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Beautifully Renovated Old Stone Cottage in Historic Village Close to Carcassonne

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The south facing vine shaded terrace has spectacular views over the Aude Valley

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Last updated: 04/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Deep in the South of France, nestling in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, 'Maison de Vigne offers spectacular views over the surrounding countryside by day, with the twinkling lights down in the valley to remind you of your elevated position by night. The recent renovation, with exposed beams, expert stone work and tasteful decor contribute to the charm & atmosphere of this village cottage. We have 2 very good restaurants within 15 minutes walk over the river bridge in Couiza. The village of Montazels is also home to La Cave Des Haute d'Aldae, where the excellent local wines can be tasted and bought.

Maison de Vigne is at the centre of the Cathar region with hill top castles and the medieval city of Carcassonne to remind you of the fascinating and often tragic history for which this region is renowned. Just across the valley from the cottage is Rennes le Chateau, centre of a mystery still very much alive with many books written & films made on the subject. The mystery is one of sudden wealth, secret codes and a search for treasure in the latter part of the 19th C. The link with the village is very strong - in 1852 Bérenger Saunière, the priest at the centre of the mystery was born in Montazels. Just type Montazels into any search engine and take your pick of the many web sites if you wish to delve deeper. Here you will find the story that gave rise to the Dan Brown book 'The Davinci Code'.

The medieval city of Carcassonne is 40 minutes drive, or why not take the train - a 10 minute walk to the stop from the cottage. Buy your ticket on the train & travel to the heart of the city without the bother of parking. The recent best selling novel Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse features Carcassonne as its setting and her follow up Sepulchre, the nearby Spa village Rennes les Baines.

The Mediterranean coast is just an hours drive with lots of interesting villages en route and long stretches of golden sand. Our local spa villages Rennes-les-Bains and Alet-les-Bains, also offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties.

The Spanish border is just 90 minutes away with Barcelona another hour, drive just across the border and take the train from Figares, birthplace and home to a fascinating museum dedicated to Salvador Dali. You can also drive across to Andorra for fantastic scenery, skiing & duty free shopping.


Keywords: rental cottage, gite, appartment, holiday cottage, holiday home, Languedoc, Carcassonne, Rennes-les-Chateau

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 100 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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  • We have 2 double rooms with quality queen sized beds on the 2nd floor, both with views over the Aude Valley to Coustaussa Castle and Rennes-le-Chateau. The 3rd floor of the cottage has a bedroom with 2 single beds. A travel baby cot is available....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • The bathroom is on the same floor as the double bedrooms. It has a ceramic pedestal wash basin under a large mirror and vanity light, a full size bath tub with shower over, a heated towel rail and wc....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our local spa villages Rennes-les-Bains and Alet-les-Bains offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties. The nearest skiing station in the Pyrennees is Camurac at 50 minutes drive....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A selection of card and board games are available for children and adults....moreless

  • Music Library:

    We have a selection of music CDs for guests....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    French TV and UK satellite TV are available using a multi signal dish....moreless

  • Stereo:

    A CD stereo system with a radio and an Ipod station is provided....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen HD television with DVD player....moreless

  • Video Library:

    A selection of DVDs are available for guests to enjoy....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    We have a seperate family dining room which seats 6 adjacent to the kitchen. ...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    We have facilities for drying laundry....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The cottage is centrally heated throughout....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linen is provided free of charge....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Parking spaces available in a designated area at the centre of the village....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Towels are provided free of charge....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    We have an automatic washing machine for guests to use....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    The cottage has free, fast & unrestricted WiFi access....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    In addition to central heating the wood burner in the lounge is great for chilly winter evenings....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    An extentive range of cooking utensils are provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We have a dinner service for 6, wine glasses, tumblers, cork screw, serving dishes, casserole dishes, frying pans, saucepans and oven ware....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    A dishwasher is provided for guests to use....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    A fully equipped kitchen with all you need for a comfortable stay including a 4 ring stove, gas oven, toaster, coffee maker, dish washer, kettle, glasses, cutlery, plates and dishes for 6 people....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We supply kitchen linens and paper towels. The tap water is excellent for drinking....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    We have larder fridge/ freezer in the kitchen....moreless

  • Stove:

    The stove is a 4 burner gas and the oven is also gas heated....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    The terrace at the front of the cottage looks across the Aude valley. A table and chairs for al fresco dining, and sun loungers for taking it easy are provided....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayaks and canoes are available for hire on the River Aude - a 15 minute walk from the cottage....moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2015
Mar 28 - May 29, 2015
5 night min stay
£90
£450 £995
Summer 2015
May 30 - Jul 31, 2015
5 night min stay
£80
£500
August 2015
Aug 1 - Aug 28, 2015
7 night min stay

£550
Autumn 2015
Aug 29 - Oct 30, 2015
5 night min stay
£70
£495
Winter 2015
Oct 31 - Dec 18, 2015
5 night min stay
£55
£395 £995
Christmas 2015
Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2016
5 night min stay
£80
£495
Winter 2016
Jan 2 - Apr 1, 2016
5 night min stay
£65
£425 £1,250
Spring 2016
Apr 2 - May 27, 2016
5 night min stay
£75
£475 £1,500
Summer 2016
May 28 - Jul 29, 2016
5 night min stay
£80
£495 £1,750
August 2016
Jul 30 - Sep 2, 2016
7 night min stay

£650 £1,950
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit £150
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

All taxes are included in the rental fee. There are no extra charges during summer months. From November to March electricity and gas are charged at cost price by meter reading for monthly rentals.


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Last updated: 04/23/2015
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Location

38 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Carcassonne with connections to Paris
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 local bars in Couiza - 15 minutes walk
900 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Dieppe
38 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Carcassonne - 18 hole 1st class course.
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Montazels/Couiza with connections to Paris.
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A61
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Restaurant 'Le Carnozet' Couiza - 15 minutes walk
40 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Cumurac
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Swimming Lake at Arques

Car: Recommended

Montazels is at the centre of the Cathar region with hill top castles and the medieval city of Carcassonne to remind you of the fascinating and often tragic history for which this region is renowned.

On the hilltop just across the valley from the cottage is Rennes-le- Chateau, centre of a mystery still very much alive with many books written & films made on the subject. The mystery is one of sudden wealth, secret codes and a search for treasure in the latter part of the 19th C. The link with the village is very strong - in 1852 Bérenger Saunière, the priest at the centre of the mystery was born in Montazels. Just type Montazels into any search engine and take your pick of the many web sites if you wish to delve deeper. Here you will find the story that gave rise to the Dan Brown book 'The Davinci Code'.

The medieval city of Carcassonne is 40 minutes drive, or why not take the heavily subsidised train - a 10 minute walk to the stop from the cottage. Buy your 1 Euro ticket ( Yes...ONE EURO!) on the train & travel to the heart of the city without the bother of parking. The best selling novel ‘Labyrinth’, by Kate Mosse features Carcassonne as its setting and in her follow up ‘Sepulchre’, the nearby Spa village Rennes les Baines.

The Mediterranean coast with long stretches of golden sand, and the Camargue National Park is just over an hours drive with lots of interesting villages en route. The Camargue, a delta region of pastures, dunes & marshes great for viewing wildlife, is the only place in France (and one of the few anywhere around the Mediterranean) where pink flamingos nest on inland salt water lakes, called étangs. Also look out for the free running bulls and the famous Camargue white horses used to round them up.

There is a fresh water lake for bathing at Arque just 15 minutes drive from Montazels. Our local spa villages Rennes les Bains and Alet le Bain also offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties. The nearest skiing station in the Pyrennees is Camurac - 50 minutes drive.

The Spanish border is just 90 minutes away with Barcelona another hour. You can drive just across the border to Figares and take the train. Figares is the birthplace of Salvador Dali and home to a fascinating museum dedicated to him. You can also drive across to Andorra for fantastic scenery, skiing & duty free shopping.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: After a spell working in beautiful rural North Shropshire UK, we are back in equally beautiful rural Northamptonshire, where we have 3 grown-up children and 7 grandchildren.

Why the Owner Chose Carcassonne:
We fell in love with the Languedoc after a holiday there so it was our first thought when we decided to buy a place in France. The Languedoc has many attractions on different levels - History, Scenery, Culture, Climate and Character. Midway between the Mediterranean and the Pyrennees it seemed the ideal spot to enjoy the French Experience. In just an hours drive you can be at the beach in summer or the piste in winter. We love the mountains and viewing the mountains at close quarter was what we wanted. The elevated position of Maison de Vigne means we are blessed with fantastic views from every window. The terrace at the front of the house fronts onto the lane with occasional local pedestrian traffic which is great for improving your French language skills. We liked it so much that 6 years later in 2010, when the 2 bedroomed cottage next door became available we bought and renovated that as well.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Maison de Vigne is at the centre of the Cathar Region offering glorious views of Rennes-le-Chateau and Coutassa Castle from the vine shaded terrace and bedroom windows. We have 2 wonderful caretakers in the village who ensure the cottage is always kept in first class condition, and are ready to welcome you to Montazels. We have furnished the cottage with everything we need for a second home in France. We bought Maison de Vigne because we loved it and over the last 10 years have been delighted to find, through the pages of our guest book and post holiday emails, that our guests seem to love it too.


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Speaks: english, french

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Photos

  • The south facing vine shaded terrace has spectacular views over the Aude Valley

    The south facing vine shaded terrace has spectacular views over the Aude Valley

  • Character Cottage with log burner plus full central heating.

    Character Cottage with log burner plus full central heating.

  • 'Maison de Vigne' after sundown, view through the front door to the lounge.

    'Maison de Vigne' after sundown, view through the front door to the lounge.

  • The wood burner is great for chilly winter evenings.

    The wood burner is great for chilly winter evenings.

  • Seating 6, the large dining room is great for family meals.

    Seating 6, the large dining room is great for family meals.

  • The Blue Room.

    The Blue Room.

  • La Vigne

    La Vigne

  • Our beautiful village of Montazels in the Aude valley, view towards the Pyrenees

    Our beautiful village of Montazels in the Aude valley, view towards the Pyrenees

  • Rennes-le-Chateau just across the valley at sunset.

    Rennes-le-Chateau just across the valley at sunset.

  • Just a short drive and you are in the Pyrenees.

    Just a short drive and you are in the Pyrenees.

  • Views over the Aude valley to Peche Cardou and Coustoussa Castle.

    Views over the Aude valley to Peche Cardou and Coustoussa Castle.

  • View from 'Maison de Vigne' to Coustassa Castle and Mnt. Cardou.

    View from 'Maison de Vigne' to Coustassa Castle and Mnt. Cardou.

  • Lounge leading onto the terrace.

    Lounge leading onto the terrace.

  • Dining room.

    Dining room.

  • The Green Room - all bedrooms have fantastic views.

    The Green Room - all bedrooms have fantastic views.

  • View from the Blue Room across the Aude Valley.

    View from the Blue Room across the Aude Valley.

  • View from the 'Green Room' .

    View from the 'Green Room' .

  • The views from Montazels to the Pyrenees are breathtaking.

    The views from Montazels to the Pyrenees are breathtaking.

  • View from the front door.

    View from the front door.

  • Early morning view from the terrace.

    Early morning view from the terrace.

  • Nearby the medieval city of Carcassonne.

    Nearby the medieval city of Carcassonne.

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Speaks: english, french
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