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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 70m2 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 Chateau - 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 70m2 (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 Chateau - 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
  • 5/6
  • 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

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