The living accommodation is on the first and second floors and approached by a winding stone staircase onto the generous terrace. Double doors lead into a large, open plan living/dining area with exposed beams, two original fireplaces and an atrium open up to the second floor. Timber screens divide off the kitchen and study areas. A steel and oak staircase leads to second floor with large roof lights, white washed timber floors. The property is very spacious and light. Opening off the main living area is a terrace for eating al fresco and with views across the village to the vineyards beyond.
La Maison des Barriques
La Maison des Barriques and La Petite Maison have been created from an old winery. The property has been transformed and lovingly renovated to a high standard, giving fabulous contemporary interiors. Being an Interior Designer every detail has been considered, mixing old with new, to provide warm, spacious and light interiors. Entrance to La Maison des Barriques is via a winding stone staircase onto the terrace which looks out over the village to the vineyards beyond. Paguignan, which nestles in the foothills of the Montagne Noire and just 30km from the Mediterranean, is a quiet hamlet with winding alleyways, an ancient chapel, a small tree lined square and evidence of more prosperous times. Within two minutes walk from the front door you are among the vineyards.This is a land of vineyards, wine and good food, perfumed garrigue, Cathar castles, abbeys, walks, rivers for fishing and swimming and colourful markets with fresh local produce.
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 3, 2018
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Lovely 7 day stay at this stunningly restored property in Paguignan.
We had a lovely stay at this stunningly restored property in Paguignan. After a five day climbing trip in the Haute Pyrennes, we spent our second at week at Paguignan, mostly touring around the area with visits to Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers, gorging in the local dried rivers and wine tasting at the local family winery. It was always lovely to return to this uniquely restored winemakers property at the end of our busy days with the exquisite interior design the focal point of the property. So many things are provided to ensure our stay was more than comfortable, from lovely fluffy towels, cosy beds ( loft room needs a bed , currently only mattress, not ideal for our 6 ft 3 teenager!!) to limitless kitchen utensils, a washing machine, (although not working when we arrived, was swiftly replaced with a new one on day 5 of our trip,) so lots of hand washing before hand, but Jane was very proactive in replacing this as soon as she could and we managed to do one load before we left for our next destination. The showers were great and the fans in both bedrooms were a great relief to have when it got to hot at night. There was also the skylight windows that opened up remotely to let the cool air flow around the loft room. We loved the projector screen to watch movies when we returned to the property, exhausted but early enough, with a lovely selection of dvd's. Our biggest frustration was the almost non-existent Wifi, an absolute must when you run your own business, and although on vacation, still have to respond to emails and business issues and also when you have two teenagers who like to stay in touch with friends. Also, sadly noise and cigarette smoke pollution from the neighbours (both very lovely people), who had their grandchildren, family and friends to visit during our vacation, so eating breakfast outside on the balcony was sometimes awkward with cigarette smoke blowing our way (ok, maybe if you are a smoker I guess, of which we are not). The locally advertised wild swimming was something we were going to try however the pools were full of locals and so a little off putting, and some of the rivers were dry so not possible to do. The closet beach is Narbonne, so this is really not the place for those wishing to have a beach holiday. My husband ended up having to do a lot of driving to get to places, however we still absolutely loved the property and would encourage anyone wishing for a quiet restful week to choose this gem of a place!
Thank you so much for your very kind review about 'La Maison des Barriques. I am so sorry that you had trouble with the Wifi. Up until now it has not been a problem and was working well for the previous guests.I can only think that the signal in the village was generally poor for for a few days during the week of your visit.
LA MAISON DES BARRIQUES & LA PETITE MAISON are the perfect retreats for those wishing to enjoy Mediterranean France, to soak up the atmosphere, to bathe in the sun, to visit the Cathar Castles or to explore the stunning landscape . A paradise for painters, walkers (and strollers) and cyclists. Just 2 minutes from the front door you are among the vineyards or in the garrigue with its intoxicating smell of wild rosemary, thyme and lavender.
THIS IS A LAND OF CONTRASTS between the gentle sandy coast with coastal lagoons, where you must go and see the flamingos, and the more luscious plain of the river Aude where cherries, apricots and olives grow, and where the Canal du Midi meanders serenely .
AIGUES VIVES: 2km from Paguignan or a 10 minute bike ride has a Utile mini market (rather like a Spar), Post Office and two restaurants. A general stores van calls weekly in the village.
CANAL du MIDI: Perfect for walking and cycling and where you can stop off at a canal side cafe or restaurant, particularly at La Someil,
and watch life on the canal, or even take a boat trip along the canal.
HISTORY: A must is to visit some of the many spectacular Cathar castles such as Lastours or Peyrepertuse and abbeys or the Cathar village of Minerve perched on a rock between two gorges ( 15 Minutes from Paguignan ) and Carcassonne with its remarkable Medieval fortress - one of Europe's best preserved walled cities. Roman Narbonne and circulade villages such as Aigne
( 5 minutes ).
MARKETS: Nearly every day you can visit a colourful market with fresh local produce, and much more, within 15kms/10 miles. Very atmospheric.
SWIMMING & BEACHES: Paguignan, which nestles in the foothills of the Montagne Noire is just 45 minutes drive from the Mediterranean with its long golden sandy beaches. There is Wild Swimming in the river at Biz-Minervois just 10 minutes by car. During the summer a large pool is created in the river and further up the river you can swim in some rocky pools with a small shingle area. Fabulous for all ages. Quite special. At the Lac Jouarres there is swimming and sailing and an open grassed area surrounded by trees. A perfect family spot and just a 20 minute drive. There are more wild swimming places further afield all loved by my family and the grandchildren.
RESTAURANTS: There are a number of very good restaurants within 10/15 minutes from Paguignan where you can have amazing French food at very reasonable prices particularly at mid-day Details of all these can be found in the house.
There are 6 international airports close by. Beziers, Montpellier, Carcassonne, Perpignan, Girona and Toulouse. They are between 1 and 2 hours drive away.
RyanAir fly to Beziers, Carcassonne, Perpignan and Gerona.
Flybe fly to Perpignan and Toulouse.
Easyjet fly to Montpellier and Toulouse.
The TGV goes to Narbonne 25km/17 miles
A car is essential for a holiday in Paguignan
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Changeover Day: La Maison des Barriques - Saturday La Petite Maison - Sunday Departure by 10.00am Arrival from 4pm onwards