PR487 Minervois

nr Carcassonne, Languedoc | Sleeps 12

A family villa in South West France, Minervois offers an all-weather tennis court and a private heated pool in the heart of the stunning Languedoc countryside, just 20 miles from Carcassonne. The villa enjoys an attractive forest backdrop and direct access to forest trails in the Black Mountains. A short stroll brings you into the centre of Lespinassière, where a small grocery shop at the Mairie is open six days a week in the summer – simply order your baguettes a day in advance!

Internally, wooden floors, beamed ceilings and tasteful soft furnishings have been used to best effect, along with modern bathrooms and kitchen, to create a tasteful, comfortable and bright home where everyone can relax. The large dining terrace with its wonderful view is a particularly special place to unwind, with a coffee or glass of wine and a guidebook or two...

There are so many places to visit in this area that one week may not be enough! Locally you have the charming village of Caunes-Minervois, where you will find all your amenities as well as markets on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. The compelling UNESCO world heritage town of Carcassonne is only 45 minutes away: as a contrast families might enjoy an afternoon's fun at the Parc Australien here too. There are lakeside beaches and a forestry acrobatic park at Lac de la Cavayère 15 minutes from Carcassonne, both popular places for families. A similar distance, and well worth the trip, are the charming market town of Mazamet and mediaeval Hautpoul, with its interactive toy museum, castle and seasonal events. If you fancy visiting some of the caves for which this region is well-known, head for the Grotte de Limousis about half an hour’s drive away (Cabrespine is another option).  For those who are happy to travel a little further afield, there is a wonderful tourist train from Rivesaltes to Axat which takes you through some dramatic and beautiful mountain scenery.

There are also, of course, plenty of vineyards in this part of France, and numerous opportunities for wine-tasting. This family villa in South west France is understandably popular, early booking here at Minervois is always recommended.

Accommodation

Ground floor:
Kitchen/breakfast room (iPod dock), table seating 12.
Living/dining room (TV,DVD,CD,video), table seating 12, woodburning stove.
Terrace (this becomes first floor level at rear of house) with outdoor dining, retractable awning, steps to garden and lower ground floor.
Guest WC.

First floor:
Living room (TV,Video,CD), woodburning stove, garden views.
Double bedroom (1.60m), ensuite shower room, WC.
Twin bedroom (2 x 0.80m), garden views.
Twin bedroom (2 x 0.80m), garden views.
Bathroom, WC.

Open tread staircase to second floor:
Master double bedroom (1.90m), wood floors, exposed beams and stone walls, garden views, ensuite bathroom,WC.
Double bedrooms (1.60m), garden views.
Double bedrooms (1.60m), garden views.
Bathroom with foot and claw bath, WC.
Hallway with office area (internet access, fax & printer).

Lower ground floor (external access from garden only):
Games/family room (table tennis, TV,DVD), French doors to garden.

Grounds:
2 acres of grounds comprising lawns and mature trees, plus 10 acres of forest with trails leading into the national park. Tennis court (4 rackets available). Private 12m x 6m solar heated pool. Pool house with sink, fridge, showers, WC. Poolside wrought-iron pergola with table and chairs. Badminton, volley ball. Terrace for dining, retractable awning (with wind sensor), large gas barbecue. The terrace is at first floor level to the rear of the house - a small lane runs alongside the terrace.
Please note: a stream runs the length of the garden.
The pool and tennis court cannot be seen from the house (approx 150m away).
Children's play area (swing, slide, monkey bars) also available - care with children please.

Location Information

In the village of Lespinassiere (1 small grocery shop, cafe-bar, small restaurant). Citou 1.5 miles (fresh fruit & vegetables and a restaurant). Caunes-Minervois 6.5 miles for all amenities (10-15 minutes), Homps (Canal di Midi) 20 miles, Carcassonne 21 miles (45 minutes), Hautpoul 21 miles, Mazamet 24 miles, Narbonne 37 miles, Toulouse, the Mediterranean and Rivesaltes (for tourist train) 1.5hrs. Wine tasting and hiking nearby, caves at Limousis 16 miles.

Features

Sleeps 12
6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 shower room, 5 WCs

Private SOLAR HEATED 12 x 6m pool

Private TENNIS COURT

Services

Included: 2 hours maid service twice weekly, Wi-Fi internet, solar pool heating, pool towels.

Extras: extra maid service €18 per hour, telephone, winter heating.

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‘Stay in Minervois’
by: Dr Watts
We had a fabulous holiday and the accommodation was excellent
‘We enjoyed our time there’
by: A Spencer
Overall we were all delighted with the property and enjoyed our time there. It may be useful to offer a grocery delivery address in advance as no shops were open locally on Sunday.
‘Everything was lovely’
by: Mrs Johnston
Everything was lovely, a very well equipped house and we had a fab time. 5 pm on Sat is too late for entry, all other villas are ready at 3pm. The house was obviously ready all we needed was a key. This was irritating.
‘Beautiful house in a hillside village location’
by: Elizabeth Doughty
Beautiful house in a hillside village location. The location is quite remote but the housegardenspool is so lovely that you don't need to travel far! The Cathar castles at Lastours is very accessible.
‘We had a wonderful two weeks’
by: Lady Skidelsky
We had a wonderful two weeks and the villa guardians were extremely helpful.
Gill
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This is one of most popular villas in the area, and with the added bonus of a solar heated pool and tennis court it fits the bill with many clients. The setting is rugged and mountainous - dramatic and appealing.  The villa is tucked away, but there is peace and quiet here, and it's an ideal property for a family or large group. The little shop at the Mairie is open 6 days a week in summer and 4 days a week in the off season - so handy.  The Languedoc region is rich in history, with Roman ruins and Cathar castles and abbeys, and a visit to Carcassonne is a must. In summer there is entertainment staged in the medieval walled Cité - great fun. 

 

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