The living room has comfortable sofas and chairs. The kitchen is extremely well equipped. The crockery and glassware are of a very high standard. From the kitchen, walk through double French doors onto the terrace which has a great big table and chairs. There are easy chairs with bright cushions. A fantastic barbecue, too. The bedrooms are of an equal size and entirely private from one another. Each has it's own beautiful bathroom. La Sucre is in a very quiet position and is totally private. It has lovely views over the rooftops towards the abbey.
- House861 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay4 nights
Two big bedrooms and bathrooms, large, airy livingroom and wonderful terrace.
- english, french, Afrikaans.
- Calendar last updated:
- 13 Oct 2018
About Ingrid Hudson
I was a documentary photographer in South Africa for many years before coming to our beautiful French village about twenty years ago. Since then I have renovated many houses both for myself and others. Part of the fun has been buying treasures from local markets and brocantes with which to furnish the houses. It was a great way to get to understand the area, learn French and make friends with the people of our village. Since I began renting my houses, of the many, many people who have come to stay with us, 12 couples ( now 15!) have themselves fallen in love with the area and bought houses in and around the village. Be warned!
Ingrid Hudson purchased this House in 2012
Why Ingrid Hudson chose Caunes-Minervois
It has been really satisfying renovating houses in Caunes especially as many had been abandoned. La Sucre had actually fallen down; a lost tooth in a row of lovely stone facades. To renovate it and make it a working part of the village once again has been a great privilege.
What makes this House unique
My son commissioned me to renovate La Sucre for him. We worked together on the design and finishes of the house. My daughter-in-law, a great maker of interesting houses, helped us furnish it. We found old mirrors, pretty crockery and glassware, fabrics and photographs. It has been wonderful building something as beautiful as La Sucre from a tumbled down ruin and, especially, doing it together. It is a house in which we plan to have many happy holidays getting to know the French countryside, the wines and the people. How lucky we are.
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Beautiful House in quiet french village
This house is so spacious with with a large outdoor seating and dining area on the terrace and a large comfortable lounge, we felt really at home here, the property is well appointed and well equipped and has everything you could wish for, including the use of bicycles which enabled us to ride off road along a disused railway line and along the tracks through the vineyards to neighbouring villages.
The village of Caunes-Minervois is very quiet and peaceful, with a choice of places to eat.
Ingrid is a wonderful host, very easy to communicate with and always on hand to answer any queries.
This is a place we will definitely come back to.
Thank you for a wonderful review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed La Sucre and the tranquillity of the village. I really do hope you'll be back; you are wonderful tenants.
La Sucre - Superb
In my opinion, having stayed in several properties in Caunes Minervois, La Sucre is absolutely the best. Everything you need and more for a really comfortable stay is here. The furniture and decor are fabulous and add to the charm of a beautiful French village like Caunes Minervois. Ingrid has been managing properties for many years and her attention to detail is impeccable. My only hesitation in recommending this property too highly is because I want it to be available when I next return. Anything else would be a disappointment.
Quaint and spacious property with stunning views across the city
La Sucre is a beautiful house set in a picturesque French village, well-located for a multitude of activities, from cycling to swimming in the lake, visiting Carcassone to listening to live music at local restaurants, or walking through vineyards and having a barbecue with the sunset on the patio. Ingrid was very thoughtful in providing us with a bottle of wine on our arrival as well as pretty dahlia flowers in vases. The gite is so well-equipped that it was like being at home. The people of Caunes were so friendly and gladly spoke in English when we didn't understand French! We loved every minute of our holiday and would highly recommend visiting La Sucre.
Very up to date, refreshing to have all top quality appliances and fixtures!
Well laid out and built. Enjoyable to stay at. Owner, Ingrid, over the top, helpful when needed for a medical issue.
A lovely French village with all the amenities. Excellent location for touring with a car.
This property is lovely, clean, well-stocked, and homey. Ingrid is an excellent communicator and readily accessible for questions and suggestions. The property does involve stairs. Not a problem for a lady who walks with a cane. Our family group of four ( 3 generations) absolutely loved "coming home" to this property. You can walk everywhere in this beautiful, welcoming village. A true classic old French village. Highly recommend.
Thank you for a wonderful review. Thank you for being such enthusiastic and appreciative guests. And thank you again for taking such good care of our precious house. Do come again we'd love to see you.
WELL APPOINTED GITE WITH GREAT TERRACE
When you read the description of the gite, please believe every word! In actual fact the place is even better than the description and the accompanying photos.
It is a very well organized, clean and well appointed gite
We never even used the kitchen. It has a plancha as a barbecue and what a revelation it was to use. We had fish, crevettes, calamari, pork and lamb chops, sausages, bread coated with olive oil toasted on the plancha. Even mushrooms, peppers and more prepared on the plancha and it was great.
I can go on for quite a bit, but sufficient to say that it was a very good find and we enjoyed our stay even though it was unbearably hot during our stay.
Thank you for a lovely review and being such careful guests. I love it when people have a wonderful holiday in our beautiful house.
Hope to see you next year.
La Sucre is far more than a rental property, it is a home away from home; warm, well-equipped and welcoming. It is South-facing, in the oldest part of the medieval village. It has stone walls, beautiful views and a wonderful terrace. The tiny lane outside the house is too narrow to allow more than the occasional car (perhaps four a day).
The house falls within the conservation area of the village amongst houses dating back to the 16th century.
La Sucre is a place of charm and comfort, quintessentially French in its fabrics, furnishings and pictures. It has been beautifully renovated combining the traditions of a village house with contemporary design. The rooms are spacious and airy, filled with light and sunshine. It has a wonderful terrace, glorious at most times but best enjoyed in the evening sunshine, with a glass of local wine while watching the swifts swoop amongst the ancient houses and muddle of tiled roofs. Ah, but I forgot, breakfast on the terrace is wonderful, too. But then so is lunch! The terrace is furnished with a large table and comfy chairs.The broad bright view from the living-room looks over the abbey and the village towards the Pyrénées.
There are two good sized bedrooms and two pristine and spacious bathrooms. It has an absolutely wonderfully well equipped and convenient kitchen.
We were very lucky to stumble across Caunes-Minervois which is one of the most beautiful villages in the Languedoc. Those who discover it invariably fall in love with it. Some who come for a brief holiday end up staying for good. Be warned!
La Sucre is filled with treasures found in the local antique markets; original French drawings, paintings, posters and photographs. There is an excellent library.
Of all the hundreds of villages in the Languedoc, Caunes-Minervois is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Besides the famous Abbey, we have 5 restaurants: two bakers, a bank , a working cafe: and no fewer than three wine-makers right within the village.
The Black Mountains are outside the door; there is cycling, golf and walking; and the people of Caunes are amongst the friendliest anywhere.
The Mediterranean is about an hour and a bit from Caunes with long beaches and warm water.
The World Heritage sites of the Canal du Midi and La Cite are within twenty minutes of the village.
Drive into the hills behind Caunes to see beautiful stone villages nestling into the curves of hills or tumbling down the mountain. The Carcassonne market on Saturdays is a treat with oysters already shucked, heaps of mussels, cheese, fresh butter and yoghurt, wine, fruit, vegetables, and all from nearby. Mirepoix market is on Mondays, Narbonne market everyday except Mondays. And many others nearby including three little ones on the main square in the village.
History surrounds one; stone-built houses, a tangle of tiny streets, the muddle of tiled roofs. And the quiet! Discover the amazing Cathar castles built on hilltops full of magic and awe. The mind boggles as to how they were ever built and and then one shudders at the causes of their disintegration.
We're in a wine growing area and the vignerons - all 400-odd of them - welcome visitors to taste and possibly buy a bottle or two of wine.
We have bikes you can borrow. It's marvellous cycling around here. And the hiking is heavenly among the vineyards, in the mountains and along the Canal du Midi.
Toulouse and Montpellier are easy and charming cities to visit. Narbonne is delightful and so is Albi, Toulouse Lautrec's home, Castre, too.
Spain is two hours away. Figueras and Gerona, close to the border, have an excitingly different atmosphere.
There is a beautiful golf course about 15 minutes away. They welcome visitors. And there are two other courses about an hour away, too.
Cleaning fee of 50.00 E at the end of your stay. France charges visitors .80C tax per person per night to be collected by the owner and given to the tax office.