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Stylish Artist's Domaine with Large Pool and Stunning Views of the Pyrenees

Bedrooms 9
Space 10,763 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house


About the property

Domaine Sleeps 22 Comfortably. Terrace With Views and Large Swimming Pool.

Les Jasses is about escape. The current owner gave up being a lawyer and came here to become an artist. Three cars a day pass the end of the drive which leads to a landscape unchanged since Roman times. The rooms and bathrooms are large and the house is filled with antiques and art collected over a lifetime by the owner. The domaine sleeps 22 in comfort, grandeur and style; yet it was for centuries a place of contemplation and still feels like a haven from the world .

In the early 18th century Louis XIV granted Domaine des Jasses to the Ursuline nuns, provided they prayed daily for him and his family. These Letters Patent of King Louis are held by Les Archives du Departement de l’Aude a copy of which can be seen on the website

On a clear day, there is a line of sight view of the walls of the Chateau de Montségur in the foothills of the Pyrenees, where in 1244 over 200 Cathars chose death in an autodafé rather than sign on the dotted line saying that the only true faith was Rome.

The house is the residence of well known artist Anthony Murphy ( ) and holds a varied art collection gathered over a lifetime. His studio is located in the wing of the domaine.

Domaine des Jasses is in a Natura 2000 park; an EU scheduled conservation area of outstanding beauty, surrounded by wild pastures and forest.

The domain is double aspect throughout. Look out one window and you can see for forty miles; look out the window opposite and you can see for a further forty miles. There is a forest of Ilex (evergreen oak) brought here by the Romans. About a mile away you can see one other house otherwise one is quite alone apart from the eagles, boar and deer.

The grounds, including gardens, surrounding fields and wood, comprise 28 acres in total. The meadows hold many rare orchids

On the ground floor there is tiled entrance hall large enough to roller skate in. Next to it is the drawing-room separated from the hall by large double doors. This is a good place to read or doze; and also leads out onto the terrace so the room is full of light. The house holds a decent library of English, French and Russian literature. There is even a Pushkin dictionary!

On the other side of the hall through an archway there is the kitchen and further on, through yet more double doors, there is the room with a television. We also have many DVD's for children and adults.

A stone spiral staircase leads up to the first and second floors.

Here are eight double bedrooms four of which have their own private bathroom; one children's bedroom with five single beds; and one bedroom with a single bed. The house sleeps a maximum of twenty-two with ease. Photographs of all the bedrooms can be seen


The swimming pool is a tiled pool measuring 15.5 metres X 5 metres and 2.5 metres deep at the deep end. There are steps and a shallow end for learning to swim. There is a shelf all the way round the edge of the deep end for resting on. There is a pool alarm and the perimeter is fenced. At one end stands a small octagonal pool house for changing. A Cretan mosaic of an octopus lies at the foot of the pool steps.


France was once divided into those speakers who said “oc” (In Occitan) for yes and those that said “oui”.

The Occitans lost the spiritual battle many years ago, but the people survived. This is still their region – the Languedoc; and they have been living here since they were given these lands by the Romans one thousand five hundred years ago. The Vatican has the list of the names of those who were burnt on March 16th 1244 at Montségur and those names still fill the Lavelanet telephone directory.

Today this land is remembered for where Catharism took hold most successfully and where its uprooting was the most difficult.

The house faces the pogue on which sits the ruined castle of Montségur where the final siege took place .

We are in the heart of the countryside where the churches emptied and the local folk, instead ,took into their houses these traveling, weaving ‘parfaits’ who would teach them their dualist cosmology. St.Dominic was drafted in to take on the parfaits in public debates. The house where he lived is still standing in Fanjeaux, a village just up the road.

Because the region was originally part of the Roman Empire, you can still take their very straight roads in most directions.

Narbonne was a large Roman port and you can see where the chariot wheels have worn ruts in the cobbles of the via Domitia the oldest Roman road in Gaul. It is just over an hour away by car.

The great fortress of Carassonne Cite, is twenty minutes away. Its fairy tale towers and crenelations are the fantasy castle of childhood and were used in the filming of Robin Hood. The Cité de Carcassonne runs a major cultural festival from July through August. Rock concerts, jousting, fireworks – you name it they do it .

For the more contemplative, there are the ancient medieval Abbeys of Frontfroide, Lagrasse, Alet-les-Bains and then in Toulouse the sublime St Sernin all in pink brick. Albi is not far.

There is a Carolingian church by the roadside on the way to Montolieu, 'The Book Village', where there are countless antiquarian bookshops. On the way you would cross the hand dug Canal du Midi which stretches from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Louis XIV had it made to be able to move his fleet about more freely. You can hire boats or cycle the tow path for miles under the shade of the giant planes. The Mediterranean beaches are less than an hour away where you can sail and surf in Gruissan. Collioure a little further south is where Matisse and Derain lived and worked as young men.

Towards Perpignan the Sigean safari park has -amongst other thrills – lions, rhinos and flamingos. Its situation by the sea is special.

Toulouse is a beautiful brick town of great elegance. St. Thomas Aquinas lies there in a golden casket. And great for shopping!

There are countless stables nearby where both my daughters learnt show jumping. The Shetland pony Bounty is in the field outside with five friends. We ride regularly.

In winter the ski slopes of Andorra are a couple of hours drive away.

Finally, for the classicist there are the ancient ruins of the Greek city of Empourias just over the border in Spain.

Montreal is the nearest village (7km) with shops, petrol and bakery.

Carcassonne airport is 20 minutes away and Toulouse Blagnac an hour.

More Details

Anthony Murphy
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german, russian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Anthony Murphy

The owner, artist Anthony Murphy, has his studio in the wing of Domaine des Jasses.

He writes:

My uncle Richard Murphy became a poet and although I was educated at Westminster and Oxford and went off first to become a barrister, then banking lawyer at Clifford Chance , it just wasn't me . I had won an Emmy as Tom Brown in the BBC's 1970 production of Tom Brown's Schooldays so I knew there were less respectable careers to be had . I abandoned my desk in Paris and headed South to try my luck . Domaine des Jasses entered my life and here I remain to this day. Wild horses they say.

I often have to travel putting on exhibitions . I have three studios ; one in the wing which you are welcome to visit ; one in London and one in Ireland . My children are all grown up and so I now just to paint . The Cathar movement , which was local here, still holds my interest as do the medieval ruins everywhere . At Jasses and round about there still exists 'old France' where one can look down the tunnel of time and dream in this still wild and remote place.

Anthony Murphy purchased this chateau / country house in 1992

Guestbook comments from the owner

In the summer of 2015, we had the pleasure of renting Domaine des Jasses for an extended holiday of 5 weeks. It was our family’s first time to the South of France. Cathar country as this slice of the world is fondly called, is steeped in heritage with beautiful castles, friendly people and wonderful wine. The house itself sits atop a grand hill with 360 degree views. We were greeted by our hosts upon arriving with Blanquette de Limoux (don’t call it Champagne) and a charcuterie tray. The house is large, each bedroom with en-suite bath and a large kitchen to accommodate our family of 7. The spaces are large, beautifully decorated and allowed for privacy and quiet time with a book carefully chosen from the extensive library in English and French. The grounds are welcoming and the pool, which is below the house has wonderful views and plenty of seating. There are horses peacefully grazing in the fields below and numerous varieties of birds to watch. The surrounding villages are quaint and many offer fine dining in small romantic settings. Children were welcome everywhere we went in The Aude. Carcassone is an easy 25 minute drive and Toulouse less than an hour. The Mediterranean can be reached in less than an hour as well and a jaunt to the northern beaches of Spain is not to be missed if time allows. The house exceeding our expectations. Simply put 5/5 stars. If you have the opportunity to spend some time in this wonderful part of the world, We highly recommend Domaine des Jasses.
May 2015
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Montréal Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10763 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 21
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • En Suite bathrooms with most of the bedrooms. Note that the showers are hand held over the bath.
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21
  • Blue Bedroom - 1 double , En Suite
    Red Bedroom - 1 double , En Suite
    Ciel Bedroom - 1 double , En Suite
    Chintz Bedroom - 1 double , En Suite
    Architects Bedroom - 1 double
    Blue Damask Bedroom - 1 double , En Suite
    Double Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Childrens Bedroom - 4 twin/ single
    Single Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Stylish Artist's Domaine with Large Pool and Stunning Views of the Pyrenees
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were fortunate enough to be the guests of our amazing hostess Melissa as part of our European summer moon. It truly is a special experience that I don't think words can describe but I will try. The outdoor garden and dining tables are perfect for gathering at the end of the day and sharing your tales from the day and your local finds of cheese + wine. The Chateau itself envelopes you with warmth and a feeling of a bygone era. The views and sunset were absolutely amazing. The location was great for exploring nearby or farther away and then return back to relax. I would love to share this place with everyone I know and love or keep it to ourselves, haven't quite decided. I do know I will do my best to return to the amazing place again.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Someplace magical

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for the perfect place anywhere in France to create memories with my nearest and dearest and I found someplace magical. I read about Domaine des Jasses and Antony Murphy, the owner ,and I was sold. The beautiful views of the Pyrenees, the classic but warm rooms of the house decorated with the owners art, the outside gardens and terrace seemed like this would be perfect.

It exceeded my expectations. I arrived with my 13 yo niece and was given a very generous and warm welcome. The owners are charming and genuine people. Over the next 4 weeks I was joined by numerous friends who were overwhelmingly touched by the experience.

The grandeur of the Chateau is breathtaking. The dinners on the terrace with the Languedoc wines, local produce, meats, cheeses and breads were crowned by beautiful sunsets. The brilliant clear star filled sky left us wanting more every night. The refreshing pool was the activity when everyone wanted to go no where. The property has horses roaming the countryside which adds another touch of charm. I felt like I was living in a movie.

Day trips to Mirepoix (awesome market on Mondays), Albi (Toulouse Museum and incredible Cathedral), Narbonne (another incredible cathedral and abby), Foix, Mt Segur, and the closeness to Carcassonne, for lunches and dinners out, made the location stellar. I arranged with Vin e Vacances, a local tour company, each week to take that weeks group for a full day tour of different regions which always involved wine tasting ;-). The Domaine is a gem in the heart of the Languedoc and intertwined with amazing history. This region is steeped in the history of the development of France; it has its' own rich and wonderful food and wine culture; its' people are very accepting of our lack of ability to speak the language and there is a large contingent of expatriates. They live there because the region has an average of 300 days of sunshine a year! 28 out of the thirty days we spent there were gorgeous.

A car is a must as the chateau is very remote. However, the small town of Montreal is a 10 minute car ride.There is a bakery, butcher shop, a grocery store and 2 gas stations. All one would need. This is a fabulous area for cyclists.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Golf de Carcassonne
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
47 Kilometres
Monts D'Olmes
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
Car: necessary

Canal Du Midi

Cité de Carcassonne

Go Karting


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,177.86

IMPORTANT: Prices for 2017 onwards currently set to be the same as prices for 2016.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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