Stone cottage with spectacular terrace views, 3 bedrooms sleep 6, fully equipped
- english, french
Why Trevor Lecoche chose Montazels
We fell in love with the Languedoc after a holiday there so it was our first thought when we decided to buy a place in France. The Languedoc has many attractions on different levels - History, Scenery, Culture, Climate and Character. Midway between the Mediterranean and the Pyrennees it seemed the ideal spot to enjoy the French Experience. In just an hours drive you can be at the beach in summer or the piste in winter. We love the mountains and viewing the mountains at close quarter was what we wanted. The elevated position of Maison de Vigne means we are blessed with fantastic views from every window. The terrace at the front of the house fronts onto the lane with occasional local pedestrian traffic which is great for improving your French language skills. We liked it so much that 6 years later in 2010, when the 2 bedroomed cottage next door became available we bought and renovated that as well.
What makes this Cottage unique
Maison de Vigne is at the centre of the Cathar Region offering glorious views of Rennes-le-Chateau and Coutassa Castle from the vine shaded terrace and roof terrace. We have 2 wonderful caretakers in the village who ensure the cottage is always kept in first class condition, and are ready to welcome you to Montazels. We have furnished the cottage with everything we need for a second home in France. We bought Maison de Vigne because we loved it and over the last 14 years have been delighted to find, through the pages of our guest book and post holiday emails, that our guests seem to love it too.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A taste of France!
This was my family's first visit to France, although I'd lived there for several years previously. The house was everything I could have asked for to give them a taste of France. It's got all mod cons and the location overlooks the village and surrounding countryside which was lovely. Our girls loved their room in the attic area, real cosy! The house has such a lot of character.
The directions provided by Trevor were exact and we had no trouble arriving from Toulouse. We were kindly left a nice bottle of Limoux as well. The village is located within reach of a wealth of historical and natural beauties. Our kids really enjoyed the Dinosaur museum in the next town, and we even managed to do a day trip to Barcelona, it's that close! Overall I'd recommend this house for both a family or a couple hoping to get away from it all and relax, you won't be disappointed.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in Maison de Vigne and found plenty in to do in the surrounding area.
My 9-year-old son, my spouse, and I stayed here over New Year's 2015-2016, for about 9 days. It was exactly as advertised and more, with even a bottle of the local Limoux bubble in the refrigerator for New Year's Eve. Trevor also sent a reminder that most things in France would be closed on January 1 so to stock up before arriving.
There was more space than we needed--with the third bedroom, at least 3 more people could have stayed with us. We explored the nearby Cathar castle ruins and drove to Toulouse, Narbonne, and other place, returning in the evenings to this cozy cottage with absolutely amazing views of both Rennes-le-Château and the ruins of Coustaussa castle across the valley. There are nearby grocery stores and bakeries, but it maintains a countryside feel. There is even a small park in the village where our soccer-obsessed child could play "football." Perfect vacation rental.
The drive up to road to get to the rental is one of the narrower lanes I've been on, but that just added to the fun for us in our small rental car. We would stay here again, and would also recommend it to anyone wanting to visit the Pyrenees and Cathar region.
We are so glad you enjoyed your New Year stay in Montazels and found so many things to do and interesting places to visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to Maison de Vigne.
An amazing cottage in the middle of Cathar countryside
After a very long travel we found out this warmly welcoming and highly confortable cottage in Montazels. As we planned a lot of trips around, the situation of the cottage offered easy accessibility to many places. We were happy to explore Chateau de Peyrepertuse, Cité de Carcassonne, Gorges du Verdouble, Salines in Bages and Peyriac-de-Mer, Rennes-les-Bains and also took a bike trip along the Canal du Midi. We spent a wonderful but also quite busy week in this cosy cottage and felt really sorry when leaving. Cannot forget the stunning view from the windows ... Hope to come back again ...
Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your week at Maison de Vigne in Montazels and found so many exciting ways to enjoy this wonderful area of France. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon.
A Haven in Languedoc-Roussillon
We feel very fortunate to have found this lovely place for our April visit to France. Our group of four adults found the Maison de Vigne to be beyond our wildest dreams.
We were so comfortable in the spacious bedrooms with amazing views of the hills, valley and mountains. Everything was immaculate. The kitchen was beautifully equipped, and we were even welcomed with a bottle of the local sparking wine, Blanquette de Limoux! The sitting room was perfectly cozy for the four of us, busy with our books and laptops--and the wifi was certainly appreciated as we researched the area. April is a great time to be in SW France--lilacs just beginning to bloom, vineyards not yet leafing out and so striking in their architecture. From our maison we did day trips to St. Hilaire, Limoux, Rennes le Chateau and Rennes les Bains (twice there,) the medieval mountainside village of Castlenou, on to the Mediterranean town of Collioure (absolutely beautiful!) and Carcassonne.
The village of Montazels is fascinating and unspoiled. We walked several times to the adjoining village of Couiza for meals and visits to the bakery. Le Carnetzot proved to be a superb restaurant.
We are grateful to the owners for sharing this beautifully restored and maintained property, and look forward to returning for a longer stay!
We were delighted to receive your review and look forward to welcoming you back to this beautiful, remarkable region of France.
bliss in the South of France......
Our family of five had a wonderful time at your beautiful French country cottage. It was all that we hoped for....a step back in time, quiet, restful and with stunning views all around. Our excursions were adventurous,everything from exploring Cathar castles, witnessing ancient cave art, swimming in the Mediterranean and visiting wonderful towns like Foix, Colliure and Tauteval. Thank you for a memorable holiday which filled up our hearts.
Maison de Vigne
Maison de Vigne is a charming house, in an excellent location for sightseeing. The views from the 1st floor bedrooms are to be recommended. Our party (4 adults & 2 children) enjoyed the homely comforts of the house for 6 nights. The local neighbours are very friendly & welcoming. We were greeted with several waves & shouts of "Bon Appetite!" while enjoying tasty snacks of bread, accompanied with local cheeses, pate & of course, a glass or two of wine, on the narrow terrace to the front of the property. On that note, we wandered along to Domain St.Jacques (local vineyard) and despite a few language barriers were welcomed to enjoy tasting of a number of the differing varieties.
The property has two main bedrooms, which are both spacious with comfortable beds. The 2nd floor has a further characterful bedroom with sloping eaves & 2 single beds, which my two teenage children thoroughly enjoyed. Although there is only one bathroom, we did not consider this to be a significant issue. Otherwise, the house is spacious & well equipped. While the main living room is relatively small, this is countered by a good-sized dining room where we enjoyed a number of family meals. Carcassonne (about 40km) is well worthy of visiting, while we also enjoyed a number of local walks along the Aude & visiting other places. Limoux & Quillan are close by, giving access to a number of large supermarkets.Would definitely recommend this property.
Montazels is at the centre of the Cathar region with hill top castles and the medieval city of Carcassonne to remind you of the fascinating and often tragic history for which this region is renowned.
On the hilltop just across the valley from the cottage is Rennes-le- Chateau, centre of a mystery still very much alive with many books written & films made on the subject. The mystery is one of sudden wealth, secret codes and a search for treasure in the latter part of the 19th C. The link with the village is very strong - in 1852 Bérenger Saunière, the priest at the centre of the mystery was born in Montazels. Just type Montazels into any search engine and take your pick of the many web sites if you wish to delve deeper. Here you will find the story that gave rise to the Dan Brown book 'The Davinci Code'.
The medieval city of Carcassonne is 40 minutes drive, or why not take the heavily subsidised train - a 10 minute walk to the stop from the cottage. Buy your 1 Euro ticket ( Yes...ONE EURO!) on the train & travel to the heart of the city without the bother of parking. The best selling novel ‘Labyrinth’, by Kate Mosse features Carcassonne as its setting and in her follow up ‘Sepulchre’, the nearby Spa village Rennes les Baines.
The Mediterranean coast with long stretches of golden sand, and the Camargue National Park is just over an hours drive with lots of interesting villages en route. The Camargue, a delta region of pastures, dunes & marshes great for viewing wildlife, is the only place in France (and one of the few anywhere around the Mediterranean) where pink flamingos nest on inland salt water lakes, called étangs. Also look out for the free running bulls and the famous Camargue white horses used to round them up.
There is a fresh water lake for bathing at Arque just 15 minutes drive from Montazels. Our local spa villages Rennes les Bains and Alet le Bain also offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties. The nearest skiing station in the Pyrennees is Camurac - 50 minutes drive.
The Spanish border is just 90 minutes away with Barcelona another hour. You can drive just across the border to Figares and take the train. Figares is the birthplace of Salvador Dali and home to a fascinating museum dedicated to him. You can also drive across to Andorra for fantastic scenery, skiing & duty free shopping.