Peaceful 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, traditional farmhouse in own grounds
- english, french
About Philip Harlow
We live in North London, with our two grown up children - and they still love visiting Domaine de Favette!
Philip Harlow purchased this House in 2002
Why Philip Harlow chose Coursan
We had a long search to find the right house for us - the main attraction was to be away from it all, as a complete contrast to living in London. We chose the Languedoc for its amazing weather, and knew from previous holidays that the region had a lot to offer in terms of history, places to visit, restaurants and of course, wine! The pace of life is relaxed - the locals still observe a proper break for lunch! The house itself met our needs perfectly - no neighbours to annoy, a real French feel to the house, with the features of a 140 year old farmhouse. It's a real home from home for us, and we only wish we could spend more time there!
What makes this House unique
It is incredibly peaceful - the occasional noise comes from the wine growers tending their vines from time to time. The pool and the terraces mean you can really relax. But it's still only a few minutes from Coursan with the usual small town facilities and a short drive from Narbonne which is one of our favourite small cities - a daily market and many restaurants make this a regular journey. In other small towns in the vicinity there is a great choice of local restaurants.
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Relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings.
Had a fantastic time spending two weeks in August at Domaine de Favette. Perfect if you are seeking somewhere to truly unwind in an authentic, spacious environment.
Our party comprised of four adults and four young children. The house was more than big enough for us all.
We enjoyed swimming in the large private pool and making use of both the fixed and the free-standing oil drum style bbq.
The views over the vineyard are a treat to wake up to and we enjoying relaxing by them on an evening whilst barbecuing or playing ping pong.
The property has everything you need and should you want to watch TV, the one in the lounge has been upgraded to a flat screen as opposed to the one in the pics.
The location was great for exploring the area. Good local butchers at the SPAR in Coursan. He makes his own sausages and has a good selection of cuts.
We also loved Les Halles in Narbonne - fun experience eating at Chez Bebelle!!
Roquebrun - very pretty village with beach on a river; rented a boat and had delicious food at La Cave Saint-Martin.
Gruissan - Enjoyed the seafood at Huitres et compagnie and both beaches.
La Franqui - great beaches, great vibe.
Terra vinea - wine cave. Good on a rainy day (we only had the one).
We also got out to Carcassonne, Beziers, Seté and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Domaine de Favette as the perfect base to explore, relax or spend quality family time from.
Mark and Julie were great, attentive and quick to support with any tips and advise.
Very spacious converted farm house
Lovely spacious converted farmhouse by the river Aude surrounded by vineyards.
Very quiet rural setting away from any other buildings - ideal if you want peace and quiet. You need a car to get anywhere but well placed for surrounding towns and beaches only 25 mins away.
The house had a very French feel to it - this is no modern identikit villa - it has a great charm to it with all the mod cons you need.
Lovely large pool which we used just about all the time.
Great house, well equipped kitchen, big clean bathrooms, and the swimming pool! Superb !
Property managers Julie and Mark extremely helpful.
Excellent house with lots of space & great pool
We stayed in Domaine La Favette for a wonderful two weeks at the end of June, beginning of July. The house was perfect and the photos do not lie. The house was well equipped and had pretty much everything we needed to enjoy our stay. There was loads of space in the house as well as outside. The pool area had plenty of room for sun loungers and chairs as well as a small pool house with a fridge for keeping the drinks cold. The pool, which was a good size, provided a welcome break from some of the really hot days we had.
There was a large garage attached to the house with a BBQ, table tennis table and a few bikes. We did manage to get some of the bikes working but they definitely need updating.
The house is very quiet and has vineyards one side and the river Aude on the other. We really enjoyed walking along the raised riverbank and watching the local wildlife. We also managed to cycle to the Canal de la Robine which links the Canal de Midi, via Narbonne to the coast. It was an easy cycle along quiet lanes to the canal and then a nice cycle along the footpath.
Coursan is only about a 5 minute drive away and although it’s not very big it has a decent Super U with a 24 hour automated petrol station. There’s also a good boulangerie plus a nice wine shop selling wine en vrac. We only tried the Chardonnay but that was very nice.
For local restaurant’s we tried Narbonne, which is about 15 minutes away, and Narbonne plage, about 30 minutes away. Both places had plenty of restaurants to choose from. Narbonne plage is great if you want the beach.
We went on several day trips. Carcassonne, which is about an hour away, is probably the main attraction. Closer to the house is the Abbaye De Fontfroide, which is worth a visit on a hot day as its nice and cool inside. There are also quite a few hill top villages near the Abbey.
Phillip was really helpful whilst we were booking our holiday and Mark and Julie, the local agents were very welcoming with tips and local knowledge about the area.
Thank you for your lovely review of La Favette. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at the house. We take on board your comments re the bikes and will look to update them for next season. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
A great house in a very rural location set amongst vineyards. We ( 4 adults and 2 children ( under 10)) had a great week at La Favette. Lots to do in the area be it towns/ villages, historic sites, or just the beach . The kids loved the pool (which was very clean), the local play area and a good quiet stretch of beach which was only 30 minutes away - we had a few visits. In the evening it was nice to walk through the vineyards or along the levee - very relaxing. The house is well appointed and very spacious. Mark is extremely helpful and full of local infomation. Coursan has plenty of shops and a well stocked wine cave. The Chardonnay (well chilled) en vrac is highly recommended.
Great Farmhouse setting
La Favette was a great place for our two-week family get-together, housing ten people with ease. The setting among the vineyards was peaceful and quiet, an ideal place to spend many hours fraternising by the pool. There are lots of interesting places to visit within easy distance, Carcassonne with its walled medieval city, Narbonne has Roman ruins and museum, markets, a wonderful food hall, Cathedral( we were lucky to be able to attend a concert there). Celebrations for Bastille Day included a band and dancing outdoors in the Square.
Most of our party enjoyed the 2km walk to Coursan, slightly longer if you take the walk along the levee by the river. Most services are available in Coursan.
Mark and Julie were extremely helpful and have a good knowledge of the surrounding area .
Jim and Gwen Australia
PS Bicycles need to be updated.
We are delighted to hear you had a lovely holiday and enjoyed La Favette as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Domaine de Favette is five minutes from the wine producing town of Coursan, with its narrow streets, 17th century church and daily market. Just 10 minutes away is Narbonne with its historical centre, the Cathedral St Just, bustling market, restaurants and cafes and excellent shopping facilities. The extensive sandy Mediterranean beaches of St Pierre sur mer and Narbonne plage are only 15 minutes drive, through the La Clape nature reserve with its many wine producing chateaux. The fairytale medieval center of Carcassonne is 50 minutes drive. The Canal du Midi runs nearby. Ideal center for touring Cathar Country, and the Minervois and Corbieres wine regions, with its many picturesque villages, vineyards and local markets. Agde, Sete, Montpelier and the Haut Languedoc National Park are all within easy reach. You can also visit the African Wildlife Park at Sigean, and even drive to Barcelona (250km distant). There are also many restaurants within a short drive - details are in the house book.
Other Activities: 18 hole golf courses can be found in Beziers, Carcassonne and Cap d'Agde. Canoeing and many horse riding centres within 30 minutes drive