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luxury family retreat in the countryside near Carcassonne - L'Olivier : 4 large bedrooms, sleeps 8 people

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



L'Olivier : 4 large bedrooms, sleeps 8 people

A wonderfully spacious, independent house with private entrances.

The entrance hall leads to the large living/dining room dominated by an open fireplace, featuring the original stone walls and exposed beams.

Ground floor bedroom with queen size bed and modern bathroom (shower) - ideal for extra privacy and comfort.

A large veranda room overlooking the woods can be used as an extra bedroom or playing room for children.

The country house kitchen is fully equipped with all modern amenities and has its own entrance; both kitchen and living room connect to the sunny courtyard with dining table, relaxation chairs and barbecue.

On the first floor there are three spacious bedrooms (1 with 2 single beds, two with queen size bed).

Large modern bathroom with bathtub, shower, double washbasin and toilet - and a view of the park.

Separate room for storage, ironing.

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About the property

Spacious Gites, Infinity Pool. Easy Access to Castles, Vineyards, Mediterranean

A short drive from Carcassonne, Le Trabet, an 18th century former winery, with 3 spacious gites (sleep 4/8 people) renovated to a high standard. Large pool, park, direct access to vineyards and woodland, ideal for cycling and walking. Free internet access. Surrounded by vineyards, woodland and sunflower fields. Large, secured pool and well-established gardens, woods and park. Le Trabet offers an ideal combination of a relaxed and active holiday. Glorious views to the Pyrenees and Montaignes Noires. Golf courses and lakes nearby. The Mediterranean beaches about one hour away. Only some minutes away from Carcassonne with its famous castle and close to the Canal du Midi where boats can be rented. Restaurants, village markets, Cathar castles, Mediterranean Sea and wineries all nearby.

Available Rentals

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From June 23 until August 24 our holiday homes rent per week only (7 days, 14 days, 21 days etc)
We offer flexible changeover days during Spring and Autumn.
Also, for long-term rental we can be more flexible, please contact me.
Booking by email , to be confirmed by email. A 50% deposit is required at the time of the booking with final payment 90 days before the arrival date. We charge Euro 60.- per stay for house cleaning plus a 30.- fee for pets.
Changeover day for L'OLIVIER is Friday. We ask for a departure by 10am and arrival time after 4pm so that we can get ready for the new guests' arrival.


Moussoulens Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs family bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • The Red Room - 2 twin/ single , the ideal room for two children
    The Master Bedroom - 1 queen , views of the woods and the fields
    The Faraway Bedroom - 1 queen , ground floor bedroom with great views; separate bathroom
    The Blue Bedroom - 1 queen , view of the olive tree in the courtyard
  • three spacious upstairs bedrooms with writing desks; one nicely private bedroom on the ground floor; cots and extra beds will be provided as needed
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Free computer broadband available (Wifi). Cots, high chairs and baby pens available at no charge. Bicycles and helmets provided at no charge. Jeu de boule equipment. Playroom with table tennis etc. Free access to tennis court in nearby village (tennis rackets available). Catering service and baby sitting available. Central heating for the winter months. Please check our website for more information. All linen and towels for inside use are provided and are renewed every week. Each gite is equipped with a large outside table, chairs and lounge chairs and has its own WEBER barbecue. The pool's spacious terraces have sun loungers and umbrellas. The infinity swimming pool is quite large (7x14m) and is well secured by a fence. Next to the pool there is a playground with swing set, suitable for young children.


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L'Olivier : 4 large bedrooms, sleeps 8 people
average rating of 4.928571 based on 24 reviews

Excellent, as advertised and more, very welcoming and relaxing, well done Claudia, thank you

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Le Palmier was a delight. The quiet and relaxing surroundings were perfect for us and our 2 border collie dogs (who settled very quickly and were made welcome). The garden was safe & secure, we had 2 outside eating areas to choose from and there was acres of walking around the growing vines. The inside facilities were excellent, all working to a high standard, and the spacious surroundings were very comfortable. Claudia's welcome and excellent orientation was just right. As for location, the spot is well located to explore the Aude region, Carcassonne and the mountains to the north and south. As for the pool, divine; sadly we only stayed the week!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a wonderful review, it was a delight having you stay with us ! Claudia
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Fabulous holiday!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay with friends! We've just had a wonderful week staying in L'Olivier - plenty of space for us to have a room each, fantastic grounds, fabulous pool, and scorchio to boot. Claudia and Rainaldt were great hosts: welcoming and helpful but not intrusive. They created a relaxed, hospitable altmosphere in their charming home. One of the best gites I have stayed at: really well equipped and large spacious rooms. We enjoyed exploring the surrounding countryside spectavular Carassonne but also Narbonne and the coast and the wonderful nearby Montolieu: town of second hand/antique bookshops. Highly recommended. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Le Trabet is a beautiful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely two weeks at Le Trabet. The grounds were peaceful and well tended, the pool was wonderful and the accommodation beautiful, comfortable and very clean. The local area is perfect for family holidays with plenty to do and places to visit. There are many vineyards. However, what really stood out was the warm, friendly welcome we received from Claudia and her family, who were outstanding hosts. We would highly recommend Le Trabet.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful spot for seeing southwest France

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Le Trabet (the overall name of the property--each site is separately named). If you are considering a trip to the beautiful area around Carcassonne in Languedoc-Roussillon, this is the place for you. The gites are in a beautiful old country home down a little country lane. The house is perfectly situated for day trips in this interesting area. As you leave the house for your adventures, the snow-covered Pyrenees are clearly visible directly in front of you.

We stayed in Le Palmier. It has a large main bedroom and a large living room. There is a small additional bedroom. The fireplace in our bedroom had the date 1791 carved in it, but all of the units have been tastefully updated with modern conveniences. Each unit has its own little terrace area opening to the beautiful grounds. The owner, Claudia, is from Germany, but after many years living in the U.S. speaks perfect English, as well as French and Spanish. We had interesting conversations with her over wine and cheese at the ends of several of our days exploring the area. She brought us fresh bread on the days she was going to the bakery in a nearby village.

Carcassonne is the most famous site in the area, and it deserves its reputation. It is a beautifully restored medieval city with all of its walls and turrets in place. The gite was also a perfect base for day trips into the surrounding area which we found equally interesting as Carcassonne itself. There are many scenic places connected with the Cathars, an early Christian group that was wiped out by the Catholic church in the 1200's. The countryside is varied but consistently beautiful. This is the largest wine-producing area in France. We often took local wine, cheese, and bread for picnics along the way, but there are also three Michelin-starred restaurants within 15 minutes of the gite, so you can have it all--and without the crowds of tourists in more heavily visited areas like Provence.

Tyler and Margot Baker

Carmel Valley, California

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brother concurs

  • 5 of 5

As my sister (Catriona R.) noted in her review, this property is maintained to a very high standard. In particular, the swimming pool is kept spotlessly clean. Claudia and her family are the most gracious hosts you could hope to meet. Wonderful food, fields of sunflowers, vineyards, sounds of classical piano, who could ask for more.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your commentary, we enjoyed your staying with us! Claudia
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Beautiful, well equipped and spacious gite

  • 4 of 5

This is the second year running that my family has shared this gite with my brother's family, which is recommendation enough. The property was spacious and well appointed enough to accommodate 8 of us with ease. Everything in the house is spotless and tastefully refurbished, while the grounds, pool, courtyard and sunflower filled surroundings are all similarly beautiful. Claudia, the owner, could not be more accommodating. We recommend Bareil the butcher (less than 10 mins drive away), Montolieu for wine (and cafes and books!), Carcassone for pastries and visiting local markets for veg to make the most of self catering in this wonderful place! There is also an amazing restaurant called Ambrosia again, less than 10 mins drive away and of course plenty of places to fill up on Cassoulet.....

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review ! It ws our pleasure to have you stay with us . Claudia
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Claudia Löhner
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Claudia Löhner

We had been looking for a place in the south of France for several years and fell in love the first time we saw Le Trabet with its stone facade and blue window shutters.

As to ourselves, we have traveled far and wide. We were both born in Germany where we attended the university. We have lived in Wales and the US and are now happy to be at this beautiful property in the unspoiled countryside of the Aude province.

Claudia Löhner purchased this chateau / country house in 2013

Why Claudia Löhner chose Moussoulens

Le Trabet used to be a winery, dating back to the 18th century. The Domaine has been painstakingly restored to accommodate three luxurious gites.

The estate is set in a small park with establishes trees, shrubs and hedges. The infinity swimming pool is fabulous. This is a superb property located right in the unspoiled countryside of the Aude province.

As a photographer, I take advantage capturing the many beautiful details - or I just sit down with a good cup of coffee and enjoy the view…

Please see for yourself and take a look at some of the photos on our website Le Trabet.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

There are over 250 years of history here and with it comes a sense of enduring quality: this is a house of stone which was built to last.

Blue window shutters and wrought-iron gates pick up the color of the sky.

An old barn with its wine cellar points to the former role as wine-making estate.

And then there is the large swimming pool, the park with its huge trees, a magnificent view of the Montagnes Noires and the snowy peaks of the Pyrenees in the distance -

What more could one want … There are numerous fantastic restaurants to discover, quaint ones and grandiose ones too: five Michelin-star restaurants are in the vicinity. Not to forget the ancient ruins and Cathar castles !

And of course there is the unforgettable sound of the wind that plays with the palm trees -

Guestbook comments from the owner

We recently stayed at this very nice property and had a fantastic time. There is a very cool-looking barbecue area set in the rose garden and with a view of the woods, the pool is big and spotlessly clean, the rooms are spacious and the kitchen and bathrooms are modern and high standard. What more to ask for ... We had a great time and can't wait to get back.
May 2015
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Carcassonne airport is 15 minutes away. Direct flights from many destinations in England, Ireland, Belgium and Germany. Toulouse's international airport, Blagnac, is one hour's drive by motorway. Some of our guests fly to Montpellier, Beziers, Perpignan or even Girona (just across from the Spanish border). Car hire available at all airports. Domaine Le Trabet is best reached by car (about 20 minutes from the motorway exit).

The nearest village is some minutes away with all amenities like bakery, butcher, small grocery shop, restaurant, bar, doctor, pharmacy. Carcassonne is 10 minutes away. Most Cathar castles are within one hour. Many village markets close by; the nicest ones in Carcassonne, Mirepoix and Revel.

Shopping at the supermarkets offers a very large and good choice of products. Several good restaurants nearby. Two Michelin star restaurants within ten minutes of Le Trabet ( L'Ambrosia et La Bergerie )

The Mediterranean coast is about one hour by car; large choice of beaches like Narbonne Plage, Gruissan, Porte La Nouvelle and Leucate. Fresh fish at the harbours of Gruissan (mussels and oysters at its pier) and Porte La Nouvelle. Good fresh seafood restaurants.


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