Self catering vacation rental in France
· Pyrénées · Cathar region · Languedoc · Mediterranean Coast · Aude

Domaine de La Prade

A 19th century manor house divided into two self-contained wings, with a separate cottage, set on an extensive private estate with a swimming pool and a full-size tennis court in the historic heart of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Andrew & Regine Wolfe
With Gite.com since December, 2002
+33 4 68 11 17 69

About the Holiday Home

The swimming pool
The swimming pool

La Prade, an impressive maison de maître, was built in 1830 as the mansion of the Domaine de la Prade. The Domaine consists of 8 hectares (19 acres) of well-kept parkland, full of different species of trees and three ponds. It is located three kilometres from a motorway, so is easily accessible but far from any background traffic noise.

The east and west wings of La Prade are available for rent separately. The East Wing sleeps four guests in two bedrooms and the West Wing sleeps six guests in three bedrooms.

A separate self-contained unit on the grounds, The Cottage, sleeps four in two bedrooms.

The house and gardens
The house and gardens

La Prade is surrounded by fields of sunflowers, wheat, and corn. This extensive private estate offers plenty of peaceful tree-shaded walks.

The 6x12 metre outdoor pool in the park is shared by the guests of the three units as well as the full sized tennis court. Wifi internet access is also available in each of the gites.

The house and grounds
The house and grounds

All three gîtes occupy two floors, and they are completely self-contained with the east and west wings in the main house having their own private entrances.

They have been furnished to a high standard of comfort and luxury, with great respect for the history and character of the house. Many of the original features have been carefully restored, such as the open fireplaces in each living room.

Each gîte has a private terrace, and access to the large swimming pool at the back of the house.

Special features

  • Swimming pool on the property: 6x12 metre outdoor pool
  • Bilingual assistance available on site

Location

Region
Languedoc-Roussillon
Village
Villasavary
Setting
Rural
Nearest large town
Castelnaudary
Other towns nearby
Mazamet
Mirepoix
Toulouse
Carcassonne
Département
Aude (11)
Rental information

1. East Wing

The living room of the East wing
The living room of the East wing

The ground floor of the East Wing has a large open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living area. The kitchen is fully equipped, including a washing machine, dishwasher, and fridge-freezer.

The living area is comfortably furnished with sofas and dining table with chairs and is dominated by an open stone fireplace. A stereo is also provided. Double French windows lead to a private patio with outdoor furniture and a barbecue.

The main bedroom in the East wing
The main bedroom in the East wing

Upstairs, the two bedrooms are tastefully furnished; one has a king size double bed, while the other has a pair of single beds.

The bathroom has a corner bath with an enclosed shower, and a washbasin set in grey granite and housed in an antique stand. There is also a separate toilet and washbasin.

Accommodates
4 guests
Bedrooms
2 bedrooms
Two bedrooms: one with a king size bed, one with two single beds.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Stereo
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates

The rates shown below are for renting this self-catering accommodation for one week. Rent is to be paid to the owner in Pounds sterling. For your reference, you can view the rates in another currency. Currency conversions are an approximate guide and are subject to change.
Display rates in
Time of year Cost per week
July 21 until September 1 £ 875
September 1 until September 29 £ 700
September 29 until January 1 £ 390
January 1 until April 21 £ 390
April 21 until June 23 £ 575
June 23 until July 20 £ 700

Rental Conditions

Available all year. 15% deposit is required to secure a booking, with the balance payable eight weeks prior to arrival. Linen and bath towels are provided. Rental is normally weekly, Saturday to Saturday, except outside high and peak seasons when other times can be arranged. A local taxe de sejour of 50 cents per person per night will be collected on arrival (children under 18 are exempt) as well as a returnable security/damage deposit of €100.

Gite.com Travel Tip

A clear and detailed rental agreement will help to ensure a trouble-free holiday.
It will define your rights and obligations as a guest in a rental property. Before you send your deposit, we recommend that you call or text the homeowner (or the owner’s agent) at the number shown on this page to ensure all is in order and as agreed.
Your rental agreement should state:
  • the name and the exact address of the property
  • the name of the homeowner and/or the agent, as well as his or her cellphone number
  • the name of the tenant and his or her address and phone number
  • the start and the end of the rental period (including time of access and departure)
  • the rent amount and what it includes (linen, towels, cleaning, electricity, water…) as well as what it excludes (heat, wood for the fireplace?…)
  • how the rent should be paid (Pay-pal, bank transfer, money wire, cheque?…), and when the rent should be paid (dates and amounts of down payment and balance)
  • whether a damage deposit is required, and if so, when is it payable, how damage is measured, how and when the deposit is refunded, and how deductions are made
  • what referrals are available or required for and from the landlord and the tenant.

Contact

Andrew & Regine Wolfe at Domaine de La Prade.
Rental information

2. West Wing

The living and dining area in the West Wing
The living and dining area in the West Wing

On the ground floor of the West Wing, there is a fully equipped kitchen, with a washing machine, dishwasher, and fridge-freezer. A very spacious living and dining area has original exposed stone walls and a beautiful open fireplace with a marble surround. There are sofas and a dining table to seat six people, and a stereo is also provided.

Double French windows lead to a private patio with outdoor furniture and a barbecue, and great views over the parkland.

The master bedroom of the West wing
The master bedroom of the West wing

Upstairs, the master bedroom has a king size bed, while the other two bedrooms have twin beds. All are tastefully furnished in keeping with the style of the house.

There is a bathroom with a bath, washbasin and toilet, and a large shower room with a power shower, washbasin and toilet.

Accommodates
6 guests
Bedrooms
3 bedrooms
Three bedrooms: one with a king size bed, and two each with two single beds.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Stereo
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates

The rates shown below are for renting this self-catering accommodation for one week. Rent is to be paid to the owner in Pounds sterling. For your reference, you can view the rates in another currency. Currency conversions are an approximate guide and are subject to change.
Display rates in
Time of year Cost per week
July 21 until September 1 £ 1,150
September 1 until September 29 £ 950
September 29 until January 1 £ 510
January 1 until April 21 £ 510
April 21 until June 23 £ 750
June 23 until July 20 £ 950

Rental Conditions

Available all year. 15% deposit is required to secure a booking, with the balance payable eight weeks prior to arrival. Linen and bath towels are provided. Rental is normally weekly, Saturday to Saturday, except outside high and peak seasons when other times can be arranged. A local taxe de sejour of 50 cents per person per night will be collected on arrival (children under 18 are exempt) as well as a returnable security/damage deposit of €100.

Gite.com Travel Tip

A clear and detailed rental agreement will help to ensure a trouble-free holiday.
It will define your rights and obligations as a guest in a rental property. Before you send your deposit, we recommend that you call or text the homeowner (or the owner’s agent) at the number shown on this page to ensure all is in order and as agreed.
Your rental agreement should state:
  • the name and the exact address of the property
  • the name of the homeowner and/or the agent, as well as his or her cellphone number
  • the name of the tenant and his or her address and phone number
  • the start and the end of the rental period (including time of access and departure)
  • the rent amount and what it includes (linen, towels, cleaning, electricity, water…) as well as what it excludes (heat, wood for the fireplace?…)
  • how the rent should be paid (Pay-pal, bank transfer, money wire, cheque?…), and when the rent should be paid (dates and amounts of down payment and balance)
  • whether a damage deposit is required, and if so, when is it payable, how damage is measured, how and when the deposit is refunded, and how deductions are made
  • what referrals are available or required for and from the landlord and the tenant.

Contact

Andrew & Regine Wolfe at Domaine de La Prade.
Rental information

3. The Cottage

The Cottage
The Cottage

The ground floor of the Cottage has a large fully-equipped open-plan kitchen, a dining area, and a living area. A sofa and two armchairs surround a traditional open fireplace, and the dining table seats four.

A stereo is also provided. Double French windows lead out to the private terrace, which has a barbecue and garden furniture for dining outside.

The open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area
The open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area

Also on the ground floor is the master bedroom, which has a king size double bed. The bathroom has a bath, a separate shower, a washbasin and a toilet.

Upstairs, under the eaves, is a large well-furnished bedroom with two "lit bateau" single beds.

Accommodates
4 guests
Bedrooms
2 bedrooms
Two bedrooms: one with a double bed, and one with two single beds.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Stereo
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates

The rates shown below are for renting this self-catering accommodation for one week. Rent is to be paid to the owner in Pounds sterling. For your reference, you can view the rates in another currency. Currency conversions are an approximate guide and are subject to change.
Display rates in
Time of year Cost per week
July 21 until September 1 £ 825
September 1 until September 29 £ 675
September 29 until January 1 £ 380
January 1 until April 21 £ 380
April 21 until June 23 £ 500
June 23 until July 20 £ 675

Rental Conditions

Available all year. A 15% deposit is required to secure a booking, with the balance payable eight weeks prior to arrival. Linen and bath towels are provided. Rental is normally weekly, Saturday to Saturday, except outside high and peak seasons when other times can be arranged. A local taxe de sejour of 50 cents per person per night will be collected on arrival (children under 18 are exempt) as well as a returnable security/damage deposit of €100.

Gite.com Travel Tip

A clear and detailed rental agreement will help to ensure a trouble-free holiday.
It will define your rights and obligations as a guest in a rental property. Before you send your deposit, we recommend that you call or text the homeowner (or the owner’s agent) at the number shown on this page to ensure all is in order and as agreed.
Your rental agreement should state:
  • the name and the exact address of the property
  • the name of the homeowner and/or the agent, as well as his or her cellphone number
  • the name of the tenant and his or her address and phone number
  • the start and the end of the rental period (including time of access and departure)
  • the rent amount and what it includes (linen, towels, cleaning, electricity, water…) as well as what it excludes (heat, wood for the fireplace?…)
  • how the rent should be paid (Pay-pal, bank transfer, money wire, cheque?…), and when the rent should be paid (dates and amounts of down payment and balance)
  • whether a damage deposit is required, and if so, when is it payable, how damage is measured, how and when the deposit is refunded, and how deductions are made
  • what referrals are available or required for and from the landlord and the tenant.

Contact

Andrew & Regine Wolfe at Domaine de La Prade.

About the Area

The nearby town of Fanjeaux
The nearby town of Fanjeaux

La Prade is situated just two kilometres from the village of Villasavary, in the Aude region of Languedoc-Roussillon. Villasavary has a butcher, a baker, a general store, and a pharmacy to cover everyday needs. Castelnaudary, a ten-minute drive away, has numerous banks, supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants.

Even closer at hand are the Roman market town of Bram, and the historic town of Fanjeaux, site of the home of St. Dominique, founder of the Dominican order of monks.

There are many activities within easy reach, including golf, tennis, and boating on the 17th century Canal du Midi, which passes nearby, connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. There are many excellent restaurants and auberges locally, where one can explore the regional cuisine, including cassoulet, foie gras and magret de canard, and sample the local wines.

About the Region

The medieval city of Carcassonne
The medieval city of Carcassonne

Perhaps the most famous landmark in the region is the beautifully restored medieval city of Carcassonne – a Unesco World Heritage site, which is only 25 minutes east of La Prade. Carcasonne's magnificent ramparts and 42 towers guard the main Château de Comtal; beneath is a maze of small cobbled streets with numerous restaurants and little shops.

It's just a 20-minute drive to the delightful medieval ‘bastide’ town of Mirepoix, with its 15th century ‘couverts’ (covered arcades). The whole region of Languedoc-Roussillon is steeped in history, from the time of the Roman occupation to the turbulent era of the medieval Cathar heresy.

The Canal du Midi at Castelnaudary
The Canal du Midi at Castelnaudary

The countryside is dotted with les châteaux du Pays Cathare - magnificent ruined fortresses, perched on sheer rocky outcrops. Lastours, Montsegur and Peyrepertuse are three of the most majestic, and are well worth exploring. There are also numerous beautiful restored abbeys to visit, including Fontfroide, St Papoul, and Lagrasse.

Within an hour's drive westward is the largest collection of works in the world by Toulouse-Lautrec, housed at the museum named after him in Albi, close to Toulouse. There are excellent Mediterranean beaches just 50 minutes away at Narbonne and Leucate. There are also a number of lakes nearby, such as Lac Saint Ferreol, which has a beach, good swimming, and good walking trails through the woods.

Photo Album

Summer sunset at La Prade
Summer sunset at La Prade
The tennis court on the grounds
The tennis court on the grounds
The plane tree avenue at Domaine de la Prade
The plane tree avenue at Domaine de la Prade
The gardens of Domaine de la Prade
The gardens of Domaine de la Prade
The Cottage: the living area
The Cottage: the living area
The Cottage: the main bedroom
The Cottage: the main bedroom
The Cottage: the twin bedroom
The Cottage: the twin bedroom
Fields of sunflowers surround the property
Fields of sunflowers surround the property
Medieval town of Lagrasse
Medieval town of Lagrasse
The fountain in the park
The fountain in the park
Tranquil terrace
Tranquil terrace