|Domaine de Favette||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||4|
Domaine La Favette is a spacious, restored 19th century house set in its own 4000m² grounds in a tranquil secluded location, with vineyards to the front, and the River Aude to the rear. The house is ideal for exploring the Languedoc region, Cathar country and visiting the Mediterranean beaches. Large south facing terraces and private pool (10 x 5m approx), with a range of chairs and sunbeds. Most rooms have original oak beams, and tiled floors. All rooms have wooden shutters. Large, comfortably furnished open plan living room with original beams, tiled floor and wood burning stove. Well equipped kitchen including range cooker, dishwasher and microwave, with washing machine, freezer and extra fridge in a separate utility room. Three double bedrooms (2 with en suite shower rooms) and 2 twin bedrooms, family bathroom, and a wet room downstairs. The house is 2.5km north of Coursan, giving you peace and quiet, and within a short drive or bike ride of all local facilities.
Travel to La Favette: Airports: Within 1 hour drive of Beziers, Carcassonne, Perpignan and Montpellier, 2 hours from Barcelona-Gerona, Toulouse and Nimes (airports serviced by Ryanair, EasyJet, Flybe, and British Airways).
Flights to Beziers from Bristol and London Luton, from Frankfurt to Carcassonne.
Railways: the TGV from Lille (served by Eurostar) takes around 5 hours to Narbonne - car hire is available near the station. Motorail from Paris is also available.
Drive: from Calais, it is possible to drive to within 15km entirely on auto route, including the famous Millau viaduct. With breaks, it takes around 8-9 hours (depending on traffic).
The kitchen is fully equipped with a range cooker, microwave oven and fridge freezer. Most of the tools and utensils which you would require are available.
The spacious main living room has 2 leather settees, a dining table with enough chairs for 10 people. The tiled floor stays cool in summer, and there are large doors which open up onto the terrace outside. The internet tv has all the Freeview channels together with catch up and boxed sets. There is also a woodburner, although you will not need it!
Overlooking the vineyards at the front of the house are a double with ensuite shower room, a further double and a twin bedroom. At the back of the house are a further ensuite double bedroom and a twin bedroom, next to the family bathroom. The double beds and wardrobes are French antiques, complimented by solid wood chests of drawers.
The ground floor has a wetroom with shower, basin and toilet. On the first floor is the family bathroom with bath, basin and toilet. The two en suites have large showers, vanity units with basin and toilets
There is internet connected television in the main lounge, together with a dvd and VCR, with an extensive collection of dvds and videotapes. We also have a stereo system and a range of cds available in the lounge.
Tjhe 10x5m private swimming pool is at the side of the house. In the poolhouse is a fridge to keep wine and beer chilled, and a sound system with ipod dock and speakers around the pool. Domaine de Favette has extensive tiled terraces with a range of tables, chairs and sunbeds. The large barbecue is ideal for cooking and eating outside. Behind the house is a grassy area for ball games and with a number of fruit trees including figs.
We live in London, and wanted to find a bolthole which was peaceful and secluded, and with good weather all year round.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We have visited Languedoc for many previous holidays and always had a lovely time. We found this lovely house near Coursan, at the end of a narrow road. Coursan is conveniently located for airports at Beziers, Carcassonne, Montpellier and Perpignan - important for us to make a quick getaway. It is conveniently located to visit the old roman capital of Narbonne, the medieval castle at Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi and the many other attractions of Cathar Country and the Languedoc. Life is very relaxed here. Coursan is an old wine producing town, and has all the facilities needed - banks, supermarkets and of course, boulangeries. Domaine de Favette is 3km from the town, so an easy bike ride or stroll away.|
|Unique benefits of property||The house is bordered by vineyards at the front and the River Aude at the back. There is large garden at the rear with several fruit trees., The private swimming pool is approx 10x5m. The house is over 140 years old and has many of the original beams and other features, such as tiled floors. Much of the furniture is antique French. There are five bedrooms, three doubles (two with ensuite shower rooms) and two twins, family bathroom and wetroom. The large kitchen is fully equipped, and there are three fridges to keep the rose chilled. The spacious living room has two large settees and a dining table. For the long summer evenings, there are extensive terraces, ideal for barbecues.|
About 10 minutes drive from Domaine de Favette, anyone who visits Narbonne will not fail to be impressed by its sheer architectural elegance, its wonderfully cosmopolitan atmosphere, and its ample cultural, gastronomic and sporting offerings. Narbonne has historic landmarks such as the still visible section of the Via Domitia that connected ancient Rome to southern Gaul and Spain. As a Mediterranean city, you can enjoy numerous water sports at Narbonne-Plage and Gruissan beach just 20 minutes from the city centre and countless other outdoor pursuits within the protected countryside of the Narbonne Regional Park. A gastronomic paradise with its famous open air and covered markets offering the best of the region’s specialities, Michelin-starred restaurants in its vicinity and award winning wine regions such as Fitou and Minervois within striking distance.
The scenery around Narbonne is spectacular: the Mediterranean landscape to the south of the city features pine forests and rugged vineyards scattered around the mystical splendour of a series of saltwater lagoons and marshlands which lead up to the miles of sandy beaches at Narbonne-Plage; to the north-west you travel into the pretty wine producing area of the Minervois littered with picturesque villages, particularly those along the Canal du Midi which is connected to Narbonne via the Canal de la Robine which flows through the city; to the west are the wild hills of the Corbieres, home to ruined Cathar fortresses, medieval abbeys and those looking to retreat from modern living.
Domaine de Favette is a lovely spacious property, full of character, very well equiped and in a lovely peaceful setting, yet within easy reach of Coursan. We very much enjoyed our stay, would certainly recommend and will be returning ourselves. For anyone interested in wildlife, especially birds, the garden and surrounding vineyards are an oasis. The pool area attracts the sun nearly all day and was well used by us, especially after a day out visiting local attractions. We especially enjoyed Minerve and Carcassone which were both easy drives through superb scenery. A little further away we enjoyed the beauty of the Camargue and the wild flamingo population. The Roman ruins at Nimes were also very impressive. Overall a great area to visit and a great house. I would like to thank the owner, Philip for the smooth booking process, and the caretakers Mark and Julie for presenting the house in immaculate condition. Thanks also for the bottle of wine on arrival!
Many thanks for your kind review of Domaine de Favette. We love the house and are so pleased to hear when our guests enjoy it as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future and thank you for the stunning pictures of the birds which we will add to our website.