also be arranged.
The price includes a clean (before and after) and fresh bed linen and pool and house towels.
The pool is not heated so usuable from beginning of June to about October, depending on how hardy you are.
Please see "A beautiful holiday house in the South of France" on facebook as the house has it's own page and there are more details/ photographs/articles.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
This is a varied and interesting area with a Mediterranean climate but without the hoards. The house is in the Minervois wine-region where wine production is the main occupation. The wines are now gaining international recognition. Siran is situated at the foot of pleasant rolling hills which eventually become the black mountains inland. On a clear day there are views from the top floor of the Pyrenees.
Minerve, 15 minutes away, is a spectacular Cathar village straddling deep river gorges and Bize- Minervois aflittle further away has a freshwater river pool for bathing right in the middle of the medieval town.
To the South , 40 minutes drive away, is Narbonne, originally a major Roman port but now inland from the sea because of silt build-up, with its cathedral, Roman sites, Sunday market . Close to Narbonne are the beaches of Narbonne Plage and the old fishing village of Gruissan, where the film Betty Blue was shot. The beaches are very wide and sandy with shallow water which is particularly safe for young children.
Beziers is an hour away which is also an interesting city with cathedral, museums, bull fighting, and flower market. It is 10 mins walk from the Mediterranean beaches that seem to go on forever.
Magnificent castles can be seen at Carcassonne, and spectacular 14th July fireworks, Peyrepertuse and Queribus which cling to the mountain tops with giddying views. There are several Abbeys in stunning landscape, such as Fontfroide near Narbonne and Lagrasse where there is is a thriving artistic community.
Further away (1.5 hours) is the magical seaside resort of Colliore near the spanish border where Picasso and Matisse used to paint.
The Camargue, Nimes, Arles, Perpignan are also within reach for a day trip. Trains from Narbonne to Girona and Barcelona also allow for a day trip to Spain.
Siran itself has a local bar/cafe where you can sit outside under the strung-up light bulbs and sometimes listen to local musicians playing. There is a shop, a post office and a tiny boulangerie in the village, just around the corner from the house. Just out side the village is a 13th Century church which is a pretty walk away.
Olonzac is 10 minutes away. It is the 'capital' of the region where there are several bars and restaurants and a large lively market every Tuesday for all local produce. There is also a large supermarket here.
About 20 minutes away is Caunnes Minervois a charming small town with a beautiful Abbey and a several charming restaurants. The Canal du Midi, just 5 minutes away at Homps, is picturesque and good for picnicking and walking, or cycling under the shade of the plane trees. There are several bars and restaurants located along the canal here and also at Le Somail.
The neighbouring village of La Liviniere has a picturesque cafe and a renowned wine domaine. Wine-tasting abounds.
10 minutes from Siran is the Lac de Jouarres with water sports and a good basic restaurant.
There is also a golf course, horse riding and canoeing in the Black mountains.