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La Maison Verte is far more than a rental property, it is a home for living in; warm, well-equipped and welcoming.It is South-facing, in the oldest part of a medieval village. It is set on the original fortified village wall that connects it to the 11th Century Abbey. The tiny little lane outside the house is too narrow to allow more than the occasional car.
The house falls within the conservation area of the village, amongst houses dating back to the 16th century.
La Maison Verte is place of charm and comfort, quintessentially French in its fabrics, furnishings and pictures.The dining room has a wonderful old farm table, and fireplace. There is a very well-equipped kitchen. The house also has a walled garden, tables under the loquat tree, and a tumbling wisteria over the terrace. Glorious at most times, but best enjoyed in the evening sunshine, with a glass of local wine. The view is lovely and looks towards the Pyrenees. There are three good sized bedrooms and two bathrooms.
We were very lucky to stumble across Caunes-Minervois which is one of the most beautiful in the Languedoc. Those who discover invariably love it and some who come for a brief holiday end up staying for good.
La Maison Verte is filled with treasures found in the local antique markets; original French drawings, paintings, posters and photographs. There is an excellent library and masses of CDs.
Of all the hundreds of villages in the Languedoc, Caunes-Minervois is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. And some who come on a visit love it so much they settle here. Besides the famous Abbey, we have good restaurants: a baker, a bank , a working cafe: and no fewer than three wine-makers right within the village. The Black Mountains are outside the door, there is cycling and golf and walking; and the people of Caunes are amongst the friendliest anywhere.
Keywords: Village House in the South of France, with garden and views.
Walk directly out of the village into the hills behind the village. These hills rise into the Black Mountains.You could walk for a week without seeing a soul....moreless
The village has a population of around a 1000 people, three market days, four restaurants, a cafe, ATM, two bakeries, pharmacy and two village shops for fresh fruit and groceries. And lots of sunshine...moreless
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We offer reductions on longer term lettings; electricity charged according to use -average summer rate is approximately 10 Euros per week
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Caunes, our village, is in the centre of the historic Cathar region. There are are mountains and markets, ancient hill top villages, castles and small towns . There is wonderful cycling (we have 4 bikes you can use), walking from right outside your house and into the hills and vineyards. Two World Heritage sites are within twenty minutes of the village; La Cite, an amazing castle in Carcassonne, and the wonderful, winding Canal du Midi. There is a superb golf course twenty minutes away. There are dozens and dozens of winemakers in the area. There ar olive orchards and cheese makers. Fresh food from the markets is to die for.
Fly into Toulouse and hire a car from there. Or fly into Carcassonne. Trains to either Narbonne or Carcassonne.
Year Purchased: 1998
About the owner: The house is owned by Ingrid Hudson, a photographer turned restorer, with a passion for finding old ruins and making them breathe again. Christopher Hope is a writer of novels and stories.
Why the Owner Chose Caunes Minervois: We fell in love with this beautiful part of France with its Cathar castles, ancient villages, great wine, food markets and abundant sunshine. Both the World heritage sites of the Canal du Midi and La Cite in Carcassonne are less than twenty minutes away. Albi, too, has been declared a World heritage site and has the Toulouse Lautrec Museum.
The Unique Benefits at this House: An hour's drive to the Mediterranean coast and a bit more to Spain. Carcassonne is just twenty minutes away, Albi and Toulouse and Carcassonne are within easy reach.What is wonderful about this peaceful village is that it has four restaurants, bank, butcher, two bakers, chemist, 3 doctors, a tapas bar in summer, concerts in the abbey and an ever-helpful tourist bureau. Three private wine estates right in the village.