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Beautifully renovated old stone cottage in historic village close to Carcassonne

Trevor Lecoche

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Trevor Lecoche

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Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
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Beautifully renovated old stone cottage in historic village close to Carcassonne

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

Montazels Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Stone cottage with spectacular terrace views, 3 bedrooms sleep 6, fully equipped

Deep in the South of France, nestling in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, 'Maison de Vigne offers spectacular views over the surrounding countryside by day, with the twinkling lights down in the valley to remind you of your elevated position by night. The recent renovation, with exposed beams, expert stone work and tasteful decor contribute to the charm & atmosphere of this village cottage. We have 2 very good restaurants within 15 minutes walk over the river bridge in Couiza. The village of Montazels is also home to La Cave Des Haute d'Aldae, where the excellent local wines can be tasted and bought.

Maison de Vigne is at the centre of the Cathar region with hill top castles and the medieval city of Carcassonne to remind you of the fascinating and often tragic history for which this region is renowned. Just across the valley from the cottage is Rennes le Chateau, centre of a mystery still very much alive with many books written & films made on the subject. The mystery is one of sudden wealth, secret codes and a search for treasure in the latter part of the 19th C. The link with the village is very strong - in 1852 Bérenger Saunière, the priest at the centre of the mystery was born in Montazels. Just type Montazels into any search engine and take your pick of the many web sites if you wish to delve deeper. Here you will find the story that gave rise to the Dan Brown book 'The Davinci Code'.

The medieval city of Carcassonne is 40 minutes drive, or why not take the train - a 10 minute walk to the stop from the cottage. Buy your ticket on the train & travel to the heart of the city without the bother of parking. The recent best selling novel Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse features Carcassonne as its setting and her follow up Sepulchre, the nearby Spa village Rennes les Baines.

The Mediterranean coast is just an hours drive with lots of interesting villages en route and long stretches of golden sand. Our local spa villages Rennes-les-Bains and Alet-les-Bains, also offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties.

The Spanish border is just 90 minutes away with Barcelona another hour, drive just across the border and take the train from Figares, birthplace and home to a fascinating museum dedicated to Salvador Dali. You can also drive across to Andorra for fantastic scenery, skiing & duty free shopping.

Keywords: rental cottage, gite, appartment, holiday cottage, holiday home, Languedoc, Carcassonne, Rennes-les-Chateau

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Trevor Lecoche (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 30, 2015

About Trevor Lecoche

After a spell working in beautiful rural North Shropshire UK, we are back in equally beautiful rural Northamptonshire, where we have 3 grown-up children and 7 grandchildren.

Trevor Lecoche purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Trevor Lecoche chose Montazels

We fell in love with the Languedoc after a holiday there so it was our first thought when we decided to buy a place in France. The Languedoc has many attractions on different levels - History, Scenery, Culture, Climate and Character. Midway between the Mediterranean and the Pyrennees it seemed the ideal spot to enjoy the French Experience. In just an hours drive you can be at the beach in summer or the piste in winter. We love the mountains and viewing the mountains at close quarter was what we wanted. The elevated position of Maison de Vigne means we are blessed with fantastic views from every window. The terrace at the front of the house fronts onto the lane with occasional local pedestrian traffic which is great for improving your French language skills. We liked it so much that 6 years later in 2010, when the 2 bedroomed cottage next door became available we bought and renovated that as well.

What makes this cottage unique

Maison de Vigne is at the centre of the Cathar Region offering glorious views of Rennes-le-Chateau and Coutassa Castle from the vine shaded terrace and bedroom windows. We have 2 wonderful caretakers in the village who ensure the cottage is always kept in first class condition, and are ready to welcome you to Montazels. We have furnished the cottage with everything we need for a second home in France. We bought Maison de Vigne because we loved it and over the last 10 years have been delighted to find, through the pages of our guest book and post holiday emails, that our guests seem to love it too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Want to stay forever - thank you for letting us stay in your lovely welcoming house. We came to find the treasure and realised that it was here, within!
Dec 2008
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Reviews

4.8
based on 6 traveler reviews

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Beautifully renovated old stone cottage in historic village close to Carcassonne
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 9 reviews
Kalamazoo Michigan USA
5

A Haven in Languedoc-Roussillon

  • 5 of 5

We feel very fortunate to have found this lovely place for our April visit to France. Our group of four adults found the Maison de Vigne to be beyond our wildest dreams.

We were so comfortable in the spacious bedrooms with amazing views of the hills, valley and mountains. Everything was immaculate. The kitchen was beautifully equipped, and we were even welcomed with a bottle of the local sparking wine, Blanquette de Limoux! The sitting room was perfectly cozy for the four of us, busy with our books and laptops--and the wifi was certainly appreciated as we researched the area. April is a great time to be in SW France--lilacs just beginning to bloom, vineyards not yet leafing out and so striking in their architecture. From our maison we did day trips to St. Hilaire, Limoux, Rennes le Chateau and Rennes les Bains (twice there,) the medieval mountainside village of Castlenou, on to the Mediterranean town of Collioure (absolutely beautiful!) and Carcassonne.

The village of Montazels is fascinating and unspoiled. We walked several times to the adjoining village of Couiza for meals and visits to the bakery. Le Carnetzot proved to be a superb restaurant.

We are grateful to the owners for sharing this beautifully restored and maintained property, and look forward to returning for a longer stay!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to receive your review and look forward to welcoming you back to this beautiful, remarkable region of France.
Cortes Island and Vancouver, BC, Canada
5

bliss in the South of France......

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five had a wonderful time at your beautiful French country cottage. It was all that we hoped for....a step back in time, quiet, restful and with stunning views all around. Our excursions were adventurous,everything from exploring Cathar castles, witnessing ancient cave art, swimming in the Mediterranean and visiting wonderful towns like Foix, Colliure and Tauteval. Thank you for a memorable holiday which filled up our hearts.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Perth, Scotland
4

Maison de Vigne

  • 4 of 5

Maison de Vigne is a charming house, in an excellent location for sightseeing. The views from the 1st floor bedrooms are to be recommended. Our party (4 adults & 2 children) enjoyed the homely comforts of the house for 6 nights. The local neighbours are very friendly & welcoming. We were greeted with several waves & shouts of "Bon Appetite!" while enjoying tasty snacks of bread, accompanied with local cheeses, pate & of course, a glass or two of wine, on the narrow terrace to the front of the property. On that note, we wandered along to Domain St.Jacques (local vineyard) and despite a few language barriers were welcomed to enjoy tasting of a number of the differing varieties.

The property has two main bedrooms, which are both spacious with comfortable beds. The 2nd floor has a further characterful bedroom with sloping eaves & 2 single beds, which my two teenage children thoroughly enjoyed. Although there is only one bathroom, we did not consider this to be a significant issue. Otherwise, the house is spacious & well equipped. While the main living room is relatively small, this is countered by a good-sized dining room where we enjoyed a number of family meals. Carcassonne (about 40km) is well worthy of visiting, while we also enjoyed a number of local walks along the Aude & visiting other places. Limoux & Quillan are close by, giving access to a number of large supermarkets.Would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
North East Lincolnshire
5

17th Century Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this beautiful cottage was very relaxing and enjoyable. The cottage is exactly as it is shown in the pictures. It is very well maintained and well stocked. The location is very central to many stunning locations and beauty spots. During our stay, we visited Carcasonne twice, both during the day and to see the beautiful castle at night. We also drove into Andorra, which had spectacular views along the way, albeit the road being a little scary due to the height. We also took the advice of the owners who recommended a visit to Mirepoix. This was a lovely place to enjoy a meal in the Medieval surroundings. We visited many different places during our stay, too many to name, but we found the neighbours and locals very helpful with suggestions for restaurants, taxis etc.

A very enjoyable trip all round. I would definitely recommend this cottage to a friend, and would certainly consider returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Francisco, CA, USA
5

Charming house with a view

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son and I spent one night in this lovely home. It is charming -- tastefully decorated with furnishings that look brand new. The place was spotlessly clean. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom has a wonderfully deep tub with plenty of water pressure for the shower attachment. There are nice big floor fans in the bedrooms.

The owner was incredibly responsive, managing to arrange for us to rent the property at the last minute (literally -- I called him at 3pm and we checked in at 6:30pm) and making himself accessible for questions. He also quite graciously offered to refund us part of our rental fee when we were suddenly called home and could only stay one night instead of the planned four. The caretaker (an English woman) was warm, welcoming and very helpful.

The house is cozy and is perfectly sized for a couple or a couple with a child. The two bedrooms we used were good-sized and airy (I didn't see the third bedroom but also wasn't looking for it since I had misread the posting and thought there were only two), but the living room is not very large. There is, however, a separate dining room. There was plenty of room for us and our 2-year old son, but if you're thinking of bringing a child, I would recommend that the child either be pre-walking or school-aged, not an active toddler. The stairs are steep, the second-story bedroom windows could easily be climbed out of if you open the shutters, and the front terrace depicted in the photo is only about 3 feet wide and steps down directly onto the street, a very narrow street with a blind corner (though thankfully not a busy street by any means). There is the town square just up the hill a bit, so an older child could be trusted to walk up there cautiously to play, but there is no outdoor space that is part of the house's property for kids to play.

We weren't there long enough to explore the area, but the view from the house was wonderful and the neighboring town of Couiza, which we drove through, looked charming and unspoiled.

We very much enjoyed our brief stay and would highly recommend this property (unless you have a toddler).

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
New York, US
5

Perfect Week in Montazels

  • 5 of 5

This lovely cottage was a wonderful location for our family to spend a week. It was clean, comfortable, and ideally located on a hillside above town. The housekeeper was very helpful as we had very little French and the neighbors friendly. Everything was within easy walking distance: the countryside, market towns, an organic food store, the train station, and a cafe. We could have stayed all winter.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
38 Kilometres
Carcassonne with connections to Paris
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
2 local bars in Couiza - 15 minutes walk
Nearest Ferry
900 Kilometres
Dieppe
Nearest Golf
38 Kilometres
Carcassonne - 18 hole 1st class course.
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Montazels/Couiza with connections to Paris.
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
A61
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Restaurant 'Le Carnozet' Couiza - 15 minutes walk
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Cumurac
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Swimming Lake at Arques
Nearest Point of Interest
Maison de Vigne
Nearest Point of Interest
Carcassonne
Nearest Point of Interest
Rennes-le-Chateau
Nearest Point of Interest
Narbonne Plage
Nearest Point of Interest
Narbonne Cathedral
Nearest Point of Interest
The Gorge de Galamus
Car: recommended

Montazels is at the centre of the Cathar region with hill top castles and the medieval city of Carcassonne to remind you of the fascinating and often tragic history for which this region is renowned.

On the hilltop just across the valley from the cottage is Rennes-le- Chateau, centre of a mystery still very much alive with many books written & films made on the subject. The mystery is one of sudden wealth, secret codes and a search for treasure in the latter part of the 19th C. The link with the village is very strong - in 1852 Bérenger Saunière, the priest at the centre of the mystery was born in Montazels. Just type Montazels into any search engine and take your pick of the many web sites if you wish to delve deeper. Here you will find the story that gave rise to the Dan Brown book 'The Davinci Code'.

The medieval city of Carcassonne is 40 minutes drive, or why not take the heavily subsidised train - a 10 minute walk to the stop from the cottage. Buy your 1 Euro ticket ( Yes...ONE EURO!) on the train & travel to the heart of the city without the bother of parking. The best selling novel ‘Labyrinth’, by Kate Mosse features Carcassonne as its setting and in her follow up ‘Sepulchre’, the nearby Spa village Rennes les Baines.

The Mediterranean coast with long stretches of golden sand, and the Camargue National Park is just over an hours drive with lots of interesting villages en route. The Camargue, a delta region of pastures, dunes & marshes great for viewing wildlife, is the only place in France (and one of the few anywhere around the Mediterranean) where pink flamingos nest on inland salt water lakes, called étangs. Also look out for the free running bulls and the famous Camargue white horses used to round them up.

There is a fresh water lake for bathing at Arque just 15 minutes drive from Montazels. Our local spa villages Rennes les Bains and Alet le Bain also offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties. The nearest skiing station in the Pyrennees is Camurac - 50 minutes drive.

The Spanish border is just 90 minutes away with Barcelona another hour. You can drive just across the border to Figares and take the train. Figares is the birthplace of Salvador Dali and home to a fascinating museum dedicated to him. You can also drive across to Andorra for fantastic scenery, skiing & duty free shopping.

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Rates & Availability

From £60 Per night

Montazels Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring 2015
Mar 28 2015 - May 29 2015
5 night minimum stay
£90
£450
£995
 
 
Summer 2015
May 30 2015 - Jul 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
£80
£500
£1,250
 
 
August 2015
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
£550
 
 
Autumn 2015
Aug 29 2015 - Oct 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
£70
£495
£1,200
 
 
Winter 2015
Oct 31 2015 - Dec 18 2015
5 night minimum stay
£60
£450
£995
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £150
Notes All taxes are included in the rental fee. There are no extra charges during summer months. From November to March electricity and gas are charged at cost price by meter reading for monthly rentals.
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Amenities

Montazels Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom is on the same floor as the double bedrooms. It has a ceramic pedestal wash basin under a large mirror and vanity light, a full size bath tub with shower over, a heated towel rail and wc.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • We have 2 double rooms with quality queen sized beds on the 2nd floor, both with views over the Aude Valley to Coustaussa Castle and Rennes-le-Chateau. The 3rd floor of the cottage has a bedroom with 2 single beds. A travel baby cot is available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Our local spa villages Rennes-les-Bains and Alet-les-Bains offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties. The nearest skiing station in the Pyrennees is Camurac at 50 minutes drive.

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