Domaine de Montahut

Palaja, Carcassonne, South West France

In the foothills of the Pyrénées only a short drive South from Carcassonne Domaine de Montahut is reached at the end of a long private drive set in its own 650 acre Estate. Less than an hour from the Mediterranean it is situated one of the most beautiful and authentic regions of France. Spectacular views from the estate stretch out to The Corbières over olive groves, pine forest, lavender covered hillsides and vineyards.  Total privacy and rural peace, a great sense of light and space yet with access to everything that this very special region of France offers.

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Overview

Sleeps: 22 

16 in the main house

6 in the Bergerie Cottage

 

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

 

Main House:

1 emperor size – ensuite

1 super king size – ensuite

4 king size – all ensuite

2 twin bedrooms – one shared bathroom

Bergerie Cottage: 

1 double bedroom

2 twin bedrooms 

1 bathroom

More information on the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Rent per week

€6300 to €15700 per week depending on the season. Saturday to Saturday.

Detailed break down of  price per week

 

Key features

Pyrénéan house of great comfort, style and character

Set in gardens of 10 acres and its own estate of 650 acres

Spacious rooms and bedrooms

Separate 3 bedroom cottage

Beautiful garden and grounds 

Spectacular scenery, situation and views

15m x 7m swimming pool and pool house

Utterly private and peaceful 

20 minutes drive from Carcassonne

Venue for special occasions

Testimonials

"What a place! Domaine de Montahut is superb in every way, the setting is phenomenal, very private but close to some brilliant towns and villages. The interior of the property is impeccable and the outdoor pool and entertaining space is everything we needed. We will definitely be back, it's one of the most fabulous places we've stayed. Many Many thanks"

Joanna K, London 2023

"We simply loved our time at Domaine de Montahut. From the moment we arrived, we felt right at home in what is such a breathtaking and stunning setting. Meals around the table outside, being by the pool, exploring the land surrounding the house, popping into Carcassonne - we can't wait to come back."

Francesco P, London UK 2023

"What an incredible property to stay at with a group of friends! Plenty of space, private, clean, incredibly furnished - what more could you ask for? Our group loved all of the outdoor spaces. 100% recommendedBooking went incredibly smoothly, and everyone was very helpful and attentive when we had any questions. I highly recommend this lovely home. looking forward to returning soon! A truely stunning spot."

Michael Auburn, Alabama USA 2023

"Many, many thanks for a lovely stay. Our five boys truly enjoyed discovering the surroundings of this wonderful property! The hills, the horses, the woods and the amazing scenery. Looking forward to coming back!"

Famille Chanville St Germain en Laye, France 2020

The House and Accommodation

Kitchen: A large light, well equipped kitchen with beamed ceiling again runs the full width of the house. Doors each end lead straight out to courtyard and gardens each side. There is a large woodburning fireplace on one side of the kitchen, a sink and base units along the Northern end and wall and base units on the other side of the kitchen into which is fitted a large gas fired Chateau Cornue cooker with ovens under. There is also a dishwasher and drinks fridge. A large wooden kitchen table and chairs run down the centre of the room. Doors on the East side of the kitchen lead to the Back Kitchen and utility room on one (Southern) side and a dining room on to a boot room on the other (Northern) side.

Back kitchen: Immediately adjoins the main kitchen and contains a large American style fridge/freezer and another dishwasher plus further units for storage.

The Dining Room also immediately adjoining the kitchen, very much a traditional dining room with antique table and chairs, side board and French doors and windows giving natural light and access to the courtyard. A door from the far end of the dining room leads on into:

The Drawing Room: A spacious, light and very comfortable room with three sofas and a large traditional open fireplace. Two sets of French doors give wonderful natural light and access out to the gardens on the Northern side. A doorway and steps lead down to a second:

Drawing Room/Cinema room: This is a smaller more intimate room with two comfortable sofas and a smaller woodburning fireplace. In this room a cinema screen neatly rolls up into the ceiling and can be drawn down to turn this into a small cinema.

Bedrooms & bathrooms

The Master Bedroom 1: The Provençal Suite. This is the largest and most luxurious suite enjoying stunning views to the hills. Attractive natural flagstone floors and magnificent original beams in this large room are the setting for a superb custom made, larger than emperor four poster bed. Its Ensuite Bathroom features a bath, walk in jetted shower, twin washbasins and a WC. Two large arched doorways lead out and down to the swimming pool.

Bedroom 2: The Mulberry Suite. Terracotta coloured walls  contrast with antique furniture and light coloured flagstone floors and a magnificent 17th Century four poster kingsize bed. Views to the South side of the house, over Olive trees and the lake beyond. Its ensuite bathroom with bath/shower, washbasin and WC.

Bedroom 3: The Palomb Suite. With a superking bed. Looks out over The Domaine’s gardens and to the Pyrénées. The room leads into one of the house turrets, a secluded setting for a morning coffee. A small set of steps leads to an ensuite bathroom with a bath/shower, washbasin and WC

Bedroom 4: The Robin Suite. With coral coloured walls, king bed and views over the courtyard, lake and estate. Steps descend to the ensuite bathroom with sink, WC and bath.

Bedroom 5: The Citron Suite. Light, bright and sunny with a king bed and views to the gardens and Pyrénées. Steps lead to an ensuite bathroom with a bath, washbasin and WC.

Bedroom 6: The Juniper Room. Smallest of the king rooms. Its bathroom is located just across the corridor with a bath, washbasin and WC.

Bedroom 7: The Rosemary Room. With gentle pastel blue walls and twin single beds. Its bathroom has a bath, wash basin and wash basin is located across the corridor and is shared with Bedroom 8 (The Bluebird Room)

Bedroom 8: The Bluebird Room. With two single beds this is a favorite for children on the highest floor. It has a TV and play area. It shares a bathroom with the Rosemary Room.

There is a generous fitted cupboard and hanging space in all bedrooms. There is no air conditioning but fans are available in all bedrooms.

The Bergerie Cottage

More simple in style and smaller, The Bergerie can be rented as part of the main house for large groups or on its own during the lower seasons. Inside (on a single storey) is a fully equipped Kitchen, Living room, as well as one bathroom.

Outside it has its own little courtyard which provides a separate outside dining area with a barbecue and a degree of privacy if desired from the main house. A tranquil spot for breakfast in the early morning sun.

Double Bedroom 9

Twin Bedroom 10

Twin Bedroom 11

Garden and Grounds

Domaine de Montahut is surrounded by extensive well maintained gardens and grounds of ten acres within its own estate. Views give way to The Corbières as far as the eye can see across one of the wildest and most unspoilt areas of France, and enjoying all the climatic advantages of the Mediterranean.

A long unmetalled drive through the estate forms the approach past a small gatehouse into a courtyard with ample room for parking under the shade of one of a number of mature trees, themselves a feature of the gardens. The grounds include a lake and the gardens are a blend of lawns, terraced olive groves and mature trees.

There are a number of shaded eating areas and terraces close to the house and around the garden and pool. The large old spreading Cedars of Lebanon and other mature trees can be beautifully floodlit at night.

Superb views are enjoyed from the pool and gardens to the hillsides and more distant hills and plains to The Minervois region towards the Mediterranean.

Swimming Pool

The alarmed and filtered swimming pool (measuring 15m X 7m, 1.2m at the large shallow end shelving to 2.5m at the deep end) has an inviting pool house at one end equipped with fridge, built in barbecue, dining area and a shower. Generous stone terracing surrounds the pool with sunloungers and parasols. The pool area has a sound system that can be wirelessly connected to any smart phone.

Location

Less than an hour from the Mediterranean and in the foothills of the Pyrenees Domaine Montahut is in The Languedoc Rousillon region of France in the department of Aude. Its closest village is Palaja and it is, remarkably, only 25 minutes drive from the walled city of Carcassonne.

The local hill village of Palaja (10 minutes drive) has basic shopping facilities for groceries including a store selling locally sources fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and wine. There is also a bakery, butcher, post office, chemist and tobacconist in Palaja.

There are several large supermarkets in Carcassonne along with its traditional market on Saturdays. Also in Carcassonne a superb shop called La Ferme in the centre which showcases and sells all the very best of high quality local produce.

How to get there

Airports

Carcassonne (25 minutes,15 miles)

Toulouse (1¼ hrs/68 miles)

Montpelier (1½ hrs/100 miles)

Perpignan (1 ¼ hrs/74 miles).

TGV

Toulouse and Narbonne with connecting trains to Carcassonne.

Things to see and do nearby

Markets

Normally in full swing by 8am and finished by lunchtime. Carcassonne (Saturdays), Mirepoix (Mondays) and the beautiful covered market at Narbonne (every morning) with arguably the best food market in the region. All excellent and easy to reach.

Restaurants

The local village restaurants sell good authentic local food and are enjoyable local experiences. There are also a number of higher end restaurants in Carcassonne including the Michelin starred Restaurant du Parc at the foot of the famous Carcassonne citadel.  A recommended selection of restaurants are contained in The House Information Folder.

Cycling/Bike Hire

This is excellent bicycling country with a wonderful mix of hilly inland rides and more gentle paths alongside its rivers and wine routes. The Tour de France passes very close to the house every year. Road, mountain and even electric bike hire can be arranged in advance.

Walks/Walking

There are wonderful walks all over the area some starting from Domaine Montahut itself and a massive choice locally.You can follow the footsteps of the ancient Cathars at any point along the splendid ‘sentier Cathare’ which links nine of the Cathars’ famous fortresses through countryside and high mountain ridges.

Riding

This is one of the best ways to explore the region. A number of local riding schools offer treks tailored to both beginners and more experienced riders. The Domaine has partnered with a local riding school to create unique treks for guests. If interested this does need to be arranged in advance.

Tennis

There are a choice of tennis courts in the tennis clubs of Carcassonne.

Golf

There is an 18 hole golf course only 20 minutes away at Domaine d’Auriac surrounded by vineyards and open all year round. Perfectly maintained and offering an exceptional panorama of the local landscape it has an excellent reputation. Clubs and buggies can be hired on site.

Skiing

During the winter months the Pyrénées offers excellent skiing. Unspoilt and arguably more intimate, family friendly and definitely more affordable than the Alps. The ski resort of Mont d’Olmes is 1 hr 40 mins drive from the house and makes an excellent day trip. The Ax 3 Domaines and Carmurac ski resorts are also within easy reach and have pistes for all levels. Day passes and ski equipment can be rented on site.

Wildlife

There is much of interest. In May and June cuckoo’s can be heard and often a hoopoe in the garden. Nightingales sing with amour at this time. The frogs strike up a fine chorus in Spring and early summer.

Music and festivals

During the summer months the region is alive with events ranging from local village festivals and fairs to music concerts. The Festival de Carcassonne in July is established as one of the ten biggest in France and in an unrivalled location in the medieval City. There are over a hundred performances through the month of July including theatre, opera, ballet and music.

The Carcassonne firework display

on 14th July (Bastille Day) is a highlight of the year and visible from miles around.

Local villages

An abundance of beautiful Southern French villages are scattered across the region. A scenic trip through the Minervoix with its deep gorges and meadows is a lovely day out with perhaps a stop at the beautifully preserved little medieval village of Minerve perched on the side of a cliff and surrounded by a network of cliffs, natural bridges and canyons.More locally the village of Limoux holds popular wine tasting events through the summer.

Towns and cities

Carcassonne, world famous for its most impressive medieval citadel, the largest in France, is a must. With its 3kms of ramparts (which can be walked) and its centre, full of restaurants, cafes and shops.
Mirepoix and Narbonne are also a feast of local/regional interest, culture, history, architecture and French life.
Toulouse has many art galleries, museums, world class opera and music, as well as top quality shops and restaurants. Its also renowned for its Space Museum, plus the fascinating tours of the nearby Airbus factory.

The Cathar Heritage

For which this area is famed. Many of the ruins and fortresses of the wars against the Cathars are visible today some of them perched in the most dramatic locations. Notable examples include Quéribus and Montségur.

Vineyards and Wine

With 700,000 acres of vineyards the Languedoc is the largest wine producing region in the world and the first region in France to be introduced to winemaking by the Romans.
The Corbières area now produces some outstandingly good value quality wines. Interesting whites and roses are also emerging. The region is also known for its sparkling wines, the precursors in fact to champagne notable of which are ‘Blanquette’ and Crémant de Limoux.
Slightly further afield the Minervoix region is known for its reds and sweet whites.
There are a choice of these vineyards offering tours and inviting on the spot tastings and purchases.

Beaches

Many may simply be happy to relax by the pool at the house but within 50 minutes you could be in the sunshine of the Mediterranean coast! The Languedoc coastline is rich and varied. Its mix of lovely sandy beaches, marshlands, and rocky outcrops are celebrated by artists and poets. A favourite of the owners is by Biquet Plage at Leucate. Here there is an excellent laid back restaurant selling fresh fish and tapas style platters only a short distance from the sea’s edge. The beaches at Narbonne, Gruissan and Port la Nouvelle are all within easy reach for a day trip.

Children, sports and adventure

For the more adventurous and those with children there are plenty of activities in the area ranging from go karting in Carcassonne, an acrobatic forest centre with eight courses and nearby Cavayère Lake with its recently opened Aquapark.

On nearby rivers you can also enjoy kayaking, canoeing, rafting, rock climbing and canyoning. For the more extreme thrill seekers tandem skydives can be booked near Lezignan or an afternoon of hotair ballooning or paragliding.

A delightful day can be enjoyed hiring a barge and navigating quietly down the Canal du Midi, interspersed with beautiful bridges and an aqueduct. Those wanting to cycle the same route can do so.

Tourist Office

There is an excellent tourist office in Carcassonne.

Additional Information

Arrival welcome and departure: Tenants will be met on arrival and shown how everything works, both inside and out.

Wifi, Broadband and mobile signal: Mobile phone signal is fair but not perfect in every room and WiFi is reliable for mobile phones. There is WiFi broadband internet accessthroughout the main house and Bergerie Cottage, within 20 m of the house and within 20m of the pool house.

House Information Folder: The comprehensive House Information Folder contains details of recommended local shops, restaurants, markets, cultural, sporting and recreational activities plus many other suggestions on what to do and where to go in the vicinity. The folder also includes additional maps and brochures Further details of all matters referred to on this website are available in The House Information Folder.

Additional entertainment: There is a good selection of games and toys for children. There are a number of English language books and an excellent choice of family board games and playing cards for the use and enjoyment of guests.

Music and TV: Satellite TV’s are provided in the Green Drawing/Sitting Room and the Blue Drawing/Sitting Room in the main house and in the sitting room of The Bergerie. There is a home cinema system in The Blue Drawing Room. The TV’s also have DVD systems, PS4 and Netflix. Detailed instructions are all at hand.

Services included: 2 hours of cleaning per morning will be carried out on five days per week (Monday to Saturday 10am – 12 noon) and paid for by the owners.

Optional / additional services available: Any additional hours of housework should be agreed in advance and paid direct by guests.

Provided sufficient notice is given, a part time cook/private chef can be found. His/her wage will be the guest’s responsibility, and can be ascertained in advance should guests wish. 

Utilities: The Utility Room contains another fridge and in the corner of this room is a WC with wash basin.

Air conditioning and heating: It is an all year round house and there is central heating throughout. There is no air conditioning but fans are available in all bedrooms. Being of traditional construction the house stays relatively cool in summer. It is an all year round house and there is central heating throughout. There are also open fires in the Drawing/Sitting rooms and main kitchen. Logs for the fireplaces are provided.

Children:  There are 3 travel cots for children (with mattresses and waterproof fitted sheets and blankets) and 3 high chairs. In the kitchen there is also colourful cutlery and crockery for young children.

Car Parking: There is ample space for parking beside house and gardens.

Pool Safety: Children must be supervised at all times.

Rents
2024
Period Rent per week
27th April to 4th May €6,300
4th May to 11th May €6,800
11th May to 18th May €6,800
18th May to 25th May €7,400
25th May to June 1st €9,500
June 1st to June 8th €10,500
June 8th to June 15th €11,000
June 15th to June 22nd €12,000
June 22nd to June 29th €12,600
June 29th to July 6th €15,200
July 6th to July 13th €15,200
July 13th to July 20th €15,700
July 20th to July 27th €15,700
July 27th to August 3rd €15,700
August 3rd to August 10th €15,700
August 10th to August 17th €15,200
August 17th to August 24th €15,200
August 24th to August 31st €10,500
August 31st to September 7th €9,500
September 7th to September 14th €9,500
September 14th to September 21st €8,400
September 21st to September 28th €6,800

All other weeks on request

The following offers are possible depending on availability:

  1. The main house on its own (without The Bergerie) for 8 bedrooms and 16 guests.

Alternatively, if the main house is available, the house and Bergeriecottage may be offered on the following basis:

Either:

  1. Part of the main house only – 5 bedrooms/10 guests or
  2. The Bergerie Cottage on its own – 3 bedrooms/6 guests

Rents for any of the alternative offers are negotiable and dependant on availability.

Terms & conditions and the booking process

The Booking Process: A deposit of 30% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 70% balance to be paid 10 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.

Security Deposit: A Booking and Security Deposit will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental and (b) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. It will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy.

Minimum stay: Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.

Arrival Time & Departure times: Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 4pm on the commencement day. They will be welcomed on arrival, given a tour of the property and shown how everything works. Tenants should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure.

Number of People: Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 22 people (plus babies) staying in the property at any one time. (This will be varied accordingly for just The Bergerie or if only part of the main house is being used).

Security: The owners’ insurance policy requires that all doors are locked, and that all windows are closed when tenants are away from the property.

Energy costs are included: The energy costs are included in the rental price.

Heating costs are included: The heating costs are included in the rental price. 

Water costs are included: Water is metered and can be scarce in the summer months so guests are asked to ensure they do not leave taps running.

Linen and towels: Are provided free of charge and will be changed on a weekly basis.

Smoking: No smoking allowed inside the property. Caution should be taken when smoking outside during the summer months as the risk of fire can be extremely high.

Internet access: yes, included in the rental price. 

Optional / additional services available: any additional services, if available, (eg extra cleaning or cooking) will be agreed in advance at a pre-agreed rate per hour. These costs will be the sole responsibility of the tenant.

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