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Large French manor house — 15 bed­rooms near­ly all ensuite, heat­ed swim­ming pool, hot tub and bar

Vil­le­gail­henc, Aude 

Stay in a large tra­di­tion­al French man­sion — three large enter­tain­ment spaces inside and out, well equipped kitchen, heat­ed pool & hot tub per­fect for large groups from young to old.

Large hol­i­day man­sion for your group of 20 or up to 28 peo­ple. Prices list­ed are for 28 please ask for prices for up to 20.

La Mai­son’, a 4 Epis (4 Star) ful­ly-equipped French manor house with annex in the small vil­lage of Vil­le­gai­henc, just out­side Car­cas­sonne. The house is packed full of orig­i­nal fea­tures, and is ide­al for either up to 20 or 28 guests in one group, it is a sim­ply fur­nished, com­fort­able yet splen­did vaca­tion choice. Your whole group can relax and enjoy the prop­er­ty in com­plete pri­va­cy as only one group is ever booked at any one time.

Just a few of the many high­lights of a vis­it to La Mai­son’ are:

➢ Only 10 min­utes from Car­cas­sonne air­port, 1 hour from Toulouse airport.

10 min­utes from the his­tor­i­cal cas­tle of Car­cas­sonne, La Cite

➢ Pri­vate heat­ed pool and hot tub

➢ Beau­ti­ful­ly restored man­sion with orig­i­nal floors, fire­places and fea­tures com­bined with mod­ern mod cons such as en-suite bathrooms.

15 bed­rooms, 12 bath­room­s/en-suites, plus WC and roll top bath with linens, and bath­room tow­els pro­vid­ed at no extra cost. Five bed­rooms with SKY TV.

➢ Chil­dren’s equip­ment includ­ing; high chair, 2 x boost­er seats, child’s chair, baby bath/​changing mat, plas­tic bowls, plates, spoons, cups, 3 high chairs, baby pen, baby pool, swing ball, table foot­ball, Xbox, swings, swing ball, ping pong, petanque. The swim­ming pool has secu­ri­ty fenc­ing and gate.

➢Large indoor and out­door enter­tain­ment areas includ­ing 70 m² barn with sum­mer kitchen, hot tub & 2 BBQ’s. Large din­ing room with plen­ty of space for up to 28 to eat com­fort­ably. Large indoor enter­tain­ment space with 4K Smart TV, 4K DVD play­er (with DVD’s) Denon Home cin­e­ma, SKY TV+, Net­flix, dance floor, full-sized bar and walk on well.

➢Per­son­al Chef, Chauf­feur or dai­ly Maid ser­vice can be made available

➢Enjoy life as a local — a tra­di­tion­al French friend­ly vil­lage with stores includ­ing butch­er, bak­er, gro­cery (10% off when stay­ing at La Mai­son) and a restaurant/​bar all with­in walk­ing distance.

Here in the beau­ti­ful Langue­doc-Rous­sil­lon area of the Aude region of the South of France, there is so much to offer your group, whether you have in mind a fam­i­ly cel­e­bra­tion or occa­sion, fam­i­ly or class reunions, a week of pam­per­ing, a HQ for walk­ing, tour­ing, cook­ing or paint­ing hol­i­days or, just a relax­ing get away from it all’ hol­i­day with your friends and fam­i­ly and pets. With secure out­side enter­tain­ment space as gen­er­ous as the manor house, incor­po­rat­ing seclud­ed gar­dens, with ham­mocks and plen­ty of seat­ing, a large cov­ered open-barn sum­mer kitchen, BBQ and large din­ing area, hot tub, heat­ed swim­ming pool and many games – there will be plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ty to enjoy indi­vid­ual peace and qui­et, fun for chil­dren (ages 0 – 80!), as well as being able to cre­ate a par­ty atmos­phere when you want to.

There are plen­ty of books, board games, chil­dren’s games and DVD’s to enjoy.

The Region:

The house is sit­u­at­ed between the Black Moun­tains, to the North, where there are pine forests, and moun­tain vil­lages and Alpine hous­es, and then to the South are the Pyre­nees, usu­al­ly snow capped. There is also bike hire near­by, so if you enjoy cycling, where it’s pos­si­ble to cycle along the Canal du Midi from the house. The quaint town of Trebes is a good place to cycle to, as they have a whole host of good restau­rants and bars — but it’s always hard­er to cycle back!

The mediter­ranean coast is about 40 mins, and there are some great places to vis­it such as Gruissan/​Sete — two love­ly fish­ing port and old towns, and Col­lioure — about an hour away, an artist vil­lage, perched on a hill side, tum­bling down to the coast. Barcelona, is also about 3 hours dri­ve from the house.

Aude is steeped with his­to­ry and there is La Cité of Car­cas­sonne to vis­it near­by (about 10 mins by car), Las­tours, 7 Cathar Cas­tles perched up high on the hill­side, with the award win­ning restau­rant, Le Puits de Tre­sor. There is an abun­dance of Medieval vil­lages such as the beau­ti­ful city of Mire­poix, with Mon­ste­gur locat­ed near­by — the last Cathar strong hold­ing, with its amaz­ing views. It can also be enjoy­able to go up in a sky lift to the top of the Pyre­nees at any time of year as the views can be spectacular.

There are also two renowned caves to vis­it, Grotte de Limousis and Cabresprine.

If you are a bit of a foody you won’t be dis­ap­point­ed as there are some fan­tas­tic local restau­rants — La Berg­erie just 10 mins by car in the Vil­lage of Aragon, La Bar­ba­cane in the Cas­tle, Epi­curie, 5 min­utes by car, the list is end­less. We can pro­vide a more detailed list.

Rennes les Bains — a ther­mal spring, which has a great walk around the vil­lage, and you could com­bine a trip there to Rennes la Château — perched high up on a hill — Dan Brown’s, Da Vin­ci Code, was said to have been inspired by the vil­lage, a great mys­tery where they think the priest found some hid­den trea­sure, as he sud­den­ly came into great wealth, and it is said that he left a secret code with clues to where he has hid­den the rest, the views are stun­ning, as they reach out over the foothills of the Pyrenees.

The house is based in between sev­er­al dif­fer­ent wine regions; Vil­le­gail­henc is in the Cabardes region, and then a short dri­ve you have the Min­er­vois region (our favourite), then the Cor­bieres region lies to the south of Car­cas­sonne, and through­out the region there are quite a few oth­ers to choose from, and you will be able to do wine tast­ing, if you wish.

There are some great local mar­kets includ­ing Car­cas­sonne mar­ket each Sat­ur­day, soak up the buzz of the mar­ket from one of the many bars locat­ed around the main square where you can enjoy hav­ing fresh sea food tapas, a drink or a meal.

Aude is one of the most diverse regions in France, it is also very rus­tic, and it has remained large­ly unspoilt by the mod­ern world. Vis­i­tors will be able to enjoy an authen­tic French expe­ri­ence by vis­it­ing this area you can no longer enjoy in many of the more inter­na­tion­al­ly known resorts.

Spe­cial Features

There is an extra bunk bed/​family room in the main house. Please note a max­i­mum of 15 peo­ple can sleep in the main house, 5 in the annexe. The annexe has two bed­rooms and two bathrooms.

Indoors

There is plen­ty of room for every­one to have their own space. Free WIFI con­nec­tion through­out the prop­er­ty, a blue tooth iPod dock­ing station/​CD play­er, DVD play­er and plen­ty of board games.

In the large lounge there is an L‑shaped sofa, a three per­son sofa, two arm chairs, large flat screen TV with Sky, DVD and orig­i­nal tiled floors, mar­ble fire­place and two large win­dows with views onto the front garden.

The din­ing area — In the din­ing room there is a large table which will seat up to 28 guests, a stereo and iPod dock­ing sta­tion. There are orig­i­nal fea­tures includ­ing a large farm­house fire­place with a wood burn­ing stove, tiled floor and an orig­i­nal water pump. In win­ter there is a beau­ti­ful log burn­ing stove.

Also at the self cater­ing prop­er­ty there are plen­ty of guide books, maps, walk­ing books and a man­u­al writ­ten by the own­ers so that you can enjoy all of the many activ­i­ties, restau­rants, sites and attrac­tions that the Langue­doc and Car­cas­sonne region has to offer.

Out­doors

The vaca­tion rental has a pret­ty gar­den, with two pri­vate heat­ed swim­ming pools and a huge vari­ety of mature pine trees and decid­u­ous trees. There are var­i­ous bench­es, tables and a ham­mock in and around the grounds to relax and eat on. There is a 70 m² (240 foot) cov­ered out­door area includi­ing seat­ing for 20 peo­ple, out­side sink, dish­wash­er, fridge, gas BBQ, coal BBQ, 6 x elec­tri­cal sock­ets, dart board, baby foot, blue tooth IPod dock­ing sta­tion and 8 seater jacuzzi*.

All guests have exclu­sive use of two heat­ed swim­ming pools, one for toddlers/​babies and a large pool with a depth from 1.2 to a max­i­mum depth of 2.2 meters. There is a shelf around the entire pool so chil­dren can just swim to the sides for safe­ty. There is also safe­ty fenc­ing and gat­ing around the pool.

The swim­ming pool is heat­ed and has a brome sys­tem, which is much more gen­tle on the skin than chlo­rine. There are also ample chairs and sun loungers to relax on and plen­ty of shade for hot after­noons. The swim­ming pool meets all safe­ty reg­u­la­tions and has a secure gate and fenc­ing, as well as a foot bath and shower.

A ping pong table and dart board offers amuse­ment for both chil­dren and adults.

In the front gar­den, the ter­race has a large table for 12, and is a mix­ture of grass and for­mal areas, there is seat­ing and a ham­mock to relax on. There is also park­ing for six vehi­cles in the grounds.

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Local Area

Coast/​Beach:

The Mediter­ranean is 40 mins by car, there are also some beau­ti­ful swim­ming lakes close to the house.

Trav­el:

It is pos­si­ble to fly from Stanst­ed, Bournemouth, Ire­land, East Mid­lands or Liv­er­pool to Car­cas­sonne air­port, just 10 min­utes from the man­sion. From Gatwick to Toulouse air­port (50 mins by car) or 1 hour by train. From Stanst­ed to Per­pig­nan and Beziers 45 mins by car. To real­ly enjoy your hol­i­day we would sug­gest hir­ing a car.

Dis­tances:

The house is sit­u­at­ed in a vil­lage which has great local ameni­ties. It’s just 15 min­utes from Car­cas­sonne, La Cité, 10 mins from Pennautier/​Aragon, 50 mins from Toulouse, 1hr 10 mins from Mont­pel­li­er and 40 mins from Nar­bon­ne’s beach.

There are so many places and things to see and do, it is best to vis­it our web­site for fur­ther information.

Fur­ther Details:

The house is rat­ed as 4 Epis (4 Star) with Gites De France and is sit­u­at­ed in the vil­lage of Vil­le­gail­henc between the Black Moun­tains, to the North, where there are pine forests, and moun­tain vil­lages and Alpine hous­es, and then to the South are the Pyrenees.

The vil­lage has great local ameni­ties, a butch­er, bak­er, super­mar­ket, phar­ma­cy, den­tist, and doctor.

The mediter­ranean coast is about 40 mins, and there are some great places to vis­it such as Gruissan/​Sete — two love­ly fish­ing port and old towns, and Col­lioure — about an hour away, an artist vil­lage, perched on a hill side, tum­bling down to the coast.

Aude is steeped with his­to­ry and there is La Cité of Car­cas­sonne to vis­it near­by (about 10 mins by car), Las­tours (7 Cathar Cas­tles perched high up on he moun­tain, with an award win­ning restau­rant just below), and Medieval vil­lages such as Mire­poix, this has Mon­ste­gur just next to it — the last Cathar strong hold­ing, with amaz­ing views. It can also be enjoy­able to go up in a sky lift to the top of the Pyre­nees in Octo­ber, as the views can be spec­tac­u­lar, there are also a cou­ple of caves to look at local­ly, fan­tas­tic local restau­rants, we have a 2 Miche­lin Star restau­rant 10 mins by car in the Vil­lage of Aragon — anoth­er vil­lage with over 400km of moun­tain bike trails.

There is Rennes les Bains — a ther­mal spring, which has a great walk around the vil­lage, and you could com­bine a trip there to Rennes la Château — perched high up on a hill — Dan Brown’s, Da Vin­ci Code, was said to have been inspired by the vil­lage, a great mys­tery where they think the priest found some hid­den trea­sure, as he sud­den­ly came into great wealth.

The house is based in between sev­er­al dif­fer­ent wine regions, Vil­le­gail­henc is in the Cabardes region, and then a short dri­ve you have the Min­er­vois region (our favourite), then the Cor­bieres region lies to the south of Carcassonne.

If you enjoy cycling, it’s pos­si­ble to cycle along the Canal du Midi from the house.

Pubs, bars, and restaurants

  • Bar/​Restaurant (0Km)

Shop­ping

  • Super­mar­ket (0Km)
  • Bak­ers (0Km)
  • Butch­ers (0Km)
  • Chemist (0Km)

Rail­way stations

  • Car­cas­sonne (8Km)
  • Toulouse (110Km)

Air­ports

  • Car­cas­sonne (10Km)
  • Toulouse (110Km)
  • Beziers (110Km)
  • Mont­pel­li­er (190Km)

Rat­ings

Gites de France 

Essen­tial Information

  • Sleeps 28 peo­ple in 15 bed­rooms Bed Linen is provided
  • 2 Baths
  • 10 Showers
  • 56
  • Pets allowed Ask when booking

Short breaks?

Out of season

Changeover day

Sat­ur­day

Facil­i­ties and Amenities

Bed­rooms

  • Fam­i­ly Rooms: 1
  • Dou­ble Rooms: 10
  • Twin Rooms: 3
  • Sin­gle Rooms: 1
  • Cots: 3

Gen­er­al

  • WiFi/​Internet
  • Air con­di­tion­ing
  • Own­ers on site

For your entertainment

  • TV
  • iPod dock

In the kitchen

  • Cook­er
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freez­er
  • Dish­wash­er
  • Wash­ing machine
  • Tum­ble dryer
  • Kitchen table
  • High chair provided

Out­side

  • Swim­ming pool (out­door)
  • Gar­den
  • Gar­den furniture
  • Hot tub
  • Play equip­ment
  • Park­ing

Near­by Activities

  • Ten­nis
  • Golf
  • Fish­ing
  • Beach
  • Horse rid­ing
  • Water­sports

Prices

Dates Price
Peri­od 1 ALL PRICES ARE QUOT­ED IN EUROS (not £ as displayed)
5th May 2018 — 26th May 2018 
£3,800
Peri­od 2 ALL PRICES ARE QUOT­ED IN EUROS (not £ as displayed)
26th May 2018 — 30th Jun 2018 
£4,200
Peri­od 3 ALL PRICES ARE QUOT­ED IN EUROS (not £ as displayed)
30th Jun 2018 — 21st Jul 2018 
£6,120
Peri­od 4 ALL PRICES ARE QUOT­ED IN EUROS (not £ as displayed)
21st Jul 2018 — 2nd Sep 2018 
£8,500
Peri­od 5 ALL PRICES ARE QUOT­ED IN EUROS (not £ as displayed)
2nd Sep 2018 — 29th Sep 2018 
£4,200
Peri­od 6 ALL PRICES ARE QUOT­ED IN EUROS (not £ as displayed)
21st Dec 2018 — 28th Dec 2018 
£5,800
Peri­od 7 ALL PRICES ARE QUOT­ED IN EUROS (not £ as displayed)
28th Dec 2018 — 5th Jan 2019 
£5,800