Caunes-Minervois holiday cottage rental with shared pool, internet access, balcony/terrace and rural retreat

10 reviews

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  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min stay
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  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
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From the owner

Les Cypres is a very comfortable holiday home for up to four people which offers you a wonderful place to simply relax as well as an excellent base to explore Cathare country and the Languedoc. The house has it’s own private area of garden from which a staircase leads to the sunny and secluded balcony with glazed door to enter the fully equipped kitchen/dining room . The house has central heating radiators on the ground floor, making this a very cosy place for winter breaks as well as summer holidays. On the same floor as the kitchen/dining room is a small sitting room (with radio/CD player, TV/DVD player and UK Freesat receiver and a small library of holiday reads and books about the local area) and the bathroom (bath with bath/shower mixer, washbasin and W.C.). The first floor has two double bedrooms (one with double bed and one with twin beds) and a WC/washroom. Outdoor furniture and BBQ is provided for the balcony and the garden. Laundry facilities are provided in an exterior utility room. Wireless internet access. Les Cypres forms part of a larger property, (dating back to the mid nineteenth century) the remainder being our home. The whole property is set in sunny, south facing grounds of about a hectare, leading down to the river Argent-Double. Part of the garden is set aside as a small plant nursery, with a demonstration garden containing over 500 varieties of plants, the remainder is garden consisting of mown grassland and young trees and shrubs. Guests are most welcome to stroll around and use the whole space, loads of room for children to play.

There is also a five by eleven metre swimming pool, depth 1m10 to 1m 80, which is for the use of guests in les Cypres and ourselves. The pool is normally in use from late May until early October. The pool is fitted with a sliding safety cover which conforms to NF. P 90-308.

The property is situated on the edge of the village and is five minutes walk from the village centre. Caunes is a charming and welcoming village with a network of mediaeval streets in the centre around the Benedictine abbey, founded in 790AD. The village is attractively situated, lying at the northern edge of the wine growing plain of the Minervois area, where the land starts to rise up into garrigue countryside (typical of the Mediterranean) and the foothills of the Montagne Noire. On the edge of the village is the famous marble quarry, used since Roman times, which has supplied marble for Versailles and the Paris Opera. The village has everyday facilities including post office, supermarket, épicerie, butcher, baker, pharmacy, bank with ATM/cashpoint, garage, bar/café and restaurants.

The Minervois is a wine growing 'pays' between Carcassonne and Narbonne in the Languedoc region, the tidiness of the vineyards contrasts with the wild countryside that is also typical of the area. Both scenery and climate are typically 'Mediterranean' but the Montagne Noire and the Parc Naturel Regional du Haut-Languedoc are only a few kilometres to the north with shady forests and mountain lakes. The area offers a great variety of potential holiday activities depending on personal preference, the time of year and energy levels! As well as the on site pool swimming and bathing are possible at a number of places. The coast is about an hour away but there are a number of easily accessible lakes or river swimming sites, such as the Lac de Jouarres near Olonzac, the Lac de Cavayére near Carcassonne or the Lac de Pradels, in the mountains north of Caunes. The variety of countryside and scenery makes this a wonderful area for car touring as well as walking or cycling. There are several walks which start in the village itself and many waymarked walks in the area generally. During April, May and June this is a wonderful area for wild flowers and bird watching is rewarding at most times of the year. The Canal du Midi (a UNESCO World Heritage site) is popular, either for a stroll along its banks or for boat hire . There are golf courses at Carcassonne and Mazamet.

The region is rich in natural features such as the caves at the Grotte de Limousis and the Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine. There are also many interesting historical and architectural sites; the Abbaye de Caunes, of course, but also the abbeys at Lagrasse and Fontfroide. The Languedoc is famous for its many Cathare castles and sites; Minerve, Lastours, Montsegur, Peyrepetuse and Queribus as well as the mediaeval walled cité at Carcassonne (also a UNESCO World Heritage site) The Pyrenées and the Spanish border are a little over an hour away. There are a number of local markets, the larger ones include Olonzac, Lezignan Corbieres, St. Pons and Carcassonne. There are many festivals and fetes celebrated throughout the year which can be interesting and fun, with opportunities to sample local wines and produce.

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Bed & bathroom

  • 2 Family bathrooms


  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner


  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Mountain Views
  • Shared garden
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Damage deposit: (£128.47) €150.00

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Minimum stay: 7 night

About the owner

Gill P.
Calendar updated:
16 Dec 2014

Years listed:

Languages spoken: English
This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 4. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 27 Feb 2013. Located in Carcassonne, it has 10 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £0.
The property’s calendar was last updated on 16 Dec 2014.


10 reviews
Very Good
Buxton, United Kingdom

Return visit x
May 2019

Just returned home from a few days in Caunes-Minervois. It was lovely to be back in the Gite. It really does feel like home. Gill and Cei welcomed us like old friends. The Gite has had a few changes… More 

Reviewed 11 May 2019

A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer

Beautiful home from home
Jun 2017

We have stayed in this lovely gite many times, and we keep coming back. Gill & Cei give you such a warm welcome, and the gite is so well equipped and maintained. Parking is available which is ve… More 

Reviewed 6 Apr 2018

Owner's reply:
Hi Helen, Thank you for the review, hope we shall see you again very soon! Gill & Cei
Buxton, United Kingdom

Wonderful place to stay
Jul 2017

We have stayed several times in this wonderful Gite. We keep returning! It is located in a lovely village with all the amenities you could ask for. Cafes, Restaurants, Boulangerie, Supermarket etc.… More 

Reviewed 4 Jul 2017

Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Lovely location and friendly owners
May 2017

Self contained gite in spacious grounds. The gardens provided lots of shade for the family and the use of the pool was very welcome on hot days! The gite is in a superb location in the village of Caun… More 

Reviewed 25 Jun 2017

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Excellent holiday
Jul 2014

We had a wonderful holiday at les Cypres - it was perfect for us, a family of four (children aged 8 and 6). The house is well equipped and in good condition. The location is perfect, just a few minu… More 

Reviewed 24 Sep 2014

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