|Maison de Vigne||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||1||1 cot available|
Maison de Vigne is a 3 bedroom stone cottage, beautifully restored to reveal expert stonework and exposed beams, full of character with wonderful views over the valley of the river Aude and the Salz.
Sleeping up to 6, the accommodation consists of 2 double bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and a twin bedroom on the top floor. All have spectacular views over the village and the surrounding hills.
The south facing vine shaded terrace is great of al fresco dining or just relaxing with a drink after a long day exploring the surrounding Cathar castles and picture postcard villages.
Maison de Vigne is situated in the foothills of the Pyrenean mountain range. These mountains form the natural border between France and Spain completely engulfing the tiny nation of Andorra. The cottage is in the small friendly hilltop village of Montazels, within walking distance of restaurants and shops and on the local bus to Carcassonne with connections to Toulouse and Paris.
A ground floor kitchen fully equipped with modern appliances. The seperate dining room seats 6 with crockery, glassware, cutlery and serving dishes all supplied. The dining room leads through frenchdoors to the covered terrace with wonderful views over the valley.
The lounge has access to the south facing terrace. We have a woodburner for chilly winter nights, a library of books and dvds, tv, dvd player and stereo cd player.
The 2 double bedrooms on the 1st floor have stunning views over the upper Aude Valley. The 3rd bedroom on the 2nd floor is a twin and also has fantastic views.
The 1st floor fully tiled bathroom has a bathtub with overhead shower, wc, sink with vanity unit and heated towel rail.
The cottage has full gas central heating with a radiator in every room. We have a woodburner in the lounge for chilly winter nights.
We have high speed wi-fi, satellite flat screen tv, dvd player, iPod-iPhone station and battery charger, stereo cd player, cd library, radio, reading books and games.
The south facing vine shaded terrace has stunning views to Rennes-le-Chateau and Coustoussa castle on the other side of the valley. It is ideal for al fresco dining or just relaxing after a busy day exploring the many historic sites.Our covered terrace and 1st floor private terrace have stunning views over the valley.
There is an off-road parking area nearby.
The cottage is suitable for adults and children. We are a non smoking property and do not accept pets, (even well-behaved ones).
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||2004|
|Why this location?||Montazels is a beautiful village on the left bank of the river Aude. Maison de Vigne sits high above the valley overlooking the village with spectacular terrace views along the Salz valley to Cousassa Castle perched on a hilltop.|
|Unique benefits of property||We can offer you the chance to experience village life in the South of France staying in a comfortable cottage beautifully restored but retaining traditional features and character with stunning views over the surrounding country side.|
Montazels is at the centre of the Cathar region, with hill top castles and the medieval city of Carcassonne to remind you of the fascinating and often tragic history for which this region is renowned. 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 19th century. 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'.
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.
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 flamingoes 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.
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.