This lovely house with a private pool (8.5x 3.5m) (open June - September) and pretty lawned gardens is set in the heart of a delightful village. It has a double bedroom en-suite and two twin rooms sharing a family bathroom. Upstairs is a lovely double and a separate large bathroom. French doors lead from the L shaped lounge and from the dining room onto the well appointed deck and terrace with BBQ. The décor is fresh and airy throughout with wooden and tiled floors, a new kitchen and light oak furniture. The price stated for either 6 - 8 people includes bed linen, bath towels and cleaning. The area has so much to offer, Carcassonne with its beautiful UNESCO citadel, walking around and swimming in the mountain lakes, Cathar castles, ancient villages, vineyards, lively markets, delicious food, forest and animal parks, mountain sports and walking, fascinating cities and sandy sun-drenched beaches- this area will enchant visitors of all ages and interests. You can also find us on rent in france. Please note: THERE IS NO SMOKING PERMITTED IN THE HOUSE - THANK YOU.
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Holiday Home in Montolieu, Languedoc Roussillion, South of France - Near Carcassonne And Beautiful Family Friendly Lakeside Beaches
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- Jun 19, 2018
About Stephen Lee
Our property is also on rent in france. We are a family with 2 children who have been looking for a holiday home in France on and off for 15 years! We previously owned a home in the Dordogne but found it limited in activities out of season and we were keen to find a place which has access to both the sea and ski, whilst being close to interesting cities with plenty of activities for the children and cultural interests too! We have stayed in many gites/villas over the years and have poured those experiences into making this the holiday home that we would choose. The house itself was in a poor state of repair when purchased and has been extensively renovated inside and out to provide a comfortable and airy environment inside, and a wonderfully relaxing environment outside.
Stephen Lee purchased this House in 2010
Why Stephen Lee chose Arrondissement of Carcassonne
Once you visit this village we hope that you will understand why we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it. Not only is Montolieu stunning but with its book shops, museums and art galleries it is also a cultural delight. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with its flowing rivers. Mystical ruins rise from the early morning mists to stand watch over the many ancient villages. Fresh water lakes and their beaches offer the traveller an opportunity to cool off amid their excursions and the wonderful markets and vinyards ensure refreshment is never far away! For the young at heart there are the animal parks, inflatable water parks, caves and highwires. All this means that you are never very far from experiencing some of the delights that this beautiful region of France has to offer. You can also find us on rent in france.
What makes this House unique
Most of us have heard the expression location! location! location! well we think we have it. The house, the pool, the village, the area and their accessabilty were all key factors when buying the property. Carcassonne airport (salvasa) is only 20 mins away. The excellent motorway routes of this area mean that the med is less than an hour away, the pyrenees are only 90 mins away, Barcelona is only 3 hours and the north of France (St Malo/Caen) can be reached in approx 8 hours drive time! In addition to this there are further airports at Toulouse (60mins) and Perpignan (90mins).
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Thankyou Steve for sharing your beautiful villa with us. We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend Montolieu and villa.
Thank you Wendy, hopefully you'll visit again sometime soon.
Second visit and third visit booked !
This was our second stay in Steve and family’s lovely house. It is just such a great space for a family break.
It is a short easy drive from Carcassone airport, located in a lovely village with a great bakery a few places to eat, a village shop with a good selection of groceries and a post office. Supermarket is a 15 min drive.
This time we visited the Goya Museum at Castres which was great and the space museum at Toulouse which all the family enjoyed. Already plotting this years trips - the house is a great base for further exploration.
The house itself is great. Well stocked with kitchen ware and books and games. Some English speaking tv channels and the pool is fantastic and many days have been spent there without venturing outside. Space in the garden for boules too which are also at the house.
As the cold weather continues we are very much looking forward to return to Montolieu.
A lovely house, a beautiful village, a great location! So much to see and do....you'll love it!
good house - perfect location
The house was exactly as described in the beautiful village of Montolieu. The location was excellent for visiting Carcassone. The village itself is extremely pretty and has a great little shop and several restaurants as well as the bookshops and art workshops. The house had all that we needed and the pool was great for a relaxing swim. The barbecue and outdoor eating areas were also great.
A wonderful 2 weeks in Montolieu
We had a lovely two weeks at Steve's house in Montolieu. We had 2 families staying together eight in total and the house was a perfect size with 4 bedrooms. Having 3 bathrooms was particularly useful!
The house was perfectly equipped and kept cool during a hot summer.
The garden was great with shade always available and the hammock was a big hit for kids and grown ups.
The pool was special. A lovely pool that we used every day and was just brilliant.
The village was a bit special too. So interesting, with the bookshops and art everywhere. Restaurants were great and we discovered a weekly jazz night which was incredible.
The drive is really only big enough for one car and is a bit difficult to get onto. We parked at the top of the road in the village.
Communication with Steve was good throughout and the directions were excellent.
A brilliant holiday, we'd definitely recommend staying here!
Thank you so much for the lovely review, it means so much to us knowing you and your family have enjoyed our property. We'd love for you to visit again sometime soon. Best wishes, Steve and Christine.
Great House, Village and base to travel from
BOOKING & COMMUNICATION : Steve is a pleasure to deal with. We communicated through email which I prefer and at each stage of the process he has been polite and quick to respond to communications.
TRAVEL TO MONTOLIEU: Very straightforward from Carcassone airport. We hired a car while there which was useful to travel further afield.
THE HOUSE: The house is great. Well laid out, cool which is great to get out of the weather if too hot and well equipped. Lots of books and games there to suit a good age range of kids. There is an internal and external dining area and a door in the kitchen which leads outside which is great for carrying food and drinks to and from the table. There is also a seating area by the lounge which is lovely to sit at in the evening while keeping the kids in earshot once they have come inside/gone to sleep. We did not use the BBQ but it looks great. The pool is an excellent size and alarmed for peace of mind. There are gates also so you can keep that area closed off if you don't want smaller kids to access unsupervised.
THE VILLAGE : Peaceful and quiet with lovely interesting quirky streets to explore. The boulangerie is excellent, the grocery shop is well stocked and there is a post office also. The bar/restaurant in the square lovely for a drink in the evening, watching the locals playing boules and looking at the beautiful church.
Further afield : Supermarkets are within easy distance. We used the Internarche in Alzonne for groceries and car fuel.
Sights: Steve has provided lots of great info in folders at the house and the guest book also provides some ideas. Abbaye de Fointfroide was the highlight for us, the paper mill closer to home was also a really lovely trip (very nice people and fascinating tour), we visited Mirepoix in the evening and had a drink and a crepe in the square and had a great time people watching. We went to the market in Castlenaudry which was great too.
We will recommend this house to friends and family. Although we are always keen to try somewhere new and not return to the same property, this house may prove the exception ! There's lots we did not see or do ( to busy sunbathing by the pool !) so may need to come back again.....and again !
Thank you for your lovely review. We're delighted that you and your family had such a lovely time in Montolieu. Maybe see you again soon?
Special interest holidays: There are cultural/musical events and exhibitions, along with specialist courses on literature related arts and crafts including calligraphy and paper making offered from time to time in the village. Please contact the Montolieu tourist information office for up to date details- Syndicat D'Iintiative. Coast/Beach: Golden beaches of the Med and picturesque fishing villages all accessible. Nearest beach 50 mins. For a lovely day try Leucate beach(60 mins) beautifully clean, safe, easy parking even in high season, then visit the village/port and one of the seafood restaurants on the coast. Stunning lake beaches also at Carcassonne(15 min) (with high wire park), lac des Montagnes(25 mins) clear water and beaches, pine fringed shore, play area, cafe, ideal for kids of all ages and Lac St Ferriol(20 mins). Travel: Our home is really easy to get to by air from Carcassonne airport (only 20 mins) served from many locations by Ryan air, car hire available. Toulouse also an easy one hour drive (reasonable and regular flights from BA and others) Beziers and Perpignan also have good air links. Driving: good option on excellent French motorways Why not try the over night Brittany Ferries to St Malo/Caen and take an easy drive down. Train passenger; trains go all the way to Carcassonne. Motorail to Narbonne. Distances: The house is in a superb location in a lovely, historic bastide village with all amenities, and even has the first self service organic veg dispenser in France! There are several superb South of France cities to visit for a day out; Carcassonne is a must see UNESCO world site 15 miles away, the elegant cities of Toulouse, Narbonne, Perpignan, Beziers, and even Barcelona are accessible. There are the sun drenched beaches of the med, the foothills of the pyrenees or the beauty that surrounds you! Further Details: What to do. We provide a full folder of suggested itineraries at the property including suggested days out designed to be of interest to our guests. As well as the beach and swimming lake itineraries consider a day steeped in the history of the Cathar castles or delight in the vibrant local markets. Sports and walking enthusiasts of all ages are well served too. Please contact owner for more information. MONTOLIEU the village-The villa with its garden and pool is detached and secluded down a quiet side street yet within a few minutes walk (close enough even for the smallest members of your family!) you will be in the heart of a traditional and lively French village. Montolieu is special, famous for its many (17 at the last count!) second hand and antiquarian bookshops (several with English and foreign books) it is also known for the lovely art galleries, craft activities and lively atmosphere. Wake up in complete peace and then take a few minutes walk through the village to fetch your fresh bread and croissants or take in an early evening glass of vin rose in the village square underneath the shady lime trees whilst the locals play boules. The village is alive even out of season with many festivals and cultural activities as its amenities are (unlike many places), generally open all year round- it really is lovely! WHERE TO EAT- The village is unusually well served with a great variety of eating places. The bar/cafe and pizzeria (take away or eat in) is popular and in high season enjoy the weekly open air music concert and set menu. The restaurant on the square provides great fresh food, whilst the tea room/restaurant provides reasonable set menu with inventive unpretentious cuisine. (Both welcome and are suitable for children) Or, enjoy the taste of Spain with tapas at the local piano bar/restaurant. Further a field there is a huge variety of places to eat, (several with Michelin stars) and a list is available at the property.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: 30% non refundable deposit on reservation, balance 8 weeks before the start of the holiday. A returnable security deposit of £350 should be sent with the final payment. If preferred, payment can be made in euro. Changeover Day: Changeover day is usually Saturday with departure times being 10am and arrival times 4pm. However there may be room for flexibility according to bookings-please enquire. Notes on prices: Prices are for a max of 6 people + 2 children (under 12) sharing the property per week in UK pounds. For 8 adults sharing add 30% to displayed prices - (unfortunately we must add this cost to cover additional linen, towels, heating, water and cleaning costs). Further discounts for longer winter lets available, please enquire.