Elegant Languedoc villa Corbieres - Prieure de Lagrasse is a country home in the heart of the Corbieres wine-growing region deep in the south of France. Originally a 12th century priory connected to the Abbey of Lagrasse, this impressive property is surrounded by vineyards.
The house has a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. The living rooms are spacious and furnished with antiques in keeping with the historic nature of the building, and all the bedrooms have views over the pool or the garden. But naturally in the summer you are likely to want to spend most of your time outdoors and you will love the setting here: you can stroll around the two-acre park, unwind in the Mediterranean, flower-filled courtyard under the 16th century clock tower, or simply relax under the gazebo overlooking the pool.
This is lovely countryside for walking and rambling, and relatively short strolls will be repaid with some wonderful views. For local shops – bakery, charcuterie/butcher, grocery, pharmacy, tabac and post office – Montlaur is just down the road. Nearby, Lagrasse is considered “one of the most beautiful villages in France” and it’s very pleasant to wander around the narrow mediaeval streets, see the distinctive bridges and visit the Abbey. You’ll also find shops, restaurants and cafés here. Slightly further on, about 30 minutes from the villa, is the quite breathtaking fortified town of Carcassonne. A UNESCO world heritage site, this must be visited! It would also be a shame to stay in this area without seeing the Canal du Midi: the village of Trèbes is a charming place on the canal, and just over half an hour’s drive will bring you to Homps, another pretty village where you can take a boat ride along a particularly lovely stretch of the waterway (you will find shops, restaurants, and cafés here too). Further afield you have the city of Beziers, which has an attractive historic centre, and Narbonne.
Formal living room , French doors to garden.
Drawing room with panelled walls (TV, DVD, Video, stereo).
Dining room for 16.
Master bedroom suite (2m), ensuite bathroom , WC, (TV, DVD), dressing area leads through to large children's bedroom with 2 single beds (0.80m) and small double sofa bed, 1 cot - this is also accessed from the hallway.
Double bedroom (1.80m), ensuite bathroom , WC.
Double bedroom (1.60m), baby cot, ensuite shower room , WC.
Double bedroom (1.40cm) & single bed (0.80m) if required.
Shower room , WC.
Double bedroom (1.80m).
Single bedroom (large 1.20m boat bed).
Single bedroom (0.80m).
Bathroom , WC.
Walled 2 acre park with box hedging & trees. Private 10m x 6m swimming pool (depth 2.75m). Courtyard with plumbago, bougainvillea, campis & palms. Rose garden. Table tennis in covered games room. Fixed charcoal barbecue.
Please note: the caretakers' property is accessed through, and overlooks part of, the courtyard. They have a dog.
The annual vendange takes place each year in September. The Winery is not far from the house: out of sight, but possibly audible.
Montlaur for local shops 1 mile, Lagrasse 9 miles, Carcassonne 15 miles (30 mins), Trèbes 12 miles, Homps 18 miles, Narbonne 29 miles, Beziers 1 hour, Toulouse, Perpignan, Montpellier and Spanish border all just under 1.5 hours. Barcelona 3 hours. Nearest airport at Carcassonne 22 miles (35 mins). Mediterranean beaches 40 mins. Golf, horse riding, walking, cycling, tennis, white water rafting and accrobranching nearby.
8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms, 5 WCs
PRIVATE 10m x 6m POOL
Included: 3 hours maid service mid-week. Telephone for local calls. Wi-Fi internet.
Extras: Cooking, shopping, babysitting services, winter heating. Stable loft available to hire for dinners/receptions for up to 60 guests.