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

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:21
  • Bedrooms:9
  • Bathrooms:6
  • Property type:Chateau / Country House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Domaine Sleeps 20 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 21 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 hels by the Archive 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 auto-da-fe 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 four single beds; and one bedroom with a single. The house sleeps a maximum of twenty 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 vilage 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 Canal du Midi which stretches from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Louis XIV had it dug to move his fleet 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 a 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 pony Shaman is in the field outside. We can give you details of horse riding schools where you can take a lesson.
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.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, french, german, russian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 40%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 1000 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 21
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21, Beds for 21

Bathrooms: 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....moreless


  • Books:

    Several hundred books available in the library. Mainly English literature....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Ping Pong Table, Chess, Board Games...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table:

    Bar Football...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Facing Montségur in the Pyrenees...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Seats 20 at two dining tables and also ample seating on the terrace. We can offer catering and weekly housekeeping, subject to availability. Please enquire at time of booking....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 20 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Portable Air Conditioning...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Good Wifi available in the Domaine...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Good Mobile reception...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Two fridges...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    1 person Kayak available on request....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:


  • Tennis:

    Two tennis courts in the local village 10 minutes away. Free access, raquets available on request....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Wind Surfer available on request...moreless

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Apr 29 - Jun 16, 2017
2 night min stay
$2,446 $6,523
Mid-Summer 2017
Jun 17 - Jul 7, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Summer Holidays 2017
Jul 8 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$5,436 $21,744

Changeover Day: Saturday

Autumn 2017
Sep 2 - Sep 29, 2017
3 night min stay
$3,805 $10,872
Winter 2017
Sep 30 - Dec 15, 2017
2 night min stay
$2,120 $5,436
Christmas & New Year 2017/2018
Dec 16 - Jan 5, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

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

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,087.19


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

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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9 Miles
Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Golf de Carcassonne
10 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
47 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Monts D'Olmes
55 Miles
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Canal Du Midi

Cité de Carcassonne

Go Karting


Owner info

About the owner: 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 our partnership continues to this day. My sculptor friend, Brian Wall, from San Francisco says you can see its influence on me in my work. Long may it last. 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 be left free to dream in this still wild and remote place.

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Speaks: english, french, german, russian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 40%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Drawing Room Tapestry

    Drawing Room Tapestry

  • Drawing Room

    Drawing Room

  • Hall


  • Kitchen Arch

    Kitchen Arch

  • Red Bedroom

    Red Bedroom

  • Pool


  • Anthony Murphy's studio at Les Jasses- you are welcome to visit.

    Anthony Murphy's studio at Les Jasses- you are welcome to visit.

  • Hall in sunlight

    Hall in sunlight

  •  Spiral Staircase

    Spiral Staircase

  • Kitchen


  • Pediment with terracotta bust in lunette

    Pediment with terracotta bust in lunette

  • Red Bedroom En Suite

    Red Bedroom En Suite

  • Château de Montségur visible from
Domaine des Jasses

    Château de Montségur visible from Domaine des Jasses

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 27, 2017

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