Maison Beaufort: A Sunny Garden and Vineyard Views
Maison Beaufort is a newly renovated 19th century village house surrounded by the vineyards of the famed Minervois wine region in the south of France. This two storey home has been beautifully renovated by four Canadian friends who, inspired by a love of the Languedoc countryside, were careful to maintain its original character. Maison Beaufort is now available for you to rent as a holiday home throughout the year.
Holidaying in a small village is the best way to experience France the way the French do. We line up with our neighbours to buy bread in the morning; after dinner we walk the same country paths they do; we watch them working in the vineyards; we wave to them as they come back home for lunch; we visit them for wine tasting; we shop with them at their local market.
Most houses in villages in the south of France are attached to each other, a great feature when the inhabitants needed protection from invading armies or from the heat of the sun. Our house sits alone on a large property, though, very private but open to the sun - better for holidays. The house is only a few feet from a 12th century chateau, a designated heritage site that dominates Beaufort and ensures that the village will retain its historic character.
Close by, the Canal du Midi offers daily boat tours; there is wine tasting at neighbourhood vineyards and wineries; the castles of the Cathars offer hiking and climbing destinations: the Mediterranean beaches are 40 minutes away at Narbonne; there are prehistoric cave drawings at Niaux; Roman ruins and earlier relics can be found within minutes of the house.
Four of us, friends who love France, bought and renovated this lovely home in 2003. We spend several weeks each year at Maison Beaufort with our own families but it's a great pleasure to share the house with others who want to experience life in a French village.
The house was in rough shape when we bought it but two of us are interior designers and we managed to oversee the renovations from Canada when we couldn't be there ourselves. We wanted the house to be all we imagined a French village house should be, so we decorated in soft Mediterranean colours and styles, keeping it simple but pretty, and as comfortable as possible. Establishing a garden was important, too, and we didn't know how fortunate we are to have such a spacious, sunny and private one. We don't have the room or the climate at home for the fruit trees, the giant fig tree, the almond trees, palms and bamboo we've planted in our French garden, so exciting! Most of all, we're very lucky to have found a housekeeper who takes care of the property as if it were her own, greeting each new visitor for us and making sure their stay is all they anticipated.
So many wonderful holiday essentials come together in this part of France - beautiful scenery, great food, amazing wines, friendly people, thousands of years of history, a variety of cultures, colourful markets, delightful towns and villages, easy travel and all kinds of shopping. We never tire of exploring the neighbourhood but the largest walled city in Europe, Carcassonne, is just 30 minutes away and the nearby Autoroute takes us to Barcelona in 2 hours. Even the TGV stops in Narbonne, which means Paris is just a 4 1/2 hour train trip away. Most of all, though, 320 days of sunshine every year means it's a perfect place to visit any time.TripAdvisor property ID 3821451...Read more
Maison Beaufort: A Sunny Garden and Vineyard Views Languedoc-Roussillon, France (Property location is approximate) ?
Additional Location Information
Nestled in the sunny south of France close to the Mediterranean
and Spain, the little village of Beaufort lies deep in the heart of the
historic Minervois wine region of Languedoc-Roussillion.
Despite being tucked away in rural southern France, Beaufort really is quite accessible. It is only ninety minutes drive from either Toulouse or Montpellier, 40 minutes east of Carcassonne and less than an hour from the Mediterranean Sea.
Water sports nearby, Tennis courts nearby
Nearest beach: Mediterranean Sea at Narbonne, 30 miles Nearest shops, 3 miles
Nearest train station: Narbonne , 18 miles Nearest airport: Toulouse (Blagnac) Airport, 90 miles Car is recommended
Left on 05/08/2011 for a stay in June 2009 | L. HandReviewed May 8, 2011Stayed Jun 2009
The house is well kept and clean and very comfortable. We (3 couples) were there during the first hot spell of the summer and thoroughly enjoyed the pool and eating every meal outside, overlooking the beautiful valley! We loved the area- beautiful and quiet, yet close enough to drive to nearby villages. The owners had left very detailed information sheets, which helped immensely to plan some daily excursions, go to the market or just sit out by the pool and enjoy! We willl visit again!
“A lovely house in the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon”
Left on 04/11/2011 for a stay in April 2007 | PattiReviewed Apr 11, 2011Stayed Apr 2007
So much to see and do. We enjoyed attending a Feria in azille, watching the parade, village celebrations and the bull fight. There are wonderful small villages in the vicinity, bicycles available for rent and great roads for bicycle riding. Good hiking spots nearby. Lots of superb restaurants. Not too far away from Carcassone, Narbonne and Collioure. One of our favorite small towns was Minerve, about 20 minutes from Beaufort. We loved our stay in this lovely home - a wonderful place to be with our friends.
Left on 04/11/2011 for a stay in July 2004 | PaulReviewed Apr 11, 2011Stayed Jul 2004
My "wow" test for a holiday is how long after I have returned home do the memories last. When doing the math, 4 years have past - I can't believe it. I can still recall times playing in the pool, trips to the bakery for fresh bread in the morning, great meals both at home and in the countryside and ending the day by the pool at night with a glass of wine or two or...
We still talk about our summer in France and can't wait to get back again.
Left on 04/05/2011 for a stay in April 2009 | Barbara LindsReviewed Apr 5, 2011Stayed Apr 2009
We had a wonderful week at Maison Beaufort. The house is gorgeous and has everything you could possibly need. There were four of us, but the place could very comfortably hold 6. The location was perfect. A lovely village close to beautiful towns, markets and the Canal du Midi. Everything about the week was perfect.
Left on 04/04/2011 for a stay in March 2009 | Epic VacationReviewed Apr 4, 2011Stayed Mar 2009
Charmant! Simplement Charmant!
Six of us slept very comfortably in this beautiful home that has lots of space inside and out and even for parking. It is a beautiful location to either stay there and relax or to drive to neighbouring villages. The area is rich in history, food, wine and welcoming people. None of us spoke French but with our translation book everyone we met went out of their way to assist.
The instructions, information and guide suggestions provided with the rental added great value to our trip. It made getting around quite easy and had great tourist suggestions we hadn't seen elsewhere.
Left on 04/02/2011 for a stay in July 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 2, 2011Stayed Jul 2009
Maison Beaufort was a perfect place for our family to reconnect. Most days were spent having a leisurely breakfast and then off to a local market. The location was ideal for many day excursions. Eating under the stars in the evening beside the pool with fresh bread & wine was a lasting memory. The home forced us to slow down and enjoy life!
Left on 04/01/2011 for a stay in August 2007 | Fred & Mary AnnReviewed Apr 1, 2011Stayed Aug 2007
We spent one week in august at Maison Beaufort with two other couples. It is a beautifully renovated 2-storey home that still has its 19th Century original charm. The home is private and quiet with breathtaking views of the countryside from the upstairs bedrooms. Most of our shopping was done in the village of Olonzac, a 5-minute car ride from Beaufort. The weekly markets in southern France are wonderful. The closest is in Olonzac, and the largest is in Narbonne. We picked up fresh fruits and vegetables, local cheeses, meats, and local wine and prepared most of our dinners in the wonderful well-equipped kitchen. The kitchen will accommodate more than one cook and it has a large harvest table where everyone can gather for dinner. We also spent a great deal of time in the beautiful garden and around the pool. If you don't want to cook, you can enjoy the local charming restaurant L'Auberge de Saint Martin. It is a real treat, and you can walk home. We enjoyed every minute of our time at Maison Beaufort and hope to do it again.
Left on 03/31/2011 for a stay in June 2010 | Beautiful Maison BeaufortReviewed Mar 31, 2011Stayed Jun 2010
This was my second experience staying at Maison Beaufort and both were wonderful. The house is just lovely, totally renovated in a small French village with a wonderful rose garden, pool and fabulous views from every window and garden. There are lovely small towns to explore with lots of history (Carcassone for one) and great markets to buy your produce for a wonderful dinner at home. We were out all day and came home for cocktails by the pool in the afternoon and dinner in the garden. There is a lovely restaurant in the village with wonderful French food. I would recommend this location to couples or a group of women. Please enjoy your experience at Maison Beaufort in a quiet French village in a lovely part of France.
“This should be your home base when in Languedoc.”
Left on 03/31/2011 for a stay in June 2009 | SonefarmReviewed Mar 31, 2011Stayed Jun 2009
We stayed at this beautiful house in June. We flew in to Toulouse and took our rental car to Olonzac. We found the place relatively easily.
Our only issue was after being up all night on an overseas flight we had to wait for the house to be ready.
1 caveat: Buy everything in town to prepare your meals as there was almost nothing in the cupboards but once set up you are good to go.
The major highway was very close, making it easy to drive to many historic sites. I would highly recommend Nimes and Pont du Gard- you could spend a day there - loved it. We went on a local wine tour and the market was fun. There was certainly lots to do and see.
Make sure you make reservations at the local restaurant - it was a magical evening for us and we could walk home!!
From here we took the train to Barcelona but if I were to do it again I'd take a flight - a lot less hassle.
Left on 03/31/2011 for a stay in August 2007 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 31, 2011Stayed Aug 2007
My husband and I and our close friends May and Jack spent two weeks at the house. We loved every minute of our time there. We took day trips and saw the winery's and towns surrounding Beaufort. We loved the house and spent many wonderful afternoons around the pool soaking up the sun and the views eating cheese and bread and of course drinking some wonderful wines. I wish I could do it all over again!
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