Beautiful Holiday Home with private pool and surrounding gardens near Narbonne

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms


Only 15 minutes from the centre of Narbonne yet very much in the heart of the countryside, Raissac d'Aude is a small, friendly and very quiet village
Located at the entrance to the village, this large, very private 19th Century Master's House is an exceptionally comfortable 6 bedroom family friendly holiday home of some 325sqm over 3 floors with its own private pool. The house dates back to the 1850s but has been sympathetically renovated to provide all modern conveniences and amazing spaces for a relaxing holiday. The property is available to rent from May to September inclusive
The entrance to Le Petit Chateau is through imposing white wrought iron gates leading on to a gravel driveway with ample parking for up to 4 cars. On all sides the property is surrounded by gardens of just under an acre with views over vineyards some of which are still owned by the family who originally built the domain
To the rear there is the 10x5 fully enclosed swimming pool which is sunny from early morning through to early evening and overlooked by a majestic 200 year old Cedar tree. Aside from sun loungers, there is ample seating-dining facilities under the abri beside the pool with a "cuisine d'été", Camping gaz bbq, sink and small fridgefreezer ample to store drinks etc
The garden is laid to lawn on three sides with plenty of trees and shrubby borders offering numerous seating spaces whether seeking sun or shade
Entrance to the main house is through large oak doors to the front and rear. Double french doors then lead you into the hallway where the walls replicate the original wallpaper in fresco paint
At the front of the house, on either side of the hallway there are double doors leading into 2 spacious salons, one serves for TV viewing and boasts an amazing Louis XV fireplace and ornate ceilings; on the opposite side is a formal dining room which has a substantial open fireplace. There is also an external door that leads to the side lawn and offers an ideal spot to enjoy the early morning sun with your cup of coffee
At the back of the house is a fully equipped kitchen with a beautiful arched window overlooking the side lawn which streams in the early morning sun. An oak kitchen table comfortably seats 8. The utility room across the hallway offers 2 fridge freezers and laundry facilities
Entrance to the games room is through the stabledoors at the front of the house. There is table tennis, darts and other boardgames to be enjoyed. Here you will also find some beach gear like foldable chairs, beach mats and umbrellas which you are welcome to use
There is a downstairs cloakroom in the vestibule at the rear of the house
On the 1st floor the modern family walk-in shower room is shared by three of the five well appointed double bedrooms. Two bedrooms have their own shower-toilet facilities. The wide staircase leads to the 2nd floor with a Master bedroom and ensuite overlooking the front of the house
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Changeover is Saturday 16. 00 to Saturday 10. 00
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking; the balance is payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. Payment can be made online or privately by bank transfer (with all charges to sender) or Paypal
A Damage Deposit of €650 is required with the final payment or on arrival and completely refundable provided there is no damage and the property is left as found
Bed linen, towels and beach towels are included
Water and electricity is included (except for Winter lets, oil central heating is an extra charge of €500 per week)
Cleaning: Guests are not required to undertake a full clean of the house before they leave. However, we do ask that bins are emptied, bottles taken to the bottle bank and any washing up is done and put away before you leave

The area: Raissac d'Aude is one of those sleepy little French villages - there are just 260 people living here and the road to the village goes no where else. Not surprisingly therefore it's a peaceful place. Surrounded on all sides by vineyards little has changed over the last century. It's location is superb - it is off the beaten track yet within easy distance of the medieval Carcassonne, the Mediterranean coast, Corbieres hills, unlimited vineyards and a15 minute drive into central Narbonne & 5 minutes to the Canal du Midi. The market town of Lezignan Corbieres is 10 minutes away and the area is well known for its Cathar castles and local wine is cheap and plentiful! If you fancy something completely different, then Spain is only 75 minutes away

Raissac itself has a corner shop 50yds across the road selling fresh bread, croissants and groceries, a post office and its own winery where you can sample on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Visiting vans sell meat and fish in the church square. In the grounds of the village hall there is a small park with slide and play area for young children. The nearest bar is 5 minutes away in Canet d'Aude where there is also a good pizzeria, small supermarket, boulangerie, pharmacy, newagents, butchers and tennis courts. More restaurants can be found in nearby Ventenac and Paraza by the Canal du Midi about 5km away. Beyond that, there are numerous other villages with restaurants within 15 minutes drive of Raissac. Narbonne is an easy (i. E. Not small windy roads) 15 minutes drive away where there is a limitless choice of shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants, hypermarkets and a really good indoor market every day (open until 1 o'clock), plus a bi-weekly market Sundays and Thursdays. Lezignan Corbieres is just under 15 mins away and has a good market on a Wednesday with a full range of shops for provisions

Things to do:
Abbaye de Fontfroide - a restored Benedictine abbey founded in the 11th Century located just outside Narbonne
Sigean African Wildlife Reserve - 15km south of Narbonne on c. 300 hectares of land and housing more than 3, 800 animals
Basilique St-Nazaire - The first church would have been built in the 6th century under the Visigoths and King Theordoric. Documentation dates back to 925
La Cité in Carcassonne is a must see. An impressive fortress style construction which has played a central role in local history of the centuries. Carcassonne Festival is usually held in July
Lake Cavayere near Carcassonne offers picnic areas, pedalo hire, miniature golf, sandy beaches, fishing, and a Forestry Acrobatic Park. An ideal place for walking around its pine shaded paths
The Cathar Trail - The area is littered with Cathar history. An interesting topic to read up on, or alternatively take some time to visit some of the many castles which the region houses
Canal du Midi - Now very much leisure focused, the canal originally brought commerce and wealth to the region when it linked the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in the 17th Century. Conveniently, the canal is just 5km from the house - an easy cycle ride or short drive
Toulouse - The 'pink city' as it's often referred to
Cassoulet Trail - If food is your thing, then a trip to Castelnaudary to try their famous cassoulet is a must do
La Clape massif - Once an island, now an area of c. 15, 000 hectares and located between Narbonne and the coast. Just a short drive from the property and offering some fabulous walks and wildlife, not to mention stunning sea views
The lagoons - The Aude coastline is littered with salt water lagoons. Salt marshes, rich fauna and flora and some significant oyster farming make these interesting areas to stroll around. Traditional fishing methods are still practiced in the lagoons
Visit the beach! The Mediterranean beaches are long and sandy around here. And the choice. ! Narbonne and Gruissan Plages are the nearest although there are a variety of others to choose from

By road: Easily driveable in one day from the South of England, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark and Germany via the excellent motorway network in France, the property is less than 15 mins from both the A61 and A9 motorways

By air:The area is well served by the following 6 international airports (Ryanair flights) Carcassonne and Perpignan: 40 minutes Toulouse, Montpellier: 75 mins Nimes and Girona (Spain): 90 minutes

By rail:Narbonne and Lezignan-Corbieres are on the main high speed rail network (TGV) and offers a direct line to Paris and Barcelona in Spain

Bus:There is a bus service from the village to Narbonne and surrounding villages


  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Parking
  • Heating
  • TV
  • Laundry
  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness


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