My friends and I spent a week at Maison de la Cour in June. The weather was sunny and warm and we spent hours in the pool. The villa is unique in that it has retained its original 18th Century façade but inside it has been totally modernised and beautifully decorated. The well-equipped kitchen leads to a spacious open-plan dining area and lounge. The dining area opens onto a secluded courtyard with the pool and sunbeds. The lounge area opens onto another courtyard that has a dining table and benches for el fresco dining and barbeques. This courtyard also has a cosy patio set for sundowners. There's a guest loo and shower downstairs. The villa has fast and reliable WiFi.
Upstairs there are 3 stunning bedrooms and 2 divine bathrooms, one of which is en suite. The villa sleeps 6.
Own transport is essential as there are loads of places to explore in the area and the scenery en route to anywhere is spectacular. We enjoyed a glorious beach day in Narbonne and we loved the Thursday Narbonne market. We also liked food shopping at Carrefour in Narbonne. We found the medieval village of Carcassonne and the Cathar village of Minerve totally fascinating. The Abbaye de Fontfroide was also incredible. We spent a day exploring the tiny villages along the Canal du Midi and enjoyed a lazy lunch at the water's edge.
The ancient village of Cesseras is quiet and very pretty. Birdsong and church bells compete happily with one another. Maison de la Cour is in the heart of the village so we felt like locals ourselves. What a delightful glance of France. …