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Charming Stone House in Hillside Village with Stunning Views

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,022 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

La Serre is situated in the village of Paziols in the hills of Cathar Country. The Canadian owners, Susan Martin and Adrian Hussey would be delighted to welcome you to enjoy a perfect rental holiday home, ideal for a group of friends, or a family.

The large 17th Century stone house offers unique, comfortable and beautifully decorated living for a quiet getaway or for a large group. On the ground floor the house has a large newly renovated, well appointed kitchen with updated appliances, a dining room that comfortably seats 8, a small patio off the kitchen, a powder room and a renovated bedroom with a queen sized bed and renovated ensuite bathroom. The second floor features a large sitting room with a walkout terrace that has stunning views in 3 directions, as well as another bedroom with 2 twin beds and an ensuite bathroom.

The house features expansive views overlooking the rooftops and vineyards, and a private courtyard nestled behind old stone walls, which beckons visitors to enjoy quiet relaxation or a gathering for an alfresco dinner. Have a drink. Sit back. Relax...

Keywords: Renovated Village Stone House

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Susan Martin
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 27, 2018

About Susan Martin

We are Susan Martin and Adrian Hussey, Canadian owners of La Serre. We are retired and live in Owen Sound, Canada. We spend as much time as possible visiting our vacation property in France. We love to travel, enjoy fine dining, wine tasting and immersing ourselves in the local French culture. We also enjoy trips to Spain which is only an hour away! Adrian explores the region via mountain bike.

Susan Martin purchased this house in 2006

Why Susan Martin chose Paziols

We fell in love with this part of France as it is stunningly beautiful, off the typical tourist radar and has lots to see and do. It is also a prime grape growing region, home to many small vintners who make really good, reasonably priced wine. The people in our small town of Paziols are very friendly and welcoming. The view from our terrace is the best in town! The area is quiet and peaceful. We like to be physically active and there is lots of hiking, cycling, swimming in the local rivers and lovely Mediterranean beaches. It is a great part of the world for bird watching. For excitement, it is only an hour's drive away to Spain, 1 hour to Figureres, 1.5 hours to Girona, 2.5 hours to Barcelona. Toulouse is 2 hours drive, Montpellier 1.5 hours, Narbonne and Carcassone one hour's drive and Perpignan 45 minutes drive.

What makes this house unique

The village of Paziols is a rustic, charming, hillside village which encourages a laid-back lifestyle and boasts plenty of sunshine in which visitors can enjoy the stunning surroundings and cool off in the local swimming hole. The village is well placed for exploring the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, taking a day trip to Spain, hiking, or discovering the fascinating history of the Cathars. Superb local restaurants explore fresh regional cuisine to accompany the region's award-winning wines.


Paziols House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1022 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Newly renovated bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 160 x 200 bedsize
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , two beds 90 X 190
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Swimming in the local river which is crystal clear and aquifer fed, terrace with views of local Cathar castle. Parking is available for free at the village car park which is 50 yards from the house.


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Charming Stone House in Hillside Village with Stunning Views
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Gorgeous property in a stunning location.

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful, well-maintained home with comfortable bedrooms, gorgeous sitting areas (both outside and inside) and a newly renovated, well-appointed kitchen and dining area. There's a great store near by with everything you'd need, and lots to explore in the area. Great food and wine at every turn! If you're looking for a home to call your own for a while in a quiet French village where you can truly get a way from it all, you couldn't do any better. We fell in love with this place, and left at the end of our stay with heavy hearts!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed our French home. It is one of our favourite places in the world to sit with a glass of wine, relax and enjoy the view!
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Superb accommodation and countryside charms

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying for a week at Le Sommet in Paziols. This comfortable 17th century house is absolutely charming with its fragrant courtyard, as well as a lovely balcony offering unforgettable views of the surrounding vineyards and the foothills of the Pyrenees. It’s the perfect place to get away, revel in calm and quiet, and soak up the charm and ambience of rural southern France. The apartment is certainly clean and well-maintained. It is equipped with a “cook’s kitchen”, with modern appliances and conveniences, perfect to take advantage of the numerous open-air markets in neighbouring villages. The house itself, on two levels, is homey and comfortable with a mixture of modern furniture and French period pieces. We enjoyed local walks and visits to nearby historic sites, as well as just strolling around Paziols or discovering its countryside on foot or on bike. A car, however, is essential to explore further afield. While there are no restaurants in the town, a small village store (épicerie) does supply all that we needed to make meals. We will be back because there are so many more castles, hikes, wines, and restaurant meals in the immediate area to discover and enjoy.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

Comfort in the heart of rural France

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks in Paziols at La Sommet. The house is comfortable and clean and tucked into a quiet hillside village overlooking a valley of vineyards. The two bedrooms are on separate floors with ensuites and very private. Good for 2 couples vacationing together. The upstairs living room is spacious and has a very comfortable sectional sofa for late evening chats. The balcony off the living room is a gem. We ate almost all our meals on this balcony with an amazing view over the valley and to the hills beyond. Although the sunsets were behind us, their reflections on the rocky slopes and the beautiful skies were wondrous. The perfect way to end a day. The first floor has a well equipped kitchen and a large dining table with a little outside cafe table where the morning sun is warm. From the house, we travelled to four Cathar Castels including Carcasonne, several great swimming gorges and enjoyed endless kilometres of back roads on our mountain bikes through the valley and beyond. The local markets are great and the local winery produces excellent wines with a personal touch. Susan left us a binder with recommendations for local restaurants and we enjoyed many of them.

A great vacation. We hope to return someday.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada

Le Sommet, PAZIOLS, France

  • 5 of 5

Mon séjour de deux semaine à Paziols fût absolument fantastique. J'ai bien aimé l'emplacement de mon appartement dans l'établissement Le Sommet. C'était tout à fait charmant. La vue du village et des montagnes au loin était superbe, le lit très confortable et l'atmosphère relaxant. Il y avait beaucoup d'endroits à visiter dans les environs; ruines de châteaux cathares, vignobles, dégustation de vins, randonnées en vélo ou à pied, un grand marché etc. La bouffe était délicieuse. Je recommande la "formule du jour" qui est disponible dans tous les restaurants et qui va surement vous rassasier. La température était parfaite, ensoleillé, sec et assez chaude pour nager dans la rivière et dans les gorges situé pas trop loin de Paziols. Le paysage était superbe tout au long des trajets en voiture. Ce fût une vacance mémorable. Merci!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, Canada

Fabulous French Country Charm

  • 5 of 5

I spent 2 weeks at Le Serre in the village of Paziols and it was fabulous! The weather was amazing for April. Le Sommet is very spacious with two separate bedrooms with ensuites, the kitchen/dining area and the loft-style living area with walkout to a terrace that has an amazing view over the village and the valley. L'Ecurie studio is very quaint with double French doors opening to the courtyard and gardens. Paziols is a quiet little village that offers the necessary amenities (café, restaurant, convenience store) and is well situated to explore the foothills of the Pyrenees, the many local vineyards and the beaches of the Mediterranean. It was only a short drive to a great outdoor market in Ceret where you could buy anything from fresh fruit and vegetables, pottery, clothes, baskets, soaps, etc. The location is also great for day trips to see Cathar Castles such as Peyrepertuse and Queribus, visit the walled city of Carcassonne or to visit beautiful seaside ports in Spain. There is also great biking routes and scenic hiking through the valley and around the many vineyards. And there is plenty of great wines to choose from!!

Le Serre offered all the comforts needed and it was always great ending the day with a glass of wine on the terrace. I will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most parts were really good....

  • 3 of 5

This was a tough one to review. When we arrived, unfortunately the house was really not very clean. We spent the first evening doing a thorough clean. Then we went upstairs and saw the fabulous view! Incredible!! On the whole, here were the good points: the view was truly outstanding. The decorating was absolutely lovely. The appliances were all new and easy to use. The beds and furniture are really comfortable The town is very quaint and the people in it were very approachable. Only two bad notes for me. The cleaning, which we told Susan about and I think it will definitely be changed for the next guests. Also, to say the house is renovated is a stretch. The bathrooms are very old and need to be updated. The kitchen cabinets need work and the plaster repair is a little on the funky side. However, the view is so spectacular, 3 stars, almost 4!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was very sorry to hear about the experience of our guests and have addressed the cleaning issues with my cleaner. This has not happened in the past. I have also made changes to my listing, removing the word "renovated" so that there is no confusion about the house. As mentioned it is charming, well decorated and very comfortable with fabulous views and up-to-date appliances. However we have not super modernized the bathrooms and kitchen as we feel that is not in keeping with the character of the house.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1000 Metres
Cafe des Sports
Nearest Restaurant
1000 Metres
La Reve D'Angele
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Le Sommet is situated in the village of Paziols in the hills of Cathar Country. The village of Paziols is a rustic, charming, hillside village which encourages a laid-back lifestyle and boasts plenty of sunshine in which visitors can enjoy the stunning surroundings and cool off in the local swimming hole.

The village is well placed for exploring the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, taking a day trip to Spain, hiking, or discovering the fascinating history of the Cathars.

Walking, Hiking, and Mountain Biking

In the valley, the walking is gentle. Once you get out of the valley there are more challenging walks, hikes, and mountain biking trails in the surrounding foothills, or for extreme activities you can visit the Pyrenees Mountains, that are located about an hour drive from Paziols.

The great medieval castles are a spectacular feature of the region. The Albigensian crusade against the Cathar heresy occurred in this region in the 13th century - a brutal and dramatic history which comes vividly to life among the castle ruins. The extraordinary walled city of Carcassonne, one of the most dramatic medieval sites of Europe, is only an hours drive away.

For the bird watcher and naturalist, the area has a wide variety of Mediterranean flowers, birds (flamingoes and egrets on the Etangs) and animals, including wild boar.

Within walking distance of La Serre, our local river, the Verdouble provides a beautiful and safe place for swimming and sunbathing.

As well, the Mediterranean is only 45 minutes drive away and it is littered with miles of sandy beaches. And, the Etangs, inland salt water lakes, are ideal for wind-surfing and sailing.

The region has many award-winning wines. In Paziols, we recommend Domaine Bertrand Bergé.

In Tuchan:

Château de Nouvelles - lovely Château with excellent wines.

Domaine de Rolland and Chateau Wialu.

Cucugnan - Chateau Trillol.

This is just a small sample. There are many more wonderful local wines for you to check out.

There are many provincial style restaurants offering famous local French country cooking. Below is a list of our favorite restaurants, all within a 5-20 minute walk or drive of L'Ecurie.

We strongly suggest you make reservations at any of the restaurants before you head out.

Le Reve d’Angele - Five minutes walk from L'Ecurie in the centre of Paziols, this lovely, small restaurant offers traditional, local cuisine and wines at very affordable prices. Dishes such as a seafood platter, fresh fish, brochettes and assorted meat are prepared from the freshest local ingredients and the ‘set’ menus are very good value for money.

Auberge du Vieux Puits -Fontjoncouse - 3 Michelin star restaurant 30 minute drive from Paziols.

Le Petit-Gris -Tautavel - Route d’Estagel - 04 68 29 42 42

In a quiet setting just 10 minutes drive from Paziols and outside the town of Tautavel, this charming and friendly restaurant offers local cuisine in a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere. The large windows offer scenic views of the vineyards and the Pyrenees. Specialties include rabbit or snails grilled over a wood fire, grilled sweet peppers and eggplant, various fish dishes, chocolate and honey tart and other Catalan specialties.

Auberge du Vigneron - Cucugan -

In the town of Cucugan, 13 km drive from Paziols, this former wine making building has been converted into a rustic restaurant. With stone walls, oak casks and wine making equipment for ambiance, this auberge serves authentic cuisine of the land at reasonable prices. Menu items include tomato tart with basil, quail, foie gras and fried red mullet.

L’Auberge du Cellier - Montner - 1 Michelin star- Approximately 18 km from Paziols, this restaurant is one of our favourites. Situated in a pretty village the innovative menu presents foie gras in 3 ways, typical food in a creative way. The knowledgeable staff can provide advice on wines to complement your meal.

Le Pichenouille - Maury - Unassuming, comfortable, cosy restaurant with authentic local cuisine, good value for the money and over 200 local wines.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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