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Unplug And Unwind In This Family Friendly Village Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Village Home Surrounded By Vineyards

Situated in rural languedoc-roussillon, the village of castelnau d'aude (pop.445) is quiet and peaceful, a small hamlet virtually a world apart from the hustle and bustle of city life. Our cozy holiday home has old world charm and modern amenities, without the distractions of wi-fi and satellite tv. We invite our guests to unplug and unwind - relax and enjoy the simplicity of the french countryside. Go for a cycle by the canal (less than a mile away), have a picnic by the river, or enjoy a glass of wine from our local winemaker on our rooftop terrace.

Castelnau d'Aude is situated midway between the historic cities of Carcassonne and Narbonne, in the shadow of the black mountains and surrounded by vineyards. The house is only 5 minutes from the Canal du Midi and 30 minutes from the Mediterranean.

A rural paradise, the village remains undiscovered by many from outside the region. The village is known for it's award wining winery Terres Georges run by Roland and Anne-Marie Coustal who offer tours and tastings twice weekly.

Lezignan-Corbieres (10 minutes away) has a host of shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants. Both Lezignan and Olonzac (10 minutes away) have authentic, lively weekly markets. A five minute drive away is the beautiful canal side village of Homps, with a recreational lake ideal for sunbathing and swimming. It also has a cafe bar on the site with boat hire too. Along the canal at Homps there are some wonderful cafe/bars and restaurants.

The ground floor of the house consists of a living room with open plan kitchen and dining area (along with a with a queen sofa beds). The living room has a tv for playing dvd's. The winding stairs lead to the first floor with a small single bedroom, a large bedroom with a twin and queen bed, and an adjacent w/c with shower. Upstairs there is a large bedroom that looks out onto the rooftop terrace, a perfect spot dining or relaxing with a glass of wine on a lovely warm evening.

The home is located on a quiet road with little to no traffic. The village has a town hall, school, post office, grocery shop, as well as a weekly butchers van. Within a two minute walk of the house is a playground, basketball court and a football stadium.

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Property Manager
Sinead Finnerty-Pyne
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2018

About Sinead Finnerty-Pyne

Mother and daughter team Ann and Sinead Finnerty fell in love with the small village and charming home after a trip to visit relatives in the village in 2001. Since purchasing the house that same year, they have spent time renovating and embellishing their home with regional finds and fond memories with their children, grand children, relatives and friends.

Ann is Irish born but has lived in Los Angeles since the late 1960's. Her daughter Sinead was born and raised in Los Angeles but calls Ireland and now France her second and third homes.

Sinead Finnerty-Pyne purchased this house in 2001

What makes this house unique

The home is compact and cozy and opens up further as you ascend the winding stairs. The rooftop terrace offers you a burst of light and a welcome retreat.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Castelnau-d'Aude around the Aude

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Newly remodeled.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , overlooking rooftop terrace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , adjacent bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , adjacent bathroom
  • All bedrooms include space heaters and fans.
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

A Quaint Three-Level Cottage in a Peaceful Village

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in this home for six nights in August 2016. Castelnau-d'Aude, where this home is located, is almost equidistant between the larger towns of Carcassonne and Narbonne, and is the perfect central location for anyone wishing to visit the Languedoc-Roussillon region for its history, as well as its vineyards. Most of the notable historic villages, and the seaside, are within a reasonable driving distance from this home. The home was clean, comfortable, and stocked with all the necessary supplies, such as towels, linens, and cooking equipment. The local caretaker left us a friendly, welcoming note, which also advised us where to find the village market and the nearest wine tasting. Our handy Cadogan Guide book listed some fabulous restaurants that were only minutes away from the home. The home was especially great for us because we were traveling with children and were able to do laundry at the home. One piece of advice for prospective visitors, especially those who are flying in on a Sunday: be sure to visit a Super Marche early in the day (perhaps before 5pm), otherwise you may not be able to pick up provisions until the next morning. Bon voyage!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in August 2015 and had a very enjoyable stay. The house is well equipped with everything needed and the roof terrace was perfect for breakfast on those sunny mornings. There was plenty of literature showing the local tourist attractions. Castlenau is very well placed to visit the medieval city of Carcassone, whilst the sandy beaches of the Med are only 45 mins drive away. We also went on a boat on the Canal Du Midi, about 10 mins away. Definitely recommend this.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Reston, VA

Cozy and quiet vacation retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this house for the first time 11-23 July 2015, which was the third week of our 3-week vacation in France and Spain. It was a wonderful location to relax for the last week of our vacation. The house was spacious and well equipped, with all the comforts of home and very friendly neighbors. We will definitely stay again on our next visit to the area. After a 3.5 hour train trip from Bordeaux where we enjoyed a river cruise, we rented a car in Narbonne and drove about 40 minutes to Castelnau d'Aude via scenic country roads winding though vineyards, roman ruins, and fields of sunflowers. The house was a wonderful, central location from which to tour the area, which is rich in history, fine (and inexpensive) wine, beautiful and uncrowded beaches, castles and abbeys. We relaxed each evening on the terrance overlooking the town and surrounding vineyards. We highly recommend visiting the beach at Cap d'Agde, which is about a 70-minute drive, and the fortified city (Le Citi) in Carcasonne. The owner and the local managers arranged to have two bicycles in the house so we could enjoy riding along the Canal du Midi, which was about a 10 minute bike ride from the house - i was fun and very easy riding. We enjoyed rides on 3 mornings, watching the families waking up on canal boats and visitting numerous locks and small villages along the canal. Homps was a great spot to spend our last evening in the area, as we relaxed and watched people and canal boats from a small canal-side cafe.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this house on three occasions and really enjoyed our experience each time. This is a perfect base for exploring such a beautiful part of France. Located amidst vineyards and beautiful countryside it is a great way to relax and unwind. Having access to a car enabled us to visit many places. The local markets are well worth a visit. I would highly recommend a visit to the old town of Carcasonne and a trip on the canal du Midi. The beach at Narbonne is only a 45 minute drive from the house. There are also many other beaches in the surrounding areas. The house is comfortable and enables you to experience the true style of French living.

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tipperary, Ireland

Perfect Location To Get Away From it All.... and Experience The REAL FRANCE!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this holiday home. My Husband and I stayed here with our three sons (from 15 to 7 yr old) and it was just wonderful. The house is fresh, quaint and comfortable; the village is beautiful, and traditional to Southern France, the surrounding countryside is so beautiful with vineyards, rolling hills and wilderness.... and then when the boys needed entertaining we just hopped in the car and in 35 min we were on the mediterranean!! Or heading north west we visited the ancient walled cities, like Carcassone. Glad we found this one. Will definitely return again.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, England

Quaint Village! Quiet and Comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful time in this lovely house. The surrounding countryside is beautiful. The house has everything you need for a relaxing week. With three young children, the nearby playground is a real bonus. The rooftop terrace is a great feature for relaxing with a glass of wine in the evening after a day of sightseeing.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Lezignan Corbières
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Lezignan Corbières - A61
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
La Rivassel
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: necessary

The central location of the village, with easy access to main roads makes it a superb base to explore the area:The Canal Du Midi; The famous medieval walled city of Carcassonne (both Unesco World Heritage sites); The Cathar Castles; Mediterranean beaches and even a day trip to Barcelona is within easy reach. For more information about the village visit'Aude


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £75.36
Refundable Damage Deposit £188.4

Manager'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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