Maison Honey

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Overview

Pool Pets Welcome Walk to Village

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Brightness and character pervade this charming maison in Languedoc. Take a walk through the grounds, where dappled sunlight plays across your path down to the river at the end of the garden. The private pool encourages basking all day, while at night the chandelier in the sitting room will twinkle over you and your loved ones. You'll especially love the relaxed and newly renovated kitchen where the whole family can dine.

This holiday home is located 15 minutes drive outside of the walled city of Carcassonne, your jumping-off point to the region. Appreciate the stunning citadel that dominates the town and pick up all sorts of regional delights from the Saturday morning market. Limoux is also a short drive away with its lovely market on a Monday as well as some excellent restaurants.
 
Your villa is perfectly poised for you to drink in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region. This region borders the Mediterranean (what better excuse to get to the coast, just over an hour away), and offers exciting, experimental wines that hold great value. Here you're a wine pioneer! Who needs Bordeaux or Champagne? A toast with Crémant de Limoux is just as sweet.

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What you should know…

  • A river runs at the end of the large and beautiful garden; keep an eye on the young ones
  • Many of the existing photos do not depict the upgrades and refurbishments being carried out at Maison Honey...new photos coming soon

    Property Features

    Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Satellite TV DVD Working Fireplace Heating Waterfront

    Maison Interior

    Ground Floor

    -    Lounge with doors leading to garden
    -    Dining area for up to 8 guests
    -    Kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, double Smeg oven, fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster and large dining table
    -    Office 
    -    WC

    First Floor

    -    Master bedroom (32m2) with super king-size bed
    -    2 x double bedrooms
    -    TV room with DVD player (with 2 additional beds if required) with doors leading to balcony and stairs down to pool and terrace
    -    Family bathroom
    -    Shower room

    Outside Grounds

    -    Swimming pool (12x6m, depth: gradual increase up to approx. 3m). Open approximately May to end-October, surrounded by a secure fence and features a sand filtering system
    -    Al-fresco dining area with table and chairs
    -    Sun loungers (x8)
    -    Other garden furnishings
    -    BBQ
    -    Garden (2 acres, partially unenclosed)
    -    River (at bottom of garden)

    Facilities

    -    Wi-Fi
    -    Electric heating
    -    Log fire
    -    Satellite TV (inc. UK channels)
    -    DVD player
    -    CD player
    -    Fans in bedrooms
    -    Hairdryers
    -    Ironing facilities
    -    Washing machine

    Location

    About the surrounding area of Maison Honey
    Walk to Village <1hr to Airport Canoeing/Kayaking Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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    Set in the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon, a region filled with vineyards and summer sunflowers, Maison Honey is located in a small friendly village just a 15-minute drive to both Carcassonne and Limoux.

    You can walk to a butcher in the village which also sells fresh bread or within a 10-minute drive is another village with an excellent boulangerie and grocery shop. Restaurants can be found in Cavanac (6km) as well as Limoux (15km) and Carcassonne (13km), also the home to larger supermarkets.

    There is a local train station a short walk away, just outside the village, with departures to both Limoux and Carcassonne, ideal for a leisurely lunch out with good wine and also essential if you plan to visit Carcassonne for the famous 14th July celebrations.

    The village also has a tennis court, a public swimming pool and there's a lovely horse-riding school just a short walk away. Bike-hire can be arranged locally whilst other activities in the region include fishing, canoeing, cycling and wonderful walks. Golf lovers don’t have to travel far to play at the highly-regarded Golf de Carcassonne, just 15 minutes away by car.

    This location is also wonderful for visiting the many Cathar castles, idyllic Languedoc villages, vineyards offering wine-tasting in beautiful surroundings and the Mediterranean beaches which can be reached in just over an hour.
    Even the Spanish border is just a couple of hours away!

    One of the main highlights is of course the fairy-tale ancient city of old Carcassonne (13km), a must for young and old alike. A restored medieval fortress, this town is rich in historic treasures and culture and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit on a Saturday morning for the wonderful market. Even the newer part of town is worth a visit for its many shops for a change of scene.

    Limoux (15km) is also a fantastic place - look out for festivities during your stay and lots going on in the summer here and in surrounding villages. Visit on a Monday morning for the weekly market and make sure you try some of the many good restaurants.

    Another great day out is historic Mirepoix (45km) with its charming Monday morning market whilst further afield other highlights of the Languedoc region and beyond include Pézenas, Roquebrun, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Minerve and even the ‘rose’ city of Toulouse.

    Local Amenities
    Nearest Airport Carcassonne Airport

    (14km)

    Nearest Train Station Just outside the village

    (1km)

    Nearest Village

    (Walking distance )

    Nearest Shop Butcher in the village

    (Short walk )

    Nearest Restaurant Cavanac

    (6km)

    Nearest Supermarket E.Leclerc Limoux

    (13km)

    Nearest Town/City Carcassonne/Limoux

    (13km/15km)

    Nearest Tennis Local village

    (Short walk )

    Nearest Golf Golf de Carcassonne

    (9km)

    Nearest Beach Around Gruissan Plage

    (85km)

    Kids

    Best Suited For: Teens
    Ideal for Teens

    The village has its own tennis court, a public swimming pool for a change of scene as well as an equestrian centre just a short walk away.

    Both young and old will adore the fortified city of Carcassonne whether exploring the fortified fortress, walking around the walls and discovering the winding lanes and museums within the old city. La Maison de la Chevalerie and a little museum about French schools in the 1900s are two museums to look out for with younger kids.

    The Canal du Midi is also a wonderful spot for walking, cycling along the tow paths and taking a boat trip. There are also some lovely walks by the River Aude – little ones can stop off at the playground in Jardin Bellevue or have a family picnic across the over side of the river in Parc De Camin del Garric.

    Check out all sorts of seasonal activities on nearby Lac Cavayère (18km), just south-east of Carcassonne, where you will find a tree-top activity centre, mini-golf, a supervised beach, watersports and an inflatable water-park.

    Look out for all sorts of festivities in the summer in Limoux and the surrounding villages. Just south of Limoux, young dinosaur lovers should check out the Dinosauria museum in Espéraza whilst there are canoeing opportunities in Quillan, around 45-minutes by car.

    Baby and Toddler Equipment

    • Cot(s)
    • High Chair(s)

    Kids Activities Close-by

    • Walk to Village
    • <1hr to Airport
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Tennis Nearby
    • Cycling
    • Horse Riding
    • Fishing
    • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
    • Tourist Towns & Villages
    • Historical Sites

    Onsite Facilities

    • Child-Safe Pool
    • DVD
    • Waterfront

    Services Available

    • Maid Service Available

    Extras

    Oliver's Extras

    • Maid Service Available
    • Welcome Pack Included

    At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

    - Maid service/extra cleaning
    - Private chef/cook/catering
    - Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
    - Local day-trips or tours
    - Airport pick-up/drop-off
    - Babysitting/childcare services

    Extras Included at this Property:

    - Welcome pack (wine, water, bread, butter, cheese, tomatoes, cold meats)

    Extras Available at this Property:

    - Mid-week clean (€150)

    Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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    Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

    Terms & Conditions

    These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

    Security deposit €500 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
    Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
    Departure time 10.00 a.m.
    Energy costs included? Yes.
    Heating costs included? Yes.
    Linen & towels included? Yes.
    Pool towels included? Yes.
    End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
    Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner. Please note the garden is not fully enclosed.
    Changeover day Saturday.
    Minimum stay 7 nights.
    Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
    Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to end-October. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
    Other Ts and Cs Wedding parties are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Stag/hen parties and other special events are not permitted.

    Rental Rates

    Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

    Rental period Weekly
    Apr 6th 2020 - May 1st 2020 £3,034
    May 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 £3,034
    Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 £3,539
    Sep 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2021 £3,034
    Jul 1st 2021 - Sep 1st 2021 £3,539
    Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 8th 2021 £3,034

    Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

    Rental period Weekly
    Apr 6th 2020 - May 1st 2020 €3,225
    May 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 €3,225
    Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 €3,763
    Sep 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2021 €3,225
    Jul 1st 2021 - Sep 1st 2021 €3,763
    Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 8th 2021 €3,225

    Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

    Rental period Weekly
    Apr 6th 2020 - May 1st 2020 $3,488
    May 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 $3,488
    Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 $4,070
    Sep 1st 2020 - Jul 1st 2021 $3,488
    Jul 1st 2021 - Sep 1st 2021 $4,070
    Sep 1st 2021 - Oct 8th 2021 $3,488

    Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

    Owner Profile

    Property Owner
    Annette

    How long have you owned the property?
    10 years.

    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...
    Really do?
    Visit the fortified town of Carcasonne.

    Really eat?
    Visit the Domaine de Gayda Restaurant, Winery and Wine Education Centre.

    Really see?
    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!

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    Reviews

    • Very nice property!

      Posted by Charlotte on 21/07/2018

      Charming old house with extensive gardens and great swimming pool.

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