About this listing
Experience the real France. Large sixteenth century house, small sunny and secluded garden, barn. Great village with shops, a cafe. Excellent for visiting the Mediterranean beaches, Carcassonne, the Pyrenees, and the Minervois vineyards. Nearest airports Carcassonne (15 mins) and Toulouse (1h 20).
Very popular large house with a 26' garden and barn in the village of Saint Hilaire. Available by the week, all year round. Sleeps six. Ideal location fifteen minutes from the medieval city of Carcassonne and thirty-five minutes to the beaches of the Mediterranean and twenty minutes south to the Pyrenees.
The house has been successfully let since 2004 and always gets great reviews! It's popular and people return for repeat visits. Feedback from guests is always positive. The house is mainly praised for being comfortable, cosy, and extremely well equipped; as one guest said "it feels more lent than rented'. The house is new to Airbnb!
Two double bedrooms, two single bedrooms, large open-plan living/dining/kitchen with wood burning stove. Two bathrooms (bath and walk-in shower), scullery, convector heaters for the winter and fans for the summer are available in all bedrooms. Fully equipped kitchen with a gas hob, electric oven, microwave and fridge-freezer. Scullery with washer-dryer. Entertainment includes CD player. WiFi, television, video, games, books and films. The garden has a BBQ and a large table and chairs with a parasol.
The village of Saint Hilaire is famous for being the place where the first sparkling wine in the world was invented. The monk Don Perignon was taught the method by the monks of the Abbey and he successfully began to make his own version.....champagne. Blanquette, the sparkling white wine of the Languedoc is made locally and wins gold medals every year. There is also white wine and a red wine AOC at the Rothchild's vineyard two miles to the east.
There is a local train to the mountains, south, and to Carcassonne to the north. This train connects with the TGVs to Narbonne, and Toulouse. The 'Deux Mers' motorway is fifteen minutes north which takes you to the beaches of the Mediterranean in 35 minutes.
Large living/dining/kitchen, scullery, two bathrooms (one with shower), two double bedrooms, two single bedrooms. Garden with table and chairs, parasol, BBQ, reading garden bench. Woodburning stove, heaters, (website hidden), Wi-Fi, landline, CD, books, games. All linen inc beach towels (beds made up). Guidebooks and maps, housebook. Washer-dryer. Hair-dryer.
Interaction with Guests
Natalie is my house manager. She makes sure the house is ready for you and the beds are made up, and fresh towels are laid out. She can leave a few essentials for you.
I provide the directions to the house and where to get the key (24 hour access to the keyholder).
Both Natalie and I can be contacted via email and phone in case of need.
The village has a bar and a full range of shops - small supermarket, wine shop, bakery, butcher, pharmacy, general shop, hairdresser. There is a very fine abbey and cloister at the centre of the village, and a tourist office.
The medieval city of Carcassonne is fifteen minutes away. The Deux Mers motorway is also fifteen minutes north giving access to the Mediterranean beaches in 35 minutes, Barcelona in three hours, the city of Toulouse in just over one hour, and the foothills of the Pyrenees are 20 minutes south. The village of Dan Brown's novel the Da Vinci Code is 30 minutes south (Rennes le Chateau). There is also a warm thermal swimming pool at Rennes les Bains, next to Rennes le Chateau.
The whole area is vineyards, with rolling hills and mountains in the distance. It's extremely picturesque.
The motorway is 15 minutes north (Toulouse, Narbonne, Barcelona). Carcassonne airport is 15 mins north and Toulouse airport is 1h 15 mins west. The French rail network is accessible from the neighbouring village of Pomas via the station there.
Other Things to Note
My house has been successfully let since 2004 with many happy holidays and visitors!
No smoking and no pets as the house has just been refurbished.