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Exquisite French Village House and Garden with View

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Last updated: 06/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Caunes Minervois house description

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.

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Not Suitable For Children
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils
          • Catering Available
          • Kitchen
          • Dishwasher
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave


          • Babysitter
          • Air Conditioning
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking Off Street
          • Wood Stove
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer


          • Satellite / Cable
          • Stereo
          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Music Library


          • Telephone
          • Broadband Access
          • Wireless Internet
          • Mobile Phone

          Outdoor Features

          • Balcony
          • Deck / Patio
          • Outdoor Grill

          Location & View

          • Village:

            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

          • Mountain View:

            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


          • Restaurants
          • Medical Services
          • Tennis
          • Mountain Biking
          • Cycling
          • Kayaking
          • Spelunking
          • Massage Therapist
          • Freshwater Fishing
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Whitewater Rafting
          • Hunting
          • Rafting
          • Fishing
          • Golf
          • Golf Privileges Optional
          • Rock Climbing
          • Groceries
          • Boating
          • Museums
          • Ruins
          • Winery Tours
          • Cinemas
          • Churches
          • Library
          • ATM/Bank
          • Playground
          • Antiquing
          • Sight Seeing
          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Scenic Drives
          • Walking
          • Live Theater
          • Hiking


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          from 6 traveler reviews
          Rental basis: Per property
          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
          Jun 23 - Sep 27, 2014
          7 night min stay

          €945 €3,780
          Sep 28 - Nov 29, 2014
          7 night min stay

          €805 €3,220
          Nov 30 - Mar 28, 2015
          7 night min stay

          €644 €2,576
          Mar 29 - May 30, 2015
          7 night min stay

          €805 €3,220
          May 31 - Sep 26, 2015
          7 night min stay

          €899 €3,596
          Sep 27 - Nov 28, 2015
          7 night min stay

          €805 €3,220
          Nov 29 - Mar 26, 2016
          7 night min stay

          €644 €2,576
          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

          Additional information about rental rates


          • Cleaning €50
          • Taxes Not included


          We offer reductions on longer term lettings; electricity charged according to use -average summer rate is approximately 10 Euros per week

          50% to reserve the house with the balance 2 months before arrival date

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          Last updated: 06/30/2014
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          55 Miles
          Nearest Airport
          Toulouse or Cacassonne
          20 Kilometres
          Nearest Train
          20 Kilometres
          Nearest Motorway
          70 Kilometres
          Nearest Beach
          Narbonne Plage
          40 Metres
          Nearest Barpub
          Le Grande Fonteine
          150 Miles
          Nearest Ski
          20 Kilometres
          Nearest Golf
          45 Metres
          Nearest Restaurant

          Car: Recommended

          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.


          Owner info

          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.

          Contact us

          Speaks: english

          Links to more information:

          Guestbook comments from the owner

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          • French Country Dining-Room

            French Country Dining-Room

          • Dressing-table.


          • Second Bedroom

            Second Bedroom

          • Well Equipped Kitchen

            Well Equipped Kitchen

          • En Suite Bathroom

            En Suite Bathroom

          • One of Two Sitting-Rooms

            One of Two Sitting-Rooms

          • Magical Evening Light in the Garden

            Magical Evening Light in the Garden

          • World Heritage site: the Canal du Midi.

            World Heritage site: the Canal du Midi.

          • Cycling in an avenue of plane trees.

            Cycling in an avenue of plane trees.

          • Caunes view.

            Caunes view.

          • Frederic in the  renaissance courtyard of Hotel D'Alibert.

            Frederic in the renaissance courtyard of Hotel D'Alibert.

          • Bedroom with queen-size  Bed

            Bedroom with queen-size Bed

          • Tranquil Garden

            Tranquil Garden

          • La Maison Verte

            La Maison Verte

          • Traditional touches in the kitchen.

            Traditional touches in the kitchen.

          • Sunny Terrace

            Sunny Terrace

          • The Terrace overlooking the garden.

            The Terrace overlooking the garden.

          • World heritage site, La Cite in Carcassonne.

            World heritage site, La Cite in Carcassonne.

          • Buying flowers in Carcassonne.

            Buying flowers in Carcassonne.

          • Poppies in Spring.

            Poppies in Spring.

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          This listing was first published here in 2010.

          Date last modified - Wednesday, July 02, 2014

          €644 - €945 per week (EUR)

          3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
          Sleeps 6

          View calendar: Updated 06/30/14
          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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