Roomy village house - steps away from the Abbey
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
|Living space||3500 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
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Description from the owner
The house is in the heart of the village in front of the abbey. It is three-stories tall and has a facade dating from the 17th century. The house is traditional in design (thick walls, high beamed ceilings, and shuttered windows). It has a large modern kitchen with a fireplace and French doors leading out to the courtyard, a large living room (with 2 French doors facing the courtyard), the tiled master bathroom has a shower, bidet, toilet, and sink. It also has a sliding glass door which goes out to large covered balcony (which faces the abbey). The second bathroom has a bathtub, stylish vanity/lavabo, and toilet. There is also a WC (half bat...Read more
Roomy village house - steps away from the Abbey
Caunes-Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
The village of Caunes Minervois is situated in the vineyards of the Aude Valley at the base of the Montaigne Noir, an hour from the sea. Caunes is 20 Kilometers from Carcassonne (a medieval walled city). Caunes was once a walled medieval village that has managed to maintain its historic architectural beauty without becoming touristy. Its 7th century abbey is in front of the house in the center of the village.
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
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|All Dates||$100||$100||$650||-||7 nights|
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Additional notes from owner
We also ask for a refundable deposit of $350 for cleaning, damage, or excessive utility use
1-2 people - $650/week
3-4 people - $725/week
5-6 people - $800/week
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: March 28, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
A Charming Step Back in Time
My husband, a close friend and I have recently returned from two wonderful weeks in Caunes-Minervois, a medieval village in the Languedoc region in southern France.
Our rental house is located in the old section of the village directly across from the abbeye, which was commissioned in the 8th century. The house was so comfortable with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The kitchen contains all the modern conveniences as well as a large table where we spent many evenings enjoying the local fare. The small patio in the garden was a quiet place to enjoy afternoon tea or a glass of wine. There is also a washer and dryer, not often found in European rentals, which made packing so much easier as we could limit our clothes to a smaller suitcase, leaving the large and heavy suitcases at home.
The village of Caunes is charming with all the amenities necessary for integrating into everyday life. There is a market up the street from the house that carries an impressive selection of regional cheeses and wines as well as beautiful local produce and basic household goods. Around the corner from the market is a baker from whom we purchased fresh croissants and bread each morning. A few blocks into town is another bakery with a slightly wider selection of pastries. There are several good to excellent restaurants in the village. All of this is a quaint village of 1400 extremely friendly inhabitants.
Caunes is an easy drive to many historical locations, museums, caves and restaurants. Within a couple of hours you can be at the coast or in the mountains. Hiking around the village is easy and affords spectacular views of the surrounding areas. There was so much more to see and to visit that we couldn't fit into two weeks - a very good excuse to return.
The couple who own the house could not have been more helpful nor friendlier in making our visit to France one of the best holidays ever!!!
dream month in languedoc
the house was a perfect base for our month in france - it was like a home from home ( except for no TV which was a nice change although tough going on our 7 year old to go a month without any TV) and the outside space to eat our meals and let the children play in the sunshine was a bonus for a village house. It was a good base to explore the many and varied activities the area has to offer and we did it all - beach, Carcassonne, mountains, lake( with a great beach/swim area), Canal de Midi, eating out, gentle walks around the village or to the playground, or just shopping for our lunch in the village (and pretending that we really lived there).
Spacious house with a bright and open kitchen area that leads to the courtyard- this is where we spent most of our time when we were at home relaxing. Handy cellar to store all the beach and pool things that you collect with young children. Only downside was that the courtyard was not big enough for a kick around with a ball and we were a little concerned about the children (aged 4 and 7) making too much noise when we had the shutters open or were outside, as the street was narrow and the house backed by neighbours on all sides.
Quiet village but had shops for basics and a good outdoor cantina(bar seving food)near the abbey, park with payground for young children.
Great view of the abbey lit up at night from the little roof terrace and on some evenings the wonderful sound of the music from the summer concerts. Good clean outdoor public pool only 5 minutes away by car.
Probably best suited to those without children who want a quiet but not isolated base/those with a young family -provided they can cope with the many steps in the house and don't need too much outdoor space
My Favourite Place
I have stayed in the this house every years since 2000. I am returning this year (2011). I have found the house easy to access, with a fully functional kitchen, comfortable beds, and lots of space for six people. It is simple, unpretentious and easy to care for. The patio provides adequate space for various meals al fresco. The barbecue has served me well all these years. When we are not out at favourite restaurants, we are always using the barbecue.
The village, Caunes, where the house is located is a perfect hide-away from the main tourist bustle but is only twenty minutes from Carcassonne and all its charms including an excellent market three times a week, several good restaurants and, the piece-de-resistance, the citadelle on the hill south of town. Caunes is also only forty to forty-five minutes from the Mediterranean. The whole region is stuffed with incredible, unspoiled treasures to explore. After all these years I still discover new things every year.
The village is also a treasure itself. It has all the amenities and services a house stay requires. There are restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, butcher shop, artisan shops, wineries, a cafe, a bank with aTM, a pharmacy, an ancient quarry where they dig up stunning red and grey marble, hairdressers, a newsstand, souvenirs, a post office, several doctors, and very friendly neighbours. Be sure to say "Bonjour" when you pass them in the streets. It even features a restored abbey established by a writ from Charlemagne In fact, the town itself is a delight to explore.