Spacious, Light and Beautifully Renovated. a Home from Home for the Discerning.(15 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4-5 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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.
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Member since: 2004
- 80 m²
- Max. occupancy 5
- Events Allowed
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 2 - May 31, 2017
5 night min stay
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
5 night min stay
Oct 1 - Nov 10, 2017
5 night min stay
Nov 11 - Mar 31, 2018
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
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 for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 2012
About: 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!
Why Caunes-Minervois, France:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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Bench for lazy afternoons reading on the terrace while eating cherries.
The entrance to la Sucre
The terrace from outside
Hat stand at the entrance
The middle floor bedroom
One of two bathrooms
The downstairs bedroom
View from the terrace
World Heritage Site: La Cite in Carcassonne
Field of poppies outside Caunes
We have bikes you can borrow
The open-plan diningroom
La Sucre is in the wine growing area of the Minervois
One of the comfortable sofas
The middle floor bedroom
La Sucre, bright, airy and beautifully renovated, well equipped and convenient.
The second bathroom
Street of the Washerwomen in Caunes
Buying flowers at the market
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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