Self catering holiday home in France
· Pyrénées · Cathar region · Languedoc · Mediterranean Coast · Aude

Villa Laurier

A modern villa with a large garden and swimming pool, near the medieval city of Carcassonne in south western France.

Penny Willis-Jones
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About the Holiday Home

The terrace overlooking the pool
The terrace overlooking the pool

Villa Laurier is a modern villa in a residential area just outside a traditional French village, near the medieval city of Carcassonne. With three bedrooms, it is ideal for up to six guests.

The house is built on one level, but is set on a small hill, so from the back it looks as if it is on two floors. A shaded terrace overlooks the pool.

Wide stairs descend through the garden leading down to the pool. Next to it is a games room with a pool table.

The gardens
The gardens

The eight by four metre pool is surrounded by a large dense hedge, so is totally private. Sunbeds are provided around the pool, and there is a shady arched area next to the pool with table and chairs.

The house is in a quiet location in a cul-de-sac, with three immediate neighbours. Just a few minutes' walk takes you into the fields where you can walk into the forest. The Pyrenees can be seen from the terrace, where there are stunning sunsets.

Inside, there are three bedrooms: one with a king size bed, one with a double bed, and one with a pair of twin beds. The bathroom has a shower and double sink unit, and there is a separate WC. There is also a separate shower room with WC and a single wash basin.

The living-dining room
The living-dining room

At the front of the house is a bright and airy fitted kitchen. Across the hall is a large living/dining room with two large sofas and armchairs surrounding a fireplace.

A dining table seats six. There is a large selection of videos, CDs, and plenty of books, plus a TV with English-language channels.

Doors open onto the terrace, which has a built-in barbecue. The terrace has an outdoor dining table for six, with an extendable awning for shade. There is also a study full of books and a second "French" TV which has a few international channels.

Special features

  • Swimming pool on the property: 8 x 4 metre outdoor pool
  • Bilingual assistance available on site

Location

Region
Languedoc-Roussillon
Village
Fontiers-Cabardès
Setting
Village
Nearest large town
Carcassonne
Other towns nearby
Castelnaudary
Toulouse
Mazamet
Castres
Narbonne
Département
Aude (11)
Rental information

Villa Laurier

Accommodates
1-6 guests
Bedrooms
3 bedrooms
1 bedroom with a king size bed. 1 bedroom with a double bed. 1 bedroom with twin beds.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates per week

Time of year Cost per week
May 23 until June 27 £ 735
June 27 until July 18 £ 951
July 18 until August 29 £ 1,194
August 29 until September 12 £ 750
September 12 until October 1 £ 650

Rental Conditions

A deposit of 30% of the full rental is required to reserve the holiday date. The balance, with a refundable deposit of £300, is due 6 weeks before date of arrival. * The Government Tourist Tax (Taxe de Sejour) is 40 cents per person per night (not applicable to persons handicapped or under 18 years of age).I will confirm the amount with you at the time of your reservation. This is payable in Euros on the day of arrival. All linen and towels are included, including towels for swimming pool.

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Where to Go, What to Do

The tennis courts behind the house
The tennis courts behind the house

Ten minutes' walk down the hill is the centre of the village, with a bar/restaurant which holds live music evenings. The small grocery shop also sells newspapers and fresh bread.

The local villages all host weekly markets, selling fresh local fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses, preserves, and more. There are bigger markets at Carcassonne and Castelnaudary.

There are many walking trails that wind through the local hills and forests. Bike rentals are available in the next village. It is a popular region for cycling. There are a pair of tennis courts behind the house.

The medieval citadel of Carcassonne (photo: Chensiyuan)
The medieval citadel of Carcassonne (photo: Chensiyuan)

It is a short drive to the medieval citadel of Carcassonne. This World Heritage Site is filled with cafés, bars, restaurants and sellers of crafts and food. Visitors can walk along the wide ancient walls that circle the old city. The Musée des Beaux Arts in Carcassonne has an interesting programme of events and a collection of paintings and sculptures.

Carcassonne hosts a major music festival every summer, with an exciting programme of varied musical acts, ballet, opera and rock. It takes place within the walls of the medieval city as well as in the adjoining modern city.

Nearby is the Canal du Midi, an 18th century engineering feat that connects the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Pleasure boats run throughout the day along the canal.

Also within easy reach is a mountain lake area, with swimming, pedal boats, and water sports. Or visit the artificial beach area just outside Carcassonne.

The area has a famous wine route, which you can follow to visit many vineyards and châteaux for wine tasting. There are many castles dating from the turbulent medieval period of the Cathars.

Photo Album

Next to the pool is an arched shaded area with table and chairs
Next to the pool is an arched shaded area with table and chairs
The kitchen
The kitchen
The main bedroom has a king size bed
The main bedroom has a king size bed
The pool table in the games room
The pool table in the games room
Early evening view from the terrace
Early evening view from the terrace
The dining area, with doors onto the terrace
The dining area, with doors onto the terrace
The entrance hall
The entrance hall
Blossoms by the pool gate
Blossoms by the pool gate