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

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

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 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 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.

Amenities

Caunes-Minervois House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Non smoking only
  • Ask before bringing pets.
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 5
  • 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
  • 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

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Spacious, light and beautifully renovated. A home from home for the discerning.
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews
5

Exquisite.

  • 5 of 5

It doesn't get more exquisite! History, beauty, extremely helpful host. Wake at dawn to hear cocks crowing, doves cooing in the eves, cows stirring in the field, all else is silent in this medeival village. Later, abbey bells chiming. We had a fabulous time. Conversational French is useful.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Beatrice, Thank you for a marvelous review. And thanks very, very much for the painting you did in our visitor' book. It's a treasure. I'm delighted you had a good time, it makes me really happy knowing your special holiday came up to expectations. Come back; there's lots to paint. Thanks again, Ingrid.
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5

Wonderful stay in Caunes-Minervois

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxing stay in Caunes-Minervois for a week in this delightful property. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, exploring the villages and Cathar towns, with Carcassone nearby also. Caunes-Minervois has good places to eat and boulangeries for your daily bread- no need to use the car every day. La Sucre is very comfortable- excellent beds, a well-equipped kitchen, quality fittings, and decorated beautifully with individual, interesting antique pieces. The house is extremely quiet and peaceful. It has a lovely outdoor terrace for warmer weather which catches the afternoon sun. It was easy to find parking nearby the house, so having no garage was not a problem. Ingrid was so helpful with all our inquiries and was such a warm and welcoming host. A wonderful week- thank you, Ingrid, for our stay and happy memories we have from Caunes-Minervois.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm thrilled you loved being in La Sucre and that you loved Caunes. Thank you, too for looking after our precious house so well. It was a great pleasure to have you staying with us. Warmest regards, Ingrid.
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5

A holiday treat

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, modern accommodation over three floors. The living/ kitchen and outdoor space is simply luxurious. The furnishings reflect the owner's artistic style, it is also very well organised and very comfortable. It's a great place!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lyn-Marie, Thanks for a lovely review and thanks for being a wonderful guest. Hope you come again and that this time I get to see you. Warm regards, Ingrid
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5

Un séjour magnifique , accueillant et reposant.

  • 5 of 5

La Sucre est un nid idyllique dans un village si accueillant et charmant. Je ne voulais pas partir. Chaque rencontre conviviale m'a fait tomber en amour avec ce beau village et ses habitants.Je compte les jours à mon retour. Un gros merci à Nicole .

Ingrid, si j'avais jamais la chance d'avoir mon propre petit nid à Caunes, je voudrais que vous me guidiez selon le décor. C'est tellement à mon goût. Wow!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh what a wonderful review! Thank you very much, Deb. Best of all you had a happy time in La Sucre. Look forward to meeting you next time. Warmest regards, Ingrid.
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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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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:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
$151
$1,035
$3,481
 
 
Autumn
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
$136
$926
$3,214
 
 
Winter
Nov 11 2017 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
$104
$708
$2,391
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$926
$3,704
 

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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