House in Caunes Minervois, Aude, Languedoc Roussillon - Medieval Village
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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All we need is Wine
Our favorite place to be was on the upper terrace with a view of the abbey. So many nights we were star gazing up there. We spotted so many meteors and a few satellites. Your house was a delight, everything we needed. The front bedroom was a bit noisy, but it is harvest time and the grapes must get picked and delivered.
We were very thankful for the wash machine, clothes line and pens, as my sister's luggage was lost for 7 days.
A huge thank you for helping us with our medical situation. Dr. Francisco was marvelous. One of the waitresses at Table d' Èmilie, (I think she cleans for you) spoke highly of Dr. Francisco. And by the way, what a wonderful restaurant.
Thank you for your hospitality, that bottle of wine on arrival was a perfect touch to put us in French mode.
We loved the experience of living in an older home in the heart of a medieval village. Hanging out at La Grande Fontaine became a ritual for us, eventually we were enamored to meet a couple of the regulars.
I didn't find out until late in our visit that the donkeys I spotted were actually in a sanctuary and could be adopted. How wonderful! I am rather fond of donkeys.
I am rambling, but it was all so wonderful. It will be difficult now to adjust to not having
a patisserie, wonderful hiking and walking paths, and all the wonderful dogs hanging out at the Fountain. It's a magical place and we truly enjoyed a comfortable home to come back to every night.
Angela and Åke Elhammer
Thank you so much Ake and Angela for taking the trouble to write your
comments about your stay in Caunes Minervois.
I am very pleased that you had a great time and enjoyed staying in our house.
We love going to Caunes also. It is a lively village and as you say has this wonderful restaurant and other amenities.
Well equipped charming house in great location.
This was our second stay in this charming French village house. The house is fully equipped with everything you need for a self catering holiday, especially the electric fans in all of the rooms as the week was exceptionally hot for the time of year. The outside balcony on the first floor is ideal for sunbathing and the patio on the ground floor is ideal for enjoying al fresco meals under the shade of the foliage canopy. There is a well stocked bookcase with numerous guides to the area and a good selection of board games.
On the down side I had a injury to my knee which made the narrow steep stone stairs to the first and second floors a challenge.
The village of Caune is ideally placed to explore the Minervois and Corbieres regions. The Mediterranean coast, the cities of Narbonne and Beziers are within easy driving distance.
For a small village there is a good selection of eating places and numerous vine yards offering "degustation" of their produce.
We hope we will have the pleasure of staying here again.
Thank you Daniel for coming back to stay in our house and I am very pleased you had a great time.
Do come back again and your knee won't be so troublesome next time.
Charming house - perfect for a cycling holiday
At the first glance from the street you might be disappointed. But indeed it is a very personal and charming house, well equipped and well maintained. We loved the light and airy kitchen (fine to cook in company, drinking a nice glass of wine) and the adjoining terrace.
The bedrooms are upstairs (1st and 2nd floor), spacious and friendly.
From 1st floor bedroom there is a terrace overlooking the town and landscape.
The house has many steps and stairs and bathrooms are not directly adjoining bedrooms - you always have to take stairs to reach them (which is no problem, if you don't have difficulties with stairs)
The house is perfect for friends and families - but children must be big enough to safely master steps and stairs.
We were there one week for a cycling holiday - it's a very good region for bike excursions to the nearby hills and mountains with really beautiful landscapes.
The village has a bakery, small supermarket and butcher and several restaurants and bars - you need not move the car if you don't want to.
Overall we liked the house and our stay there and can honestly recommend it.
I am so happy that you and your friends enjoyed your stay at our house.
There are a lot of stairs and I hope we make that quite clear on the website.
Wonderful property with a fabulous outdoor space!
This is a great property for families and friends to get together, the kitchen and outside deck area works really well for warm sunny evenings. The bedrooms are all very well equipped and a great size, so no need to fight over who gets the bigger room! The design and decor of the home compliments the area too, so you get a real feel for the place!
Perfect location in heart of medieval village
gorgeous village and property, nice to have lots of outdoor space that is so provate in the heart of a village, lovely courtyard and sunbathing area. Outdoor dining areas both useful as well and nice to have the bbq. v well equipped and well placed for all sightseeing and winery trips. comfy beds, large bedrooms & bathrooms. Nice to have good wifi and UK tv as well just in case! Beach equipment all provided for you was a nice touch as well as the welcome bottle of wine. also plenty of storage space for fridge /freezer with the extra downstairs - v useful for a full house. hikes from the village were all worth doing - we did a few ranging from 17km to Citou and back on the forest paths, to 10km past the church to just shorter walks in the vineyards around the village. V good restaurants in Caunes compared to other small french villages we have stayed, nice wine bar too and nice to have all the local shops and amenities within a few minutes walk of the house.
An interesting property in a pretty town.
We enjoyed our stay in the house in Caunes. It was clean, well kitted out with everything and more than we needed. Multiple fans were useful in the hot weather and there were plenty of books, games, tvs wifi should the weather be poor. The house had a homely feel and and the quirky lay out on different levels added character. The kitchen was well supplied with crockery and cutlery and there were cooking facilities if needed.
Upstairs and downstairs bathrooms were useful and added to the feeling of there being everything that you need.
The outside space, whilst limited, provided eating space and relaxing space. It would be better for relaxing if the sun terrace had a better shade facility as the umbrella was broken and was not safe in the windy conditions.
The only other problem was the lack of a parking space and it was first come first served on the busy road.
Caunes is an interesting town with a variety of local shops, artisans and good local restaurants. A good place to wander round.
Special interest holidays:
In the gardens of the Abbey at the centre of the village concerts (both a classical season in July/August and more popular events) are staged weekly in the summer. The village hosts an annual marble sculpting competition as well as a variety of craft classes at various times. The foothills of the Montagne Noir begin behind the village and provide walking, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing opportunities. The extensive vineyards of the Minervois, and the Canal du Midi that runs through them, provide excellent walking and cycling opportunities.
The Mediterranean coast is 40 minutes drive away, and the adjacent village, Peyriac (5 kms), has a new public swimming pool. Just 20 minutes away, the Lac de Jouarres near the village of Homps has been developed for swimming, picnicking, etc. Swimming from the man-made beach on the Lac de Cavayere in Carcassonne is also popular in the summer.
Caunes is easily accessed (by car) from a number of airports: Carcassonne (20 mins), Beziers (1hr 10mins), Perpignon or Toulouse (1hr 20 mins). Car availability is recommended unless a local cycling and/or walking holiday is required, full shopping facilities are close by. Caunes is approximately 10 hours drive from Calais (virtually all by motorway except for the final 15-20 mins.)
Carcassonne and the World Heritage site of the old walled city is 20 minutes by car. A wealth of interesting villages, such as the Cathar stronghold of Minerve, are about 30 mins drive away, and to the south a variety of ruined Cathar castles can be visited en route to the Pyrenees. Barcelona is 2-3 hours drive from Caunes.
Five minutes walk away Marlene's shop has a amazing selection of foodstuffs including a bakery. Caunes offers another bakery, a small supermarket (including a butcher's shop), a bank, a cafe-bar, several delightful restaurants, a pizzeria and a hotel with a restaurant. In addition, there are many outlets for the local wines, art galleries, and a post office.
Parking is in the street across from the house, or in an off-street carpark (5 mins walk).