How long have you owned the property?
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The pool, the river and the house probably in that order.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
We went to France with a budget to buy a holiday home, the first house we were brought to was Domaine Horte and it was over double the budget, but we just fell in love with it. It was owned by a lovely Dutch couple who reached their 80's and their family wanted them to return to Rotterdam. Very reluctantly they left. They said they had 14 wonderfully happy years there. We discovered a summer or two ago that there is an environmentally area to the left of the house now owned by a man whose family had once owned the Domaine. I think he thinks he is going to own it again one day. He was interesting because he could explain certain things in the house and why it is laid out as it is. You will see what I mean if you decide to visit.
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Apart from my friends who think they are all famous!
What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
We had a problem with the pool. Previous guests had allowed plastic into the pool which discoloured the water. The guests arrived the pool was not glistening as is advertised. The children looked dismayed. Our wonderful manager Bev, explained the problem to the guests, said she would have it sorted in 24 hours and she did. Bev will do every thing possible so long as she is advised to rectify any issue in the shortest possible time.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Visit the fortified town of Carcasonne.
Visit the Domaine de Gayda Restaurant, Winery and Wine Education Centre.
Visit the Cathar Castles.
Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
The salon is a great place to unwind. Put on some music, light some candles, pour a glass of wine and hey presto!