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Trevor Lecoche

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
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Beautifully renovated old stone cottage in historic village close to Carcassonne

8 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Montazels Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Stone cottage with spectacular terrace views, 3 bedrooms sleep 6, fully equipped

Deep in the South of France, nestling in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, 'Maison de Vigne offers spectacular views over the surrounding countryside by day, with the twinkling lights down in the valley to remind you of your elevated position by night. The recent renovation, with exposed beams, expert stone work and tasteful decor contribute to the charm & atmosphere of this village cottage. We have 2 very good restaurants within 15 minutes walk over the river bridge in Couiza. The village of Montazels is also home to La Cave Des Haute d'Aldae, where the excellent local wines can be tasted and bought.

Maison de Vigne 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. 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 train - a 10 minute walk to the stop from the cottage. Buy your ticket on the train & travel to the heart of the city without the bother of parking. The recent best selling novel Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse features Carcassonne as its setting and her follow up Sepulchre, the nearby Spa village Rennes les Baines.

The Mediterranean coast is just an hours drive with lots of interesting villages en route and long stretches of golden sand. Our local spa villages Rennes-les-Bains and Alet-les-Bains, also offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties.

The Spanish border is just 90 minutes away with Barcelona another hour, drive just across the border and take the train from Figares, birthplace and home to a fascinating museum dedicated to Salvador Dali. You can also drive across to Andorra for fantastic scenery, skiing & duty free shopping.

Keywords: rental cottage, gite, appartment, holiday cottage, holiday home, Languedoc, Carcassonne, Rennes-les-Chateau

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Trevor Lecoche (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french

About Trevor Lecoche

After a spell working in beautiful rural North Shropshire UK, we are back in equally beautiful rural Northamptonshire, where we have 3 grown-up children and 7 grandchildren.

Trevor Lecoche purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Trevor Lecoche chose Limoux area

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 bedroom windows. 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 10 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Want to stay forever - thank you for letting us stay in your lovely welcoming house. We came to find the treasure and realised that it was here, within!
Dec 2008
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Reviews

4.9
based on 8 traveler reviews

Beautifully renovated old stone cottage in historic village close to Carcassonne
average rating of 4.875 based on 11 reviews
5

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Prague, Czech Republic
5

An amazing cottage in the middle of Cathar countryside

  • 5 of 5

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 ...

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Kalamazoo Michigan USA
5

A Haven in Languedoc-Roussillon

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to receive your review and look forward to welcoming you back to this beautiful, remarkable region of France.
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Cortes Island and Vancouver, BC, Canada
5

bliss in the South of France......

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perth, Scotland
4

Maison de Vigne

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North East Lincolnshire
5

17th Century Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this beautiful cottage was very relaxing and enjoyable. The cottage is exactly as it is shown in the pictures. It is very well maintained and well stocked. The location is very central to many stunning locations and beauty spots. During our stay, we visited Carcasonne twice, both during the day and to see the beautiful castle at night. We also drove into Andorra, which had spectacular views along the way, albeit the road being a little scary due to the height. We also took the advice of the owners who recommended a visit to Mirepoix. This was a lovely place to enjoy a meal in the Medieval surroundings. We visited many different places during our stay, too many to name, but we found the neighbours and locals very helpful with suggestions for restaurants, taxis etc.

A very enjoyable trip all round. I would definitely recommend this cottage to a friend, and would certainly consider returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
38 Kilometres
Carcassonne with connections to Paris
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
2 local bars in Couiza - 15 minutes walk
Nearest Ferry
900 Kilometres
Dieppe
Nearest Golf
38 Kilometres
Carcassonne - 18 hole 1st class course.
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Montazels/Couiza with connections to Paris.
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
A61
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Restaurant 'Le Carnozet' Couiza - 15 minutes walk
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Cumurac
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Swimming Lake at Arques
Nearest Point of Interest
Maison de Vigne
Nearest Point of Interest
Carcassonne
Nearest Point of Interest
Rennes-le-Chateau
Nearest Point of Interest
Narbonne Plage
Nearest Point of Interest
Narbonne Cathedral
Nearest Point of Interest
The Gorge de Galamus
Car: recommended

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.

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Rates & Availability

Montazels Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
August 2016
Jul 30 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$667
 
 
Autumn 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
$131
$648
 
 
Winter 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
4 night minimum stay
$118
$648
 
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$851
 
 
Winter 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$111
$517
$1,636
 
 
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
$124
$779
$2,552
 
 
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
$851
$3,206
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $196

All taxes are included in the rental fee. There are no extra charges during summer months. From November to March electricity and gas are charged at cost price by meter reading for monthly rentals.

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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Amenities

Montazels Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom is on the same floor as the double bedrooms. It has a ceramic pedestal wash basin under a large mirror and vanity light, a full size bath tub with shower over, a heated towel rail and wc.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • We have 2 double rooms with quality queen sized beds on the 2nd floor, both with views over the Aude Valley to Coustaussa Castle and Rennes-le-Chateau. The 3rd floor of the cottage has a bedroom with 2 single beds. A travel baby cot is available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Our local spa villages Rennes-les-Bains and Alet-les-Bains offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties. The nearest skiing station in the Pyrennees is Camurac at 50 minutes drive.

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