Spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom village house with stunning terraced garden
Felicity and Peter Collier
- english, french, spanish
About Felicity and Peter Collier
Our own home, L'Ancienne Pharmacie, is a few doors downg the road towards the centre of the village. We bought it in 2006 as a holiday home for us and our children and grandchildren . When we had renovated it, we let it as a gite for a few years but spent increasing periods of time here and fell in love with the village, the lifestyle, the slower pace of life- and of course the wine and the sunshine. Montlaur, despite its size (around 600 permanent residents) is a thriving rural village and a little hub for other villages in the Val Dagne with its small shops, school and rich community life.. Our family are all regular visitors and participate in the village festivals, in Montlaur and the surrounding areas. They love swimming in the river at Lagrasse and Ribaute and the lake in Carcassonne, with water sports and an adventure climbing circuit. We are now French residents and feel well integrated into village life.We also have a large jardin potager (allotment) on the edge of a vineyard, 5 mins walk from our house, where we grow our own fruit and vegetables . Our border collie, Bryn, has his own mini agility course in the orchard and we have adopted an abandoned little chien de chasse (hunting dog - a 16 mth old griffon)
Felicity and Peter Collier purchased this House in 2013
Why Felicity and Peter Collier chose Montlaur
When we saw L'Ancienne Ecurie we knew it had the potential to offer visitors the chance to experience life in the heart of our village while still enjoying the privacy offered by its walled garden and inner courtyard. The stables room, which was only an outbuilding when we bought the house, is remembered by older villagers as home to two horses during their childhood -hence the house's name ! It now offers an additional living space for relaxation and enjoying the sunshine.. We have worked hard with our family and a local builder to renovate the house so that it provides the perfect holiday home while retaining its own unique character .
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Una casa maravillosa. Tiene todas las comodidades. Nos encanto. Felicity y Peter fueron encantadores y muy atentos. Sin duda, repetiremos
Una casa maravillosa. La estancia fue pefecta. Nos encanto. La casa tiene todas las comodidades. Y Felicity y Peter fueron encantadores. Un acierto. Sin duda, repetiremos en el futuro
Beautiful House in Corbières Wine Village
We recently spent a wonderful week in Montlaur. The house was everything we could have wished for, newly remodeled, spacious, and beautifully decorated. The kitchen and bathrooms are up-to-date and well equipped. We found Montlaur to be a very special village. The owners, Peter and Felicity, greeted us warmly, answered all our questions, and arranged a wine tasting at a local cave down the street. We enjoyed the friendly people of Montlaur, going to the small grocery store, the weekly market and buying pastries from the boulangerie that arrives in a van every morning. In addition we enjoyed the scenery, the villages, Cathar castles, the rivers and the Mediterranean for swimming, the walks in the countryside, and a day at Carcassonne. The four people in our group, myself included, would like to return to Montlaur and Peter and Felicity's house.
Thankyou for your review. We are so pleased that you had a lovely holiday. We too think that Montlaur is a very special village. Great news that you intend to return , you are very welcome
The house was perfect for our two families with ample space and lovely and cool in the summer heat. Beds were comfy and the house had everything we needed. The village didn't have a bakery which was a shame, but the local shop had croissant and baguette in the morning (and there's a bakery van). The swimming in lagrasse is absolutely glorious. Thank you for a lovely stay!
Thank you for your review. We are glad your family enjoyed staying in our house and in Montlaur . Lagrasse is just 15 minutes away and one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. Our family love river swimming there and also the deep pools at Ribaute ( same distance) and the natural Lake at Tauruze which is just ten minutes from the house . We hope to welcome you back another year.
A Holiday Home that Exceeded All Expectations
The owners' description of the property does not fully do the property justice. In most respects it exceeded expectation. It was clean, well-maintained and provided all the amenities we needed. Peter and Felicity Collier (the owners) are a delightful couple who were extremely warm and welcoming, always on hand if we needed their help or advice. If you wish to experience what life is like in a small, rural French village, then this is the place I would recommend. Although the village lacks a restaurant or bar, there are plenty of good, reasonably priced ones within 20 miles. Otherwise, there is the option of self-catering when if you prefer not to venture beyond the tranquility of the walled garden-courtyard. Excellent in every way.
Many thanks for your review and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our house. We hope you will come again!
However I must correct your comments about restaurants because, having talked to you, I know that you intended to say "within 20 minutes" not "20 miles” which is a very long way! I also know you hadn't tried the more local ones! In fact there is a very friendly cafe bar/ restaurants at Servies en Val which is just 6 km (5 minutes) away, a great Italian restaurant on a wine domain the same distance away at Pradelles en Val , and a highly rated rural auberge at Monze (8kms). There are eight restaurants in the village of Lagrasse just 14 kms ( 9 miles - one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ) . We can give potential guests links to these restaurants. One of the great delights of staying in our house is sampling our local restaurants and of course the village wines - we have five wine domains in Montlaur .
Thankyou for your helpful comments .
Lovely house with all facilities.
The house was fantastic- everything needed was available.
Fantastic wifi- essentials for overseas visitors.
Great village with very friendly people.
Surrounding villages beautiful to visit- especially Lagrasse, Trebes and Olonzac.
Finally, wonderful, helpful hosts who made our stay very enjoyable.
Montlaur is in the heart of the Corbières wine growing region of Languedoc Roussillon and one of the sunniest places in France with over 300 days of sunshine a year. It is the perfect location for immersing yourself in rural village life as well as exploring the Cathar castles and enjoying this beautiful region rich in history. Some of the major walking routes in the region pass through the village. Bikes can be hired and delivered to the house and horse riding and trekking are available locally. There are many lovely places to swim in local rivers and lakes – our favourites are the lake at Taurize at 6kms, the River Orbieu at Lagrasse (with a lifeguard) at 13kms and Ribaute at 9 kms , the latter with natural deep rock pools .
Montlaur, a small village of less than 600 residents, is a thriving little centre for the six villages in the Val Dagne and in additional to local shops ( mini supermarket, butcher, daily bakers van, pharmacie) there are five different wine producers providing wine tasting in the village. Market stalls with organic bread, local produce including fruit, vegetables, honey and cheeses, take place weekly in the summer in the park . The annual grape harvest in late September is major event in the calendar.
Numerous fetes, concerts and village festivals take place in Montlaur and surrounding villages during the summer – here you can participate in village meals, listen to traditional occitan songs, enjoy the entertainment and dance to live music. Petanque (boules) is the favourite sport. There is a well equipped play area for small children , table tennis and a pleasant park. Tennis courts are available in the next village .
Lagrasse (12km) is part of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France Association ("The most beautiful villages of France"). The village is famed for its 13th century abbey, medieval houses and streets, book and pottery fairs and concerts over the summer months, and a lovely 12th century hump backed bridge. It is good place to explore at any time of the year and has a number of good restaurants.
Carcassonne (24km) is the second most visited French city, following Paris. It has an amazing walled and fortified city, Le Cite, dating from the Middle Ages and this is central to the Cathar history as told in the Kate Mosse books “Sepulchre” and “Labyrinth”. The castle has a complete medieval defensive architectural ensemble and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Carcassonne hosts a huge music festival for the month of July with events to suit every taste.
The Canal du Midi, also a World Heritage site, meanders through the region. The nearest section is at Trebes, twenty minutes away, with the opportunity to take boat rides to Carcassonne and beyond. Alternatively you can relax in waterfront cafes and bars and watch the world go by.
There is a country park with an attractive sandy beach and (supervised) lake swimming 20 mins away at Lac Cavayère, Carcassonne . It has an O2 Adventure rope and zip wire course in the forest which is challenging for all ages.
The Cathar Chateaux of Lastours, Villerouge-Termenè, Termes, Quéribus, Peyrepertuse and many others are all within easy reach (between 30 and 60 minutes) as is Monsegur, the last standing point of the Cathars situated in the Pyrenees. Mirepoix is a lovely medieval town to visit en route to Montsegur. Rennes-le-Château receives tens of thousands of visitors per year being the location of an alleged buried treasure discovered by its 19th-century priest.
Minerve (45km) is a fortified village where the Cathars refused to abjure their faith and died singing at the stake. It is situated on a stunning gorge and is another of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. The village has many artisan craft shop and gives its name to the region’s famous Minervois red wine.
The longest and oldest carnival in the world takes place in Limoux (49km) from January to March over a series of Saturdays and Sundays with mystical masked “actors” parading through the town three times a day playing music, singing songs and playing pranks (all conducted in the ancient Occitan language).
The Mediterranean is less than an hour away with long sandy beaches and azure sea . Not to be missed is the beautiful town of Narbonne with its beautiful cathedral, famous 1901 wrought-iron and glass market, Les Halles, and wide promenades alongside the Canal de la Robine.
The nearest Ski Station is in the Pyrenees at Mont D’Olmes , One of our favourite things to do with visitors is a ride on the Yellow Train across the Pyrenees to Spain. It is just 75 minutes to the Spanish border, an easy day trip to Girona and to the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres . It is only 3 hrs to Barcelona.
There is much more to see and do than can be written here and activities for all the family within easy reach including grottos and caves to explore, white water rafting, golf, aqua parks, Mediterranean resorts and a stunning African Safari reserve on the coast.