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Stunning Village House In Authentic Wine Producing Village Near Carcassonne

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom House With Lovely Sunny Terrace. Three star rating

L’Ancienne Sellerie is a stunning spacious terraced village house over three floors with flexible accommodation for 2-8 people. We finished renovating the property in 2015 including installing two additional new shower rooms and a new kitchen . Gites de France has inspected the house and awarded a three star rating in the category "Meubles de Tourisme" ( Holiday accomodation),

The house has four double bedrooms and three bathrooms, lounge with access to spacious South facing sunny roof terrace , dining room, and kitchen, and garage. As well as large family groups we have had a number of couples who have stayed and enjoyed the space.

Floor area 125 m2. All rooms have large windows with double glazing , roll down blinds and decorative wooden shutters. Oil central heating throughout. Wood-burning stove. Two satellite TVs . Free WiFi

Ground floor:-

• Large entrance hall

• Double bedroom comfortably furnished including king size bed

• New shower room with shower, washbasin, heated towel rail, extractor fan and WC

• Door to garage to rear of house where visitors can park one car, bicycles etc , large additional fridge and tumble dryer. Garage opens onto small road at the opposite a wine cave. It has limited head room and some people prefer to park outside the garage door.

First floor :-

• Spacious lounge with our signature “poppy” theme. Furniture for relaxing includes two large sofas, coffee tables, soft lighting, TV (40inch screen), DVD and CD player . Books. Board games. Double doors to…

• …. Private sunny South facing roof terrace (22 m2) with patio furniture seating eight, two recliners, and barbecue. Ideal for meals outside and enjoying the sunshine . Lots of flowering plants

• Very well-equipped newly fitted kitchen including dishwasher, oven, hob, wood burner, microwave

• Dining room with arch though to kitchen – lovely old French dresser and large table with seating for 8

• small utility room with washing machine and fridge/freezer

Second floor

• Master bedroom with double bed, fitted cupboards, dressing table, bedside tables etc . En-suite shower room with fully tiled shower, washbasin, heated towel rail, window and WC. 32 inch TV. Lovely views over tiled rooftops to the open hills beyond

• Two smaller double bedrooms, one with double bed and one with twin beds – also with village and country views

• Large shower room with tiled shower, washbasin , radiator, extractor fan and WC

Furniture in each bedroom includes a wardrobe or fitted cupboard, chair, chest of drawers, mirror and hairdryer, radiator, rugs

Cot and highchair available on request . Lots of toys for younger children

All bedding towels, table linen etc provided (beds freshly made up for your arrival).

More Details

Owner
Felicity and Peter Collier
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2017

About Felicity and Peter Collier

Back in 2006 we were walking through the old town of Carcassonne towards Le Cite and the castle when we caught sight of L’Ancienne Pharmacie, the house we live in now, in an estate agent’s window - it looked stunning and we loved the blue shutters an the old stone walls . Despite being on holiday with no house buying plans, Peter suggested we ask for details and before we knew it we were being whisked off in a ramshackle car by the entrepreneurial young agent.

It was a lovely sunny day with the high blue sky so characteristic of Southern France - and as we approached Montlaur through the rolling hills of the Corbières, we were enchanted. The house was wonderful and we could immediately see that the space and capacity (after renovation) would be ideal for our big family, but also potentially for holiday accommodation as well. We drank wine in the garden with the owners, talked together half the night and went back the next day to explore the village. And that was it! Others, whom we know and respect, research their French house purchase meticulously – but for us it was just one magic moment. We went with our hearts and have never looked back.

When we had renovated the house we let it as a gîte for a few years while we worked in the UK but spent increasing periods of time here and fell in love with the village, the lifestyle and 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, weekly organic market and rich community life. Our family are all regular visitors and participate in the village festivals, in Montlaur and the surrounding areas. The children love swimming in the river at Lagrasse and Ribaute and the lake in Carcassonne, with water sports and an adventure climbing circuit.

Felicity and Peter Collier purchased this house in 2015

Why Felicity and Peter Collier chose Montlaur

In 2015 we bought L’Ancienne Sellerie, our second gite, (L'Ancienne Ecurie is also on Homeaway) - as soon as we saw it we were impressed by its potential to provided comfortable and spacious accommodation, in the heart of the village, and we love the views from the bedrooms across the terracotta tiled roofs to the hills and valleys beyond . We 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.

What makes this house unique

There is something very special about experiencing French village life - so many holiday makers stay in country properties with swimming pools but they have little opportunity to experience the real French life. Here in Montlaur you can walk to the shop for your freshly baked bread and croissants, stopping several times (and it is very close!) to exchange greetings with local residents who are so welcoming. If you can manage a little French they will tell you about their memories of your house – and some of them are amazing! None of the local shopkeepers speak English but they will all try out their few words on you and they are so helpful . The frequent village events and wine tasting, both in the five caves (wine domain outlet) and at the weekly village market, are literally on your doorstep so no need to worry about driving! Yet within a two minute walk you are in open rolling country with acres of vines, wild flowers throughout the year and so many places to walk, cycle and explore . Having your own spacious roof terrace to enjoy the sun and sip your local wine is icing on the cake. Try it – you will love it!

We also know what we are doing – see our reviews for our first gite, L’Ancienne Ecuruie, in Montlaur on Trip Advisor and for our chambres d’hotes in Montlaur on bedandbreakfast.com . We know what facilities our holidaymakers want and we are determined that L'Ancienne Sellerie will tick all your boxes!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are sad to leave such a beautiful village, the comfortable cosy house and the idyllic scenery around Montlaur. We enjoyed the daily shopping at Philippe's shop, the trips to Lagrasse, Carcassonne and Fontfroide. Thankyou for the useful advice and the welcoming atmosphere in Montlaur.
Jul 2016
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Amenities

Montlaur House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Wasbasin, heated towel rail
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , New ground floor shower room includes washbasin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Spacious New Ensuite, luxury fittings, pedestal washbasin et
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Groundfloor bedroom has king size bed and adjacent shower room. 3 bedrooms on second floor - main bedroom is very spacious with double bed and ensuite shower room. Two other double rooms , one with double bed and one with twin beds. All rooms have wardobes or fitted cupboards, chests, mirrors, chair, radiator, fan
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Wine tasting can be arranged in village. Guide books and maps available. We are happy to answer your questions about the region, activities and our favourite places to visit.

Reviews

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Stunning Village House In Authentic Wine Producing Village Near Carcassonne
average rating of 4.818182 based on 13 reviews
5

Fantastic location with fantastic hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Best vacation ever! Property is located in a lovely small town with friendly citizens who are happy to see you. The local store has fresh, warm bread and croissants every morning and stocks everything that you could need including an excellent wine selection. There is a wonderful market once a week where you can get a pizza or grilled meat or poultry along with fresh vegetables, cheese, wine and other items.The property was convenient to everything there is to do and see in the south of France and we took full advantage of it during our 3 week stay.

Felicity and Peter are the best of hosts. Always there when you need them but never hovering. They provided us with extensive information before our arrival to assist us in our trip planning and provided a comprehensive overview of the property upon arrival so that we were set to enjoy our time. When my French was not adequate to the task, they assisted in communicating for me. We would stay again in a heart beat and would strongly recommend them as hosts to anyone heading to this part of France.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic location and wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

The community of Montlaur was just what we were looking for and Felicity and Peter could not have been better hosts. It was the trip of a lifetime for us and we would stay here again if we have the opportunity. The property is convenient to everything to see and do in southern France and we were able to take advantage of visiting and doing everything.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Will come back!

  • 5 of 5

The property is very large on three floors. It is immaculately furnished and very homely. The first floor houses the lounge, dining room, kitchen and terrace with table. We had a BBQ on terrace one night and invited some friends. There were about 15 of us, all very comfortable..

We have 2 kids and there are boxes of toys which kept them entertained and there are lots of good books on bookshelves for mummy!

The only concerm is the stairs, I had to remind my kids to go carefully as made from natural stone and steepish.

The village is very picturesque with a playground and large football field for kids. There are a few shops but we did a big shop in Trebes. No end of beautiful places to visit, thats why we want to return. La Cité of course, but also Lac de Caveyere is great (Carcassonne beach), Tree top adventure O2 (best weve been to). Lagrasse river and Ribaute rock pools. Thank you Felicity and Peter for giving us these ideas and for being charming hosts!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for taking the time to write a review and we are glad you enjoyed your family holiday in Montlaur. Every time we met your children they seemed to be returning from river or lake swimming! There is of course a lovely downstairs bedroom and shower room if you want to avoid the stairs at night . Children's bicycles can be kept in the garage and as we are on the GR 36 ( one of the major walking and cycling routes in the area) there are lovely places to explore from the house! We look forward to welcoming you back next year
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Really nice old property in a very friendly village

  • 5 of 5

The owners,Felicity and Peter made sure everything was going well. They were there to give advice on places of interest, buying wine and the best value eating places around.The house had everything you required,with a lot of character and very comfortable beds.The small outside patio was a bonus.Very friendly village with a small shop where we got our baguettes every morning and a small market once a week.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equiped house in a very welcoming village!

  • 5 of 5

L'Ancienne Sellerie is a well equiped house in the centre of a very welcoming small village.

We stayed in this property for 3 months and it had everything required for our family of 6. An additional fridge is located in the spacious garage on the ground floor, which although we didn't require it, is a thoughtful addition to the house. Heating is very efficient - we stayed during winter and the house was kept comfortably warm with the wood heater in the kitchen and 'topped up' with the oil heaters located in every room. It is conveniently supplied with 2 sets of towels and bed linen per person.

We thoroughly enjoyed lunches on the sunny terrace on warmer days and the convenience of walking to the small well stocked supermarket and butcher in the village.

Montlaur is a small village in the Val-de-Dagne surrounded by gorgeous natural landscape. A favourite weekend activity was walking through the local Gorges du Congoust finding walking trails and idyllic picnic spots to eat our baguettes and french cheeses! It is also in close proximity to Cathar Castles, Pyrenees, the Mediterranean coast and Canal du Midi.

Felicity and Peter were very responsive to any request we had. In the months prior to our arrival, Felicity was extremely helpful and went beyond what would be expected of a landlord.

We highly recommend this property and the very attentive landlords!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Village House With Character

  • 4 of 5

The house was in the heart of the village of Montlaur. There were three levels with four bedrooms and three baths. It was large and roomy and had an abundance of old world charm. I would have loved to have known more of its history. It had all of the modern conveniences, including terrific wifi. The wifi never once went out over my three months stay. The location of the village was perfect for day trips and, the occasional overnighter. My only disappointment was there was no cafe/bar/restaurant in the village. I would have loved a local watering hole I could walk to. The owners of the village house, Felicity and Peter, were very helpful and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this property to others.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our house. There are restaurants just five minutes away by car or little more by bicycle in Servies-en-Val and in Pradelles-en Val and a wide selection in Lagrasse which is 15 minutes. Unfortunately our own cafe bar is rarely open at the moment due to ill health Our butchers sells a ready prepared home cooked meal each day and we have a weekly market in the park with a pizza van and a week stocked village stores . There are many village events with meals in the summer months .
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Montlaur
Nearest Golf
23 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
23 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
A61
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Servies-en-Val
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Mont D'Olmes
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Leucate-Plage
Car: necessary

Montlaur is in the heart of the Corbières wine growing region of Languedoc Rousiilon - 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.

Bikes can be hired and delivered to the house and horse riding and trekking are available in the village. Some of the major walking routes in the region pass through the village. There are many lovely places to swim in local rivers and lakes – our favourites are the lake at Taurize at 6kms and the River Orbieu at Lagrasse (with a lifeguard) and Ribaute , 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 de Dagne and in additional to local shops (minisupermarket, butchers, daily bakers van, pharmacy) 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, enjoy the entertainment and dance to live music. Petanque is the favourite sport. There is small children’s well equipped play area and pleasant park with table tennis and boules area. 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.

There is a country park with an attractive sandy beach and (supervised) lake swimming 20 mins away at Lac Cavayère . It has an O2 Adventure rope and zip wire course in the forest which is challenging for all ages.

Carcassonne (24km) is the second most visited French city, following Paris. It has an amazing walled and fortified city dating from the Middle Ages and 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, fifteen 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.

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 (50mins) with its beautiful cathedral, famous 1901 wrought-iron and glass market, Les Halles, and wide promenades alongside the Canale 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 .

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 beaches and a stunning African Safari reserve on the coast.

We can supply links for potential guests to useful websites.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

End of stay cleaning $82.16
Refundable damage deposit $234.74
Pet Fee $23.47
Stay tax $1.17 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

All bedding, towels and table linen included - beds made up for your arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.