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House in Tourouzelle, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Quiet Village Location Within 2 Minute Walk Of Local Shop And 45 Minutes Of The Beach
Tourouzelle is a great location to enjoy the Languedoc Roussillon region and all it has to offer. The village is set in the Minervois, and offers easy access to lots of activities, from the beaches, sightseeing, shopping, wine tasting, eating, walking or boating on the Canal du Midi. The house is located in a quiet spot in the heart of Tourouzelle, a characteristic French village 'in the round' and it is a short walk through the centre of the old village, 200m, to the shop and the post office. Home to three excellent wine domains, a wine co-operative and an apple farm, Tourouzelle is ideally suited for all types of holidays. The Canal du Midi is 5 minutes away, passing through the centre of Homps, La Redorte and Argens Minervois, with places to hire a boat. Alternatively, just stroll along the shaded tree-line, tow-path and stop at any one of many water side restaurants for lunch.
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- May 22, 2018
About Martin Searle
Alison and I are both professional people working in London and offer our house in the south of France as an ideal place to stay on your holiday. It is our intention to retire within the next few years and this will become our prime home in the sun. We have carefully renovated the house and finished it so it can be easily be used by either a large family or a group of friends. The house is managed locally on a day by day basis through one of our friends who will be on hand when you arrive and able to assist if any issues arise during your stay. We are sure you will enjoy our house as much as we do on our all too infrequent escapes to the sun.
Martin Searle purchased this House in 2010
Why Martin Searle chose Aude
We spent nearly a year looking for our perfect house and finally found our ideal house in Tourouzelle and have spent 8 months having it renovated to a high standard. Tourouzelle is a small village boasting an epicerie (small shop) providing all the immediate necessities including fresh bread. The nearest larger village is Homps situated just 5 minutes drive away on the canal du midi with local restaurants/bars and a large lake providing safe swimming and other water sports. The beaches of Narbonne and Cap D'agde are just 45 minutes away to the east while travelling 45 minutes west finds you at the medieval city of Carcassonne.
What makes this House unique
The 1930's built house comprises a kitchen/diner leading to a secluded shady barn / courtyard leading to the garden will private pool, a large lounge, TV room and downstairs cloakroom. Up the curved stairs brings you to 2 en-suite (wet room) double bedrooms as well as a family bedroom with double bed and bunk beds and still room for a cot. This family bedroom is complimented by a family bathroom with a shower and luxurious corner bath.Some original features have been retained including the art deco fire place and wonderful floor tiles. The kitchen is equipped with electric hob & oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster and the usual utensils. The courtyard comfortably accommodates the 8 -10 seat table while the TV room includes wifi and can be used as sleeping for 2.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We had the most wonderful holiday at this beautiful house. We rent holiday homes in the south of France every year and feel like this year we managed to get pretty close to perfection.
The house is incredibly well equipped and instantly feels like a 'home away from home'. The really comfortable beds (even the kids ones!), the provision of massive pool towels, the kitchen with everything you could need, the tasteful decor and wonderful floors. The beautiful heated pool, the courtyard, the quirky angled exterior, the list goes on and on. Not having to stock up on boring essentials like loo roll and dishwasher tabs, olive oil and condiments. The peace and quiet! The cleanliness of the house (spotless), the quality bathrooms, did I mention the comfortable beds?! The trips to Carcasonne, Minerve, Narbonne etc, the pizza at Rive Gauche and being so well looked after by Nancy.
For the first week we were two adults and one child, although the house felt large it was still homely. In the second week we were five adults and three children, at no point did we feel cramped, there was plenty of space for all of us.
The village itself is charming, it is small and pretty with a very useful little shop attached to a small bar. The bar provides tapas in the evening and although we didn't go ourselves it always looked busy.
Five minutes away by car is a brilliant little supermarket attached to the garage in Homps - it really does have pretty much everything you could need and absolutely the best fruit and vegetables of all the local supermarkets.
Every message we sent to Martin and Alison was replied to swiftly and all contact we had was pleasant, informative and efficient.
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this house to anyone and we very much hope to return in the future.
Everything we expected and so much more. Couldn't stop looking at the amazing tiled floors. Meet and greet Nancy invited us to her 4th July celebrations on the hill which was a relaxing way to spend our first day and get to know the locals, both French and expat. Communication with the owners from start to finish was excellent. Highly recommended holiday. Thanks!
Thanks Colin for a great review.
We have tried really hard to make our house an excellent place to stay.
A good location to explore the Aude region with the Med just an hour away, if you can drag yourselves away from our pool.
Comfortable well equipped large house with pool in small Corbieres village
We spent two weeks staying the house in early April and were instantly impressed by the size and facilities of the house - a real home from home with everything required for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Cool bedrooms with comfy beds and fresh linen plus shutters which keep out the light and the heat. A well appointed kitchen with all the utensils, crockery & cutlery required to cook up a feast. Plenty of armchair seating in either the TV room or lounge overlooking the courtyard. Internet streaming for the kids and books & DVD's for the adults.
We were very fortunate with the weather which allowed us to use the heated pool every day and dine al fresco in the private courtyard. There was secure storage for our bikes and off street parking for the car.
The area is convenient for the local sights including Cathar castles, the coast, Carcassonne & Narbonne but we also enjoyed the local hiking and biking through the local vineyards and along the Canal du Midi.
The local management team were on hand to efficiently sort out a couple of issues which cropped up.
We would certainly recommend the house to families or groups of friends who want to enjoy and experience a slice of rural France.
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and would gladly welcome you back for another stay.
Our house is ideal for a family or couples and large enough to have some real space to relax and enjoy the rural French village life. And not too far from the key cities of Carcassonne or Narbonne or the mediterranean beaches. A car is essential although pedal power or even walking is great to see the local area. Nearest cafe/bar is 4km or so through the vineyards/along the canal.
Great house, very well equipped. Clean, well maintained (pool etc)
Beautifully refurbished still keeping some period features. Lovely village, friendly well stocked shop. Easy distance both to Carcassonne and to the coast (Gruissan plage was super). Highly recommended.
Thank you for your lovely comments, really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our house. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.
We spend a nice week in a beautifull house :
- The house is fully equiped (bbq, puzzles, nearly every kitchen tools you can think about, tv, etc. ).
- The bedding are good.
- The layout of the house is well done. You have the possibility to protect yourself from Tramontagne (the local wind).
Only point of improvement, the garden could deserve some grass and maybe some shrubs would be good to protect the swimming pool from the wind.
In summary : a great house
Thank you for your very positive response and we are very pleased you enjoyed our house for your holiday.
It can be little windy at times and we have been considering creating a wind break, maybe next year.
We hope to see you again in the future.
Alison & Martin
Fabulous family holiday
We enjoyed a wonderful fortnight at this lovely house, a true home from home. On our arrival Nancy was so helpful, she invited us to the St Jean fete that evening in Tourouzelle and made us very welcome. She also arranged & accompanied us to a great wine tasting session at Festiano later in the week. The house has everything needed to make a successful holiday, the pool was kept meticulously clean by John. We found the shade in the barn was perfect for our grandson to play in but also there was plenty of space for sunbathing around the pool. The thick walls of this traditional French house kept it relatively cool inside, the tiled floors are exceptionally beautiful. We had excellent meals at restaurants in Homps, Escales & Argens Minervois. The market at Olonzac was bustling and had wonderful live music. We paddled in the lake at Homps and went twice to Narbonne Plage which was surprisingly close. Other outings were to Carcassonne, Minerve, Le Somail, Trèbes - so much to see in this area! We'd definitely recommend this beautiful house and would love to come again.
Really pleased that you had a great time, appreciate the lovely review, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back again in the near future
Alison & Martin
Coast/Beach: Gruissan, Narbonne Plage and neighbouring resort of St. Piere sur Mer are only 30 mins to 40 mins away. Each beach along the coast has a different flavour to it, and child-friendly and many areas are quite uncrowded. Nearby (30 mins) Carcassonne, the most medieval skyline anywhere, is a must to visit. Travel: FlyBe - operate out of Southampton, Birmingham and Bristol and fly to Carcasonne, Perpignan or Toulouse. Ryanair -fly from Bouremouth, Luton, Stansted, East Midlands and Liverpool to destinations in Nimes, Montpellier, Beziers, Perpignan or Carcassonne. British Airways and Easyjet - have many low cost flights available from Gatwick and fly into Toulouse and Montpellier. Tourouzelle is about 10 hrs from the channel ports by motorway. TGV - Train is available from Beziers or Narbonne Distances: Narbonne and Carcassonne are both 40 mins drive from Tourouzelle, Bezier is 50 minutes, and Barcelona approximately 2 hrs 30 minutes. The Pyrenees are less than 2 hrs, and you can get to Toulouse in about 1 hr 30 minutes. Closer to home, Homps is 5 minutes, Olonzac less than 10 minutes, and the market town of Lezignan Corbieres, less than 15 minutes away. Further Details: To enjoy the water, on it, not necessarily in it, there is canoeing at Puicheric just 15 minutes away and for more adventure there is canyoning or rafting at Termes about 60 minutes and some fantastic scenery on the way. For those of you wanting a bit more life, you can find this in the traditional village of Olonzac, where you'll find a beautiful park with 3 professional tennis courts, several cafes, bar/restaurants to choose from. Shops including grocery stores, and an excellent supermarket on the edge of the village. Otherwise, Narbonne is 20 minutes away. Just on the other side of Homps, again only 5 min drive away, the Lac de Jouarres offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. Swimmers are supervised by a lifeguard and you can eat in the lakeside restaurant, open all year round. The beaches of the Med are 30 – 45 min drive, with the developed coastal resorts of Narbonne Plage, Cap’ D’agde, the long natural sandy stretches near Leucate Plage, or lovely village of Bages. If you want to explore medieval France, Carcasonne, with its medieval fortress is only 25 mins away and the Cathar village of Minerve, which overlooks the spectacular gorge formed by the river Cesse, is a 20 minute drive to the north and Lagrasse, 25 minutes to the south. If you feel the need to visit the Pyrenees, you can be in the lower reaches in about 1hr 30 mins, and Barcelona is only 2hrs 30 minutes. Numerous vineyards are within easy reach including the wines of the Minevois and St Chinian. Local Markets - Olonzac is on a Tuesday, and Lezignan Corbieres, one of the best in the area, is every Wednesday.
Rates & Availability
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Booking Notes: A deposit of 25% of the rental is required when booking. The balance of the rental is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. In the event of cancellation of a booking within 8 weeks of arrival, the full cost of the reserved accommodation will be charged and will be refunded only in the event that all cancelled accommodation is re-let. Changeover Day: The preferred changeover day is Saturday. We will try to be flexible particularly outside the July / August period although any request will be considered. Notes on prices: Prices are in GBP and we will advise Euro prices at time of booking enquiry. The Euro will be a fixed price from acceptance of the booking. Payment is accepted in GBP or Euro to our bank accounts. Payment via paypal is accepted for a small additional administration fee, advised as part of enquiry/booking. Please note, electricity is not included in the rate and will be charged at cost for stays between 07 October 2017 and 27 April 2018.