- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- sleeps 3
Description from the owner
Please note: We don't keep an updated calendar for privacy and security reasons. So do inquire about availability -- and any special rates being offered. Renovated to deluxe standards, "Le Petit Charme" (LPC) is an impeccably designed and furnished five-star quality stone cottage in a charming Medieval village on the historic Canal du Midi that's perfect for discerning travellers who want the charm of yesterday with the comforts of today. This charming one-bedroom, one-bath property features both an interior courtyard and an exterior garden from which guests can enjoy the glorious light of southern France and luxury wine country living.
5 STAR LUXURY, CANAL DU MIDI, GARDEN/TERRACE, AirC
Argens-Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
LPC is situated in the Medieval village of Argens in the Minervois wine growing region of Languedoc-Rousillon, an-up-and-coming vinicultural and tourism region situated between the historic cities of Narbonne and Carcassone. Minutes from LPC are are country roads and trails through vineyards, providing guests with serene walking, hiking, running and cycling routes. LPC is a five-minute walk to the historic Canal du Midi and nearby lake. By car, itâ€™s 10 minutes to a public pool, 20 minutes to an old-fashion swimming hole nestled on the banks of another quaint village, and 30 minutes to Meditteranean beaches.
Location Type Rural, Village
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: November 16, 2012 ◀▶
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Date||Nightly Rate||Weekly Rate||Monthly Rate|
|Jun 30, 2013 - Oct 31, 2013 |
|7 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|All other dates ||$197||$1,354|
|7 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Damage deposit | $408
Additional notes from owner
the rates includes, fine linens (bedding, towels, robes and slippers), cleaning, personal greeting upon arrival, 24/7 guest support, and/or reflect the most favourable exchange rates. Rates also include a fully stocked spirits bar (including vodka, gin, bourbon and more), a coffee/tea bar with a Nespresso machine and 16 different brews, a variety of Twinings teas, a bottle of fine French Limoux (sparking wine from area), and boxes of artisian chocolates and biscuits from the region. Also included is internet and free international phone service, use of 2 new bikes, kitchen supplies, spices and oils.
- Housekeeping Optional
- Alarm Clock
- Firewood Provided
- Towels Provided
- Central Air Conditioning
- 24 Hour On Call Maintenance
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Central Heating
- Paper Towels Provided
- Wood Stove
- Air Conditioning
- Local Guides/Maps
- Linens Provided
- Wireless Internet
- Internet Access
- Computer Available
- High Speed Internet
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Movie/Video Library
- Stereo System [?]
- Media Library
- Outdoor Dining Area [?]
- Beach Chairs [?]
- Suitable for children - Yes
- Suitable for the elderly - Yes
- 900 square feet
What Past Guests Are Saying
Can't wait to go back...
We had the great fortune to stay at Le Petite Charme for a month in autumn. It was an amazing experience. The village of argens-Minervois is unique and lovely, and the neighbors went out of their way to welcome us. The walk along the canal - just a stone's throw from the village - is breathtaking, and we spent hours exploring the region, visiting exquisite historic sites and drinking in the gorgeous French countryside. We steeped ourselves in Cathar history and visited many of the jaw-droppingly stunning ancient castles in the area. Argens and the province of Languedoc is a feast for the senses - the food, the scenery, the late autumn sunlight... we savored every moment. Le Petite Charme itself is the perfect accommodation for anyone looking to escape from the day-to-day grind or do a working vacation. We opted for the latter and were both able to effectively conduct our businesses from the cottage via the high-speed web connection. When our work for the day was done, we headed out to sightsee, then reveled in our downtime back at the cottage, which has all the modern amenities and is beautifully furnished. Staying at Le Petite Charme allowed us to experience the French countryside as insiders, not tourists. We fell in love with the cottage and the village, and we're counting the days until we can go back.
-- Jenny Rider, Westport, CT
Meredith & Dick L.
A Wonderful Country Escape
Having stayed several times in Paula's Paris apartment, and since in her new London flat, we had high expectations for LPC, and we were not disappointed. The cottage is completely new and modern, with a comfortable living area, a very nice Kitchen, a great shower and very comfortable bed. But the highlight is the courtyard and garden, which provided a wonderful outdoor space to dine, read or just enjoy an evening cocktail with the very interesting neighbors.
Lpc provided a great base for exploring the region. We particularly enjoyed Narbonne (don't miss the indoor market), a cruise on the Canal du Midi and the village of Homps, where we followed the advice in Lpc's book and found a great little restaurant on the Canal.
All-in-all, it was another "Paula Perfect" visit, and we hope to return soon.
p e n e l o p e and a a r o n
If you are thinking about visiting the South of France, we would recommend Le Petit Charme in argens-Minervois, one of France's best kept secrets. It is a hidden little gem situated along the Canal du Midi in the wine region of Minervois. Argens is in between Narbonne and Carcassonne.
All of the South is accessible from the cottage. Traveling to Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, Arles, St. Remy-en-Provence, Avignon and Marseille for short overnight trips is easy.
The local people of argens were gracious and wonderful. Some of the best nights we had were spent at the old world bar in the village, Cafe Troubador, where locals gather to visit, drink a glass of cold Leffe beer, Pastis or vin rouge from a nearby vineyard. Gilbert, the owner of Cafe Troubador is always there to greet you with a smile. He always has something special behind the bar and even shared a glass of his homemade bitters from 1995. Gilbert would graciously help translate English to French or vice versa. If he did not have the answer off hand he would dawn the reading glasses and bury his head in the French-English dictionary to find it.
The wine is amazing! The vineyards spread across the landscape like a multi- colored quilt. Vineyards are everywhere. Domaine Des Maels makes wonderful wine and is right at the village entrance in argens. The main blend in the region is Grenache, Carignan, and Mouvedre (and sometimes a little Syrah).
There are many interesting villages within 5-10 km with great restaurants, fish markets, pizzerias, and amazing weekly markets. We visited the surrounding markets almost daily and made fantastic meals. The awesome Dietrich stove, local vino and the abundance of fresh local ingredients made cooking at the cottage a dream.
Le Petit Charme is cozy and has all of the essentials and amenities to retreat, rest and enjoy life in the South of France. Argens-Minervois is a special place filled with inspiration, beauty and quintessential Southern French charm.
Kate in USA
Fantastic Place to Make Your Base !
I can't agree more with the other posters. I have had the great luck to have stayed at Lpc on 4 different occassions at different times of the year. Every stay was better than the first. Town is great, people are great and they do remember you from your fist stay. The cottage has everything you need. Fantastic shower ! Amazing interior courtyard off kitchen and bedroom is wonderful. Cafe au lait au lit" :) I've stay there in October 2009, Jan 2009, May 2010 and July 2010. Like all the other lucky visitors I can't wait to get back there.
Lexington, MA, USA
Real French village life in the south
We loved both this adorable little house and the village of argens-Minervois. We had passed through last fall on a week's cruise from Carcassonne to agde on the Canal du Midi and found the town charming and full of life. Grandparents watching their grandchildren in the playground along the canal, men and boys playing pétanque, two nice restaurants, a vigneron who is passionate about wine and golf and joins them in the names of his wines, and a little bar which welcomes everyone with conversation as well as liquid refreshment.
The house itself is beautifully and comfortably furnished - we slept very well. My husband, who is an architect, says the owner is one of the two best residential designers he has ever met. There is an interior courtyard where one can eat or sit and read if there's too much wind to go into the back yard which has a covered terrace and dining table plus huge rosemary bushes, lounge chairs, all private, but also with a gorgeous view of the countryside. The kitchen is very well-equipped (no dishwasher, though). After studying the controls a bit, the fancy electronic stove worked beautifully. The location up the hill from the canal on a quiet street with nice neighbors is perfect for a tranquil week in the country - one can walk along the Canal or over to the Lac des aiguilles or up into the hills.
There are lots of interesting places to visit - l'Abbaye de Fontfroide, Narbonne, the coastal villages such as Port-Vendres, Coullioures, and Banyuls-sur-Mer. We went to a nice spa in the outskirts of Perpignan followed by tapas and then fresh-caught oysters on Leucate-Plage. On a clear day, one can see the Pyrennées and Pic de Canigou, and of course Carcassonne is nearby as well as are many of the Cathar refuges. A great location for getting to know the south of France!
Hayden & Nicola
Le Petit Charme is the perfect french getaway.
Lpc has everything you could want for a relaxing break. We loved having breakfast in the tranquil outdoor dining area plus it was also perfect for a glass of wine and a BBQ as the sun went down.Theres loads of outdoor space and the kitchen is beautiful. We had some fantastic days walking around the ancient city of Carcassone, the food markets and cathedrals in Narbonne and the beautiful beaches in Grussian.
We can't wait to get back there.