Per weekfrom 3450.00 to 6325.00 EUR
A grand and elegant mansion from ‘La Belle Epoque’, Le Manoir whisks families and friends back to a glamorous golden age of ‘joie de vivre’, making it a wonderful place for gatherings and celebrations in the sunny South of France.
Le Manoir was built in 1830 by one of the wealthiest local landowners and wine producers, when anyone who was anyone competed to have the biggest and most beautiful house for entertaining - and simply showing off! And who wouldn’t be impressed by the imposing front façade, with is curved stone staircase sweeping up to the front door, all illuminated at night. Once inside, every inch has been designed and furnished to have the wow factor, from another sweeping staircase to the upper floors and the 7 double/twin bedrooms, to the period French ‘Salon’, contemporary breakfast kitchen and elegant dining room with French doors to the terrace – where grown-ups can gather for pre dinner aperitifs, overlooking the courtyard where children can play. Although the house has been lavishly restored to let its period character shine, funky feature walls with a literary theme create a quirky twist and modern tech includes Fibre Wi Fi.
In true country house style, Le Manoir also has a games room where kids can take on the grown ups at table football, ping pong and pool. This leads into the newly opened and ‘Dedicated TV Cinema Room’ for Netflix . Furnished with Comfortable Sofas.
With the Languedoc regularly hitting the hottest temperatures in France, everyone will be thankful to cool down in the 10x4m pool with a shallow end and safety step all the way around, or simply flake out on the loungers on the surrounding sun deck. With over an acre of secure, private garden that provides plenty of space for children to play, on the lawns and in the shady trees, with a trampoline, swing, hammocks and a shallow babbling brook to dangle nets and lines for lots of little fishies.
Then to the rear of the property the ‘Champagne Bar & Wine Makers Barn’. A further fun Courtyard Space with a Webber BBQ. Essentially a weather proof Exterior Covered Entertaining Space. Trendy Chandelier, Tables & Chairs for relaxing or eating Dinner Al Fresco, with a BBQ, plus a chef can be arranged to serve up a special menu with fine Languedoc wines from the honesty cellar.
Le Manoir is a large and lush French country house for up to 14 adults/children/ babies. 4 cots are available for babies (2 wooden and 2 travel cots), as well as 4 high chairs. The main living room is a beautiful, period French ‘salon’, flooded with light through full length windows and with an ornate tiled floors, quirky library feature walls, comfy sofas and Fibre Wi Fi. Kids can also make a games room a base of their own, with table football , table tennis and a pool table.
A large and elegant dining room, also with a period tiled floor, has a table that seats up to 14 and double French windows which flood the room with light and open onto a balustraded terrace that’s perfect for pre and post dinner drinks – an ‘honesty’ wine cellar is well stocked with some of the best Languedoc varieties and vintages. The roomy kitchen is modern and well equipped for large groups, including a large range cooker and gas hob, 2 fridges and 2 dishwashers, plus plenty of large pots and pans. A table that seats 6 comes in handy for serving up baby and toddler breakfasts, snacks and suppers, (with a wall mounted TV to keep them happy!). Also leading off the kitchen there is a utility room with a washing machine and drying facilities.
Bedroom 1 is located on the Ground Floor (for Easier Access) with an ensuite WC and Handbasin and is served by the Ground Floor Family Sized Bathroom & Shower Room close by.
A grand staircase from the entrance hall, sweeps up the first floor landing and 4 large, luxurious ensuite bedrooms which can be set up as doubles or twins, and one which also has a day bed for 2 children to make a family room. All four bedrooms on this floor have an ensuite shower room/wc plus the master bedroom ensuite has his ‘n hers washbasins. Two further bedrooms are on the top floor, a double bed and the second with three single beds/ one large double. These two bedrooms share a family shower room, with twin washbasins and WC, plus there is another family bathroom/wc back on the ground floor.
Besides the large gravel courtyard at the front of the house, and the outdoor dining area by the kitchen, Le Manoir opens up to around an acre of securely enclosed private garden including a 10x4 metre swimming pool, lawns, shady trees and a shallow steam to paddle. There is also a large netted trampoline, swing and hammocks slung amongst the trees.
Please note: This property charges a compulsory €250 cleaning fee
Le Manoir is surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers, but only a stroller stroll from the village of Canet d’Aude in the Languedoc corner of Southern France. The village has a playground, a boules ‘drome’ and tennis courts, as well as essential amenities including the all-important boulangerie, a small supermarket, bar, pizza restaurant GP and pharmacy. There is also a fruit and veg market on Friday and Sunday mornings but for a ‘big shop’ a large supermarket is 4kms at Lézignan Corbières.
The scenic Canal du Midi is within sight of the house and walking distance, or just 5 minutes by car to recommended restaurants at Ventenac, Parazza and Rubia. Families can also hire a boat for a day messing about on the water. The lake at Homps is another lovely spot for a family day out, with a gently shelving beach, plenty of grass for picnics and a café.
The closest large town to Le Manoir is Narbonne (15 mins by car) with a wide choice of shops and restaurants but also a fantastic indoor market (Les Halles) to stock up on the best local produce, with stalls piled high with fruit and vegetables, cheeses, charcuterie, breads, meat and fish.
Around half an hour’s drive, the Medieval Cité of Carcassonne is an absolute must, being the ultimate fairytale castle and one of the top 100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with all kinds of exciting events throughout the summer months.
The Corbieres mountains are only a 10 minute drive from Le Manoir, with ancient Cathar castles clinging to the hilltops, or in 30 minutes, families can be playing on the golden sandy beaches and in the warm Mediterranean sea at Narbonne Plage and Gruissan. A little further afield (approx. 1 hour) Collioure is a lovely old port in a pretty little cove on the Cote de Vermillon, that has inspired plenty of artists and has a number of galleries as well as lovely cafes and restaurants for dining by the sea.
Nearest medical services: GPs in Canet d’Aude; hospital in Narbonne (15 mins)
Getting here: The nearest airport is at Carcassonne and Beziers (30 mins). Others within striking distance include Perpignan, Montpellier and Toulouse.
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 25%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 25%
Balance: 56 days prior to arrival
Air conditionaing 500 euros.
We previously lived in the South of England, where it was easy to take The Tunnel or Ferry for day trips....Or the yearly Holiday further into France or beyond...But the trips were never long enough......
- The opportunity arose to make the move permanently and so we took it !
We bought the Le Manoir de Canet d'Aude early in 2013 - It is a stunning example of a Belle Epoque Mansion of 550+ square meters in size.
With my wife being an Interior Designer and myself as self appointed Project Manager, we have thoroughly enjoyed a year sympathetically renovating it back to its former glory.
This has included completely renovating and redecorating it and the addition of 6 high quality luxury en suite Shower Rooms and one Large Family Bathroom / Shower Room, all with Marble Tiles and Hans Grohe fittings.
We used all quality materials including Farrow and Ball Paints and Osborne and Little Wallpapers to gain the right quality feel.
Please visit our website at www.le-manoir.net
THE WEATHER ! - Sunny 320+ Days a Year, due to our micro climate here - Close to Quality Sandy Beaches and the world famous UNESCO sites of The City of Carcassonne and The Canal Du Midi.
Surrounded by Hundreds Of Acres of Stunning Vineyards and The Open Countryside of the Languedoc - This is where the first vines in France were planted.....and so unsurprisingly this is the Largest Wine Producing Area.
We are lucky also to be minutes from the Canal du Midi, dotted with its many Good Restaurants to serve the Thousands of People from the Canal Boats that moor for Lunch or in the evening for Dinner.
Unspoilt, Charming Villages with their signature Architecture.
Half an hour to a choice of Beaches and Ports for Eating out.
The Lake at Homps, for when the Beaches are windy.
Within view of Snow Capped Mountains.
Near to the Cathedral City of Narbonne for all other practical needs.
+ The UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne just 40 Minutes.
Limitless Coastal Walks and Bike rides.
10m x 4m Brand New Pool with Childs Security Fence .
Large Garden with many mature Fruit Trees.
Sleeps 14 + infants in 6 x double bedrooms and 1 x triple room with a double bed and one single bed.
Carcasonne and Beziers Airports are around 40 minutes away,whilst Montpellier and Toulouse Airports are around 1.5hrs drive.
Shop can be found a short walk from the house.
Private, fenced, heated and gated with entry steps.
The owners use the reputable 'Taste Du Languedoc for all their catering, Wine Tours and home tastings.
This baby-friendly villa offers 4 x cots, 2 are travel and 2 are wooden, 4 x Highchairs, 2 x baby baths, baby bouncer chair, potty, and plastic cutlery and crockery.
This child friendly villa offers bath toys, kids books, general toys and U rated DVDs.
A ping pong table, pool table and baby football, plus board games can all be found in the large games room. Plus a fabulous Cinema Room - comfy and well equipped with a large screen for Netflix and sporting events. Comfy sofas and chairs. Drinks making area with wine chilling fridge.
Pre arrival shopping can be arranged.
The child-friendly villa provides outdoor play gear including buckets and spades, ride-on, swing, large trampoline with safety net.
Fenced in garden of over 1 acre and dining terrace.
Wi-Fi is provided.
Carcasonne Golf and St.Thomas are a short drive away.
There are two public tennis courts opposite the house, plus mini-stadium adjacent for football / basketball/ running track/ bike rides.
Up to 2 x travel and 2 x wooden cots, plus 4 x highchairs can be provided.
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Our family of seven adults and four children, aged between six years and six months, spent a lovely week at Le Manoir. Plenty of equipment for babies, lots of books and toys and a large garden with swings and a trampoline. The house is very roomy and the good number of baths/ensuites ensured that we all had plenty of space. The pool is gorgeous; well fenced and very secure. The age and design of the house mean that it is impossible to gate every flight of stairs, so a little extra care is needed. The whole family would love to return to Le Manoir sometime in the future. Highly recommended.