Jean-Noël & Agathe Ishida
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About Jean-Noël & Agathe Ishida
Jean-Noël and Agathe Moréchand-Ishida opened Domaine de Curé in 2007. Agathe is French, but grew up in Japan. It is there that she met Jean-Noël, who has American and Japanese parents. He grew up in Switzerland, Japan and the United States.
Jean-Noël & Agathe Ishida purchased this Cottage in 2005
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Lovely stay with another family who were in la Source next door. Short break was definitely "too short" Will be coming back for sure!
We certainly hope you have a chance for a longer stay! So much to see and do in this beautiful region.
An amazing holiday
Domaine de Cure is everything I thought it would be and much much more !
We were looking for a restful place to stay with lots to do on the doorstep should we wish to explore.
We arrived late in the day to a lovely welcome from Jean Noel and Agathe .La Forge is beautifully maintained and immaculately clean. Inside it is well laid out and spacious with everything you need on a day to day basis. We spent our days lazing by the pool, soaking in the views, cycling along the Canal du Midi , visiting the old town of Carcassonne and walking through the fields and vineyards to the local village. Our daughter is studying French at school and it was a perfect place to practise speaking in French. A hire car is advisable in order to visit all the lovely villages in this part of France. There is a large supermarket approx 10 minutes drive away and some small shops where you can buy newspapers / bread etc in the village.
Jean Noel and Agathe are so friendly and helpful - nothing was ever too much trouble . We loved our stay so much that we immediately booked again for next year. We are so looking forward to returning to this very beautiful corner of France - made all the more special by our wonderful hosts.
Delighted that you enjoyed your stay with a chance to relax and enjoy what this beautiful region has on offer. So glad you will be returning for some more R&R!
A small piece of paradise.
We arrived at Domaine de Cure to a lovely warm welcome from our hosts and a beautifully clean and well-maintained gite. This provided everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The accommodation is set in the countryside among the vineyards, yet only about 20 minutes drive to the ancient city of Carcassonne. The grounds are spacious and provide sunny and shady areas; the swimming pool has sun loungers and a shaded seating area. As there are only 3 gites, the pool is never crowded and is a perfect place to relax.
There is a shopping complex nearby with a large supermarket, which sells almost everything, plus a petrol station.
Although you do need a car, there are lots of beautiful local walks. The Canal du Midi is only a few minutes drive away and the path provides a scenic walk or cycle between villages.
There are lots of historic sites within reasonable driving distance and lakes and mountains offering unforgettable views.
Agatha and Jean-Noel are such a lovely couple. They showed an interest in where we had been each day and gave advice on interesting places and local markets that we could include in our trips out.
We had such a wonderful holiday we didn't want to leave - but hope to return one day.
Don't mention the football!
The end of a great holiday is always tough but we would love to welcome you back again! Thank you for your comments.
We recently stayed at Domaine de Curé and were impressed by so many things.
Aude and the surrounding region are absolutely beautiful. Lush green vineyards abound. The Pyrénées are visible in the distance. The Canal du Midi beckons for a walk, bike ride or boat cruise. Further, the area is filled with medieval towns and castles perfect for exploring.
The accommodation is a large stone structure comprised of three gîtes plus the owners’ residence. The building has been meticulously restored by the owners and the result is absolutely beautiful. We knew it would be nice from the photos on the website but it is even better in person.
We loved the exterior stone walls, the wild garden and the individual patio spaces for each gîte. The inside walls are also stone with exposed beam ceilings - very atmospheric. The gîtes are spacious and the décor is modern, colourful and contrasts beautifully with the rustic structure. We loved the woodstove for those cooler evenings.
Domaine de Curé is located just outside the small town of Conques-sur-Orbiel. It was very peaceful and quiet and provided plenty of opportunities for walking through vineyards or along narrow country roads (don’t worry, there’s not much traffic). One evening, while trying to work off the Cassoulet from lunch, we wandered along the road and ended up in Villegly, a neighbouring town. We had a nice wander around before heading back home.
Domaine de Curé is ideally situated for exploring by car. It’s quite central and a mere 10 minute drive to Carcassonne and all the amenities one needs for a self-catering vacation. Conques-sur-Orbiel has both a pizzeria and small café restaurant and there are a variety of other places to eat within a short drive, including some Michelin starred ones. We sampled a few of these during our stay and the food was fabulous.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the range of local wines offered for purchase (very reasonably priced). We loved this service as it took the guesswork out of buying local wines. In fact, they were so good we loaded up the day before we left to make sure we had wine at our next rental.
We must also mention our hosts, Jean-Noël and Agathe. We very much appreciated their hospitality. They were always available and eager to chat about our plans and our day and to help out in any way they could. They are clearly dedicated to ensuring their guests have the best experience possible in the Aude region. We hope to see them both next year!
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are happy you were able to enjoy so much in this wonderful region of Carcassonne, France and what it has to offer in its historical sites, culture, food and wine. We look forward to your return visit!
Holiday at Domaine de Cure
The accommodation was very spacious with the luxury of a very large fridge/freezer and washing machine. The pool was maintained beautifully and enjoyed a beautiful view. it was a perfect place for a quiet and relaxing holiday. We enjoyed our two weeks there
We are pleased you passed a wonderful and relaxing holiday. Thank you for your comments.
Wonderful relaxing stay
We arrived at 'La Forge' after a long journey to be met by the owners, Jean-Noel and Agathe who welcomed us and showed us around the gite which was spotless, very roomy and with all the facilities you could want to enjoy your stay. We then had a tour of the grounds which are extensive and very well laid out offering shade and areas to enjoy the beautiful weather and extensive views, there is even a covered area to park your car. Inside the gite the attention to detail and style is amazing, one of the best if not the best we have stayed in. The location of the property is superb near enough to Carcassonne and the Canal Du Midi to make sight seeing easy yet far enough away to enjoy peace and tranquillity amongst the vineyards. We cycled from the gite to the Canal du Midi and then into Carcassonne, brilliant. Our hosts took the time and trouble to contact us before we visited with information about the area, a list of restaurants, 'La Bergerie' at Aragon is a must 134 Euros for two, four courses with wine make this Michelin starred restaurant a must. The recommendations continued the artisan butcher in Villemoustaussou is an experience and the best boulangerie patisserie in the area at Pont Rouge requires a daily visit. Jean-Noel and Agathe have an extensive knowledge of the local wines and stock some of the best at the gite for you to buy at the same price you would pay at the domain. We arrived home after our stay, relaxed, refreshed with lasting memories of our stay in this wonderful area. We have no hesitation in recommending this property, superb.
Thank you! We look forward to your return visit where we are sure you will discover so much more in this beautiful region of France.