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Stunning Village House In Authentic Wine Producing Village Near Carcassonne

Bedrooms 4
Space 125 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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. 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.

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. 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

Felicity and Peter Collier
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 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 Lezignan-Corbieres area

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 . We know what facilities our holidaymakers want and we are determined that L'Ancienne Sellerie will tick all your boxes!


Montlaur House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 125 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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
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.


4.6/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

Stunning Village House In Authentic Wine Producing Village Near Carcassonne
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

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: Oct 2016
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Comfortable, tidy and authentic

  • 4 of 5

We used the property as a base from which to explore the surrounding area and being located in the heart of the village provided a feeling of quiet acceptance as everything was nearby and the people friendly.

We are a family party of 5 adults and made the most of the living spaces: the open patio/veranda with its barbecue (upon which we cooked a number of our meals), the lounge, the dining room and the kitchen which had everything we needed and having 3 separate shower and toilet rooms was excellent as it meant we had no queuing when getting ready to go out!!

We are planning to return to the area as there is still so much to see and explore (as well as many more wines to sample) and will very happily stay in this property again.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful traditional village house

  • 5 of 5

We loved the views from the top floor bedrooms! The house has lots of character with original tiled floors, wooden shutters etc.The house had everything we needed and was clean and well maintained. Plenty of room for large family meals which was a feature of our holiday. Lots of stairs so not ideal for those less mobile or for young children. The village is remote and the village shop is not open on Sunday afternoon or on Monday so do stock up with food! The area is breathtakingly beautiful and great for walking. The owners Peter and Felicity, who live just down the road, were very helpful and accommodating and made us feel very welcome.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that your family enjoyed our house . As soon as we saw it we knew it would make a fabulous holiday home for guests who want to experience village life in such lovely countryside , and the views from the three upstairs bedrooms over the terracotta rooves confirm this! Driving down through the valley to Carcassonne gives us a lot of pleasure. I am afraid we know of almost no food shops in France which are open on Sunday afternoon ( France's "work/ life" balance favours "life" !) but it is a plus that village shops are open on Sunday mornings. We should have pointed out that the surrounding villages have shops closed on different days ( normally one day a week) and the three shops at Servies en Val , which is just a five minute drive, are open on Mondays . We hope you will come again - there are so many more interesting places to visit. Thank you for your review. .
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The house with green shutters

  • 5 of 5

Attractive house, I was the only occupant for three months, but felt quite at home living there. My hosts Felicity & Peter were very thoughtful and introduced me to all and sundry whenever they got the opportunity, It is a very lively friendly village, even in the Winter there were lots of social events, I joined the local walking group, and went to yoga on Tuesday mornings. I had a first rate French teacher, arranged by Felicity who apart from lessons gave me lots of helpful advice when I travelled. I made friends and would love to visit in the Summer to see the village in all its glory, and do a little wine tasting . The local caves were closed when I was there.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Great Stay in Montlaur

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house, it was spacious, clean, comfortable and very easy to live in. The terrace was our eating place of choice and was always welcoming, even when the sun had disappeared. Montlaur is a delightful village with a well stocked small supermarket. The area itself is stunning. Staying in September, we were lucky enough to see first hand the grape harvest. We will definitely visit again, both the area and the house. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed staying in our house. There is so much more to see and do in this beautiful part of France. We will have bicycles for you to borrow next time you come!
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Rates & Availability

Montlaur House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 2 2017 - May 19 2017
4 night minimum stay
Mid Summer
May 20 2017 - Jul 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
Peak summer
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $22
Refundable damage deposit $215
End of stay cleaning $75
Stay tax €1 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
Heating supplement ( oil , electricity and wood) 80€ per week October - April. Payable on arrival

100€ reduction on all rates for 2 people, 50€ reduction for 3 and 4 people

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.
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
23 Kilometres
Nearest Train
23 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Mont D'Olmes
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
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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