4 Rue de la Mairie
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.
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28 Aug 2013
"Very well equipped spacious house"
We have recently returned from a weeks stay at this property. We were a family group ranging in age from 73 to 15 and the property was very suitable for all ages. The kitchen is very well equipped for… More
16 Jul 2012
"Lovely spacious house in a quiet village, near to places of interest."
Our family party of 17 adults and children spent a very happy week in the Maison de Siran.
The house suited our group perfectly- traditional, simply, but very tastefully decorated and welcoming. It felt like our home for the week.
The kitchen is particularly well equipped- we appreciated the 2 dishwashers and the large stove.
I really liked my simple bedroom with its old furniture and shuttered window (the windows are very delicate - be warned; we broke a pane ).
The bathrooms were just what we needed- baths for the children as well as showers and plenty of hot water.
The staircase is a beautiful stone one-this is not the house for you if you need stairgates or easy access for a guest.
Outside there is a shady gravelled courtyard downstairs and a very sunny swimming pool and terrace on the first floor.
The village is quiet, but had all the amenities we wanted, including tennis courts, a well stocked shop and a local bar/cafe. The library with internet access is open several times a week, or you can use wifi at the bar.
Interesting places were easily reached-abbeys, Canal du Midi, a street market. I particularly enjoyed the herb garden of the Abbey of Sainte- Marie de Lagrasse which is home to a religious order . Trebes has a fascinating church with lots of carved and painted faces under the ceiling- a real picture of Mediaeval society,
3 Mar 2012
"Wonderful home with endless and varied opportunities for all ages within easy reach"
A charming family home, beautifully and tastefully furnished with excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities. The pool area is a wonderful suntrap all day long. The garden is a delightful spot for a shady lunch under the mulberry tree or a lingering dinner when the warmth is still with you reflected off the ancient stone courtyard walls.
The village of Siran is one of the most attractive in the area. There is an excellent Boulangerie for the breakfast bread or supper tarte au fruits and there is a small supermarket stocking all essentials as well as butcher and fishmonger vans which park in the square. They are well patronised by the locals as is the pizza van in the evenings.
24 Oct 2011
"Exceeded our expectations!"
We are an extended family with 8 children aged 3-14. Previously we have rented rural properties with large gardens and pools. We wanted to give the older children a sense of village life and some independence such as walking to the boulangerie/pizza van/post office etc. by themselves.
The house was like a tardis - an enormous amount of space and really sympathetically furnished. The most 'French' of all our rentals thus far. Lovely rooms, full of character and a sense of history whilst being equipped with all mod cons. The outside living space was very cleverly conceived and we were all able to remain poolside as there are plenty of shady areas as well as full sun spots!
We would definitely rent this property again, not least because we have yet to exhaust the attractions of the local area! The beach at Narbonne was a favourite as was Minerve.
There was local help for anything to do with the property or pool - an English gentleman who was extremely efficient and pleasant.
We enjoyed live music and a meal at the local bar and found everyone to be very approachable and easy company.
A great property with an ingenious roof top pool - deceptively spacious and very well used by all the children. Our novice swimmers had plenty of space in the shallow end and the deep water was clearly marked by a wall edge and a step.
13 Aug 2011
"A wonderful holiday house in a beautiful and peaceful location"
We were two families, with young children, staying in this beautiful holiday house.
I am not well travelled in France, but for me the location was what I had dreamed the South of France would be like- surrounded by vinyards, half an hour from the historic town of Carcassonne (great castle, hotel for tea and of course jousting tournaments!!), walks and cycling galore- ranging from the Cathar town of Minerva to the Canal Du Midi and close enough to the coast for day trips.
The village of Siran is lovely, it has a Boulangerie- open every morning for the mandatory croissant/ pain au chocolat trip and a Cafe/ Bar that serves food and drink (local wines recommended) most of the day and into the evening. The local community are very welcoming and werent at all offended by my appalling French- on our last afternoon we were even playing petanque next to the church in the centre of the village with the locals.
The house itself is amazing- the owners have restored it both beautifully and sympathetically. The rooms are very spacious and well furnished offering a very authentic 'vintage French' experience- the house is easily large enough to accommodate two families with its seven bedrooms without feeling like you are treading on each others toes. The children friendly swimming pool and outside games room are located on a first floor terrace- a perfect and secluded space where we spent several days just relaxing and enjoying the amazing weather, food and wine! Downstairs, just outside the kitchen is a lovely gravelled courtyard where we had the majority of our meals underneath the shade of a (very tasty) mulberry tree.
I whole heartedly recommend this house, we had such a wonderful weeks holiday- serious holiday blues as we arrived back at Stanstead. Very doable for a long weekend or of course longer- especially with Ryanair flying to Carcassonne (35 mins drive from the house).
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