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Spacious, Light and Beautifully Renovated. a Home from Home for the Discerning.

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4-5 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • 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

Speaks: english, french, Afrikaans.
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 80 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • 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....moreless

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....moreless


  • Satellite / Cable


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Caunes is at the base of the Black Mountains. Walk out of the village into the hills. Keep going up into the shady chestnut forests. You won't see a soul. It's heavenly....moreless

  • Rural:

    Caunes is a small village in the heart of the wine growing region of the Languedoc.It's a three minutes to the bakery, the village square and wonderful restaurant....moreless

  • Village:

    La Sucre, in the heart of medieval Caunes on a tiny road with beautiful views of the 11th century abbey. Spacious, bright and quiet. Within walking distance of the boulangerie and all other amenities....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Open plan kitchen, dining and sittingroom....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Very effective heating in each room plus bathrooms....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free WIFI...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets and pillow cases. Table mats, dish cloths....moreless

  • Living Room:

    All in one open plan living room. The chairs and sofas are comfortable and pretty....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking is in various parts of the village. Parking is free and safe. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free telephone calls to 80 countries....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Fluffy white towels. 6 per bathroom....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    Electric coffee maker which requires filters. Pressoires of different sizes....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    A generous supply of crockery and cutlery and glassware....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator:

    Large with a separate freezer section....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric, 4 plate stove plus oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio:

    Lovely, large, private, outdoor terrace. It is well furnished with a big table and chairs plus comfortable lounging chairs....moreless

  • Golf:

    Brilliant golf course 20 minutes away in Carcassonne. Occasional visitors welcomed. Two other beautiful golf courses about an hour away....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill:

    We have a Spanish plancha which is perfect for grilling. ...moreless



from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 2 - May 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$953 $3,541
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$1,035 $3,481
Oct 1 - Nov 10, 2017
5 night min stay
$926 $3,214
Nov 11 - Mar 31, 2018
5 night min stay
$708 $2,391
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

$926 $3,704
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you 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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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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25 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
75 Metres
Nearest Barpub
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
75 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
160 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
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.


Manager info

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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Speaks: english, french, Afrikaans.
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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  • The barbecue

    The barbecue

  • Bench for lazy afternoons reading on the terrace while eating cherries.

    Bench for lazy afternoons reading on the terrace while eating cherries.

  • The entrance to la Sucre

    The entrance to la Sucre

  • The terrace from outside

    The terrace from outside

  • Hat stand at the entrance

    Hat stand at the entrance

  • The middle floor bedroom

    The middle floor bedroom

  • One of two bathrooms

    One of two bathrooms

  • The downstairs bedroom

    The downstairs bedroom

  • View from the terrace

    View from the terrace

  • World Heritage Site: La Cite in Carcassonne

    World Heritage Site: La Cite in Carcassonne

  • Field of poppies outside Caunes

    Field of poppies outside Caunes

  • We have bikes you can borrow

    We have bikes you can borrow

  • The open-plan diningroom

    The open-plan diningroom

  • Doorway


  • The terrace

    The terrace

  • La Sucre is in the wine growing area of the Minervois

    La Sucre is in the wine growing area of the Minervois

  • One of the comfortable sofas

    One of the comfortable sofas

  • The middle floor bedroom

    The middle floor bedroom

  • La Sucre, bright, airy and beautifully renovated, well equipped and convenient.

    La Sucre, bright, airy and beautifully renovated, well equipped and convenient.

  • The second bathroom

    The second bathroom

  • Street of the Washerwomen in Caunes

    Street of the Washerwomen in Caunes

  • Buying flowers at the market

    Buying flowers at the market

VRBO #628650

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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