À propos de ce logement
Domaine les Hirondelles (the House of Swallows) is a former wine-maker’s estate, with two self-catering cottages, set in 2.5 acres of walled gardens. Just 15 minutes east of Carcassonne, in SW France, the sun-blessed Domaine is a haven for parents and a delight for children.
The former grape-pickers’ cottages have been renovated and beautifully re-designed to provide top quality self-catering holiday accommodation that combines comfortable luxury with a restful and relaxing way of life.
If you are looking for a relaxing, restful holiday near Carcassonne in sunny, southern France, look no further than our beautifully restored cottages.
La Maison de la Vigne is one of two beautiful, self-catering holiday properties available for you, your family and friends, each with its own private garden. The cottages have shared use of a large, 12m x 6m heated swimming pool with security fencing. The spacious, lawned grounds have plenty of room for the shaded children’s playground as well as other garden games, or you can escape to peaceful, secluded spots more suited to dozing and reading.
We completed the renovation and re-design of the interiors in 2011, transforming them into light, well-equipped and stylishly furnished holiday accommodation. Each cottage has two floors - the bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs have lovely views across the extensive 2.5 acres of walled gardens.
La Maison de la Vigne (Vine Cottage), previously grape-pickers’ accommodation, is an independent, self-catering cottage, with its own private garden. Stylishly furnished, the cottage offers superior accommodation on two levels for our guests. Downstairs the kitchen is equipped to a high standard with the full range of appliances. There is a comfortable sitting & dining area inside and the cottage has its own private garden and vine-shaded terrace with a gas BBQ. From here it is only a short walk to the large, sunny 12m x 6m heated pool and summer kitchen. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms, the beds all have high quality, pocket-sprung mattresses. Bedroom 1 has a king-sized bed & en suite shower room with powerful shower. Bedroom 2 has a superking-sized bed (it can be made up as two single beds). Adjacent to bedroom 2 is a modern bathroom with full bath and powerful shower. On the spacious landing is a daybed which can be used for general relaxation or can convert to an additional bed.
Within the walled grounds there is everything that both parents and children could wish for to relax and have fun. The large (12x6m), sunny pool has security fencing, is surrounded by comfortable loungers and relaxing armchairs, perfect for soaking up the sun, and has its own spacious summer kitchen. There is a shady playground for younger children with wooden climbing frame, swings and slides, whilst for older children there is outdoor table tennis, badminton, a trampoline and other garden games, as well as bicycles for all ages. Adults may prefer lying back with a book, or simply watching the amazing aerobatics of the swallows from the hammock or deck chairs tucked away in peaceful corners of the garden.
You may never want to venture beyond the secluded walled grounds, but as the property is situated in the heart of the lovely medieval village of Capendu, you are only a short walk to a boulangerie, a small but well-stocked supermarket with excellent butcher and cheese counter, a bar, two restaurants and a pharmacy.
Come and have a real holiday. Relax by the pool, soak up the sun on the nearby beaches, enjoy the wide variety of excellent local food and wine, explore the castles and abbeys of Cathar country, play golf, and walk or cycle along the Canal du Midi. At Domaine les Hirondelles it is all on your doorstep.
Here is a short summary of the facilities you can enjoy when you stay with us in la maison de la vigne:
•A large, open plan kitchen-dining-sitting room downstairs
•2 double bedrooms upstairs
•Two bathrooms, one en-suite, one with full-size bath (plus a downstairs loo)
•High quality, pocket sprung mattresses on all beds
•Egyptian cotton bed linen and thick, fluffy towels
•Dishwasher, washer/drier, microwave, gas hob, fan oven
•TV, DVD, iPod dock, Freesat channels (Cbeebies etc)
•Private terrace with gas BBQ
•Private garden with garden furniture
•Towels provided free of charge for use at the pool or beach
Accès des voyageurs
You will have access to La Maison de la Vigne and its private garden. You will have shared access to the pool and grounds around the pool, including the children's play area. The shared areas are for use by guests in both cottages and the owners.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We are an English family who lives permanently in France. Our two young children go to the local village primary school and are bi-lingual. We live in a house within the grounds. We speak English, French, Italian and rusty German and are more than happy to answer your questions or make reservations at local restaurants for you. We also know how to stay in the background so that you have your privacy.
Domaine les Hirondelles is situated in the heart of Capendu, a typical Languedoc ‘village circulade’ with its ‘spiral’ of medieval streets. Only 2 min walk away is a bakery, a well-stocked small supermarket, bar, 2 restaurants and a pharmacy.
The immediate area around Capendu offers endless possibilities for anything from a short ride up to full day's mountain-biking or road cycling. You can walk or cycle through the vineyards of the Minervois and Corbieres wine region and, for the keen cyclist, you can follow in the cycle tracks of previous years' Tour de France. The Canal du Midi is a short ride or drive away through the vineyards and then you can follow the canal for as long as you wish, with the opportunity for stopping off at the various wine chateaux along the way.
Outdoor Pursuits: Lovers of outdoor pursuits are spoilt for choice as the Languedoc makes the most of its natural assets. Exceptional landscapes created naturally over thousands of years are perfect for mountaineers, climbers and hikers alike. Gorges, caves, valleys and mountain massifs offer a wide range of outdoor activities, from walking, hiking, canyoning and rafting to rock climbing and paragliding. Canoeing and kayaking is offered by a local company along the river Aude, just 10 minutes from Domaine les Hirondelles. Horse riding is also available close by.
Cycling and Walking: You can ramble through the local 'Piémont d'Alaric' area, in which Domaine les Hirondelles sits, on foot or by bike. You will cross very different landscapes such as the herb-scented garrigue countryside around the Mont Alaric (600m), colourful vines, but also rice paddies, orchards and asparagus fields.
Golf: Golf is popular with the warm climate making it a pleasure to play. There are ten clubs, including championship courses, within 90 minutes of the house. Carcassonne is the nearest course and is suitable for all levels of players. It offers club hire and the restaurant does a great lunch with a perfect view of the 1st tee!
Car: recommended (we have off-street parking for guests)
Airports: Carcasonne (20 mins); Beziers (60 mins) Toulouse (75 mins); Monpellier (75 mins) Perpignan (75 mins); Girona (90 mins)
Situated east of Carcassonne, Capendu is only 15 min drive from the castle and medieval Cité of Carcassonne. It is 2 km away from the peaceful Canal du Midi which is easily accessible by bicycle. The golden sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are only 40 min drive and, if you fancy something nearer, then head to Lac de Cavayère, a man-made lake with a good variety of leisure activities, only a 15 min drive from Domaine les Hirondelles. As well as the many castles and abbeys of Cathar country to explore, the region offers a wide variety of excellent local food and wine. The Cities of Narbonne, Beziers and Montpellier are all within a short drive. At Domaine les Hirondelles it’s all on your doorstep.
Complimentary bathrobes and toiletries are provided for guest use during their stay. Bath towels and pool towels are also provided.
Cots and cot bedding can be provided at no extra cost.
High chairs, stair gates, change mats, baby monitor and other baby equipment are available on request.
Within the walled grounds there is everything that both adults and children could wish for to relax and have fun. In addition to the large, sunny, heated pool with its own well-equipped summer kitchen (NB: the pool has SECURITY FENCING INSTALLED) there is a playground for younger children with wooden climbing frame, sandpit, swings and slides. Whilst for older children there is outdoor table tennis, table football, air hockey, a trampoline and other garden games.
Bicycles are available for adults and children in case you fancy a leisurely ride along the Canal du Midi. There is even a 'baby taxi' which attaches to an adult bike so your little ones can enjoy it too.
We only take bookings starting on a Saturday. Minimum rental period is 7 consecutive days. We are only open from May until end September each year. We cannot accept more guests than the state capacity of the cottage. July and August get booked up at Domaine Les Hirondelles around 18 months in advance. Please search for our own website to view a long term calendar.
Minimum 7 night stay, Saturday to Saturday only
To respect our neighbours', guests may not play music in the garden after 9pm
The pool is not available from 10pm-7am, daily
For liability reasons, guests may not bring any visitors or any others to our home at any time, for any length of time. Only those individuals who are registered guests may enter the premises.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 7 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 % et les frais de service vous sont remboursés intégralement.
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