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Spacious, light and beautifully renovated. A home from home for the discerning.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
4 - 5 nights

About the property

Two big bedrooms and bathrooms, large, airy livingroom and wonderful terrace.

The living room has comfortable sofas and chairs. The kitchen is extremely well equipped. The crockery and glassware are of a very high standard. From the kitchen, walk through double French doors onto the terrace which has a great big table and chairs. There are easy chairs with bright cushions. A fantastic barbecue, too. The bedrooms are of an equal size and entirely private from one another. Each has it's own beautiful bathroom. La Sucre is in a very quiet position and is totally private. It has lovely views over the rooftops towards the abbey.


Property Manager
Ingrid Hudson
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, Afrikaans.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Ingrid Hudson

I was a documentary photographer in South Africa for many years before coming to our beautiful French village about twenty years ago. Since then I have renovated many houses both for myself and others. Part of the fun has been buying treasures from local markets with which to furnish the houses. It was a great way to get to understand the area, learn French and make friends with the people of our village.

Since I began renting my houses, of the many, many people who have come to stay with us, 12 couples ( now 15!) have themselves fallen in love with the area and bought houses in and around the village. Be warned!

Ingrid Hudson purchased this house in 2012

Why Ingrid Hudson chose Languedoc-Roussillon

It has been really satisfying renovating houses in Caunes especially as many had been abandoned. La Sucre had actually fallen down; a lost tooth in a row of lovely stone facades. To renovate it and make it a working part of the village once again has been a great privilege.

What makes this house unique

My son commissioned me to renovate La Sucre for him. We worked together on the design and finishes of the house. My daughter-in-law, a great maker of interesting houses, helped us furnish it. We found old mirrors, pretty crockery and glassware, fabrics and photographs. It has been wonderful building something as beautiful as La Sucre from a tumbled down ruin and, especially, doing it together. It is a house in which we plan to have many happy holidays getting to know the French countryside, the wines and the people. How lucky we are.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Spacious, light and beautifully renovated. A home from home for the discerning.
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews
3

The property was charming and well equipped.

  • 3 of 5

January is not a good time to visit. Most places of interest were closed for the month, along with many restaurants. It was much colder than we expected.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Christmas In Caunes Minervois Hideaway

  • 4 of 5

This was our first Christmas holiday away from home and we found La Sucre to be a very charming retreat. The cottage has been imaginatively renovated over 3 floors and is fully equipped with just about everything you could possibly need. It is worth mentioning that this is one of the few places in which it was not necessary to run the entire kitchen contents through the dishwasher on arrival. Everything is very clean, spotless in fact which is not the case with many holiday rentals. There were plenty of large fluffy towels in both bathrooms along with extra bedding and light throws to keep off the odd chill. We really appreciated the satellite TV with dozens of UK and US channels compared with many places which only have the news. There is also a very useful selection of condiments and essentials to get you started. Our host Christopher gave us a warm welcome and was close at hand for any problems of which there were few. There was also great communication with Ingrid during the booking process, very patient and informative.

The wood burner gives off a lot of heat and really kept us warm, the wood can be picked up cheaply from the Bricolage or most supermarkets. Caunes is a friendly little village with a varied selection of eateries to suit most tastes and budgets. Over Christmas not everywhere is open but you will not suffer with the available selection. There are so many other villages and towns to explore within a 40 mins radius including Carcassonne, that if you want you can be busy with daily trips. It is a quiet village although a couple of the locals are occasionally fond of riding their trail bikes in the evening.

Our only complaint is that the hot water often ran out on us by the early evening due to our habit of taking long showers and the electric heaters in the bedrooms were insufficient to really warm the rooms on the economical setting. The water is heated overnight due to the cost of electricity in France so I understand that these are common problems in the region, especially during the winter.

We would very much like to return to La Sucre at any time of year. The owners have done a wonderful job with the property and it is very good value for money.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diana, I'm delighted you had a wonderful holiday in La Sucre. However, I'm saddened that it was made less than comfortable because there was insufficient heating in the bedrooms. If you had contacted Christopher he would have been only too pleased to show you how to adjust the very efficient heaters to make the bedrooms as warm as you would like. Equally with the hot water. There is an extremely large hot water reservoir, quite sufficient for 4 people. And if guests would like to take extra long showers the energy saving setting can be over-rode. A word to Christopher would have taken care of these discomforts. Warm regards for a very happy 2017.
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Fantastic house in a wonderful village

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a house where our 2 kids could have their own bed, in a separate room, that we could walk to restaurants and walk to a bakery / boulangerie in the morning and this wonderful place met all our needs. It is situated in a quiet corner of the town, had 4 restaurants within 5 minute walk and two bakeries for food in the morning. We found it close to lots of things to see and had a beautiful covered patio to relax on.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Duke, Thanks for a lovely review. More than anything I'm delighted you enjoyed yourselves. And thanks for looking after our precious house so well. Do come back we'd love to see you again. Warmest regards, Ingrid.
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5

Delightful, charming and welcoming rental in the Aude

  • 5 of 5

Arriving exhausted, we were suddenly thrilled and very pleased with La Sucre.

Our charming host, Ingrid, couldn't have been more helpful. We have rented in the Dordogne and other parts of France, but this house is very special. The kitchen has everything you need and is just great to work in. The bedroom is large and very charming. The bath is well appointed, also charming, and a nice size.

We liked the village and enjoyed visiting Minerve, Lastours and Cacassonne. The drive to Minerve was gorgeous , the food at Lastours"s Michelin restaurant interesting and don't miss the view of the castles, (in Lastours) it's stunning. It's a short drive from the village.

Ingrid and her husband have two gites and I would rent either. Do look at the photos of both

There is a nice market in the village, a bakery and restaurants and large supermarkets nearby.

La Sucre has a wonderful library, such a joy to have. Also comfortable sofas and a nice

big table for our "French" meals. And ....a laundry adjacent to the other bedroom

My husband and I are seniors, but agile and active. Although there are three floors and some steps, we did just fine.

Thank you, Ingrid, for your kindness and letting us enjoy the bright and airy, charming

La Sucre.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, Bright, Well Equipped

  • 5 of 5

Ingrid and Christopher have transformed this property into a very comfortable vacation rental. The living area and the beautiful porch are on the entry level, while the bedrooms are 1 and 2 levels down, although the bottom floor bedroom opens onto an adjoining street. Parking is about 100 yards away. Christopher was very helpful in making sure our stay was enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Simple but luxurious

  • 5 of 5

We've recently spent a wonderful week at La Sucre in Caunes Minervois cycling and relaxing. The area surrounding this gorgeous little village was breathtaking, from the vineyards during the vendage to the mountain passes of the Black Mountains with equally quaint villages every few kilometers. By far the best part of our trip was having such a wonderful house to stay in. It was spacious and supremely comfortable, fabulous beds, sofas and beautifully appointed bathrooms and kitchen. So much so that even though we intended to try lots of the restaurants nearby, we far preferred to while away the balmy evenings on our terrace with a glass of a local rose in hand.Thank you so much Ingrid, Emms and Simon for such a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
75 Metres
Caunes
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Restaurant
75 Metres
Caunes
Nearest Ski
160 Kilometres
Pyrrenees
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Gruissan Plage OR Narbonne Plage
Car: recommended

La Sucre is far more than a rental property, it is a home away from home; warm, well-equipped and welcoming. It is South-facing, in the oldest part of the medieval village. It has stone walls, beautiful views and a wonderful terrace. The tiny lane outside the house is too narrow to allow more than the occasional car (perhaps four a day).

The house falls within the conservation area of the village amongst houses dating back to the 16th century.

La Sucre is a place of charm and comfort, quintessentially French in its fabrics, furnishings and pictures. It has been beautifully renovated combining the traditions of a village house with contemporary design. The rooms are spacious and airy, filled with light and sunshine. It has a wonderful terrace, glorious at most times but best enjoyed in the evening sunshine, with a glass of local wine while watching the swifts swoop amongst the ancient houses and muddle of tiled roofs. Ah, but I forgot, breakfast on the terrace is wonderful, too. But then so is lunch! The terrace is furnished with a large table and comfy chairs.The broad bright view from the living-room looks over the abbey and the village towards the Pyrénées.

There are two good sized bedrooms and two pristine and spacious bathrooms. It has an absolutely wonderfully well equipped and convenient kitchen.

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 fall in love with it. Some who come for a brief holiday end up staying for good. Be warned!

La Sucre is filled with treasures found in the local antique markets; original French drawings, paintings, posters and photographs. There is an excellent library.

Of all the hundreds of villages in the Languedoc, Caunes-Minervois is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Besides the famous Abbey, we have 5 restaurants: two bakers, 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, golf and walking; and the people of Caunes are amongst the friendliest anywhere.

The Mediterranean is about an hour and a bit from Caunes with long beaches and warm water.

The World Heritage sites of the Canal du Midi and La Cite are within twenty minutes of the village.

Drive into the hills behind Caunes to see beautiful stone villages nestling into the curves of hills or tumbling down the mountain. The Carcassonne market on Saturdays is a treat with oysters already shucked, heaps of mussels, cheese, fresh butter and yoghurt, wine, fruit, vegetables, and all from nearby. Mirepoix market is on Mondays, Narbonne market everyday except Mondays. And many others nearby including three little ones on the main square in the village.

History surrounds one; stone-built houses, a tangle of tiny streets, the muddle of tiled roofs. And the quiet! Discover the amazing Cathar castles built on hilltops full of magic and awe. The mind boggles as to how they were ever built and and then one shudders at the causes of their disintegration.

We're in a wine growing area and the vignerons - all 400-odd of them - welcome visitors to taste and possibly buy a bottle or two of wine.

We have bikes you can borrow. It's marvellous cycling around here. And the hiking is heavenly among the vineyards, in the mountains and along the Canal du Midi.

Toulouse and Montpellier are easy and charming cities to visit. Narbonne is delightful and so is Albi, Toulouse Lautrec's home, Castre, too.

Spain is two hours away. Figueras and Gerona, close to the border, have an excitingly different atmosphere.

There is a beautiful golf course about 15 minutes away. They welcome visitors. And there are two other courses about an hour away, too.

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Rates & Availability

Caunes-Minervois House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
$101
$691
$2,764
 
 
Spring
Apr 2 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$117
$930
$3,454
 
 
Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
$148
$1,010
$3,396
 
 
Autumn
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
$133
$903
$3,136
 
 
Winter
Nov 11 2017 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
$101
$691
$2,333
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$903
$3,614
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee of 50.00 E at the end of your stay.
France charges visitors .80C tax per person per night to be collected by the owner and given to the tax office.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Caunes-Minervois House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two bathrooms one for each bedroom. One bathroom has a bath, shower, basin and lavatory. The other has a shower, basin and lavatory.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Two spacious, South-facing double bedrooms. One bedroom has a 160 cm bed. The other has two 1 m beds pushed together. Bed-linen is provided. There are blankets and duvets in the winter.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 7 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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