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Luxury holiday accommodation with heated pool in a former vigneron estate - Gite Lavande

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Gite Lavande

Access to the gite is via stairs to the large terrace that overlooks the walled gardens. The terrace is set up for outdoor dining & has a Weber gas BBQ. The spacious lounge, dining and kitchen area has wooden floors & high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. There is a large sofa, seating area, an indoor dining area and a fully equipped kitchen.

Bedroom 1 has a king-size bed, chest of draw’s and wardrobe, as well as large French windows that provide access directly onto the private terrace. Bedroom 2 has a king-size bed (the room can be made up with 2 single beds), table d’appoint and wardrobe.

The mezzanine level has a large galleried landing, which overlooks the living area with a day bed. Bedroom 3 has a high sloping ceiling with exposed beams, a king-size bed (the room can be made up with 2 single beds), table d’appoint and wardrobe. There is also a bathroom on each level.

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About the property

La Maison Des Vignes

La Maison Des Vignes (The House of Vines) sits in the heart of the lovely village of Tourouzelle, in the sunny Languedoc Roussillon area of the South of France, within a short drive are the beaches of the Mediterranean, Carcassonne and Montpellier.

Situated in the Minervois and bordering the Corbiere wine regions, this former vigneron estate dates back to the 1600’s and is built in the traditional stone typical of the region.

The architect-designed, newly renovated barn conversions have created 3 spacious gites which have all the character of the old stone walls, high ceilings and original wooden beams, combined with all the comforts and ‘mod cons’ that will make your stay here all the more pleasurable. There is also a heated pool in the landscaped, walled gardens.

Whether you wish to soak up the sunshine by the pool or the beach, enjoy the fabulous food and wine of the area, play golf, cycle or walk, you are sure to discover your ‘joie de vivre’ at La Maison Des Vignes.

For more additional reviews, please see our listing on tripadvisor, where you will find over 40 reviews from previous guests.

Body Zone at La Maison Des Vignes: We are also pleased to offer our guests on site beauty treatments. There are a range of treatments available including hot stone therapy, massages, reflexology, facials, manicures and pedicures all at a very reasonable price. Bookings can be made before you arrive and full details can be found on our website.

Golf: Outside of the hot summer months of July & August, the weather is ideal for a round of golf. Within easy access of Tourouzelle are several golf courses that golfers of all levels will find rewarding. From the beautiful setting of Mazamet golf course in the Black Mountains to the course at Carcassonne with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Walking and Cycling: Enjoy walking amongst the spectacular scenery of the vineyards, the Black Mountains or for the more adventurous the Pyrenees are a short distance away. Many local villages, including Tourouzelle have marked walks that cover different types of terrain and are suitable for walkers of all different levels.

The immediate area around Tourouzelle offers endless possibilities for anything from a short ride up to full days mountain-biking or road cycling. Cycle routes will take you through the vineyards of the Minervois and Corbieres wine region and for the keen cyclist you can follow in the cycle tracks of the previous years Tour de France.

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Jonathan Grix
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Searched the Internet for 6 weeks looking for the perfect place - we found it!. Atmosphere & charm abound at La Maison Des Vignes'

'What a lovely place for a holiday - the accommodation is fantastic, the village authentic, the area beautiful and the country rediscovered'

'Excellent accommodation, beautifully finished and very well run. Loved the “Coquelicot” theme. We shall miss a certain corner of your garden every evening!. We are not going to recommend you to our friends as we want to keep this place to ourselves! A l’annee prochaine.'

'The gite was beautifully done, we loved the pool and the setting. You couldn't have made us feel more welcome and knowing some great little places to go, markets etc, made it even better.'

'We had a wonderful holiday, very relaxing indeed. You have put so much thought into the gite, just perfect for a family holiday.' Please refer to our website to see La Maison Des Vignes visitor's book
Nov 2007
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Prices are for 7 nights starting on Saturday (4pm) and finishing the following Saturday (10am).

Inclusive of electricity, cleaning, linen, bathrobes and towels (including pool towels).
Bikes and golf clubs are available for guest use at no extra charge.

In the event of cancellation of a booking within 8 weeks of arrival, the full cost of the reserved accommodation will be charged and will be re


Tourouzelle Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Can be 2 single beds if required
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Can be 2 single beds if required
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 8 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Bikes and golf clubs also available free of charge for guest use. Lightweight bathrobes are also provided for guest use. Please contact us for details of our website where you will find additional photographs and plenty of information on the local area.


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Gite Lavande
average rating of 4.88 based on 26 reviews

Holiday paradise

  • 5 of 5

honestly don't know where to start because everything about La Maison Des Vignes is perfect.

Usually when the holiday blurb states that the owners live on site I avoid, but on this occasion Jonathan and Suzanna being around made the holiday special. They are both so welcoming and helpful, from giving you tips about places you would like to visit to being honest about local restaurants. I can't praise them enough, they have the balance between being helpful and discrete absolutely spot on.

We stayed in Gite Lavender and it was large enough for our family of five. The outdoor eating area was lovely and the swimming pool is wonderful, we had it to ourselves most of the time.

The location is lovely, right in the middle of the village, which is a friendly welcoming place, there are no restaurants but it's just a short drive to Homps and Olonzac where there's a number of eating places catering for all tastes.

It's a perfect base to explore this area of France as most places including the beaches are within an hours drive and also it's a lovely place to relax in the late afternoon and evening after a busy day exploring.

My 8 year old son has asked me everyday since leaving 'when can we return' and he's never asked me that before, even when we came back from Disney, so it must be perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Relaxing stay in wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in our gîte at La Maison des Vignes. Gîte Lavande is a very spacious place for up to 8 people. We were only 4 so the kids had their own bedroom each. Great architecture and beautiful views over the vinyards. Wonderful pool area with plenty of space for all. The hosts Jonathan and Suzanna are very, very friendly and have some good advice for each activity that you might plan. Always helpful! They made us feel like home. We enjoyed the welcome soirées very much when you get to know the other guests and the hosts and taste some local specialties. Also enjoyed a local village party with music and dance and more great local food. The area is wonderful for wine tasting, riding the bikes along the Canal du Midi, exploring the countryside with beautiful gorges (Minerve), shopping at local markets, medieval historic castles, fortresses and cities (Carcassonne, Lagrasse, Narbonne,...), fishing in the river Aude, swimming in the rivers and going to the beach (35 minutes to Gruissan Plage), canoeing on the river Aude and even horse riding and naturally relaxing at the great pool. We would very much recommend spending one ore two weeks at La Maison des Vignes.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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A rural French haven

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful time staying at Lavande in early September 2013. The property was well maintained and equipped with all that we needed. Jonathan and Suzanna the owners were very welcoming and helpful with their advice of where to visit and eat. Jonathan even arranged for the tickets for the 4 of us to go and see Montpellier play Toulouse in a Top 14 rugby match. Carcassone, Minerve, Narbonne and Montpellier well worth a visit for the history and shopping. The local village shop was wonderful for the daily croissants and bread whilst there are bigger supermarkets not too far away. There was also a very good weekly market at Olonzac. Megan and Anna enjoyed staying by the pool whilst Jackie and I managed to go on the bikes provided through the local vineyards and along the canal du Midi. Overall it was a very comfortable gite with plenty to do for all ages. We hope to visit again in the not too distant future.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Sometimes you get lucky

  • 5 of 5

Our planning was last minute. We were 2 adult couples, one of whom were first time visitors to France. We all have no hesitation in recommending this property to new or experienced travellers to the region. La Maison Des Vignes is in an excellent location for exploring the coast, mountains, castles and historic towns or none of the above next to the pool. Jonathan and Suzanna, the owners, took a personal interest in our experience, maintained the facilities to a high standard and run their properties professionally. Welcome packs with pre-specified foodstuffs and the get together with the other gite vacationers added to the experience.

Two of the gites are accessed via wooden steps (with fittings for child gates).

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Harpenden, UK

Fabulous La Maison Des Vignes

  • 5 of 5

Gite Lavande was a fabulous place for our family (2 teens) this summer (Aug 2013). Very nice accommodation with a super terrace and bbq made for relaxed sunny evenings (with a nice glass of the local Festiano rosé). And the pool was perfect. Our apartment/terrace was part of the complex, but also separate for independent living. We very much enjoyed being able to walk to the local shop for the croissants and fresh bread in this picturesque village. Jonathan and Suzanna were very hospitable and full of helpful tips. We had a lovely sunny week and would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Maidenhead, UK

Return visit

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to La Maison Des Vignes. We have a rule we never return to a venue for a second time, however fantastic, but we really wanted to revisit the region so broke our rule. On this occasion we stayed in gite Lavande.

La Maison Des Vignes is located in a lovely little French village called Tourouzelle. The village has a small shop for where you can order croissants etc for breakfast. The gite is very well equipped with everything you could possibly need and is well maintained. A fabulous patio to sit on and enjoy a glass of the excellent local and the bedrooms are a really good size, clean and very well decorated. There is also a new entrance to unload your luggage which makes arriving and for example the provision of picnic backpacks.

The open plan living areas is spacious with a mezzanine sitting area above it with a daybed and a bookcase with lots of interesting novels and guides to the area.

The seating areas outside each gite includes a gas barbecues.

A welcome evening on the day after our arrival was an excellent opportunity to meet the other guests and Jonathan and Suzanna whose local knowledge is invaluable for recommendations on local places to visit, restaurants or any other questions you have. It was a pleasure to meet the other families also staying in the gites.

The swimming pool was kept very clean. Since our last visit an additional area has been added to sit and relax in a covered environment. You can also have massages and treatments.

We enjoyed our relaxing days around the pool! There are shaded areas and places to sit in the sun and plenty of sunbeds. As expected in France there are gates at both ends of the the pool to ensure the safety of children.

When we could bear to tear ourselves away from the pool we did venture out to see the sights and eat in some of the excellent restaurants in Homps and Minerve.

We took out bicycles one day to explore the area. These are supplied free to guests along with helmets. We had a really great time riding through the stunning local countryside.

Our week spent at La Maison des Vignes was the last in a three week trip that included Paris, Barcelona and Spain. Returning to the gites felt so right, just the relaxing finish we dreamed of. Having broken the habit of not returning there will now be a third time. We felt very much at home in the gite and totally relaxed, it was a joy to stay there.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review and we are pleased that once again you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon and sharing a glass or two of the local wine.
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Tourouzelle-Village shop/Bar with outdoor seating
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Tourouzelle - Village shop/Bistro serving Pizzas
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Gruissan Plage
Car: recommended

La Maison Des Vignes is located in the centre of Tourouzelle, a characteristic French village and opposite the front gate you will find the village shop that doubles as a cafe and small bistro and the post office.

Wine production is the main activity within the village and you can walk to the village’s three different wine domaines.

The wide sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are only 40 min drive and if you fancy a change from the beach, then head towards Lac de Jouarres only a 5 min drive from La Maison Des Vignes, or if you prefer you could cycle there instead.

For those who prefer to be on the water rather than in it, the historic Canal du Midi is less than 3 km from La Maison Des Vignes.

As well as the many Cathar and Medieval castles in the area, there are also many Abbeys to explore.

The Cities of Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers and Montpellier are within a short drive


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