An idyllic home on the edge of a lively village, with private heated pool

Sleeps: 14
Bedrooms: 7
Weekly price guide: £3017-£5890
Pool: Yes
Type: Villa
Property Ref: MAN2845

General Description

This is a beautiful Maison de Maître originally built in the 1830s by a wealthy wine and brandy producer, as a symbol of his affluence during this opulent era.

It is now lovingly restored and decorated by its owner, a talented interior designer who has turned it into a large, modern home with plenty of original character, perfect for families and groups of friends.

The position is semi-rural but on the edge of a lively village surrounded by sunflowers and vineyards, with a grocery shop, bakers, butchers, bar, pizza restaurant, post office and pharmacy - all just a 5-minute walk away. There is even a park with children's' slides and swings, all within pram pushing distance!

Just a 5-minute drive away is the Canal du Midi at Ventenac, with its good choice of restaurants and within easy reach are Lezignan-Corbieres and the Cathedral City of Narbonne and its high quality sandy beaches beyond. Carcassonne is just over half an hour away.

In keeping with this villa's origins, this lovely home is designed for fun and good times for all, with a hint of elegant grandeur from times passed. A grand curved staircase and balustrade onto the front balcony and terrace compliment the indoor marble staircase and grand dining room.

A games room and 'honesty wine cellar' stocked with Languedoc wines, and a large garden full of fruit trees, hammocks, shady terraces and a big pool, keep everyone happy. There is even a shallow brook with small fish through the back garden, where you can try your luck with a line and hook or bucket.

This villa will delight the senses and provide an idyllic location for a holiday or special reunion in the Languedoc.

Accommodation Facilities

Lower Ground Floor:
- Fully equipped kitchen with 2 dishwashers, microwave, hob, oven, coffee machine, breakfast bar, 2 fridges, 2 freezers, a small dining table, an I-Pod docking station and Satellite TV (access to front courtyard)
- Well-stocked 'Honesty Wine Cellar' with some of the best wines from the Languedoc
- Utility room with washing machine and drying facilities

Ground Floor:
- Grand hall
- Dining room
- Living room with 2 sofas, 2 armchairs, decorative fireplace, TV, DVD player, I-pod docking station, Wii, desk top computer with speakers
- Games room and a table tennis room with a ping-pong table as well as a full sized table football and pool table
- Family bathroom with a shower and bath
- Terrace overlooking the courtyard

First Floor:
- Master suite: sleeps 4 - 1 hotel extra large double (can be split into 2 singles), day bed for 2 children and en-suite shower room with W.C. and double sinks
- Bedroom 2: sleeps 2 - 1 hotel extra large double (can be split into 2 singles) and en-suite shower room with W.C. and sink
- Bedroom 3: sleeps 2 - 1 extra large double (can be split into 2 singles) and en-suite shower room with W.C. and sink
- Bedroom 4: sleeps 2 - 2 singles (can be made into a large double) and en-suite shower room with W.C. and sink

Top Floor:
- Bedroom 5: sleeps 2 - 1 large double
- Bedroom 6: sleeps 3 kids as kids' dormitory with 3 single beds or 1 double (splitable) with single day bed
- Bedroom 7: sleeps 2 - 2 single beds (can be pushed together)
- Shared large family shower room with double sinks

Outside Grounds:
- Private heated swimming pool (shape: rectangular/ size: 9x4.5m/ depth: 1.6m) with full EU child-safety barrier and locking gate
- Large poolside terrace
- Shaded terraces
- Private walled courtyard
- Summer kitchen with BBQ and outside seating for up to 17 guests
- Garden with fruit trees (1 acre)
- Children's play area
- Shallow brook
- Garage (on request)
- Secure parking
- 2 tennis courts (opposite the house)
- Trampoline with safety barrier

Additional Notes:
- Private chef for evening meals, whether a one-off or every day (minimum 6 guests) including waiter service (based on set menu for all which can be chosen in advance)
- Wine cellar with wide selection available to purchase (honesty bar)
- Food shopping in advance
- Wine tasting and tapas evenings in your holiday home
- Wine tours and tastings in nearby area
- Babysitting by fully trained nursery nurse
- Airport transfers with 8-seater mini-bus
- Retro bikes for hire (including helmet)
- Beautician and hairdresser
- Masseur service
- Wellness days
- Bespoke foodie days such as tours of local markets
- Cooking lessons
- Painting/drawing days
- Linen and towels included, including pool towels
- Minimum stay: 7 nights
- Pool heating charge: at an extra cost outside May to end-September
- End of stay cleaning: extra €180
- Pets not allowed
- All events are on request and subject to owner's approval
- Heating costs: heating package on request and charged separately in winter
- A/C package on request and charged separately
- The pool is open from 1st May to end of September (outside this period additional pool heating is available at an additional cost)
- The 2 tennis courts are located opposite the house
- An additional 3 children can be accommodated on fold-up beds (on request and subject to a surcharge)

Local Area / Activities

The property sits in a picturesque village nestled amongst the charming vineyards and sunflowers of the department of Aude in the heart of Languedoc. Here you will find boulangeries, butchers, a small grocery shop, a bar, pizzeria restaurant, post office, pharmacy, doctor's surgery, a park with children play area and even a vegetable market every Friday and Sunday mornings. Larger supermarkets are located in Lézignan Corbières (4km). In Ventenac there is a Wine Cave, perfect for getting to know the fabulous wines of the region.

The Canal du Midi is a few minutes' drive away. It offers some delicious restaurants and is a very popular area for outdoor activities lovers, with plenty of walking, biking and boat hiring options.

The imposing Corbières mountains where one can visit the fascinating Cathar castles, can be reached in just 10 minutes. Furthermore, the Mediterranean coast is a half hour journey, offering easy access to the beautiful beaches in Gruissan and Narbonne. When the beaches are too crowded, why not head to Homps and take a dip into the lake? It is a family-friendly option well serviced with a café, life guard and plenty of free parking.

Gruissan also has a pretty old town and a modern marina with a good choice of places to eat and drink. In Narbonne, the closest large town (15mins) and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one can take a stroll down its beautiful 'promenade', visit museums, explore its sparkling market place and relax in one one the many cafes and restaurants.

In 30 minutes you can reach the fortified town of Carcassonne, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Deeply steeped in history, it is a lively citadel where myriads of events and festivals take place throughout the year.

A bit further afield is Pezenas, (about 1hr) a gorgeous medieval town with a wide selection of traditional shops, bars, restaurants and a Saturday market selling fresh local produce and clothing. In the Cote de Vermillon, we recommend visiting Collioure, nestled in a little cove and a paradise for art lovers.

Furthermore, bear in mind that the Spanish border is only about an hour away: Figueras and Cadaques are just two examples of coastal villages making for fabulous day trips out!

Finally, the property is served by 9 Airports: Carcasonne, Bezier, Perpignan, Toulouse, Nimes, Montpellier & Girona and Barcelona in Spain too!

Nearest Airport: Carcassone/Beziers/Perpignan (45km-45mins/60km-49mins/70km-52mins)
Nearest Ferry port: Meze (90km-1h)
Nearest Train Station: Narbonne (15km-20mins)
Nearest Beach: Narbonne Plage (18km-20mins)
Nearest Golf: St Thomas (Bezier-Carcassonne) (45mins)
Nearest Supermarket: in the village
Nearest Restaurant: in the village
Nearest Supermarket: in the village
Nearest Tennis: across the road
Nearest Village: 5 mins walk

Kids Activities Close-by:
Horse riding : (Ginestas-3km)
Watersports : (Gruissan Plage-18km)
Canoeing/kayaking : (Roquebrun-50mins)
Historical sites

Price Guide

These prices are a guideline only, please use the calendar at the top of the page to search availability and prices for specific weeks. Then you have the option to book the property online.

Low Season: £3017
High Season: £5890

Security deposit: €500 paid in cash upon arrival and efunded into guests' bank account within 14 days after departure

Key Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court on site
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • English satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Cot available
  • Close to local amenities
  • Walk to village
  • Suitable for young children
  • Near sea beach
  • Tennis nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Watersports nearby


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