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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:
July 21, 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:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • 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
  • Free Wifi
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 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Spacious, light and beautifully renovated. A home from home for the discerning.
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews
5

Beautiful House in quiet french village

  • 5 of 5

This house is so spacious with with a large outdoor seating and dining area on the terrace and a large comfortable lounge, we felt really at home here, the property is well appointed and well equipped and has everything you could wish for, including the use of bicycles which enabled us to ride off road along a disused railway line and along the tracks through the vineyards to neighbouring villages.

The village of Caunes-Minervois is very quiet and peaceful, with a choice of places to eat.

Ingrid is a wonderful host, very easy to communicate with and always on hand to answer any queries.

This is a place we will definitely come back to.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bob, Thank you for a wonderful review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed La Sucre and the tranquillity of the village. I really do hope you'll be back; you are wonderful tenants. Warmest regards, Ingrid.
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Hartsburg, Missouri
5

A lovely French village with all the amenities. Excellent location for touring with a car.

  • 5 of 5

This property is lovely, clean, well-stocked, and homey. Ingrid is an excellent communicator and readily accessible for questions and suggestions. The property does involve stairs. Not a problem for a lady who walks with a cane. Our family group of four ( 3 generations) absolutely loved "coming home" to this property. You can walk everywhere in this beautiful, welcoming village. A true classic old French village. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a wonderful review. Thank you for being such enthusiastic and appreciative guests. And thank you again for taking such good care of our precious house. Do come again we'd love to see you. Warmest regards, Ingrid.
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Sevenoaks, UK
5

WELL APPOINTED GITE WITH GREAT TERRACE

  • 5 of 5

When you read the description of the gite, please believe every word! In actual fact the place is even better than the description and the accompanying photos.

It is a very well organized, clean and well appointed gite

We never even used the kitchen. It has a plancha as a barbecue and what a revelation it was to use. We had fish, crevettes, calamari, pork and lamb chops, sausages, bread coated with olive oil toasted on the plancha. Even mushrooms, peppers and more prepared on the plancha and it was great.

I can go on for quite a bit, but sufficient to say that it was a very good find and we enjoyed our stay even though it was unbearably hot during our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review and being such careful guests. I love it when people have a wonderful holiday in our beautiful house. Hope to see you next year. Warmest regards, Ingrid.
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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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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
$162
$1,108
$3,727
 
 
Autumn
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
$146
$992
$3,441
 
 
Winter
Nov 11 2017 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
$111
$758
$2,561
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$992
$3,966
 

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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