About this listing
Whole house with large garden, covered terrace and 6 bedrooms. Suitable for large family or a group. Quiet wine growing village near to Mediterranean and Spain. Suitable for tranquil breaks or near to all activities including kayaking, diving, & more
Situated in an ancient ‘Maison Vigneron’, this stylish and tranquil house is located on the edge of a ramparted village. With stunning views over the vines and the garrigue, it is the ideal spot to escape and recharge your batteries or, should the urge take you, to use as a base for discovering the hidden charms of this beautiful region of France.
Comfortable and relaxed, the 6 bedrooms all contribute to the restful qualities of this perfect home from home. Each with a spacious bathroom and individually controlled air conditioning, guests have been known to sleep until midday and beyond! You will be accommodated in 5 double rooms and one twin bedded room although 2 additional children's beds can be placed in some of the rooms.
You are invited to make full use of the large landscaped garden with its covered terrace and private swimming pool. Free loan of bicycles for local exploring.
Your hosts will welcome you whole heartedly and help you to explore in a manner that best suits you.
Easy to visit Cathar country, Mediterranean and beaches, La Cite of Carcassonne and the World Heritage site of the Canal du Midi.
In the middle of nowhere but central to everything!
24 excellent restaurants within 20 minutes, 100s of vinyards and a wealth of activities such as sunbathing, swimming, diving, horseback riding, canoeing, paragliding, sailing, walking, climbing, white water rafting, visit chateaux/abbey/beach. You name it, we can point you in the right direction!
The house is yours. Come and make yourself comfortable in the tranquil village. In the area you have so many different activities available that you can make yourself very busy, or nip down to Spain for lunch, up to Nimes for the Pont du Gard or up into the Pyrenees for some hill walking. We have 4 bicycles available to let you potter around the area and can arrange rental of more serious bikes if that takes your fancy.
Interaction with Guests
We will meet you on arrival (after 4:00 p.m.) and give you a full tour of the facilities. After that, if you need us or just want to chat, you can give us a quick ring and we will be with you.
This is the hidden France, quiet and rural with a wealth of history. You are tucked away in a typical small Languedocienne village, but never far from all sorts of sights, activities or beaches.
Come and discover the hidden Cathar country.
To really enjoy this area, you need your own transport. As a small village, there is a twice daily bus service to Narbonne on weekdays, but no other public transport. Many people enjoy the quiet roads for some cycling, or the peaceful trails for walking.
Other Things to Note
Satellite TV is available with BBC, ITV and a variety of multi-language channels.
We don't have too many rules, we prefer that you feel at home.
Arrival time is 4:00 p.m. and departure before 10:00 a.m.
Sheets and towels provided and we also have pool towels. If you need things for the beach, please bring your own.
No pets nor smoking indoors please.
We go to a lot of effort to make the house clean and tidy for you, but we only have 6 hours before our next guests arrive. We would much appreciate it if you could please tidy the place before you leave.
From Jun 25 - Aug 27, 2016 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
Really appreciated the warm welcome and box of provisions when we arrived. Cannot really think of any negatives from our stay. The accommodation was clean comfortable and really of a high standard. Quiet village. Might be useful to include details of recommended beach options in the house info book - la franqui was a great call!
The listing description was entirely accurate. The villa is beautifully appointed and equipped. The location is charming and is an ideal base for exploring this part of France. We had a wonderful holiday!
Iain et Patricia sont des hôtes charmants. La maison est magnifique, très propre et très fonctionnelle. Un petit panier garni nous attendait dans la cuisine le premier jour, un petit geste toujours agréable...
Nous étions 4 couples avec enfants (3 bébés, 3 un peu plus grands). Les chambres sont parfaites, chacune avec sa salle de bain privative. A noter: il y a 6 chambres doubles, dont une très grande avec dressing et terrasse mais qui donne, via un petit escalier en colimaçon, sur la salle de séjour. La piscine est magnifique, avec une petite salle de douche bien pratique pour ne pas devoir à chaque fois remonter dans sa chambre. Nous avons passé toutes nos journées sur la terrasse agréablement ombragée avec petit salon, coin à manger et barbecue.
La petite buanderie super équipée est parfaite pour ne pas devoir s'encombrer de trop de bagages...
Nous recommandons chaudement cette belle maison, dans laquelle nous avons passé de superbes vacances entre amis!
We had the most AMAZING time at Iain and Trish's incredible house in Mailhac. We've already made enquiries about re-booking next year- the house is wonderful- akin to a high end hotel. A real treat that we thoroughly recommend. The pool and gardens are beautiful. The pool itself is salt water cleaned and perfect for little ones. our 2 year old son bobbed around in his lifejacket for over 3 hours a day. The outside area (brilliant BBQ, fridge, dining table etc) perfect. The bedrooms were all beautifully kitted out with great beds and mattresses, all en suite and all indidivually air conditioned! The kitchen is big with really modern appliances. Mailhac is a sleepy village with an epicierie which is very handy for the morning crossiant run! and a lovely playground for under 8 year olds- again perfect for our little boy. We did some good hikes from the house up into the hills and amazing day trips into the mountains for river swimming, wine tasting etc. Iain and Trish were on hand to answer our questions and help us out as they live in the flat above, but they were non intrusive and left us to our own devices.
We were 7 adults and a toddler and didn't use all of the bedrooms.
Iain and Trish are superb hosts of an absolutely wonderful villa. Our group of 9 had more than ample space. Dining al fresco was so terrific that we ate in every evening despite the temptations of french restaurants in the region. Iain was very generous with his time and various amenities that he provided. The swimming pool is divine, long enough for serious lap swimming and very well maintained. Thank you for a most satisfying and memorable stay.
We had a truly fantastic stay in this wonderful house with lots of attention to detail. We were treated so well by Iain and Trish and can only recommend a stay there.
About the Host, Iain
Two global travellers who have finally settled down in the Languedoc. Iain has been in more than 100 countries and Trish has been with him on many of the longer stays.