5 en-suite bedrooms off a galleried hallway
Maison Tranquil (5 en-suite rooms upto 13 people)
Maison Tranquil is a spacious country house with stunning lake views. Light, airy and comfortable living spaces. Large dining room features a 4m long dining table with open fireplace, large kitchen with dining area with direct access to the terraces with stunning views. Air conditioning in the summer if needed, and centrally heated bedrooms and open fireplace and wood burners in the lounges to keep you warm in the winter. Outside the 3.5 acres of grounds host a heated private gated pool with alarm, petanque court, outside giant chess and jenga; 3 acres of lawns, children's play area, secure parking for 6 cars. Chef/daily maid service available on request. Contact us for detailed quotes.
Book now for Christmas and New Year! Situated close to the historic UNESCO medieval walled city of Carcassonne, with its easy access to it's numerous airport connections via Carcassonne, Toulouse, Beziers or Girona. In the heart of the Razes vineyards and just 20 minutes to Mirepoix & Limoux with their stunning markets. Whilst a rural country house, local shops & restaurants all within easy access.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 7, 2018
About Mark Figgins
We are a young, happy, healthy couple from the UK. After years of soul searching and globe-trotting we have settled in the beautiful Languedoc-Rousillon region of South East France. With a wealth of hospitality experiences from various industries between us, notably as an established luxury yacht charter couple, we provide elegantly casual service to a high standard. In addition to her abilities as an experienced charter chef, Andrea is a qualified Aromatherapist and masseuse able to provide a number of treatments from the spa in the annex to the house. Mark has a drive for the out door life, and we aim to provide, or at the very least point you in the right direction when it comes to all the local activities from mountain biking to kite surfing and much more...
Why Mark Figgins chose Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard
The house just leapt out at us as a haven or tranquillity and calm from the first instant we walked in. Stunning lake views, surrounded by radiant countryside you can't but help relax in the house and grounds. We absolutely love the area. For us Carcassonne airport is both close by and very easy to use, has that 'rustic' island style to it! We are just an hour from skiing in the mountains or kite surfing the beautiful beaches on the coast. We regularly visit daily local markets for fresh fruit and vegetables, or just to soak up the atmosphere over a coffee. Truly loving our life choice in this beautiful region of France.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
The property is ideally located in the heart of the Languedoc. We provide pool towels and so you can travel light and make the most of the beautiful local lakes and beaches. For those who enjoy a more active holiday, you can take advantage of white water rafting, canoeing, kite surfing and dune sailing, sailing & skiing all within an hour. If you are looking for great food and relaxation in the comfort of the villa, we can also provide catering and massages by the pool. Just ask for information when booking.
Pool / Spa
Perfect place for large family. Cosy and charming.
Perfect accomodation for large families with children. Peaceful, very pretty,charming, comfortable and cosy. Huge amount of toys for children ! Mark and his family are very thoughtful guests. W'll visit again.
Beautiful property in a relaxing setting
We stayed here with family and friends with young children, there was plenty of space to accommodate each family, with mostly onsuite bathrooms and enough room downstairs to comfortably accommodate everyone incl play room and numerous lounging and
dining spaces etc
It has stunning views from the terrace that most of our days were spent eating enjoying the view and cooling down in the pool. There was plenty to keep the kids entertained and I'm going to miss my morning walk around the lake.
Perfect Retreat Location
We chose to host our Detox and Yoga Retreat at Maison Tranquil and it was the perfect place in every way. The house is in a beautiful location in the stunning French countryside and the property itself is comfortable and full of character with a lovely brand new swimming pool. The house and gardens have beautiful lake views and there is plenty of space to relax and sunbathe. On chillier evenings we enjoyed real log fires which was a real treat. Andrea and Mark were great hosts and catered for the retreat exactly as we had requested and with great attention to detail. The property is within easy reach of places to visit such as the medieval town of Mirepoix, Limoux and historic Carcassonne. Very highly recommended!
We (a group of eight old friends) had a great holiday in this wonderfully quirky house. It's very spacious, very quiet (hence the name) but within driving distance of some stunning sites. We asked the owner to cook dinner for us on three evenings and thoroughly enjoyed his culinary expertise. One of the neighbours sells delicious organic veg and there's a marvellous butcher's in Belvèze.
House in Brezilhac
This house was perfect for our family of six with five extra friends, all university age. The location was very accessible, only 20-25 minutes from Carcassonne airport, and the Ryanair flights from Stansted were, surprisingly, at very civilised times in the middle of the day. Friends arriving at Toulouse airport easily got trains to Bram, which was only 15 minutes drive. The house’s facilities were as described, with a well equipped large kitchen, 5 bedrooms of varying sizes and 3 bathrooms. It was clean, airy and light, and everything worked well.
The pool was a great asset, and we liked the lightly salted water. We made use of the 5 bicycles to explore the beautiful countryside. Brezilhac is a tiny village with no shops but Montreal is very accessible with a good supermarket. Mark and Andrea were incredibly helpful. Before the holiday they sent comprehensive information and we were particularly pleased that we could send a shopping list and everything was there when we arrived on a Saturday afternoon. During the holiday it was very easy to approach Mark and Andrea and they responded very promptly to all our queries, including how to turn off the pool alarm! We were thrilled with the 2 dinners which Andrea cooked for us. We enjoyed meeting Mark and Andrea’s two delightful young children.
We visited the beautiful medieval town of Carcassonne, Mirepoix with its charming market, Toulouse with its wonderful churches and square and even ventured as far as the spectacular Cathar castle at Peyrepertuse. We did a lovely circular walk to Gramazie and several bike rides. The countryside is stunning, with its sunflowers, vineyards and fabulous views.
We would certainly recommend this house to friends and relatives.
Heaven on Earth!
Well, the name says it all! This is a beautiful property set in breathtakingly serene surroundings. We lead very busy lives and it usually takes my wife and I a good few days to wind down on vacation. Maison Tranquille is different. The sheer beauty of the place. The peace. Oh the peace! I felt unwound after being there for just an hour. Amazing! The hosts, Mark and Andrea, could not be more affable and welcoming. The accommodation has plenty of rustic charm but with all the mod cons. I highly recommend allowing Mark and Andrea cater for you. They put on an excellent spread with local produce served with love and care. We could not have felt more at home and feel like we have discovered a rare gem here. If we could award six stars, we would without hesitation. Looking forward to staying again. Thank you!
Special interest holidays:
The house also operates as a retreat out of season hosting a variety of courses ranging from cycling breaks, yoga & detox retreats, painting, and hosts writing & cookery courses. All fully catered and hosted by qualified guest instructors. Andrea is a qualified masseuse and aromatherapist should you simply require a relaxing massage by the pool....
'Carcassonne Plage' is a fantastic family day out with inflatable water park on the lake surrounded by lovely beaches and nature trails, for the more adventurous zip lining through the trees ! Just 40 mins from the house. Pack lunches on offer for your day out. Lac St Ferriol at Revel is also 45mins.
Narbonne Plage is a 1 hr drive from the house, with its golden beaches and Gruissan marina. This area also boasts Frances flagship water sports centres teaching windsurfing, kitesurfing and more.
Direct flights available to Carcassonne from numerous UK airports. The nearest airport is Carcassonne (Salvaza) - 40mins, Toulouse (Blagnac) - 55mins, Beziers and Perpignan - 1hr 30mins. Girona - 2hrs 30mins. Carcassonne train station also easily accessible. Car hire is essential to fully experience the region and all it has to offer, easily available from all airports.
Belveze Du Razes 7km.
Limoux & Mirepoix 17km
Canal du Midi, Bram 20km.
La Cite, Carcassonne 39km.
Gruissan Plage (nearest Mediterranean beach) - 100km / 1hr.
Ax-les-Thermes (nearest Ski station) 90km / 1 hr.
Situated in the heart of the sleepy Languedoc countryside & surrounded by some of the best vineyards of the region. Nestled just 40mins from Carcassonne, and its walled Unesco world heritage site, and 20mins to the beautiful towns of Mirepoix or Limoux.
Carcassonne has great shopping, with markets on a Wednesday and Saturday, with La Cite boasting some fabulous restaurants. Toulouse is just 50mins away, and Montpellier 1.5 hours.
Local markets available almost daily with all the atmosphere and amazing fresh produce. Boulangerie, farm shop, pharmacy and supermarket are all within a 5-10min drive of the village.
Local restaurants and bars are available in the two closest main villages of Belveze and Montreal, both 5km away. With some fabulous local wine domains offering a more indulgent experience. Or just soak up the calm and tranquillity of rural France lounging by the pool, or in one of the hammock chairs.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Changeover Day: Saturday changeover day preferred in high season. Will try to accommodate individual requests, and can be more flexible out of peak season. Notes on prices: Discounted rates are available for smaller groups. The house is also available for long term rentals out of season. Price inclusive of all taxes, cleaning charges, linens, towels etc. There is a small surcharge for any wood for the fires in winter months. Please contact us for more details.