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In the South of France Near the Sea Surrounded by Vineyards

Armissan, France
  • House
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths; sleeps 8 adults plus 2 kids)

Armissan is a wine growing village 15 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea, about an hour from Montpellier, 30 minutes from the medieval city of Carcassonne and less than three hours from Barcelona, Spain. The near-by city of Narbonne is on the Canal de la Robine and has regular train service to Paris, Avignon, Barcelona and other cities throughout the region.

Your residence was an old stone barn. The ground level is a large garage with plenty of indoor parking. The upstairs living quarters offer a spacious great room with a huge fireplace and a dining area, four bedrooms (one completely recreated with a new in-suite bathroom and French doors to the large terrace and two of which are lofts, one which opens to the private upper terrace), a full bath plus a separate water closet and a new tiled shower/sink, and a laundry room with washer/dryer/ironing board on the mezzanine level. A completely new, modern kitchen was installed in the fall of 2015. Two terraces overlook the vineyards and foothills in the distance. (There is no phone but there is wi-fi access throughout the house as well as good cell phone coverage.)

The house is a few steps away from the town center of Armissan with its ancient church. The butcher and the baker are just out the front gate. Narbonne is 15 minutes away with an historic Gothic cathedral, a Roman road, excellent shops and one of the best markets in France (open every day of the year from 7 until just after noon) featuring fresh seafood, meats, cheese and produce. There are many fine restaurants in Narbonne and within easy driving distance from Armissan.

Accommodations consist of four French (that is, small double beds), one each in the bedroom by the main bath, the new master bedroom suite off the main terrace and in the loft bedrooms one of which also has two twin beds. The house is not handicapped accessible because of stairs to the living quarters and stairs to the sleeping lofts. It's not fancy but we think it's wonderful!

We placed the house in charity auctions for about 15 years and had numerous repeat visitors. One family will return this year for the second time, another for their third! You can stay busy every day visiting historical points of interest or relax in the serenity of the village. Some of the best vineyards in the Languedoc are minutes away. Life at 18 rue du Terrain des Sports is not like life in a French village. It IS life in a French village!

Keywords: Mediterranean, wine, Narbonne, Languedoc, Languedoc-Roussillon, Carcassonne, le Clape, south of France, Gruisson, village



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About Kuhn

My family and I love France. My son attended the American University of Paris and my daughter participated in a student exchange program in Paris. She and her husband spent their honeymoon in Armissan and we look forward to visiting this special place every year.

Kuhn purchased this House in 2000

Why Kuhn chose Armissan

Armissan is in the sunniest region of France, near the Mediterranean and in the heart of Cathar country. You can stay busy every day visiting historical sites and fine restaurants or simply relax in an extraordinarily peaceful setting. The village feels remote but is less than 5-10 minutes from the A9 toll road which runs from Spain on the west to Italy on the east.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, Master bedroom and bath. French doors open to terrace.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double, Loft
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, Loft
      • Double Beds (4) French double beds so somewhat smaller than in the US., Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Pack and Play


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Full 1
        toilet, shower
      • Full 2
        toilet, shower
      • Full
        toilet, shower
      • One separate full bath with tub/shower/bidet. One full bath with shower en suite with the master bedroom. One new tiled shower and sink next to a separate toilet.

      Location Type

        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Fireplace
                    • Garage
                      Most of the ground floor is a large parking area with indoor/sheltered access to the interior.
                    • Heating
                      Hot water heat, so always plenty of hot water for other purposes.
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Covered Parking
                    • Parking
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                    • Telephone
                      No land line but cellular service is fine.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Strong signal throughout the house although the speed is only average.
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      Very large fireplace in the great room.


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Brand new, sleek and modern, as of November 2016!
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Induction stove top
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player


                                    • Balcony
                                      Private upper terrace off the north loft.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large terrace with gas and charcoal grills, lounges and a table that seats eight overlooking the vineyards and countryside.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • nude beach
                                        • bay/sound
                                        • cinemas
                                        • festivals
                                        • forests
                                        • museums
                                        • churches
                                        • restaurants
                                        • ruins
                                        • theme parks
                                        • winery tours
                                        • zoo

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • antiquing
                                            • boating
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • rock climbing
                                                • cycling
                                                • hiking
                                                • mountain biking
                                                • mountain climbing
                                                • fishing
                                                • sailing
                                                • skiing
                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                • swimming
                                                • tennis


                                                    • Large terrace with gas and charcoal grills, lounges and a table that seats eight overlooking the vineyards and countryside.

                                                      16 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      La Vie Simple (The simple life)

                                                      Howard W.

                                                      My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our 8 days, chez Paul. This was our second stay. Nothing disappoints in Armissan. The boulangerie (bakery), 50 meters from the doorstep, sold us still warm croissants and baguettes. The folks were friendly and helpful. Wi-Fi and no TV is a great combo for us. We walked the nearby hills at grape harvest time...always relaxing. Olivier the neighbor across the street was always there to answer the few questions we had. Can't wait for the next time in 2018!


                                                      Joshua S.Franklin, TN

                                                      My wife and I spent a week here in Armissan, and it was an amazing time. This place is a great place to stay to relax and check out all that Southern France has to offer. The place was clean and updated. The village is better than we could have expected. Everyone was friendly and it was such an authentic French experience. The baker and butcher at the end of the street were great! We visited them every day. Nearby Narbonne is a great city as well. We spent a lot of time exploring that city. The drive to the beach nearby is beautiful and the wineries along the way were fun to discover. We couldn't give a stronger recommendation. If you are looking at this part of France, do yourself a favor and stay here! Make sure you have a rental car so that you can discover all that the area has to offer.

                                                      Perfect French small town experience. Friendly, charming people. Lovely natural surroundings

                                                      Susan R.

                                                      Four of my Artists friends and I stayed for ten nights. We found the Armissan house in a perfect setting for us to immerse ourselves in a rural French culture. The town welcomed us and worked with us in our attempt to learn their language. The surrounding landscape was beautiful with communal gardens, vineyards, small mountains (massifs )with plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails. The.beaches were less thank 30 minutes drive. The bakery, butcher, and small store were adequate for immediate needs, while the next larger city was a convenient 20 minute drive.

                                                      We will come again.

                                                      Armissan is Heavenly

                                                      Sissy and Ed S.

                                                      Our trip to the South of France was enhanced by the comfort of Chez Paul in Armissan. My husband and I joined 2 couples (our friends) in Barcelona and traveled to Armissan to stay at Chez Paul for the week. The drive from Barcelona was a little over 3 hours, yet the sights along the way passed the time quickly. Arriving in Armissan was like entering life back in time when your senses could be consumed with beauty and simplicity. Chez Paul provided comfort and accommodations for the 6 of us, including a beautiful terrace and well equipped kitchen for cooking dinner every evening. The local butcher shop and bakery around the corner offered the most delightful choices and welcomed us with open arms daily. Day trips within 1-2 hours from Armissan were plentiful and we took advantage of the many delicious and tasty vineyards around the region. A few of our favorite day trips included Collioure, a colorful and scenic waterfront town that offered fine dining and shopping; Carcassonne and Narbonne. Evening walks after dinner in Armissan included the sights and smells of fresh air through the vineyards. May is an ideal time of year to visit, 72 degrees and blue skies. We couldn't have asked for a more lovely and authentic place to stay than Chez Paul and will certainly return.

                                                      Lovely location for beauty and quiet

                                                      Kate V.

                                                      We spent ten lovely days in this house in early May 2015. It was perfect for three couples enjoying a fun reunion and the countryside of southern France. Every day we went to some nearby location as tourists, and every evening we cooked a lovely dinner at the house and enjoyed the terrace or dining table inside, and hours of relaxed conversation. Nice bakery just down the street. Friendly neighbors. Surrounded by vineyards and that great wine coop! Comfortable beds. All good.



                                                      We had an absolutely great time at Armissan. The location is fantastic, close to the beach, mountains, several scenic villages, roman ruins, and cities like Carcassonne, Montpellier, and Nimes are within driving distance. We used the place as a base and ventured to different areas each day.

                                                      The house was clean and well maintained. As the listing photos show, the house is comfortable with great views of vineyards.

                                                      I would highly recommend it. We will be back.


                                                      Armissan, France

                                                      Minutes from the A-9 and Narbonne; less than three hours from Barcelona. Boule field just out the door adjacent to the tennis courts.

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