|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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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 recent reviews, please see our listing on tripadvisor, where you will find over 35 reviews from guests who stayed in 2014 and 2015.
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.
Access is via secluded gardens & to the front of the gite is a large terrace that is set up for outdoor dining & has a sturdy table & chairs & Weber gas BBQ. From the terrace you enter the spacious (41m²) lounge, dining & kitchen area which has wooden floors, high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams & original exposed stone wall. There is a comfortable sofa & seating area, TV, DVD & CD players & an indoor dining area. Bedroom 1 has a comfortable king-size bed, table d'appoint & wardrobe, french windows lead onto the terrace. The en-suite bathroom has a powerful shower, WC & basin. Bedroom 2 has a king-size bed (the room can be made up with 2 single beds), chest of drawers & wardrobe. The adjacent bathroom has a jacuzzi bath, powerful shower, WC and basin. Bedroom 3 is in a separate courtyard annex and has a king-size bed (the room can be made up with 2 single beds), chest of drawers & wardrobe. The en-suite bathroom has a powerful shower, WC and basin.
'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
We have stayed at La Maison des Vignes (LMdV) twice now. The first being in 2013 and again this year. When you find somewhere that ticks all the boxes there's a tendency to want to keep it a secret so that you can easily book again! I don't go back to the same place without good reason and there are plenty of good reasons to go to LMdV. If you want an opportunity to relax, unwind, explore wonderful countryside whilst sampling great wine and food then LMdV is for you. LMdV is run by a lovely English couple Jonathan and Suzanna Grix, who are perfect hosts and who strive to ensure that every home comfort is available to you in their gites, which have been tastefully constructed from the old barns that were once part of a vineyard estate. We have stayed in Gite Lavande and now Olivier but stay in any of the 3 gites and you won't be disappointed. They are fully detailed on the website. The wireless internet is pretty good too, which obviously means you'll not need to speak to or entertain your teenage children for the duration of your holiday! Jonathan and Suzanna hold a welcome soirée on the Monday evening where guests are encouraged to come and meet each other over a few glasses of local wine and some nibbles which is a great way of getting to know your fellow guests...not to mention it being a cheap night out drinking Jonathan's wine!! ;-) Here also you get to hear first hand about places to visit, Carcassone, Minerve, Narbonne and Fontfroide Abbey. Further afield there's Beziers, Montpellier and the Camargue.The beaches are nearby with our favourites Leucate and Le Franqui about 45 minutes away. If that all seems too much then you can lounge by the pool, which has plenty of room and areas of shade available throughout the day, when the sun gets too much.The village of Tourouzelle is tiny with just the one shop which is nonetheless well stocked with provisions and you can order your daily baguettes, croissants etc so that you don't need to get up early to make sure you get something! If you're really lucky Jonathan will arrange a dinner cooked by the local Mairie (mayor) in his own home. He's a fantastic cook and was the most memorable experience for us and our fellow guests when we stayed in 2013. So if you want a relaxing holiday or even an active holiday then LMdV is the place for you...but don't tell everyone straightaway because you'll want to go back again...like I do.
We stayed in Gite Olivier with our 2 sons 19yrs and 15yrs and one of their girlfriends. We had the extra room and found the accommodation fabulous. Jonathan and Suzanna were both friendly/welcoming and very helpful no matter what we asked or needed. The welcome evening was a great idea as then we got to know the guests staying in the other 2 gites and we thoroughly enjoyed everyone's company. Johnathan organised a trip to the local wine cave which we did with some of the other guests which was really interesting and again good fun. We went to Narbonne / Carcassonne / Minerve / Biz Minervois / Ribaute / and many more - all of which were recommended in the welcome folder and everywhere we went was truly beautiful. Our favourite visit was to the Abbaye De Fontfroid. A truly spectacular place. The local Tourouzelle store was very handy and great to have fresh bread every day. Jonathan recommended the locally grown peaches and apricots from the village which again were fabulous. The swimming pool was always clean and was a great temperature - we were worried going in June that it may be cold but we were in it every day. There are plenty of sun loungers for everyone and the covered area in the shade worked well for rest bite from the sun and it was lovely to sit under in the evening and watch the sunsets. We had a fantastic holiday and the only down side was having to leave. Thanks to both of you for such a wonderful stay. The Kerlins
Very Nice, well decorated gite in a beautiful, quiet place in the south of France. Perfect place to be with your family (we came with 4 kids, 19-28 years old) or with friends. Just 40 min drive to the sea, nice walk and bike possibilities as well. The hosts were very friendly, always willing to assist you whenever you have questions and the pool was wonderful.
W'll be back!!
Ideal place to stay to explore the Cathar Region. Great accommodation with welcoming, helpful hosts. We will return.
Our second visit to the wonderful Maison Des Vignes in the Languedoc and just as enjoyable as the first. This was our first stay in gite Olivier, having stayed previously in Coquelicot and I have to say that both gites are sympathetically designed and superbly kitted out with some useful home comforts. The properties have been cleverly designed to retain the original character of the former barn (wine storage) but with a fresh, modern feel. The presentation & preparation of the gite was immaculate and the owners take great care to provide everything that you need for your stay. The pool area is very comfortable and conducive to RnR - our kids loved the pool! Jonathan and Suzanne are very welcoming hosts and we really loved the evening get together which they arranged for all the guests, which allowed us to sample some of the delicious local food and wine, produced in the village itself. They have a wealth of local knowledge regarding local activities and attractions which they are on hand to provide if so needed. For cycling fans, Jonathan is able to take you on guided road trips in the gorgeous local area, but be prepared to tackle some challenging hills! Luckily the generous pool is waiting for you on return to massage those tired legs! The location of La Maison Des Vignes is ideal; whether you want to pop over to the village boulangerie for croissant and coffee in the morning, visit the one of the vineyards in the village for degustation or access the canal du midi (only a short drive/cycle away), it's all on your doorstep. The only negative, if you're a beach lover is the slightly longer drive to the beach (30-45 mins) but having said that the beaches are lovely, so worth the drive. Things we would recommend seeing if you're travelling with kids; the nearby ancient town of Minerve, the historic town of Carcassonne, the water park at Narbonne plage, accro park tree climbing centre in Alet les Bains (Corbieres mountains), visiting the lac in Homps with excellent beach and water sports, and of course cycling / boating along the lovely canal du midi. There are some wonderful restaurants nearby; we particularly loved 'Le Bistro Gourmand' in Homps, but would avoid 'En Bonne Companie' which despite it's good reputation for food, demonstrates an obvious dislike for guests with with young children.... Overall, I would have no hesitation in recommending La Maison Des Vignes to anyone. We look forward to coming back again soon, Fred & Aby Aug 2013
Our party comprised two for the 1st week, and then we were joined by our daughter and her boyfriend for the 2nd.
The overall impression of Tourouzelle and the surrounding countryside is wonderful. A beautiful village set in lush rolling countryside. Arriving at La Maison Des Vignes was not a disappointment, quietly settled in the centre of the village and yet secluded and not overlooked by other buildings. We had wonderful weather and the village looked at its best, no doubt.
Jonathan quickly showed us the property and dealt with the few formalities.
For us the layout of Olivier was perfect. The main building, with two double bedrooms, kitchen and sitting room, plus bathrooms, was perfect. Louise and Jon moved into the separate (within the same courtyard) building which comprises a double bedroom and very large bathroom. Both buildings are joined by the raised decked patio area with table, chairs and BBQ. A tree keeps the decked area in permanent dappled shade, a definite necessity in the low 30c temperatures we enjoyed throughout the 2 weeks.
The pool is a very good size with plenty of room for 'proper' swimming, or just cooling off in the water.
There is a very comprehensive information book in the gite providing information of local attractions, restaurants, activities etc which we found invaluable.
Of the three gites within the property we felt that Olivier gave the best overall combination of privacy and access to the pool. It also has a separate entrance/exit to the rear of the building.
Jonathan and Suzanna were excellent hosts and managed to get the balance just right in terms of being there if needed but leaving you to enjoy the place very much as if it was one’s own.
Any concerns we may have had regarding the sharing of the pool area were immediately put aside once we met the others who were an extremely friendly and relaxed group of people. We all got on very well indeed. I do think that we were very lucky in this regard, and it is possible to imagine that things might have been slightly different if we had not all got on so well.
Two highlights were the ‘introduction’ evening when all guest meet for a drink and canapés at Jonathan and Suzanna’s beautiful house which is within the same grounds. The second was the dinner at the Mayor’s house, where the Mayor and his wife entertained all of us to the most wonderful dinner. A really great evening!
Overall we would highly recommend La Maison Des Vignes.
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 21 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Please note the above prices are for renting Gite Olivier as a two bedroom unit, for prices as a three bedroom unit the rates are the same as Gite Lavande plus a €140 supplement. During July & August Gite Olivier can only be rented as a three bedroom unit.
Prices are for 7 nights starting on Saturday (4pm) and finishing the following Saturday (10am).
Inclusive of electricity, cleaning, linen, bath