House in Embres et Castelmaure, in the Corbieres hills, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Location In Typical Winegrowing Village With Walking And Cycling Paths On The Doorstep
- english, french, german, spanish
About dominique mcdonald
Bonjour et bienvenue à Maison de la Fontaine, my name is Dominique and together with my husband Peter I own this lovely home in the Languedoc. We first fell in love with the area when we met there over 37 years ago. Back then, we were young, picking grapes in the Corbières hills. Being a teacher, I am fortunate to be able to go back to my roots many times throughout the year, enjoying the delights each season brings in this magical part of the world. We have thoroughly enjoyed looking after our guests the last few summers and have met lovely people who were very kind in their comments about Maison de la Fontaine. We like to keep a low profile but are always on hand if needed. Peter is a keen cyclist and knows the area well so he is available for advice/maps.
dominique mcdonald purchased this House in 2006
Why dominique mcdonald chose Embres-et-Castelmaure
We bought the property 10 years ago as the fulfillment of a dream to have a home in the South of France. We fell in love and married in Corbières and throughout the years, the area has lost none of its idyllic charm. The peace and quality of life, the beautiful climate and the stunning landscape were compelling attractions as was the proximity of the coast. The Aude is the ideal holiday location, it has everything from beautiful beaches to Cathar castles to explore, wine caves where you can sample the produce of this fascinating region. There is a superb variety of leisure facilities: walking and cycling paths on the doorstep, the sun drenched beaches 30 mins away offering all watersports, and for the more adventurous, paragliding, gorge walking and rock climbing.
What makes this House unique
Maison de la Fontaine is located at the heart of the village but it is still peaceful. We have made many friends over the years and love to be there to enjoy the easy way of life and the guaranteed sunshine. The village, although small, is vibrant in the summer with many social events such as the annual paella, evening walks, art exhibitions. The Cave Cooperative has an excellent reputation and wine tasting can be enjoyed every day. There is a Tapas bar in the evenings. Make sure you reserve a place as it gets fully booked throughout the summer! If you fancy a walk, you only need to step out of the house and you are in beautiful countryside with wonderful smells of wild rosemary, thyme and lavender. The beaches are a half hour drive away along very peaceful roads, no chance of getting stuck in a traffic jam! I love sitting with a glass of wine late at night admiring the amazing shooting stars.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
We had a lovely stay with Dominique. The house itself is beautifully decorated and tiled throughout. We loved the décor and Dominique's taste and personal touches were evident. The kitchen was well-equipped and had everything we needed. The bedrooms were large and airy.
The private pool and outdoor dining space was great. The property suited our 2 families perfectly as we had 5 kids between us and the pool really helped to keep them entertained.
The quiet location of the house was good and it is situated in a small village. There was ample parking and the surrounding countryside offered good opportunities for exploring.
Dominique was there to help out and answer any questions we had during our stay.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property to another family with kids.
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was an absolute pleasure to have you stay at Maison de la Fontaine.
I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay and would be delighted to welcome you in the future.
Eine sehr schöne und ruhige Ferienwohnung mit tollem Poolbereich
Wir haben uns sehr gut erholt 4 Erwachsene und 4 Kinder !
Eine sehr nette und hilfsbereite Gastgeberfamilie.
In der Wohnung war alles vorhanden; ob in der Küche oder im Schlafbereich
selbst im Aussenbereich konnten wir die Wäsche waschen und trocknen.
Für die großen Kinder war das WLAN wichtig und für uns alle der Grillplatz,
Pizzaofen und der große Tisch unter den Weinreben.
Die Kleinen konnte man fast nicht aus dem Pool bringen.
Tollen - Morgens bis Abends.
Wir werde wiederkommen und empfehle die geräumige Ferienwohnung an
all die Erholung und Poolspaß suchen weiter.
Vielen Dank für Ihre freundlichen Worte. Sie haben eine wunderbare Familie und wir würden uns freuen, Sie wieder zu sehen. Sie waren die Präfekten Gäste. Bis zum nächsten Mal wünschen wir Ihnen alles Gute.Wir freuen uns immer auf Gäste und Sie sind hier immer willkommen.
Französisches Ferienhaus mit Charme
wir haben unsere zwei Wochen mit 4 Erwachsenen und 5 Kinder sehr genossen. Der Ort liegt wunderbar eingebettet in Weinberge und die Cave cooperativ ist ein Goldschatz im Ort. Unbedingt den Wein probieren und einen Abend mit Tapas dort verbringen. Sehr zu empfehlen.
Vielen Dank. Wir hoffen, Sie und Ihre Familie wieder in der Zukunft begrüßen zu dürfen.
Hope to see you again at Maison de la Fontaine
The nearest beaches are 25 mins away by car. All types of water sports are available at the Mediterranean coast with Leucate beaches renowned for wind-surfing and kite-surfing. Five of the beaches around Leucate have been awarded the blue flag for environmental quality, from the small La Franqui beach (ranked 4th most beautiful beach in France) nestled at the foot of the cliffs to the wild open Les Coussoules beach, and Leucate-Plage, a family beach where there’s sand enough for everyone!
If travelling by train the high speed TGV is only 30 minutes away in Narbonne, with connections from London.
Driving direct from the UK ranges from 10 to 12 hours depending on the choice of connecting ferry terminal.
There are six airports within a 2 hours drive, with the nearest two being Perpignan( 40 mins away) and Carcassonne( 45 mins away). Other possibilities include Barcelona Gerona, Toulouse and smaller airports such as Béziers and Montpellier.
In the village local fruit and veg and other local produce. There is also a vibrant market every Saturday in the coastal resort of Port la Nouvelle. Nearby Narbonne has an excellent indoor food market in Les Halles.
There is an Intermarché in Sigean as well as various other food retailers.
Restaurants: Pop up tapas restaurant 50 yards away from the house on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, a Michelin star restaurant in Fontjoncouse.
The 3rd most visited region in France by British people, with glorious sunshine throughout the year, the Languedoc Roussillon offers something for everyone. Sandy beaches, coastal lagoons, vibrant cities such as Narbonne, Montpellier and Perpignan, historical sites such as Carcassonne and the Cathar castles, fabulous scenery, local terrier produce and vineyards.
Languedoc-Roussillon is the region where the Corbieres mountains stretch between the beautiful towns of Perpignan in the south, Carcassonne in the west, Narbonne in the north and the Mediterranean to the east. Nestled between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, with Spain only a 2 hour drive away, there is plenty to explore for all tastes whilst enjoying the tranquillity of village life. An area steeped in history where the Cathars reigned, with stunning castles perched on limestone crags, medieval towns and villages where you can sample some excellent wines and local produce. This area of unspoilt natural beauty is ideal for walking and mountain biking and also offers beautiful rivers, gorges and the Canal du Midi. 25 minutes drive away, you will find stunning beaches, with excellent facilities for swimming, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and windsurfing. The Aqualand water park in Port Leucate is sure to delight children. Sigean has a wonderful nature reserve, guaranteeing a great day out.
If you are seeking peace and tranquillity, whilst being on the doorstep to local markets, festivals, as well as unspoilt beaches, our house in Embres et Castelmaure will enchant you. A great base for exploring the area, whether you are a walker, a cyclist or just want to enjoy the idyllic Mediterranean beaches.
The immediate area is perfect for walking, road cycling and mountain-biking, in fact the 'Cathar Way' a popular long distance footpath crosses through Embres et Castelmaure. There are also tennis courts and a municipal swimming pool 7kms away in Durban.