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Exquisite French Village House and Garden with View

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Last updated: 03/19/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

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 a 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 villages in the Languedoc. Those who discover it invariably love it and some who come for a brief holiday end up staying for good. Fifteen couples who have stayed in La Maison Verte have bought houses in and around our village.

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. 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.
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Member since: 2004

Speaks: english, french, Afrikaans
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • La Maison Verte is in the heart of a medieval village of ancient houses, narrow streets and intriguing corners. It is peaceful and very quiet and yet there are cafes and a few restaurants, a shop and, of course, two bakeries. There are wonderful markets and historical sites to visit nearby. It is never touristy or too busy. The countryside around about is heavenly....moreless


  • Books:

    A large and varied library....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Mostly classical music....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Walk directly out of your house and into the hills behind the village. These hills rise into the Black Mountains.You could walk for a week without seeing a soul....moreless

  • Village:

    Our peaceful mediaeval village is classified, built of stone with tiny streets, three market days, 4 restaurants, café, ATM, 2 bakeries, pharmacy and village shop. Mountains behind and vines below. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Separate dining room leading to kitchen on one side and to the open plan sitting room on the other....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    In downstairs living room....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Small fireplace in 'winter sitting room'....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric heaters in each room....moreless

  • Internet:

    Le Maison Verte offers FREE high speed WIFI....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, towels, pillows and pillow cases, dish cloths....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The sun-filled living-room leads through French doors to the shaded terrace. It has a big, comfy sofa and two easy chairs plus two other chairs. There is a second sitting room as well with a TV....moreless

  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking:

    Because La Maison Verte is on a narrow cul de sac; one can drive up to the house to unload the car, and then turn around to park the car a minute's walk away. This parking is free and safe....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels - three per person....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    La Maison Verte offers free WIFI...moreless


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker:

    Electric coffee make which requires coffee filters. Pressoire....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough crockery and glassware to serve 10 people....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, paper towel....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    4 helmets, pumps....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Both living-rooms lead onto the vine-covered terrace where there is a table and chairs for 6 people....moreless

  • Golf:

    The beautiful Carcassonne golf course is twenty minutes away. Visitors can play there. There are two other nearby golf courses which are excellent and accessible....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Well tended, stone-walled garden, an olive tree and pretty flowers, a lovely, long view, deck chairs and a wooden table and chairs for 6 under a vine-covered pergola....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 2 - Mar 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$691 $2,360
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$697 $2,092
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
4 night min stay
$964 $3,217
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay
$805 $2,677
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2018
4 night min stay

$691 $2,145
Apr 1 - May 31, 2018
4 night min stay

$805 $2,677
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2018
4 night min stay

$964 $3,217
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

$858 $3,433
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $53.64


We offer reductions on longer term lettings; electricity charged according to use in the winter.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/19/2017
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Toulouse or Cacassonne
100 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Le Grande Fonteine
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
60 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
150 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Narbonne Plage

Car: Recommended

Caunes, our village, is in the centre of the historic Cathare region. There are mountains and markets, ancient hill top villages, castles and small towns all close by . 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 are 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, France:
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 as 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.

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Speaks: english, french, Afrikaans
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/19/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • French Country Dining-Room

    French Country Dining-Room

  • Bedroom with queen-size  Bed

    Bedroom with queen-size Bed

  • Second Bedroom

    Second Bedroom

  • Well Equipped Kitchen

    Well Equipped Kitchen

  • One of Two Sitting-Rooms

    One of Two Sitting-Rooms

  • La Maison Verte.

    La Maison Verte.

  • Rue des Lavandieres.

    Rue des Lavandieres.

  • World Heritage site: the Canal du Midi.

    World Heritage site: the Canal du Midi.

  • Caunes-Minervois.


  • 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.

  • Dressing-table in one of the bedrooms.

    Dressing-table in one of the bedrooms.

  • Tranquil Garden

    Tranquil Garden

  • Magical Evening Light in the Garden

    Magical Evening Light in the Garden

  • Traditional touches in the kitchen.

    Traditional touches in the kitchen.

  • En Suite Bathroom

    En Suite Bathroom

  • Sunny Terrace

    Sunny Terrace

  • World heritage site, La Cite in Carcassonne.

    World heritage site, La Cite in Carcassonne.

  • Vineyards in autumn.

    Vineyards in autumn.

  • Buying flowers in Carcassonne.

    Buying flowers in Carcassonne.

  • In the garden.

    In the garden.

  • Poppies in Spring.

    Poppies in Spring.

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 30, 2017

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