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

Domaine Saint Pierre de Trapel

A wing of an elegant 18th century château, set on a grand estate with a swimming pool and wooded grounds, close to the medieval city of Carcassonne.

Christophe and Catherine Pariset
With since July, 2003
+33 4 68 77 00 68

About the Holiday Home

The swimming pool
The swimming pool

Le Domaine Saint Pierre de Trapel is an 18th century château set amid six acres (two and a half hectares) of parklands with open lawns and mature trees. One wing of the château is open to guests, and contains four bedrooms to accommodate eight guests, with the option of an additional double bedroom to sleep up to ten or twelve.

The owners live in the château, and are available to help when needed, but otherwise respect their guests’ privacy. Also on the property is the former gamekeepers’ lodge, La Maison d’Oc, which accommodates four guests in two bedrooms.

The grounds are filled with groves of mature trees, criss-crossed by secluded paths, with many quiet places to sit under the shade of umbrella pines or ancient cedars. The six by twelve metre swimming pool enjoys great privacy. It is shared by the owners and guests at La Maison d’Oc. Wine tasting events also happen on the property.

The kitchen
The kitchen

Set on three floors, the wing has been restored and decorated to a high standard. A great fireplace dominates the traditional kitchen, which is fully equipped and includes a gas stove, a dishwasher, a clothes washer, and a dryer.

A large traditional oak dining table seats up to eight in the dining area, but guests may prefer to dine in the garden on the outdoor dining table provided. The living room is set up for relaxation, with a comfortable sofa, a television, and a stereo.

The Rose bedroom
The Rose bedroom

Guests have the use of three bedrooms for groups of up to six, and a fourth bedroom is available to take up to eight guests or five bedrooms for 10 to 12 guests. All of the bedrooms look onto the garden. On the middle floor is a double bedroom, called the Rose room, with an ensuite bathroom and its own living area. The Jade room, also on the middle floor, has a pair of twin beds and an ensuite bathroom. On the top floor is another living room and two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a pair of twin beds, with an ensuite shower room.

Special features

  • Swimming pool on the property: 6 x 12 metre outdoor pool
  • Bilingual assistance available on site


St Pierre de Trapel
Nearest large town
Other towns nearby
Aude (11)
Rental information

Domaine Saint Pierre de Trapel

8 guests
4-5 bedrooms
Four bedrooms: three, each with a double bed, and one with a pair of twin beds. An additional suite with a double bed and two single beds can also be supplied to sleep 10 or 12.


  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • 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 Euros. For your reference, you can view the rates in another currency. Currency conversions are an approximate guide and are subject to change.
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Time of year Cost per week
January 1 until December 31 € 2,300

Rental Conditions

Price range is from €1800 to €3000 per week depending on the number of rooms required. Prices quoted are for eight people occupying four bedrooms. A 30% deposit is required to secure a booking with the balance due one month before arrival. We do not accept credit cards. Bed linen and bath towels are included (not pool towels). Beds are made up and changed every Saturday. 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.


Christophe and Catherine Pariset at Domaine Saint Pierre de Trapel.

About the Area

The Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi

It’s a ten minute drive to the centre of the spectacular medieval town of Carcassonne. Originally founded by the Romans, its current ramparts date from the 13th century. Carcassonne’s narrow strees are lined with many interesting shops and excellent restaurants and bars; your hosts can recommend their favourites. This is an excellent region for gastronomy; the specialties include cassoulet and foie gras. Carcassonne has three markets a week, of which the best is on Saturday; plan also to visit the famous market at Mirepoix every Monday. The village of Villemoustassou is closer to Domaine St Pierre, and the nearest place for everyday grocery shopping is just three kilometres away.

There’s no shortage of activities to do and places to explore in the locality. Apart from the endlessly fascinating city of Carcassonne, there are many castles, abbeys, and fortified villages dating from the time of the Cathar Heresy in the 12th century. The Canal du Midi runs close by. Built in the 18th century to connect the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the canal’s tree-lined banks are very pleasant for walking or cycling. Bikes are available for rent nearby, canoeing is available on the river Aude, and there’s a golf course in Carcassonne. There is a popular diving spot at the beach village of Collioure. The low cost airline Ryanair flies daily to Carcassonne Salvaza airport from London and other European cities.

About the Region

Vineyards in Languedoc
Vineyards in Languedoc

The Montagne Noir, part of the Cévennes mountain range, lies a short drive north of Domaine Saint Pierre. It’s an ideal day trip for anyone who enjoys hiking and hillwalking. The Mediterranean beaches at Narbonne are just a 40 minute drive. Narbonne has some Roman ruins dating from its founding in the 2nd century AD, and an excellent Gothic cathedral. Toulouse is an hour away in the opposite direction. Also founded by the Romans, Toulouse was an important medieval city and the focus of a lot of Cathar-era history in the 13th century. Its old quarter has remained intact since the 18th century. The Pyrénées mountains which separate France from Spain are also within an hour’s drive, and Spain is a good possibility for a day trip.

Photo Album

The gardens and swimming pool
The gardens and swimming pool
The living room on the top floor
The living room on the top floor
The Jade bedroom
The Jade bedroom
The double bedroom on the top floor
The double bedroom on the top floor
The twin bedroom on the top floor
The twin bedroom on the top floor
The Rose bathroom
The Rose bathroom
The Jade bathroom
The Jade bathroom