|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
A spacious open air design blending exposed stone walls, wood and metal works (90m2). Sleeps four in 2 bedrooms.
Spacious open plan living room and dining area - well- furnished and includes a Norwegian Jotul wood-burning stove. Satellite television, region-free DVD and CD players are included.
Fully-equipped kitchen comes with a refrigerator / freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine.
Two bedrooms - tastefully furnished, each with double size beds.
Bathroom - with a spacious 'douche a l'italienne' and two washbasins.
Terrace with large table and chairs and access to barbecue area.
Domaine de Curé (domaine-cure.com / +33 4 68 26 94 52) lying in middle of the vineyards with views of the Pyrenees offers 3 luxury gîtes with a private swimming pool set in a one hectare estate rich with numerous species of trees. The quality of furnishings and fittings is of the highest standard providing you with every comfort. Within the village of Conques-sur-Orbiel you can find both a café and a restaurant together with a selection of local shops. Supermarkets, gas stations, movie complex and other shopping are all within 5 minutes drive. For sightseeing and other activities in the region, the medieval fortified Cité of Carcassonne is only 10km away, along with the famous 17th century Canal du Midi. Other sites include the historical Cathar castles (Montsegur, Peyrepertuse, Lastours) numerous abbeys (Lagrasse, Fontfroide, St. Hilaire and St. Papoul) and many market towns. The Mediterranean Sea and Toulouse are 45 minutes away.
Comments from Owner's Guestbook : *****Thank you for welcoming us so warmly from the very start of our wonderful visit here. You have been perfect hosts. La Forge has been like a second home for us. Beautifully furnished, equipped and meticulously clean. Your recommendations for restaurants and places to visit have proved superb and have contributed to making this trip to France for us memorable (Jacqui, Martin and Tomas; Hertfordshire, UK)***** Thank you very much for such a lovely week. La Forge has been a great place to relax and enjoy spending time together as a family (Guy, Juliet, Olivia and Laura; Bristol, UK)
*****Our gite was brilliant and the beds so comfy that we slept like logs from day one (Eric, Ann, Elizabeth and Richard; Dublin, Ireland*****Very stylish and relaxing! The place was immaculate when we arrived which was so nice (Liz, Ed and Max (Oxon, UK)*****Thank you so much for a wonderful welcome and such a great time, we love your place! The gite is fantastic and the Domaine? Well, what can we say&so very beautiful (Jan & John; Hertfordshire, UK)
*****We had a wonderful time staying in the gite. It was very nice and we were impressed with the quality of the accommodation; it was very clean, everything that we need was there and we really enjoyed it. Carcassonne is very close by, lots of shops, the castle is fantastic (Seamus; Cork, Ireland)****The whole ambience and atmosphere of the domaine is absolutely superb. We came hoping for somewhere we could relax and recharge our batteries!we couldn't have found anywhere better. We would like to thank you for your generosity and kidness during our stay which has passed too quickly unfortunately and we will definitely be back (Chris and Julie; Menton, France)
Jean-Noël and Agathe Moréchand-Ishida opened Domaine de Curé in 2007. Agathe is French, but grew up in Japan. It is there that she met Jean-Noël, who has American and Japanese parents. He grew up in Switzerland, Japan and the United States.
Jean-Noël & Agathe Ishida purchased this cottage in 2005
We arrived at Domaine de Cure to a lovely warm welcome from our hosts and a beautifully clean and well-maintained gite. This provided everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The accommodation is set in the countryside among the vineyards, yet only about 20 minutes drive to the ancient city of Carcassonne. The grounds are spacious and provide sunny and shady areas; the swimming pool has sun loungers and a shaded seating area. As there are only 3 gites, the pool is never crowded and is a perfect place to relax.
There is a shopping complex nearby with a large supermarket, which sells almost everything, plus a petrol station.
Although you do need a car, there are lots of beautiful local walks. The Canal du Midi is only a few minutes drive away and the path provides a scenic walk or cycle between villages.
There are lots of historic sites within reasonable driving distance and lakes and mountains offering unforgettable views.
Agatha and Jean-Noel are such a lovely couple. They showed an interest in where we had been each day and gave advice on interesting places and local markets that we could include in our trips out.
We had such a wonderful holiday we didn't want to leave - but hope to return one day.
Don't mention the football!
We recently stayed at Domaine de Curé and were impressed by so many things.
Aude and the surrounding region are absolutely beautiful. Lush green vineyards abound. The Pyrénées are visible in the distance. The Canal du Midi beckons for a walk, bike ride or boat cruise. Further, the area is filled with medieval towns and castles perfect for exploring.
The accommodation is a large stone structure comprised of three gîtes plus the owners’ residence. The building has been meticulously restored by the owners and the result is absolutely beautiful. We knew it would be nice from the photos on the website but it is even better in person.
We loved the exterior stone walls, the wild garden and the individual patio spaces for each gîte. The inside walls are also stone with exposed beam ceilings - very atmospheric. The gîtes are spacious and the décor is modern, colourful and contrasts beautifully with the rustic structure. We loved the woodstove for those cooler evenings.
Domaine de Curé is located just outside the small town of Conques-sur-Orbiel. It was very peaceful and quiet and provided plenty of opportunities for walking through vineyards or along narrow country roads (don’t worry, there’s not much traffic). One evening, while trying to work off the Cassoulet from lunch, we wandered along the road and ended up in Villegly, a neighbouring town. We had a nice wander around before heading back home.
Domaine de Curé is ideally situated for exploring by car. It’s quite central and a mere 10 minute drive to Carcassonne and all the amenities one needs for a self-catering vacation. Conques-sur-Orbiel has both a pizzeria and small café restaurant and there are a variety of other places to eat within a short drive, including some Michelin starred ones. We sampled a few of these during our stay and the food was fabulous.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the range of local wines offered for purchase (very reasonably priced). We loved this service as it took the guesswork out of buying local wines. In fact, they were so good we loaded up the day before we left to make sure we had wine at our next rental.
We must also mention our hosts, Jean-Noël and Agathe. We very much appreciated their hospitality. They were always available and eager to chat about our plans and our day and to help out in any way they could. They are clearly dedicated to ensuring their guests have the best experience possible in the Aude region. We hope to see them both next year!
The accommodation was very spacious with the luxury of a very large fridge/freezer and washing machine. The pool was maintained beautifully and enjoyed a beautiful view. it was a perfect place for a quiet and relaxing holiday. We enjoyed our two weeks there
We arrived at 'La Forge' after a long journey to be met by the owners, Jean-Noel and Agathe who welcomed us and showed us around the gite which was spotless, very roomy and with all the facilities you could want to enjoy your stay. We then had a tour of the grounds which are extensive and very well laid out offering shade and areas to enjoy the beautiful weather and extensive views, there is even a covered area to park your car. Inside the gite the attention to detail and style is amazing, one of the best if not the best we have stayed in. The location of the property is superb near enough to Carcassonne and the Canal Du Midi to make sight seeing easy yet far enough away to enjoy peace and tranquillity amongst the vineyards. We cycled from the gite to the Canal du Midi and then into Carcassonne, brilliant. Our hosts took the time and trouble to contact us before we visited with information about the area, a list of restaurants, 'La Bergerie' at Aragon is a must 134 Euros for two, four courses with wine make this Michelin starred restaurant a must. The recommendations continued the artisan butcher in Villemoustaussou is an experience and the best boulangerie patisserie in the area at Pont Rouge requires a daily visit. Jean-Noel and Agathe have an extensive knowledge of the local wines and stock some of the best at the gite for you to buy at the same price you would pay at the domain. We arrived home after our stay, relaxed, refreshed with lasting memories of our stay in this wonderful area. We have no hesitation in recommending this property, superb.
Great gite. Clean, well appointed, quiet, modern interior, attentive owners, great pool, good location with beautiful views.
We have just returned from a fabulous week at the Domaine De Cure in the La Forge apartment. It was a perfect spot for our family of four...quiet and secluded but close enough to Carcassonnes for an easy trip in for an evening ice cream. There was lots to see nearby and even more a little further a field. We saw caves and castles and highly recommend "Canyoning" in the Gorges De Gallimus if you have a family with teens or pre teens.
The pool was a perfect size for our 10 and 12 year olds and while they were swimming, we were able to look out over the vineyards to the Pyranees beyond...a spectacular place for a quiet afternoon.
Our hosts were a great help with our vacation planning...they respected our time when we were tired but also joined us for a fun evening chat one night. They were able to help with an emergency call back home and recommended a fabulous restaurant on the Canal Du Midi...the best meal of our trip!
We have stayed in a lot of these types of accommodations and this was one of the best!
Thanks to Jean Noel and Agathe.
Domaine de Curé is located in the middle of the vineyards outside the village of Conques-Sur-Orbiel which is only 10 kms to the north of the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne along with the famous 17th century Canal du Midi (both UNESCO heritage sites). Within Conques-Sur-Orbiel you can find both a café and a restaurant together with a selection of local shops which include 2 boulangeries, mini supermarkets, hairdressers, a café, restaurant and a pharmacy. A supermarket, gas station and movie complex are within a 5 minute drive.
The Cité of Carcassonne - the Count's Castle (12th-13th centuries) is within the medieval Cité which has double perimeter walls and 52 towers. St Nazaire basilica is built in Romanesque and gothic styles. On the left bank of the Aude river, the Lower Town (13th century) is worth a visit. Fireworks 14 July. Tournaments (Medieval Pageantry) from beginning of July to the end of August.
Other Activities: wine tasting