Perched high, this typical village house, extends over four levels overlooking the medieval heart and away towards the distant Pyrenees. Maison du Midi is an ideal base from which to explore and enjoy southwestern France, and even Catalan Spain. Fronting onto the main village thoroughfare and backing onto the medieval lanes, it is a short walk from all the amenities in this unusually bustling French village — a choice of restaurants, bars, boulangerie, general supplies, post office, etc. Caunes Minervois, clustered around the ancient Abbey that houses the tourist office and is the venue for open-air concerts and jazz nights, is situated on the edge of the Minervois vineyards and up against the Black Mountains. It invites a range of activities: wine-tasting tours; walking in the mountain foothills, through the vineyards or along the Canal du Midi; cycling; driving excursions across the Minervois plain to Narbonne plage and the Mediterranean coast, into ancient bastide villages and up to the many Cathar castles, to the Black Mountain caves, ravines and grottoes or to the swimming lakes and rivers both in the mountains and the plain (Lac du Jouarres in Homps, just 15 minutes away, or the similarly close-by new aquatic centre). The world heritage site of ancient Carcassonne, La Cité, is 20 minutes drive. Catalan Spain is just two hours away, either over the Pyrenees or along the coast. Salvador Dali’s house and museum are popular destinations, as is Barcelona. Many good restaurants can be found throughout the region, a remarkably good selection in Caunes itself, just a few minutes’ walk from the house. Market days occur in all the villages, as well as in very large produce market in Carcassonne on Saturdays ( also Tuesdays and Thursday), in addition ‘vide greniers’, or flea markets, can be found in one of the local villages most weekends.
A variety of ‘spaces’ around the house have been created to cater for outside living from day-long full sun (the sun terrace), partial shade (the kitchen terrace and courtyard garden) to full shade (next to the barbecue beneath the kitchen terrace).