Studio with private terrace and views in Aude - RA006805

Lagrasse, Aude, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RA006805 Advertiser since: 11 January 2019
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
The Balcony Studio Self Catering Flexible 1 (Studio) 2 1

About this property

Stunning Studio with Private Terrace & Views.. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Holidays in Lagrasse situated within the walls of the village offers visitors a relaxed, peaceful & historic holiday experience. Guy and Claire provide a warm welcome and are on hand to provide advice or suggestions on where to visit.

Our reviews are excellent so why not search 'Holidays in Lagrasse' to view the comments from our past clients who describe the activities and the high standard of service that we provide. We have been awarded Certificate of Excellence since 2015 and recently accepted into Trip Advisors Hall of Fame as we have earned a Certificate of Excellence for the last five consecutive years.

During loving renovation, the house unveiled many historic secrets associated with the Cathars. There are 15 authentic stone arches scattered throughout the property and various 13th century paintings. The latter are currently under restoration with the first paintings unveiled in the village Maison du Patrimone (September 2014) revealing 20 chevaliers including one that depicts the coat of arms for Simon de Montfort who was hated in the Languedoc for his cruelty and ambition towards the Cathars - you are sure to feel you have taken a step back in time! However, with all mod cons and a comfortable feel to the living accommodation in the self catering gîte, it is history at its best! With arguably the most spectacular façade in the village, Neuf Rue de Cancans really is a gem nestled within the cobbled streets of a village voted 'One of Frances Prettiest.'

The Balcony Studio renovated in 2014 has been cleverly designed by Guy to create a light and bright spacious studio with its own private terrace with views that draw your eyes across the typical French terracotta roofs to the hills of Lagrasse.

The terrace provides a secluded haven nestled in the walled garden with jasmine and roses winding its way through the beautiful wrought iron detail of the terrace created by Guy.

The Studio, is reached by a handcrafted oak staircase that leads you into the generous sized studio, which is framed by a 6 metre wide window and an impressive beam that spam’s the length of the studio. The studio has been designed that it does not receive direct sunlight, only the private terrace. It has been cleverly designed with furniture placement and although actually one large room, feels like 2 separate areas. The bedroom has a king-size bed with large built in wardrobe and en suite shower room with plenty of built in storage.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all mod-cons, the lounge has two comfortable chairs with tv/dvd and steps that tempt you onto the terrace where there is a table, chairs, recliners and bbq enabling you to sit back and relax in the ambience of our medieval walled garden.

The apartment has free wi-fi (18 MB) and is fully air-conditioned.

The apartment also includes access to the communal garden. The garden contains 3 x bbq areas, a pizza oven, 5 terraces, a grassy lawn and to top it all off a solar heated swimming pool with decked area. All of this is nestled within the original medieval stonewalls of our courtyard providing secluded privacy from the outside world.

We provide: free wi-fi internet, bed linen plus tea towels and bath towels. Laundry facilities are on-site. Cooler bags, ice packs etc are available for the days you would like to take a picnic. We can arrange holistic treatments, wine tasting, painting courses and for those feeling more energetic guided walking is available through the local countryside and bike hire can easily be arranged. For those of you bringing your own bikes we have plenty of secure space on-site.

Holidays in Lagrasse is an ideal solution for friends and family looking to holiday together but wanting their own space as we have 4 other gites, The Grenier Apartment, the Arch Apartment, the Garden Studio and our newest addition the Terrace Apartment. The latter has its own private terrace.

Will consider: long term lets and short breaks.

We are open all year round.


Cottage/Gite (Studio)

Kitchen and dining

A large spacious kitchen with all mod cons and the most important utensil the bottle opener! On a serious note the kitchen is well equipped with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, oven and hob, toaster and a range of kitchen things that we all need! We even have the garlic crusher and salad spinner! The dining table and chairs are located in the kitchen.
We provide some basics like tea, coffee, salt, pepper and oils.

Living rooms

The lounge has 2 comfortable chairs, coffee-tables and foot stool plus tv/dvd and steps that tempt you onto the terrace.


The bedroom has a king size bed with large built-in wardrobe.


The bathroom has a shower, toilet and sink with plenty of built in storage.


The bathroom has an electric towel rail and the studio has reversible air con units i.e provide both heat and cools.


Free wi-fi in the apartments and garden.
We have a wealth of dvds and books.
We are a few minutes walk from the restaurants. A babysitter can be arranged if required.
During the summer months the village holds host to festivals, classical concerts, brocantes, market days and in 2018 Lagrasse held host to the Royal Ballet who are returning this year - 2020 on the 24th and 25th July. The successful En Blanc et Noir piano festival is being held from the 6th - 11th July 2020 with 20 free concerts held in the stunning Place d'Halle.

There is also an electric bike hire in the village. Fantastic way of exploring the area and proved successful with our 2019 guests.

Garden and outside

The apartment also includes access to the communal garden. The garden contains 3 x bbq areas, a pizza oven, 5 terraces, a grassy lawn and to top it all off a solar heated swimming pool with decked area. All of this is nestled within the original medieval stonewalls of our courtyard providing secluded privacy from the outside world.

Parking and garages

Parking is payable just across the road from us. 3€ a day, discounted if staying for a week or longer.

Visitor suitability

The Balcony Studio is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

Information about any additional facilities

Bikes can be hired by a nearby company who will deliver to the property.

Chef services are available.

Recommendations for the following:
Wine tours
Local wine tasting
Cookery courses
Painting courses
Boat trips
Painting Holidays
Guided historic tours.

Guy and I have a wealth of knowledge on the area. We have lots of information and maps on site and are happy to make suggestions on where to visit, reserve tables etc.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Manin Thierry 7 Rue de l'Alaric 11200 Lézignan-Corbières Téléphone : 04 68 27 47 09 Please note we do not accept dogs in mid and high season.


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Le Brocante
Distance: 0.1 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Chub, Barbel
Name of nearest fishing location: Lagrasse
Distance: 0.1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Carcassone
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Montlaur
Distance: 15 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 0.1 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Vin Vingt


Name of nearest resort: Pyrenees
Distance: 120 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Lagrasse Trails

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cyril Codina
Distance: 0.1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Guy Viccars

We are a couple that originated from Cornwall, where we both grew up in the holiday industry. After careers in the marine industry, super-yachts and economic regeneration we have found our little piece of paradise here in Lagrasse.<br/><br/>After a 5 year and 600 ton renovation, the secrets of the property have been revealed, providing some of the most amazing architecture, sculptures and paintings from the Cathar period.<br/><br/>Supplying plenty of things to see and talk about over a cold glass.

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? Lagrasse is a stunning medieval village dating from the 7th century. It is steeped in history with beautiful architecture, cobbled streets and a 14th century market. Lagrasse is one of the Les Plus beaux Villages de France.

With consistent temperatures in the mid to late 20's from May to September this part of Southern France has something to offer for everyone with its colourful landscape which changes dramatically through the seasons.

Lagrasse is situated just 30 minutes drive from Carcassonne and 40 minutes from Narbonne. Lagrasse has a range of bars, restaurants, local artisan shops, supermarket & boulangerie to name nut a few. There is a market every Saturday in the village square where fresh regional produce can be sampled and purchased.

Throughout the year you will find many events are held including live bands classical concerts, Bastille Day, the international Banquet des Livres; all creating a typical French atmosphere.
Unique benefits of property Within our lovingly renovated medieval house we unveiled many historic secrets associated with the Cathars, such as arches, sculptures & 13th century historic paintings that w have loaned to the Batiment de France & are visible in the Maison Du Patrimone.

We have 5 self catering luxury properties all with character and charm the Grenier Apartment, the Arch Apartment, the Garden Studio and our newest addition in 2018 the Terrace Apartment. We have held the accolade of best in Languedoc Rousillion on Trip Advisor Specialty Lodgings 2014/15/16 out of 900+ properties & received Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence each year since 2015. With all mod cons and a comfortable feel to the living accommodation it is history at its best!

Our medieval walled garden offers the opportunity to sit beneath the 13th century arch or enjoy a chilled glass of wine at the one ton table or cool off in the solar heated swimming pool. A little piece of paradise can be found.

The Owner Recommends

The reasons why Lagrasse and surrounding area is a must.

Lagrasse is an ideal base from which to explore the local history and architecture.

For those wanting a truly relaxing French village experience there is the pretty beach on the river Orbieu which is only a stone's throw away through the cobbled streets. Superb fishing is also found on this river with the Canal de Midi close by, tranquil boat trips are a must. Wonderful walks can be found in and around the village. The village has 9 restaurants/cafes serving wonderful dishes and a range of talented artisans dotted throughout the village. Cycling is a fun way to explore the cobbled streets & surrounding areas. The Tour de France passes nearby each year on-route to the Pyrenees. Within easy driving distance you will also find a myriad of Cathar castles from the Albigensian crusades of the early 13th century on hilltops, fortified cathedrals at Albi, Bezier and Capestang, Abbeys galore and the exciting cosmopolitan cities of Toulouse and Montpellier.

A two minute stroll up the main street will bring you to the tennis courts, football & boules pitches. Sailing & windsurfing can be found 30 minutes drive away. Skiing is approximately 2 hours away.

The beautiful beaches of Leucate, Gruissan, Port Leucate and La Franqui are located approximately 35 minutes drive away with a variety of activities to occupy the more sporty or we can direct you to those ‘off the beaten track’ restaurants where you can sample the delights of fresh sea food.

There are 2 fun aqua parks located within an hour of the house and a pirate theme park in Gruissan. In Carcassonne and Leucate there are the O2 Aventura Parcs where older children and adults can test their climbing skills - and their head for heights - in the tree top adventure park. In Sigean there is an African Safari Park which plays host - to amongst other things - elephants, lions and rhino.

Lagrasse & surrounding area provide a unique environment for enjoying.