Maison des Fleurs is a beautiful little 18th Century, winemaker's cottage in the Corbieres, Languedoc, near the Canal du Midi and Carcassonne. The cottage has a sunny balcony where you can enjoy your evening glass of wine and watch French village life pass by. Situated just 16 miles from a wide choice of beaches, and only 4 miles from wonderful rivers where you can enjoy 'wild swimming', this cottage is in an ideal location.
Maison des Fleurs is an ancient 18th Century stone artisan's cottage lovingly restored, using original materials & traditional methods, as a gite. It has exposed beams, original hand made floor tiles, a wood burning stove and a sunny balcony where you can sit with a glass of wine and watch village life go by. Although an ancient cottage with charm and character it has all modern amenities necessary for a good, relaxing holiday, including wi fi. Ideal for vacation use, this cottage is also a favourite for those house hunting during the cooler months as it is a cosy and well heated cottage.
Guests will have a well equipped kitchen with a full size oven and hob and a fridge/freezer and microwave. We provide complimentary tea & herbal teas, coffee, sugar, milk, spices and local wines. There is a large collection of DVD's in the lounge area and some local guide books and novels. A satnav is also supplied to help you find your way around.
Guests are welcomed by the owners who live in the next village but are always on call for advice and help.
This is an ideal holiday location. Situated in the wine making medieval village of Thezan des Corbieres, you will be close to the World Heritage sites of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi and in the centre of the historic Cathar region of the Languedoc. Only fifteen minutes away are the abbeys of Lagrasse and Fontfroide and the Roman city of Narbonne.
If you prefer sports to history then kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing and diving are on all offer and you have forty four beaches, covering 50 km, from which to chose, they start at only thirty minutes drive away.
Only ten minutes from the cottage is the FlyZone where you can experience 'bodyflying' in their simulator. The same small airfield offers Tandem parachuting and Sky Diving plus flights over the Corbieres with your own personal pilot.
Unless you are a very enthusiastic and experienced cyclist, a car is essential in this part of the Languedoc, especially if you want to explore. You can arrive by plane or train - there are at least four airports that are nearby - but car hire is necessary. Bikes can be hired and delivered to the cottage and are great fun to use especially on the cycle tracks along the side of the Canal du Midi.
Renowned for its gourmet food, this area offers regional specialities such as cassoulet, it also offers a wide variety of sea food. Spectacular fruit, most of it grown locally, is available, very inexpensively, sun-drenched peaches and nectarines abound and the markets are an illustration of the bounty on offer. Purple aubergines, huge garlics, tomatoes of all shapes, sizes and colour, peppers and onions all jostle on the tables next to huge vats of local olives. You can eat out to suit all pockets, a typical 3 course lunch, including local wine is 13 euros.
Thezan des Corbieres is in the heart of the Corbieres in the Languedoc and is surrounded by vineyards, many of which offer tours and all of which offer 'degustations' - wine tastings. From a humble roadside domaine to a huge chateau, all will make you welcome. A very drinkable botttle of wine will cost you no more than 4 euros - if you are a connoisseur you can buy some excellent Corbieres or Minervois wines for a third of the price in the UK.
If you are hoping to take back some antiques, or maybe just unusual bric a brac, Vide Greniers (Attic Sales) are held in all the local villages and bargains abound. There are also Brocantes which offer antique and vintage bargains.
Accès des voyageurs
This is an 18th Century, small (50 sq m) cottage that has been made into a very comfortable and charming gite. It has all the amenities and comforts necessary to make your stay special.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We, or our housekeeper Vanessa, welcome all our guests personally on arrival. We show them the cottage and facilities and answer any queries they might have; we also supply advice regarding the region and places of particular interest. As our grandson visits us a lot we are able to also advise families of suitable places/events for children. We leave, in the cottage, DVD's, books and games for children plus fishing nets, beach umbrella and even a bucket and spade.
Guests are given our contact number and are reassured that we can be with them within 10 minutes if they have any problem. We have escorted guests to Doctors and Clinics, to Estate Agencies and even taken cyclists to the Supermarket to buy their initial supply of groceries. We also make available storage for bicycles, motorbikes or wood.
We informally visit the house at least twice during guests stay taking the opportunity, during the summer, to share produce from our organic vegetable garden. We always ensure we are available to say 'goodbye' and 'safe journey' to our guests.
We have met some fabulous people from Airbnb and other agencies, we have so enjoyed our conversations with them and the insight we have gained into their own culture. So far we have hosted American, Australian, Belgian, Canadian, Dutch, French, German, Irish, Romanian, Spanish, Swiss & Turkish guests, as well as British. We have been very warmed by all the feedback and touched by the amazing comments people have made about the cottage and decor. Most of all it is very gratifying to see how much people have enjoyed their holiday in this wonderful part of France.
This region has a fabulous micro-climate meaning that it is suitable all year round for a holiday. In December it can still be 16 degrees - this is an ideal time for hill walking or cycling. Please note there is now a Cafe/Bar/Pizzeria in the village serving simple, but tasty and inexpensive meals plus wines and beers. There is also a new Bar which serves lunches and dinners plus tapas.
This is an ancient cottage and the stairs are quite sheer. The toilet is on the ground floor and the shower on the middle floor - for these reasons it may not suit those with a mobility problem. It is also not suitable for children under the age of 5 years.
We provide your first supply of wood and kindling for the Godin in the winter months but there are also electric radiators in each room, including the shower. It is a well insulated and cosy cottage and suitable for all year round use.
After each visitor the house is thoroughly spring cleaned - we ask only that you take your rubbish and bottles to the bins and bottle banks.
Dogs are very welcome if their owners are well behaved!
All our bedding is suitable for those with allergies and, wherever, possible, bio (eco friendly) products are used.