Beautifully Renovated Old Stone Cottage in Historic Village Close to Carcassonne
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- Minimum stay:1-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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
Member since: 2008
- 100 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Monument View:
- Mountain View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Whitewater Rafting
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 6 people
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wireless Internet:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
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
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Oct 29 - Dec 23, 2016
4 night min stay
Dec 24 - Jan 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Jan 2 - Mar 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2017
5 night min stay
Jul 1 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 30 - Nov 3, 2017
5 night min stay
Nov 4 - Dec 22, 2017
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $190.28
- Taxes Not included
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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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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.
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 Montazels, France:
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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The south facing vine shaded terrace has spectacular views over the Aude Valley
Character Cottage with log burner plus full central heating.
'Maison de Vigne' after sundown, view through the front door to the lounge.
The wood burner is great for chilly winter evenings.
Seating 6, the large dining room is great for family meals.
The Blue Room.
Our beautiful village of Montazels in the Aude valley, view towards the Pyrenees
Rennes-le-Chateau just across the valley at sunset.
Just a short drive and you are in the Pyrenees.
Views over the Aude valley to Peche Cardou and Coustoussa Castle.
View from 'Maison de Vigne' to Coustassa Castle and Mnt. Cardou.
Lounge leading onto the terrace.
The Green Room - all bedrooms have fantastic views.
View from the Blue Room across the Aude Valley.
View from the 'Green Room' .
The views from Montazels to the Pyrenees are breathtaking.
View from the front door.
Early morning view from the terrace.
Nearby the medieval city of Carcassonne.
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Saturday, December 03, 2016
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