|Maison Loli||Self Catering||2||4||2|
A 2 bedroom cottage with balcony and a south facing terrace offering stunning views over the Aude Valley. Maison Loli has undergone 6 months renovation with new floors, doors, electrics, kitchen, appliances, bathroom, windows and staircase. In a quiet spot on the edge of a hilltop village within walking distance of shops, restaurants and bars this is an ideal location from which to explore the history of this fascinating region. Taxes are included in price.
The ground floor kitchen and dining room is fully equipped for long or short stays. With electric hob and oven, fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee-maker.
The first floor lounge with balcony overlooking the Aude River Valley is furnished with 2 armchairs and a sofa, tv, cd/I-Pod player, dvd player, wi-fi and telephone.
The cottage has 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor. A double and a twin room with comfortable beds, wood floors and quality bed linen.
The cottage has a wc on the ground floor and first floor plus a family bathroom with shower on the 2nd floor.
The cottage is heated with electric wall hung radiators in each room. In summer heating is included. For winter lets electricity is charged at cost price by meter readings..
The cottage is at the heart of the Cathar region with hilltop castles, the nearby medieval city of Carcassonne and picturesque villages to visit and enjoy. The Aude river, a grade 1 trout river, is just 10 minutes walk from the door and can be fished for trout and barbel.
The south facing terrace has breathtaking views over the Aude River Valley to Rennes le Chateau and Coustaussa Castle.
There is free off road parking near to the cottage.
This is a fascinating region for lovers of history, culture, wine and beautiful scenery. The village of Montazels is surrounded by vineyards which produce the famous Blanquette de Limoux, the regions very own Champagne. The area is ideal for walkers and cyclists with miles of footpaths and tracks linking the villages of the region.
After a spell working in beautiful rural North Shropshire UK, we are back in equally beautiful rural Northamptonshire, where we have 3 grown-up children and 7 grandchildren.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with the Languedoc after a holiday there so it was our first thought when we decided to buy a place in France. The Languedoc has many attractions on different levels - History, Scenery, Culture, Climate and Character. Midway between the Mediterranean and the Pyrennees it seemed the ideal spot to enjoy the French Experience. In just an hours drive you can be at the beach in summer or the piste in winter. We love the mountains and viewing the mountains at close quarter was what we wanted. The elevated position of the cottagei means we are blessed with fantastic views from every window. The terrace at the front of the house fronts onto the lane with occasional local pedestrian traffic which is great for improving your French language skills. We liked it so much that 6 years later in 2010, when the 2 bedroomed cottage next door became available we bought and renovated that as well.|
|Unique benefits of property||The cottage is at the centre of the Cathar Region offering glorious views of Rennes-le-Chateau and Coutassa Castle from the vine shaded terrace and bedroom windows. We have 2 wonderful caretakers in the village who ensure the cottage is always kept in first class condition, and are ready to welcome you to Montazels. We have furnished the cottage with everything we need for a second home in France. We bought Maison de Vigne because we loved it and over the last 10 years have been delighted to find, through the pages of our guest book and post holiday emails, that our guests seem to love it too.|
The Mediterranean coast with long stretches of golden sand, and the Camargue National Park is just over an hours drive with lots of interesting villages en route. The Camargue, a delta region of pastures, dunes and marshes great for viewing wildlife, is the only place in France (and one of the few anywhere around the Mediterranean) where pink flamingos nest on inland salt water lakes, called étangs. Also look out for the free running bulls and the famous Camargue white horses used to round them up
The medieval city of Carcassonne is 40 minutes drive, or why not take the heavily subsidised train - a 10 minute walk to the stop from the cottage. Buy your 1 Euro ticket ( Yes...one euro!) on the train and travel to the heart of the city without the bother of parking. The best selling novel ‘Labyrinth’, by Kate Mosse features the city of Carcassonne as its setting and in her follow up ‘Sepulchre’, the nearby spa village Rennes-les-Bains.
There is a fresh water lake for bathing at Arques just 15 minutes drive from Montazels. Our local spa villages Rennes-les-Bains and Alet-les-Bains also offer bathing in hot spa waters containing natural minerals renowned for their curative properties. The nearest skiing station in the Pyrennees is Camurac - 50 minutes drive. The Spanish border is just 90 minutes away with Barcelona another hour - just drive just across the border and take the train from Figares, (birthplace and home to a fascinating museum dedicated to Salvador Dali). You can also drive across to Andorra for the day to enjoy the fantastic scenery, skiing and duty free shopping.
Just across the valley from the cottage is Rennes le Chateau, centre of a mystery still very much alive with many books written and films made on the subject. The mystery is one of sudden wealth, secret codes and a search for treasure in the latter part of the 19thC. The link with the village is very strong - in 1852 Bérenger Saunière, the priest at the centre of the mystery was born in Montazels. Just type Montazels into any search engine and take your pick of the many web sites if you wish to delve deeper. Here you will find the story that gave rise to the Dan Brown book 'The Da Vinci Code'.
A lovely cottage in a beautiful area of France. We felt very at home there. Superb local restaurants and wonderful markets where you can buy local produce. Lots of interesting places to visit and wonderful scenery. Local train to Carcassonne for one euro is fantastic! We would have no hesitation in recommending it to family and friends.
We found Maison Loli well equipped, comfortably furnished and spotlessly clean - and we are fussy! We made ourselves at home very quickly on arrival and it wasn't long before we had the table and chairs on the little patio and the lovely bottle of local fizzy white, kindly left by Trevor and Lorraine, open - the sunshine was warm and the view just beautiful.
The house is well located for visiting the area. Our day trips included ancient Carcassonne and Peyrepertuse, Collioure on the Med coast and Ax-les-Thermes where the view from the ski lift over the mountains is simply stunning. The wolf reserve up the road at Orlu is extremely interesting.
All in all, a great stay which we can wholeheartedly recommend and would gladly repeat.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in Montazels and were able to visit some of the many interesting locations and experience the exceptional beauty of the Languedoc region. We look forward to welcoming you back the Maison Loli.
A wonderfully peaceful place to get away from it all in a fascinating part of the country.
Although Montazels has no facilities, Couiza and Esperaza are only a short distance away and so a few shops, bars and restaurants are only a short drive away.
Alternatively Maison Loli has everything you need for self-catering.
The house is well described on the website and all aspects of the booking were handled efficiently with prompt replies to emails.
We loved it !
I am pleased to confirm that the village of Montazels itself has no ameneties, apart that is from quite calm, stunning hilltop views, narrow winding streets that all end up in the village square with the fountain and 17thC. church. The local amenieties - 3 restaurants, 2 bars, a shop, 2 boulangerie, hairdressers, Post Office, pharmacy, wine cave and train station are all within a15 minutes walk in the nearby village of Couiza.