Holiday rental cottage Aude Languedoc - RA003287

9.5/10
Montazels (43km from Carcassonne), Aude, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RA003287 Advertiser since: 7 May 2013
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Maison Loli Self Catering Flexible 2 4 2

About this property

17C Stone Cottage with Views over the Aude Valley. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

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.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

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.

Living rooms

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.

Bedrooms

The cottage has 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor. A double and a twin room with comfortable beds, wood floors and quality bed linen.

Bathrooms

The cottage has a wc on the ground floor and first floor plus a family bathroom with shower on the 2nd floor.

Heating

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..

Entertainment

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.

Garden and outside

The south facing terrace has breathtaking views over the Aude River Valley to Rennes le Chateau and Coustaussa Castle.

Parking and garages

There is free off road parking near to the cottage.

Visitor suitability

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.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Mediteranean Barbel, Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: River Aude Couiza
Distance: 0.5 km

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Carcassonnne
Distance: 35 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km

Skiing

Name of nearest resort: Cumarac
Distance: 40 km

Sports

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: La Cave Des Haute d'Aldae
Distance: 0.5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Lisa Watts

We are experienced World travellers and have lived in England, Australia, New Zealand and France over the past years. Lisa speaks four languages and is fluent in French, while Nigel is of English heritage. We are passionate about la vie francaise in the South of France, and are eager to warmly welcome you to our lovely home, in the beautiful village of Montazels, situated in the picturesque Aude Valley.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? The South of France is the perfect place to relax and recharge the batteries. In this small, peaceful village of Montazels, our elevated cottage is surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains and countryside. Beyond Montazels, the Languedoc is a region between the Pyrenees and the Meditteranean where one can find many attractions. Rich in history, culture and with a favourable climate it can be enjoyed all year round. Being only an hour away from the beach in summer, and the piste in winter makes this area an ideal holiday destination in any season. Travellers can also practice their French language skills at ease with the friendly locals who they may meet along the way while walking through the picturesque village streets.
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. Either we, or our reliable Caretakers will be ready to welcome you to Montazels and to our home which we maintain with pride. The cottage is furnished with everything needed for a second home in France. The modern, relaxed decor and open plan of the house with ample space and a toilet on each floor, allows for an individual, a couple or a family/group to feel totally at home. We love it and the holiday site guest book reviews and emails indicate that our guests to love it too!

The Owner Recommends

Camargue

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

Carcassonne

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.

Local Activities

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.

Rennes le Chateau

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'.

5 Reviews
9.5/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.4
  • Facilities: 9.2
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9.4
  • Value for Money: 9.4
10 / 10 AlisonV 14 August, 2018

Maison Loli is a delightful holiday home on a pretty green hillside sprinkled with vines and olive trees.
We found it surprisingly spacious and well-equipped - the washing machine was a real boon! We slept in both the main bedroom and on the sofa-bed in the living room and both were very comfortable. Everything is supplied, including plenty of bedding and towels, lots of space & hangers for clothes and even a couple of umbrellas and waterproof coats!
Some soap & washing-up liquid was there, but bring your own as I think it depends what was left by the last person. Likewise there was a dribble of olive oil plus some salt & pepper but we stocked up from the local shops.

The local town, Couiza, is only a 10-minute walk away (downhill there, uphill back) and has a great boulangerie next to an '8 til 8' mini-market (which actually opens at 9 and closes for lunch, in typical French style!)

We loved all the places we visited, especially the dinosaur museum in Esperaza (15-mins by bus) which has full info in English and is genuinely educational and interesting.
A meal in the top-class restaurant at Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse in Couiza was a real treat - very romantic! Lou Cantou has lovely food and a very relaxed feel.

Rennes-Le-Château is a pretty diversion, especially if you’re a Dan Brown fan, but Carcassonne is the real big attraction. Don’t miss it! Entry to the inner keep closes at 6pm so don’t get too distracted by the very alluring shops in the town!

Owner response

Thank you for your excellent review. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed this lovely village area and that you found the house to be welcoming, spacious and comfortable. Thanks for sharing your tips on the restaurants and excursions too. There is certainly something for everyone in this area! We welcome you back in the future for another peaceful break in the south of France :-)

10 / 10 Happy 26 September, 2017

Maison Loki, a beautiful French cottage in a lovely
location. The views are breathtaking. The property was very clean and tastefully converted
from an old run down French property to a very high standard
of living accommodation. We would certainly recommend this property
to family and friends.

Owner response

Dear Derek,

Thank you so much for your lovely review! As the new owners, we are delighted to know that you enjoyed your break and the surroundings of Maison Loli!
We have made some improvements and would warmly welcome you back for another relaxing holiday in the future.
Please feel free to contact us if you are interested for a good rate.

Warm regards,
Lisa and Nigel

9.7 / 10 yjowen 10 June, 2015

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.

Owner response

Dear Elwyn,
Thank you for your lovely review! As the new owners, we are delighted to know that you enjoyed your break and felt at home in Maison Loli!
We have made some improvements and would warmly welcome you back for another relaxing holiday in the future.
Please feel free to contact us if you are interested for a good rate.
Kind regards,
Lisa and Nigel

10 / 10 Liz, Nigel and Chris 5 September, 2014

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.

Owner response

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.