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The house is Wonderful…

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We were a party of 19 from Liverpool aged from 15-65 and we stayed in La Maison to celebrate a special birthday. The house is wonderful. It is very large and has substantial grounds. All of the bedrooms were very well appointed as was the house itself. The bedrooms on the first floor of the main house are large and luxurious. The bedrooms on the second floor are charming and serve purpose. The annex is lovely and we would recommend taking that too, even if your numbers don’t justify it, as it gives you access to a second kitchen and large refrigerator. The fact there were so many separate spaces – the barn, the pool area, the gardens, the cellar bar & TV room – meant that we felt like we had lots of room and lots of different activities on offer. We loved the outdoor kitchen and spend a lot of our time there eating & drinking, playing pool & darts and using the hot tub. Mel & Colin were excellent; Mel in dealing with our booking in advance and Colin looking after us when we were there. Colin & Mel’s excellent relationships with the local supermarket, butcher and baker served us very well indeed and we were delighted with how friendly and willing to help the locals were. The village is sleepy and lovely and there is a regular and easy bus service into Carcassonne which we used often. We would highly recommend La Maison for family and large group holidays; it ticks all of the boxes.

Very, very good…

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There were 14 of us (should have been 19) for a special birthday treat, everyone had their own double bedroom and en-suite bath/shower room, all very comfortable with plenty of pillows and towels. Some were in the annex which is equally comfortable and everywhere is spotless. Our hosts Mel and Colin were very helpful throughout the booking process followed by endless questions about shops’ opening times, cash points, local walks and many more.
The house is well equipped with ovens and fridges and plates, glasses cutlery and kitchen implements. We used the local catering lady for a drop-off meal for our arrival and for a special meal during our stay – well worth it.

The best parts are all the facilities on offer, from the heated swimming pool, hot tub, pool table, table tennis, darts board, indoor cinema, sound system, flashing lights, bar, library, quiet corners.

Our group included 4 generations, from 18 months’ old to 74, we had 4 young men 29 to 39 whom I thought would want to find a bar somewhere to while away their evenings – well, they never did wish to leave as there was so much to entertain them at La Maison.

We enjoyed Carcassonne, Montolieu, Cathar castles (wild irises everywhere), Gruissan beach and port and a Tree Tops adventure which catered for my grandson (aged 6) and the super daring who even zipped over a lake.

La Petit Bless Feast

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Spent a week here for a birthday and felt like a home away from home. Amazing place and we never wanted to leave. Colin was lovely with great recommendations.

Beautiful Property, Excellent location, Fantastic Holiday

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We spent an amazing week at La Maison, there were 15 of us 3 families and friends including 8 children ranging in age from 1 to 13.

We were greeted by one of our hosts Colin on the Saturday when we arrived and even though it was gone 11pm local time we could not have asked for a nicer welcome, and this just set the trend for our week in France. La Maison is a spectacular property set over 3 floors and even with a group of our size we still had plenty of room. Outside the property has a lovely pool and grounds as well as an outstanding covered area for eating out as a large group, this included the amazing Hot Tub which saw plenty of use I will add during our week at La Maison.

The property is in the delightful village of Villegailhenc, you have a fantastic patisserie just around the corner, where we could acquire our daily croissants and bread from. Additionally there is a super market which sells fresh items and most of the essentials you might require.

As a base you have Carcassonne within 5 minutes drive which certainly exceeded my expectations, the castle is just spectacular. If you fancy the day at the beach you have the Med just over an hours drive away, we visited Leucate Plage, where you can enjoy white sands and clear blue sea water perfect for young families.

When the time came for us to leave I can speak for us all and say we were sad to be leaving.

We drove from England to France in what would turn out to be a 2000 mile round trip (next time I’m flying in to Carcassonne!!) but all the pain and stress of that Journey is left insignificant when compared to the week we had at La Maison in Villegailhenc.

Thank you again to Colin and Melanie for letting us stay and Experience your wonderful property

La Maison

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16 family members, aged from 23 to 85, thoroughly enjoyed a week at La Maison in September. It’s a stunningly beautiful home from home. Colin is around if you need him, but always discreet and courteous.

La Maison suits you if you want to do little more than relax by the pool, but it is also fabulously located for visiting the sites of Carcassonne; market shopping in Narbonne; cave exploring in Limosis or spending a happy afternoon wine tasting at a vineyard within staggering distance of the house.

The local butcher, baker and supermarket owners are all delightful and their fresh produce is wonderful. The Butcher’s sausage is superb! All patrons are charming and patient if you have limited French and welcome your effort, even if that’s just a simple “bonjour”.

The house is comfortable and cosy with enough indoor and outdoor space for a large group to feel relaxed and not on top of one another. There are thoughtfully positioned tables, chairs and hammocks in the garden for each to find a quiet space to read and relax. The large dining table outside is great for family meals, or general chats over a cooling cocktail.

You will not regret booking a week or two at La Maison; I’m definitely going back!

Lovely house, great location

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Our recent stay at La Maison as a group of 16 adults was a resounding success thanks in large part to the great amenities at the house. We knew that finding a gite with en suite accommodation for all and large enough food preparation and dining areas was a big ask. Mel & Colin’s delightful house certainly delivered.

The only thing we failed to work out before going was the configuration of the rooms suitable for adult single occupancy, which meant that one of our party had a small room on the top floor and shared a bathroom. But otherwise all the double/twin rooms were a good size, those on the first floor verging on palatial! Colin made himself easily available to fix any minor glitches (eg replace light bulb, fix sticking door).

The location in the village was perfect for early morning bread and croissant runs to the local boulangerie. The small supermarket is also within walking distance and served as a convenient place to top up supplies, including decent fruit and salad. Our one meal out in the village at the nearby hotel gets mixed reports, some dishes being a great success but others less so. This was more than compensated for by an excellent meal prepared for us by Marie jo, the local chef recommended by Mel & Colin.

Of the many places in the area to visit, Carcassonne is a must for anyone who hasn’t been before but Mirepoix was probably the favourite. Excursions into the haute vallee de l’Aude (Alet les Bains), montagnes noires (Lastours and Caunes-Minervois) and further afield to Albi and the Cathar castles of Foix and Peyrepertuse are also recommended. The Canal du Midi is within easy reach for leisurely walks.

Relaxation back at the house was also easy in the good-sized lounge and outside seating area, plus the hot tub and pool. We were pleased we chose to have the pool heated even though our stay was in July as the weather wasn’t as hot as it could have been. The wifi was reliable in all areas.

Mel & Colin clearly love their house and want it to be enjoyed equally by all who stay there. We will definitely recommend it to our friends and families.

Brilliant

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We were a party of 19 from Liverpool aged from 15-65 and we stayed in La Maison to celebrate a special birthday. The house is wonderful. It is very large and has substantial grounds. All of the bedrooms were very well appointed as was the house itself. The bedrooms on the first floor of the main house are large and luxurious. The bedrooms on the second floor are charming and serve purpose. The annex is lovely and we would recommend taking that too, even if your numbers don’t justify it, as it gives you access to a second kitchen and large refrigerator. The fact there were so many separate spaces – the barn, the pool area, the gardens, the cellar bar & TV room – meant that we felt like we had lots of room and lots of different activities on offer. We loved the outdoor kitchen and spend a lot of our time there eating & drinking, playing pool & darts and using the hot tub. Mel & Colin were excellent; Mel in dealing with our booking in advance and Colin looking after us when we were there. Colin & Mel’s excellent relationships with the local supermarket, butcher and baker served us very well indeed and we were delighted with how friendly and willing to help the locals were. The village is sleepy and lovely and there is a regular and easy bus service into Carcassonne which we used often. We would highly recommend La Maison for family and large group holidays; it ticks all of the boxes.

Beautiful house

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We loved our stay at this glorious house. The owners, Mel and Colin have worked hard to provide a house with modern conveniences whilst retaining the original charm and grace of the property. The staircase is breathtaking and the original fireplaces and the choice of furnishings create a wonderful ambience. We were a small party but could easily see how the house would work for a large group. The grounds are well laid out with lots of little nooks and crannies to sit and relax. The pool and hot tub were a welcome addition and the outdoor covered barn was amazing, a great place for a party. Mel and Colin are close by should any problems occur and were really relaxed and friendly.

The house is situated right in the heart of Villegainhenc which is a lovely village with a fantastic butchers, boulangerie and general shop whose owners are very happy to help and do delicious rotisserie chickens on Sundays for an easy meal. The one restaurant L’Octavio is very relaxed, the owner Xavier is a great host, he was very happy to make a cassoulet specially for us which was delicious. The village struck us as very friendly and had everything needed, great food, great wine, and great location being set in the heart of vineyards and just a short distance from Carcassonne and the canal du midi. We all fell in love with the house and We will certainly return.

Outstanding large gite near Carcassonne

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We had a fantastic week staying at La Maison near Carcassonne.

The house is very spacious and decorated very nicely, which also included a number of excellent pieces of art produced by our host Colin. The outside areas are brilliant and include a large pool, a wonderful hot tub, 2 BBQ’s and a large dining area which is undercover.

Within an hours drive of the golden beaches and clear blue seas of the med, this is an ideal base for a holiday.

I highly recommend this property!!

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