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Holiday home with private pool, Maison Charvin.

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Holiday rental in Montlaur, Aude, Occitanie

4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | sleeps 8

Introduction

Featured in The Irish Times - 'Real life in the real France'.

Behind the tall French iron gates is a beautiful and very private house that has been fully restored to a high standard throughout and is set in the lovely village of Montlaur, an unspoilt, classically French wine-producing village just 20 minutes South-East of Carcassonne in the stunning Corbières.

All facilities in Montlaur, two minutes, café bar, fresh bread and general store, pharmacy and butcher.

The property itself has been tastefully restored throughout, and is a great family house. Four bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms comprise full living suites with their own private salon.

Living room with UK Internet TV and Wi-Fi and Bowers and Wilkins iPod dock. Formal dining room equipped with formal flatware service and a delightful kitchen remarkably equipped including USB sound system.

The exterior space is superb and private; a large, walled courtyard with jasmine and climbing roses. Antique stone trough and hayrack runs the length of the courtyard wall and filled with geraniums, lavender and more roses. Dining table and chairs for a wonderful evening ambience on the warm summer evenings.

Private pool with sun loungers, and beach towels provided.

Lots to do and discover in the area. Carcassonne is the main attraction with its magnificent walled city, restaurants and café bars and summer cultural events for all ages.

NOTE; Local, professional masseuse available upon request.


Accommodation details

Entrance hall.

Living room with UK Internet TV and DVD and Wi-Fi and iPod dock.

Dining room with table and chairs.

Kitchen, fully-equipped with fitted units and breakfast table. Microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, gas hob and oven. Door to terrace.

Utility room with washing machine and dryer.

Stairs to 1st floor;

Bedroom 1, double with ensuite WC, shower and hand basin.

Bedroom 2 (living room and bedroom suite);

Living area with sofa, bedroom with king-size double and ensuite WC, shower, hand basin and bidet. Dressing room.

Stairs to 2nd floor;

Bedroom 3, two extra large singles with ensuite WC, bath and hand basin.

Bedroom 4 (living room and bedroom suite);

Living room, bedroom with 2 singles and ensuite WC, bath and hand basin.

EXTERIOR;

Large, private courtyard with dining table and chairs.

Two olive trees and two Mulbery trees, Mediterranean plants and flowers.

Private pool 7m x 3m with sun loungers.

BBQ.

Pool-shower and WC.

Private parking for one car.


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Rental Rates

DatesChangeover dayChg. overMinimum stayMin. stayDailyWeekly
29 Jun 31 Aug Saturday Weekly - € 2,195
2020
27 Jun 29 Aug Saturday Weekly - € 2,195
Refundable security bond€ 750
  • 24 - 31 Aug 2019, NOW € 1,600

Tourist Tax
Where applicable, Pure France is required to collect and remit local government tourism taxes on behalf of our property owners. These taxes are calculated and collected from guests at the time of booking. Pure France then remits collected taxes to the applicable tax authority on the property owners' behalf.
For this property tourist taxes are due between 01 January and 31 December and will not exceed € 2.20 per adult per night.


Location

Featured in The Irish Times - Real life in the real France

The property is located in the old part of the original village of Montlaur. Montlaur lies 25 minutes South of Carcassonne.

All facilities in Montlaur, 2 minutes walk including bakery, café bar, general store, pharmacy and butcher.

Also - horse riding and boules court. And ostrich farm!

Carcassonne 25 minutes for Ryanair airport, fantastic fortified city and cultural events, restaurants and golf.

Lagrasse, 25 minutes, is one of the most beautiful villages in France and offers spectacular scenery and a huge choice of restaurants for a memorable night out. Good shopping also.

Mediterranean beaches 60 minutes which stretch from Montpellier down to the Spanish border. Wonderful sandy beaches with tasteful entertainments and beachfront restaurants and cafés. The 'Etang de L'Ayrolle' offers some of the best windsurfing in Europe.

Wine tasting everywhere, numerous private caves and roadside vendors. Beautiful vineyards (Corbières, Minervois and Fitou) and impressive valleys and rivers. Visit the town of Limoux for its famous sparkling wine.

Don't miss the Canal du Midi for walking and cycling. Lake swimming and rafting just North of Carcassonne. Enjoy the natural springs at Aix-les-Bains and treat yourself to an extravagant lunch across the Spanish border. Or venture to Barcelona (2 hours 30 minutes) for a long weekend.

Fantastic and spectacular scenery along the Côte Vermeille and the lovely beach resorts and harbour at Collioure and Banyuls.

Historic Cathar trails throughout the region.

Large Wild-life park at Sigean.

'Aqualand' water park in chic resort of Cap d'Agde.

Andorra for duty-free shopping.

Montlaur, Aude, Occitanie, France


Customer Reviews [26]

Susan and Adrian
Just a quick note to say WOW - we are blown away by your house! It is amazing, we have travelled to France every year for about 10 years but already we know that this will be the best yet! Nothing has disappointed, just thrilled- we are keen cooks (eaters really) and your kitchen is perfect. Off to have a quick wander around the village before returning to cook our traditional first night supper of scallops and fresh prawns.


The Richfields – Hertfordshire
My family and I had a glorious 2 weeks at Maison Charvin. What a fantastic holiday we had. The directions to find the house were straightforward and easy to follow. The house was spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you could possibly need which was a very welcome relief after the long drive. As a keen cook, my partner enjoyed cooking up delicious meals for us throughout our time there. My children absolutely fell in love with the house (they each enjoyed having their own rooms!!) and with the pool and didn’t want to leave! Highlights from our holiday include: Walking around the beautiful walled city of Carcassonne Climbing up to the ruins of Château de Queribus, one of the Cathar Castles, set on top of one of the highest peaks in the Pyrenees. Breath-taking views and well worth the effort! A once in a lifetime meal at l’Auberge du Vieux Puits, a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Fontjoncouse. Only a 30 minute drive from Mason Charvin. La Franqui – what a fabulous beach. Lovely sea front restaurants and shops. Definitely worth a visit! The pool! The wine! And last but by no means least, Sharon. A fantastic host who continually went the extra mile to make sure we were enjoying our holiday. I cannot rate her highly enough and hope to one day return to Montlaur and Mason Charvin! Thank you, Sharon for sharing your beautiful home and for all that you did for us.

Nial and family
Thank you for sharing your lovely house and garden at Maison Charvin. We spent our time climbing to Médiéval castles, cycling along the Canal du Midi and white-water rafting in the Aude River ! Every day we started by wandering around the lovely village before venturing out on an adventure. If you have children, there is a really good football pitch down by the rugby club. We also really enjoyed ‘Abyss on tour’ on our fist night here. A wonderful holiday !!

H and B, Dubai
We have enjoyed a fanstastic week at Maison Charvin and Montlaur. Spoilt with such a wonderful, character-filled home with so much space and a kitchen stocked with everything one could imagine. Travelling with our three young children, the house and location provided a great base for a memory-filled holiday. Thank you Sharon for sharing your lovely home and for providing great suggestions for sight-seeing in the area. Highlights of our stay have been freshly-baked croissants and baguettes minutes from our doorsep, lunch in Lagrasse and discovering the river and swimming there with the kids, Montlaur weekly market where we purchased local produce, cheeses and freshly-made pizza for our kids; The Dinosaur Park en Meze followed by lunch in the seaside village of Marsiellan – highly recommend lunch at La Parcheline. Thank you for a very quiet and relaxing stay.

Family M
We returned to Maison Charvin, Montlaur for the second year running in June 2016. Returning to the same holiday destination can sometimes be a mistake, for obvious reasons, but definitely not in this case. Everything was exactly as we remembered it.:-) Maison Charvin itself was a lovely , comfortable and roomy as ever. The house together with the restful garden and beautiful swimming pool made for some very relaxing days in the sun (we were lucky enough to enjoy the first good weather of Summer 20126 so we were told). The gorgeous surrounding countryside made for several enjoyable day trips to Carcassonne and Lagrasse to name but a few. Sharon, our host, was as ever attentive, gracious and extremely welcoming. Thank you once again for allowing us to visit your beautiful house for the second year in a row – it was every bit as enjoyable as our first visit.

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GS - USA
We are three couples in our 60's from Colorado in the U.S. who enjoy travel, especially in Europe. Over the past three years we have traveled to Italy, Portugal, Spain and France. We would define ourselves as "independent" travelers enjoying the process of researching destinations, places to stay, renting cars and getting out to see a bigger world. That of course means getting lost from time to time, finding restaurants that are fabulous and some that are so-so, and booking houses or B&Bs. My top five reasons for loving Maison Charvin include: 5. If after traveling to many parts of the world you find that "smaller can be better" as I have, Maison Charvin (MC) is a great fit. Located in the village of Montlaur where there is a small grocery store and a couple other small shops, people are friendly and you feel safe. It isn't too far from a number of good destinations. 4. Four bedrooms, all ensuite. Since we are no longer in our 20's we prefer some comforts and conveniences! Beds were comfortable and each couple had their own quiet space. We prefer renting one extra bedroom so, as happened on this trip, if one person gets sick or has jet lag and waking up at 4:00 am there is an extra room. 3. Fully stocked kitchen. I would start looking for some odd item like a garlic press and think I doubt there is one, and lo and behold there always was what we needed! I've never stayed at a place that had a kitchen as well equipped. 2. Value - incredible value for a week's stay. We stayed during the lower season rate, but looking at the rates, it would be good value at anytime of the year. 1. The owner, Sharon. From the very start of communications she was helpful and timely in her email responses to my inquiries. And always with a great sense of humor. Earlier I mentioned we had some illness. Sharon took my wife and I to her doctor, waited with us, translated for us, and went to the pharmacy to be sure we received the correct medications. It was easy to see that she wants her clients to have the best experience possible. If South Western France small towns are in your future, be sure to check out Maison Charvin!

Alasdair - Hampshire, UK
We'd kept everything crossed that the embarrassment of riches within the Pure France portfolio would turn up something magical and you didn't disappoint. We would be hard pressed to say definitively which we loved best - This is no holiday cottage, it's a much-loved and equipped home and we loved the distinction. Faultless on every level and precisely the tonic we needed. Thank you for such great service. We couldn't commend Pure France or Maison Charvin more highly.

Geraldine and Mark, Margaret and Jon, Niamh, Daniel and Finley - Reading, UK
We had a wonderful week staying in Maison Charvin, you have created a truly stunning home with everything and more one could wish for. Your kitchen is definitely the best we have seen in the many years we have been holidaying in France. We loved your garden courtyard and the delightful pool was a welcome relief on the days when the temperature soared. We found the people of Montlaur very friendly and enjoyed a great evening of food and music in the village square with the locals (the pizza was delicious). Montlaur is well placed for exploring the Corbières and Cathar countryside. The historic cite of Carcassonne is well worth visiting, as is Lagrasse. We had a great day at Leucate beach under an hour away. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us, it was a pleasure to meet you and your adorable dog 'Mr. T'.

Tim and Nikki - Reading, UK
We loved your house, and it is clearly your pride and joy. So thank you for sharing it with us. We seem to have had a very hot week so the pool was the place to be, and we didn't get round to the sight seeing we thought we would do!

Conor and Mary - Dublin
From the moment we walked through the doors of Maison Charvin we knew that this was the perfect house for our holiday – the squeals of delight from the grandchildren (and their parents) at the sight of the pool and the surrounding garden suggested that the house would more than meet the requirements of all three generations of the family – it did this in spades. Owner Ms W attention to details and her anticipation of all of our needs was very much appreciated, as was her additional assistance in dealing with the local mechanic (flat tyre) and dentist (broken tooth) which was above and beyond the call of duty and will not be forgotten – many thanks. We had a wonderful holiday and would have no hesitation in recommending Maison Charvin to family and friends.

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Kate and family - London, UK
What a delight it was to find this stunning house in such a wonderful location. The added bonus was owner Ms W who was so warm an welcoming and could not have been more helpful. There was a wealth of information on the local area available at the house but prior to reaching the house Sharon had armed us with all of the practical directions and information that make a holiday so much easier and relaxing. The house is equipped with everything you could want (and then probably more)! We enjoy cooking and there was never a cooking utensil or piece of equipment that was not to hand. If you do not like or wish to cook have no fear the local shops and markets provide all you need and in the local areas there is a large range of restaurants if you wish to have a meal made for you. We have also taken note of a number of book titles to look up when we get home based on the 'library' of books at the house. I would recommend reading a book while sitting on one of the many window seats soaking up the views! We were travelling with extended family and with so many additional areas for relaxation it meant that we all had our own space when we needed and could come together when we wanted. So this is a house that would meet the needs of a large/extended family or a group of friends. Though we did not have scorching weather we did make use of the pool and after a day of sightseeing it was refreshing. Again, Sharon's sense of humour, warmth and willingness to help in anyway she can ensured we got the very best out of our Lauguedoc vacation. I cannot recommend Maison Charvin enough!

Larsen family
Everything you could ask for - plenty of space, a well equipped home, total privacy. Very relaxing, enjoyed the river swimming at Ribeaut, and the lovely village of Lagrasse. Plenty of bread from the local shops. What a wonderful location, with the countryside of the Corbières on the doorstep. So many places to see and do, we loved all of it.

Caroline, Rickard and family
We have spent 2 weeks at lovely maison Charvin in Montlaur July 2014. This was our first trip to Languedoc-Roussillon. We realized at once when we arrived that this was the right house for us. It is so beautiful, carefully restored and homely decorated. Everything was spotless and clean. A bottle of local wine waited as a gift and we feelt so welcome. Books to lend all over the place. The kitchen had everything we could ever want and more, we loved the Italian stove. The outside area is fantastic, very private with the turquoise pool to cool off in. Even our teenagers feelt relaxed and happy just being there. Montlaur is a little village with friendly people. There is a shop, a bakery, a boucher, a pharmacie and a hairdresser. What else do you need? We spent our time reading, sunbathing, swimming and doing daytripes. Thanks to Sharon we ended up in all the right places, like the wonderful restaurants in Lagrasse, really nice both of them. Its perfect having a private guide who is so nice and engaged as the owner Ms W. She wanted us to get the most out of our vacation. Even borrowed me one of her favourite books with a little note; you might like this! Thank you ever so much Sharon, for opening your home to us, we are so happy that we found this little piece of heaven.

Casey family
We were fortunate enough to stay at the property for a week. 5 star accommodation in a beautiful remote village of Montlaur, perfect for exploring the surrounding wine regions. It was truly an amazing holiday and would highly recommend it for a quiet romantic break or a relaxed family holiday. And oh that Romeo and Juliet Balcony! Highly recommended.

Wilson family and friends
The house itself is superb and clearly a lot of thought went into its restoration, the evidence of quality is everywhere. We loved that when you arrived, it was a total surprise. It is a wonderfully spacious home, private and so well equipped. A truly relaxing holiday, we wanted for nothing.

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G. McGarry and B. Lyons
An oasis. Calm, quiet and beautiful. Such a perfect house to relax in.

L. Ryan
Everything you could ask for - a beautiful home, total privacy, idyllic! When we finally ventured out of our cocoon, we wandered around the stunning countryside of the Corbières. So many places to see and so much wine to taste. We loved all of it.

L. McCoy
I can’t fault Montlaur in any way. We wanted a holiday where we could experience the genuine article - real French country village life - and we did just that. And in luxurious surroundings to boot! It was perfect.

G Lane - Ireland
We had a wonderful holiday in Montlaur. The house was fantastic and the pool a real winner with the kids especially.

Kilroy and Gibson families - Dublin, Ireland and Kent, England
We have just had a truly wonderful week in your beautiful home. It had everything we needed for our mixed group - ranging in age from 14 months to 82! And you laid on wonderful sunshine too! With many, many thanks.

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A and P - UK
Thanks for looking after us so well - you have a fabulous home. We've enjoyed our stay in this part of France.

O and G
Top class property- very homely welcome by the owner Ms W. Montlaur - lovely village Lagrasse - a must see village. Carcassonne - very well preserved castle. We will be back. The house has everything you could possibly need and more. Looking forward to our return visit already.

First time in this region of France! It's a great location to explore the area from. There is so much more to see that we will need future trips here! The house is amazing, all of our needs were catered for as everything we requested was in the house. The information book was really useful. Loved the outdoors and pool - it looked especially pretty at night when the lights and candles were lit. The wine on arrival was a nice surprise.

Laura, Matt, Harry and Lottie
Thank you so much for our brilliant holiday. The property is near perfect for a relaxing holiday, we really couldn't want for anything! The area is beautiful and we especially loved the swimming at Ribaute. Lagrasse has some great restaurants and the Sunday market was really interesting. On the owner Ms W advice we took a trip to the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres - this is brilliant and we loved it. The owner Ms W made us feel very welcome, we really enjoyed the wine you left. Thanks again for making our holiday so GREAT!

When we pushed back the gate we were greeted with the most spectacular oasis - the house could not have been better designed, the kitchen was even better equipped than our own - the piece de resistance was the courtyard and the pool. We spent 2 fantastic weeks in the maison and the village was pleasant and friendly. We returned again this year as we tried other types of holidays but they were never the same, the oasis that we remembered was even better - the quite, the "home from home" feel to the Maison - having just returned from a 2 week stay - it is clear that a lot of thought had been given to the make your stay comfortable - we barely moved out of Maison Charvin, to see the many interesting places in the area. It was too hard to leave the oasis behind. Our 3 children slightly older than our previous visit loved Maison Charvin that they too were reluctant to go home.

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H and K - UK
Thank you so much for the use of your beautiful home. We had a lovely time, thank you for the wine - tres bien! We enjoyed the village very much and the local vineyards too.


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