Millepetit Ensoleille Cottage Carcassonne
Official Contact Details - Millepetit EnsoleillePhone: +33606960278
Handsome mid 18thC cottage uniquely located in a picturesque setting on the banks of the Canal du Midi on 12thC wine domaine/farm only a few kms from the famous medieval 'La Cite' and Carcasssonne.
- Price from 100 GBP / Day
- Capacity up to 6 people
- 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom
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Last updated: 06/24/2009
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Welcome to...Millepetit Ensoleille
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Our self-catering holiday cottage is almost uniquely located as part of a handsomely restored 18th century rustic farmhouse in a truly picturesque setting on the banks of the picturesque Canal du Midi. Situated on the 'Domaine de Millepetit' a small vineyard and working farm, conveniently only a few kms from the medievalLa Cite' and the town of Carcassonne.
The farmhouse has been refurbished for the coming season, which of course means an upgrading of facilities, making us an even more attractive choice for your holiday anytime of the year. It has been restored with 21st century comforts in mind, creating a welcoming home from home, whilst retaining much of its French country charm with stone features, wooden beams and rafters set in the most superb canal-side location.
We are situated on a small working estate or 'Domaine', overlooking this stunning canal, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. We're only a few kms from the famous medieval La Cite', which in turn overlooks the bustling town of Carcassonne.
The gite is part of a larger farmhouse, it is adjoined to a working barn that in turn is connected to the beautiful Chateau of the domaine with its historic 12th century tower.
We are in close proximity to both the sea and mountains so you can easily fully explore this unusual region of South West France. all year round, wether for cultural pursuits, the history of the Cathars, sightseeing, sunbathing or just to take pleasure in tastings at any of the many wine Domaines' of the region.
A few friendly families also live on this small estate and dependent on the time of year you will find seasonal workers resident here and during the summer months the farm may be a little livelier with farming activity.an ideal opportunity to sample rural life in the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Apart from wine and olives, the farm also produces a variety of fruit and vegetables, which can be bought direct from the farmer, a fresher and more local source would be hard to find.
The nearest Cave' for a dégustation' or tasting is only 10 minutes walk from the farmhouse.your neighbours at Millegrand' they produce amongst other varieties an Bronze medal award winning Merlot' and are well worth visiting.
Fishing enthusiasts take note, we are only a few minutes walk from the River Aude and fishing on the canal itself, golfers are not excluded, with the fabulous golf course nearby at the 'Domaine de Auriac' it's open all year round and only a few kms away from your holiday cottage, both cyclists and Hikers are also catered for with 245kms of flat canal towpaths to explore.whilst later in the season, for those of you who enjoy skiing, well why not combine a winter City break in Carcassonne with a few days on piste'. the nearest Ski stations being only 70kms from us at Ax-Les-Thermes.
Your French Odyssey
Both the farmhouse and vineyard were recently seen in TV chef Rick Steins French Odyssey', as he motored past in his rented barge. This BBC series celebrated the gourmet delights and sights of 245kms of the Canal du Midi. This unique part of the Aude inspired another celebrated British TV chef to produce his own television series. John Burton Race recorded a year of relocating to France with his family in Montferrand in his Channel 4 TV series and book entitled French Leave'.
AccommodationUpstairs.Our first floor lounge is bright, spacious and comfortable, full of character of wooden beams and rafters, retaining the original old stone sink as a feature, there are cosy sofas to curl up on whilst relaxing or just watching TV. We have installed both British Sky satellite and French terrestrial TV. There's a DVD playe,(we supply a range of current films but don't forget to bring your favourites) Stereo hi-fi, a broad range of books, puzzles and board games, some of which will take you back to your youth. We also have a small library of current films on DVD but don't forget to bring your favourites.
*The nets around the beds are for decorative purposes only, the area around the farmhouse is a mosquito free zone *
We offer our guests two spacious double bedrooms, both furnished in the French country style. Our generously proportioned family' bedroom has a larger queen sized bed for added comfort plus a traditional double bed.with ample space for the baby crib should it be required, all with new mattresses and bedding, plus lots of soft pillows to fall in to after a hard days sightseeing.
The other equally comfortable double bedroom has all new furniture, mattress, bedding etc with lots of storage space and a view of the canal.
There is a large family sized shower room located close to the bedrooms, fitted with a modern powerful shower, a hairdryer is available plus a baby bath if required plus lots of storage space for your holiday toiletries.
Downstairs.You'll discover a large fully fitted modern kitchen, also facing the canal, again with a mix of old and new, retaining the beams and rafters, with all modern conveniences to help maximise your time in the sun, including a new dishwasher. There's a pine farmhouse table and chairs. and a high chair for baby too.
From here you step almost straight out into the farmyard, with the canal only a few steps away.
The downstairs area also comprises a separate utility room with washing machine, with iron, ironing board, airing rack etc. There is an outside drying area for washdays.
We very comfortably accommodate 4 adults, though we can cater with ease for 5 adults plus a baby or toddler very easily with the new addition of our family room.
Most rooms in the cottage overlook the Canal du Midi and have cooling fans for balmy evenings and reliable portable heating, for out of season rentals. we have to make a charge for heating costs for the cooler evenings
We hope that we haven't forgotten anything, but please let us know if you think we have, your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Cot with mattress and bedding supplied.all new items
Safety Deposit Box
For peace of mind we've also installed a strong box for you valuables.
A few steps from the front door you'll find your private canal-side terrace, complete with table and chairs, an ideal spot to perhaps enjoy a glass of the local wine whilst watching boats amble along the canal.it's definitely life at a slower pace.
Please help yourselves to our herb garden, which you will find at the old water pump.now a garden feature.
Across the canalCrossing the small bridge over the canal brings you to a paddock where the farmer keeps his goat and horses, adjacent to here we have created a more secluded garden with shade fruit and olive trees. Next to the Almond tree under the pergola you'll find a table and chairs plus sunloungers are available if required.
Take some shade under the pergola whilst taking in the stunning scenery, the breathtaking views of the Alaric and Corbieres mountains. Look out for our very own 9th Visigoth castle perched on a promontory which overlooks the garden, better known as Chateau de Miramont, a Cathar stronghold destroyed by Simon de Montforts troops after the siege of La Cite' in the year 1210. perhaps you'll be the one to find the legendary hidden treasure of the Crusaders hidden in the dense forests of the Alaric mountains.
Keeping to this side of the canal a two-minute walk takes you down to the River Aude, a great spot for fishing.according to the locals.
Quite simply, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
Lovers of history and culture
Ideal for a fishing holiday
Fantastic golf course nearby
Cycling, along the old towpaths of the Canal du Midi or on the excellent mountains roads
Hiking, again along the canal towpaths
Sports enthusiasts in general with the nearest ski station around 70 kms away, at Ax-les-Thermes
Adventurers, or for those of you seeking a more rural retreat . the choice is yours!
Request no smoking in farmhouse
Sorry, we don't accept pets
A 20% non-refundable deposit is due within 7 days of booking, and the balance should be paid no later than 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the holiday or by arrangement can be paid on arrival at the gite.
A refundable security deposit of 200 euros is also required on arrival at the cottage. For convenience this will be returned to you as a Sterling cheque on your return to the UK.
Discounts available for repeat bookings and referrals
The 20th December till 4th January is high season, though we offer a discount for a 2-week rental.
Out of season rates for weekend and long lets are also available.
House hunters also receive discounted rates.help and advice is free of charge!
It's a great spot to catch your breath before heading onwards to Carcassonne.
We look forward to welcoming you to our gite at Millepetit and making your stay as comfortable as possible.
Prices & deals
- Lowest Daily Price:
- 100 GBP
- Highest Daily Price:
- 150 GBP
- Lowest Weekly Price:
- 375 GBP
- Highest Weekly Price:
- 525 GBP
- Cleaning fee:
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- Payment Types:
- Credit Card
- Travellers cheque
- Wire Transfer
Location & area
We are located 7kms from Carcassonne and its airport, 3kms to local town/canal port of Trebes, 5kms from Carcassonne plage...which is our local beach.
The busier coastal resorts and beaches are less than an hours drive from Millepetit. Nearest Ski station is 70kms from us at Ax-les-Thermes.
Barcelona 300kms, Toulouse 90kms, Montpelier 150kms, Narbonne 50kms, Beziers 75kms, Timbuktoooo 3057kms
- Domaine de Millepetit, Maison en face du canal, 11800, Carcassonne, France
- Accommodation located in:
- a stones throw from the river aude and close to many other great spots for fishing, countryside, great fishing is only a few minutes walk in the river aude and the canal du midi,, leisure area, mountainside, near cultural interest, near cycling trails of canal du midi, near fishing area, near golf course, near historical interest, near horse riding, near restaurants & bars, near shopping area, near ski area, near tennis courts, near the beach, near walking trails of canal du midi, near water sports, old town, only a few kms from carcassonne plage, only a few kms from the medieval 'la cite', rural, unique canal-side location on the famous canal du midi, village, waterfront, we are a mosquito free zone!!
Amenities & services
The cottage has undergone a refurbishment this year for the 2009 season
Newly installed British Sky satelitte tv and French terestrial tv.
All bedding supplied
* Baby package available *
Large family sized shower room, with powerful shower.
Two sets of both bath and hand towels available(for indoor use only) 7.5 euros per week
Gas hob, electric grill and oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, fridge freezer, toaster, electric kettle, crockery and cutlery, Dining/ kitchen table and chairs and baby high chair.
Washing machine, ironing board and iron, pegs, (for outside drying area) also indoor clothes airing rack.
Two large cooling fans for balmy evenings, plus reliable portable room heaters for out of season lets
Stereo TV, both British SKY Satellite and French terestrial TV, DVD player, Stereo CD system, board games, jigsaws, puzzles, cards, plus a broad selection of both French and English language paperback books.
# of Units: 1... and each unit includes:
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 1
- Single beds: 1
- Double beds: 2
- Baby cots: 1
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- Double sofa beds: 1
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