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The Cathar Cottage, Pennautier - Lovely, Traditional Village House

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Whether it's your base for exploring the ruins of Cathar Castles, walking through beautiful nature, strolling the battlements of the medieval La Cité of Carcassonne, cruising along the Canal du Midi on a barge or sampling the beautiful wines of the region – the Cathar Cottage is your perfect home away from home!

The Cottage is located in the village of Pennautier which is found 5 minutes drive North of beautiful Carcassonne. Pennautier has been known as such since 1781, however its history wends it's way back through the Middle Ages and Roman Occupation into pre-history.

The Cathar Cottage is an attached village house on 3 floors. The ground floor consists of the entrance, kitchen and dining area, along with a full bathroom. The first floor comprises the Master Bedroom, Sitting Room, Terrace and second toilet. The second bedroom is contained on the second floor - please note there are fairly steep steps to the second floor which would not be suitable for older persons or very young children. The Cottage has free Wi-Fi.

Pennautier has all the basic services within walking distance, including a newsagent, grocery store, bakeries, butcher, cafe, pizza restaurant, pharmacy, and doctor. The Chateau de Pennautier is on the edge of the village (2 min walk from the Cottage) and dates back to 1620 - a wonderful place to engage in a bit of 'wine tourism'!. Parking is available within meters of the house.

Keywords: French, village, intimate, historic, services, shops

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The Cathar Cottage, Pennautier
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

What makes this cottage unique

The experience of holidaying in a genuine functioning French village in a cottage full of character. The ability to walk up the street and shop for fresh croissants, baguettes, jambon and fromage to construct your own beautiful picnics. And of course walking 2 minutes through the village at night to visit the lovely restaurant of the Chateau De Pennautier to enjoy a lovely meal and sip a range of the excellent wines that are a product of the Chateau winery.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Pennautier in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full Bathroom on ground floor (toilet, shower, basin, etc) Toilet and basin on first floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds (1) Master Bedroom on 1st floor, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two single beds are provided on the 2nd floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Terrace ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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The Cathar Cottage, Pennautier - Lovely, Traditional Village House
average rating of 4.821429 based on 28 reviews

Quaint little town house

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this quaint little town house, which is well equipped from top to bottom. The stairs were quite steep and we both felt that older residents may suffer trying to get up and down.

Whilst we really enjoyed our stay the lack of access to an outdoor space proved claustrophobic and as such we spent most of our time out and about. That said I suspected there was limited access to an outside seating area prior to our visit so I blame myself in this respect.

It was spotlessly clean with a superb shower and constant hot water, you could not ask for more at the price

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic traditional house in lovely village

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Cathar Cottage with my wife and children, aged 7 and 4, for a week at the end of August. This is a wonderful traditional French house, and the photos on the site do not do it justice. Pennautier is a lovely French village with a butcher, 2 boulangeries, a mini market, a tabac and one bar. We loved going to the boulangerie every morning and for a drink at the bar in the evening. Everyone we met in the village was very friendly, and always fussed over the kids which was really nice. Be prepared to speak French in the village, as many people don't speak english! Again, we saw this as a plus as our son has just started French at school. The village is 10 minutes from Carcassonne and a great base for exploring the region. My one piece of advice is do not take your vehicle down the Rue Victor Hugo to the front of the house. The street is horrifically narrow at the bottom and we scratched our wing mirror on the hire car. Park at the top or bottom of the street in the parking bays on the main road - we never had a problem getting parked and it is a short walk to the house. While we were there a light broke for the bathroom which I reported one morning. We went out for the day and when we returned it had been fixed which was fantastic. We had a fantastic experience at Cathar Cottage, a real feeling of being in real France, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Confortable, typique nous avons aimé.

  • 5 of 5

Confortable, typique nous avons aimé.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, cozy. Had everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

I would 100% come back. We felt welcomed. We felt at home. It was fun exploring. We enjoyed shopping and cooking for ourselves.I wish we had stayed longer

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, great location

  • 5 of 5

Really well equipped cottage with comfy beds, good wifi, plenty of towels, good shower etc. Just what we wanted. Parking was justt at the top of the street in proper marked spaces. Great location to walk to 2 bakers, a butchers and small supermarket with really chatty friendly locals. Lovely arrival bottle of wine from the neighbouring vineyard and soft drink each for the kids. There's a lovely playground in the village too for the children. Carcasonne and Narbonne Plage were our favourite days out. Many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great value in a very unique property.

  • 5 of 5

Let me start by saying that I have stayed in approximately 35 vacation rental properties in the last 10 years in the USA, Spain, Portugal, France and the UK. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, apartment rentals "are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get." There are often surprises some good, and some not so good. This one had a lot of good surprise. First, it has a wonderful shower; good water pressure, ample room, and that most welcome of bathroom amenities for Americans, a shower curtain to keep the water in the shower. It also has the absolute BEST laundry equipment in any rental that I have ever seen. The equipment was easy to use and the dryer was a real dryer, not a wire rack. The Cathar Cottage is very roomy. My wife and I traveled alone but if you have a couple of kids (age 6 and up) they would absolutely love this place. It has an third level for the kids to sleep in that kids will love. Pennautier is a very small village but it is a short drive to Carcassonne. There are also great day trips you can make such as Minerve and Lastours. Lastours is a super place to see and only about 30 minutes away. You can hike up to 4 sets of castle ruins and it isn't that strenuous a hike (or I wouldn't have done it). Great views of the countryside. If you drive in this village I suggest that you do not drive your car down the street that the apartment is on. The bottom of the street narrows drastically. Just park on the main street above the apartment and wheel your luggage down the hill about 50 meters. Hey, nothing's perfect. Making the arrangements was very easy and the owners were super nice and prompt with all communication. I would highly recommend this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
Not to be missed! A superb UNESCO world heritage site (see
Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus
La Bergerie
Wonderful Restaurant, not to be missed.
Chateau de Pennautier
Famous for its Cassoulet. Lovely restaurant and cafes along the Midi Canal
Port La Nouvelle
Lovely Beach when the weather is warm! Range of cafes and restaurants along the boulevard ...
El Campo
Cheap and cheerful restaurant for lunch and dinner
Le Trouvere
Reasonably priced meals, great location, great hosts, good service
La Table Cave du Château
Great for lunch or dinner and 2 minutes walk from The Cathar Cottage
Le Moulin
Located right besides the locks of the Midi Canal. Great place to relax and watch the sail...
The best preserved circulade in Europe.
Château de Durfort
The village is closely linked to the decline of the Cathar church: in 1321, Guilhem Bélibast...
In 1210 a group of Cathars sought refuge in the village after the massacre at Béziers during...
The book village of France, and also some wonderful art stores and cafes. Lovely Feel.
Château de Montségur
Rennes le Chateau
The modern reputation of Rennes-le-Château rises mainly from claims and stories dating from ...
Château de Peyrepertuse
Château de Salses
Nearest Airport
4 Kilometres
Carcassonne International Airport-Salvaza Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Le Rustik Cafe and Bar, Boulevard Pasteur
Nearest Ferry
64 Kilometres
Port la Nouvelle
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Carcassonne Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Autoroute de Deux Mers (highway of the two seas)
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Les Chais Du Chateau, Pennautier
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Inland Beach - Lac de la Cavayere
Car: recommended

Bar/pub, discotheque, park and garden, sea world, nature reserve, exhibition center, art gallery, historical site, summer theater, festivals, antiques & bric-a-brac, local craftstore, cellar and wine tasting, natural spring baths, thermal baths, beauticians, fitness center, Bio farm


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Pennautier, Carcassonne area

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Check-In: Not before 11.00am
Check-Out: Before 11.00am (please let us know if you need to depart later, and we'll try and accommodate this)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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