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Holidays in Lagrasse. Stunning medieval apartment set in walled garden with pool

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

A luxury 1st floor self-catering gîte with air con & en suite shower rooms.

Situated within the walls of the village our house offers visitors a relaxed, peaceful & historic holiday experience. Guy and Claire provide a warm welcome and are on hand to provide advice or suggestions on where to visit. Our trip advisor reviews are excellent so why not search 'Holidays in Lagrasse' to view the comments from our past clients who describe the activities and the high standard of service that we provide. Held number 1 Speciality Lodgings 2014/15/16 in Languedoc-Rousillion and recently awarded another Certificate of Excellence for 2016 from Trip Advisor.

During loving renovation, the house unveiled many historic secrets associated with the Cathars. There are 15 authentic stone arches scattered throughout the property and various 13th century paintings. The latter are currently under restoration with the first paintings unveiled in the village Maison de Patrimone (September 2014) revealing 20 chevaliers including one that depicts the coat of arms for Simon de Montfort who was hated in the Languedoc for his cruelty and ambition towards the Cathars - you are sure to feel you have taken a step back in time! However, with all mod cons and a comfortable feel to the living accommodation in the self catering gîte, it is history at its best! With arguably the most spectacular façade in the village, Neuf Rue de Cancans really is a gem nestled within the cobbled streets of a village voted 'One of Frances Prettiest'

The Arch Apartment so called for its many splendid medieval arches is on the first floor of our 13th century house and has two bedrooms. The Master bedroom (kingsize), has a 3 metre high double Venetian arched window at the foot of the bed and is a light and airy room with a handmade vanity unit and large Italian shower. The garden bedroom, so called for its lovely views over the walled garden from the Juliet balcony, is a large fresh room with twin beds (can be made into a double) and has a unique modern en-suite shower room situated through yet another stone arch. There is a separate WC.

The majestic Venetian window central to the lounge/diner allows the sunlight to flood the room and window seat beneath adds character but also invites languid afternoons of reading. The fully equipped handmade reclaimed French oak fitted kitchen adds to the charm of this apartment. The apartment and garden has free wifi (18 MB) and is fully air conditioned.

The apartment also includes access to the communal garden. One of the few houses within the village walls to have a garden - a little piece of paradise can be found. With its beautiful grassy lawn, 3 BBQ areas, a pizza oven, a recent addition, 5 terraces & solar heated secure pool with sun deck, spending time in the communal garden will be high on your list of priorities.

Cathar Trail: As Lagrasse nestles in the foothills of the Pyrenees on the Cathar Trail there is an abundance of historic sightseeing to be done within the region.

Water Sports: Lagrasse has a small river beach which is a fun place to spend time relaxing and excellent for fishing. For those who want more excitement the beaches at Lucate and Port Nouvelle are only half an hour away. Here you can wind surf, water ski, kite surf, book fishing trips, hire boats and go sailing.

We provide: free wifi internet, bed linen plus tea towels and bath towels. Laundry facilities are on site. Cooler bags, ice packs etc are available for the days you would like to take a picnic. We can arrange holistic treatments, wine tasting, painting courses and for those feeling more energetic guided walking is available through the local countryside and bike hire can easily be arranged. For those of you bringing your own bikes we have plenty of secure space on site.

Holidays in Lagrasse is an ideal solution for friends and family looking to holiday together but wanting their own space! Please see our website Holidays in Lagrasse for further information on our other properties (The Grenier Apartment, The Garden Studio and the Pool View Studio).

Will consider: long term lets and short breaks.

We are open all year round.

More Details

Property Manager
Guy Viccars
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 March, 2017

About Guy Viccars

We are a couple that originated from Cornwall, where we both grew up in the holiday industry. After careers in the marine industry, super-yachts and economic regeneration we have found our little piece of paradise here in Lagrasse.

After a 5 year and 600 ton renovation, the secrets of the property have been revealed, providing some of the most amazing architecture, sculptures and paintings from the Cathar period.

Supplying plenty of things to see and talk about over a cold glass.

Guy Viccars purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Guy Viccars chose Carcassonne surroundings

The house is nearly a 1000 years old. It has a unique past and ongoing story that seems to build with every room you walk into.

What makes this apartment unique

To much to tell so we will wet your whistle.

Sculptures of the chief knight for the abbey of Lagrasse ( the true location of the Cathar trial).

Painting’s of the battles dating back to the 13th century. The first 26 paintings have been restored with some on display at the village 'Maison de Patrimone.'

15 arches with the last 13th century arch finally put in situ in the early part of 2014 completing a loving renovation of an immensely historic house.

Sculptures dotted throughout the property.

Why not come and see for yourself and join us for one of our legendary BBQs.

Guestbook comments from the manager

‘What a wonderful couple of weeks. Our best family holiday yet! Beautiful apartment and village. Lovely people. We’ll certainly be back ……perhaps with our extended family clan!!’
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Lagrasse in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 95 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet - Toilet
    Arch twin shower - Shower Enclosure , Shower and sink - there is a separate toliet.
    Master bedroom - Shower Enclosure , Shower and sink with a separate toilet
  • In the Master bedroom there is an Italian style walk in shower with mosaic tiles and a powerful, rain shower head as well as a large round butler sink resting on a handmade mahogany vanity unit. From the twin bedroom, through a stone archway you will find a contemporary en suite shower and basin. Separate WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Venitian - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Garden View - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Posible extra bed
  • The Arch Apartment twin bedroom can be made into a double bed. Please state your preference at time of booking to ensure the apartment is made up to your exact requirements. A cot can be provided or a put you up bed at no extra cost.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 2 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
The raised pool area (solar heated) & sun deck are safe and secure for children. Covered terrace with summer kitchen. The garden also has 4 BBQs, a hot plate plancha and a pizza oven, 5 terraces, a grassy lawn plus a covered heated terrace. A put you up bed and travel cot are available upon request. Saturday change over (out of season flexible). We ask clients to vacate the property by 11am. The property is available from 3pm on day of arrival. Long term rentals are welcome. Discounts apply. Couples discount available in mid and low season.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Holidays in Lagrasse. Stunning medieval apartment set in walled garden with pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Our French home from home

  • 5 of 5

We first came to Lagrasse in September 2016 and were back again in March 2017 which we think says it all. We cannot wait to go again and are now saving our pennies. Only one complaint: we did not want to go home! The apartments are cosy in the winter and cool in the summer. Claire and Guy are really the perfect hosts and made our holiday, again, something we shall not forget. The village is great and if you want a lazy day, a walk round the abbeyand river with lunch at one of cafes/restaurants cannot be beaten. Thank you Claire and Guy, we hope to see you again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the lovely review. It was lovely to welcome you both back again. It is always so reassuring for Guy and I when guests return. We really enjoyed chatting and catching up and great to know that you enjoyed your week here in the village and exploring further afield. Guy continues on his lemon hunt trail!!!! Until the next time. With our best wishes Claire, Guy the boys and Chilli.
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Excellent acceuil belle prestation

  • 5 of 5

Excellent rapport qualité/prix et un très bon accueil

village a visité

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci de prendre le temps d'écrire un avis. C'etait sympas de vous rencontre. Nous sommes contente que vous avais faire un bonne vacance chez nous. Nous espérons de vous revoir. Meilleurs voeux. Claire et Guy
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  • 5 of 5

My husband found Holidays in Lagrasse while initially searching for accommodation near a beach and, although Lagrasse is not on the coast, we chose the accommodation based on the photos and other reviews. We were not disappointed! We're a family of three with a 12 year old daughter and we stayed in the two-bedroomed Arch apartment. It is a well-equipped apartment and has a lovely mix of old stonework and arched windows with bright, spacious and very clean rooms. Air conditioning units in the livingroom and both bedrooms kept us cool and was a real bonus! We loved eating our meals in the beautiful and peaceful courtyard and our wonderful hosts, Guy and Claire, organised both a barbecue evening and a pizza evening where we chatted with other guests while sipping delicious (local) Corbières wines. There is also a compact swimming pool which is perfect for cooling off on a hot day. The mediaeval village of Lagrasse is so lovely and doesn't feel touristy or crowded. It is also well placed for visits to Narbonne and the coast and also Carcassonne. We even managed a day trip to Aqualand at St Cyprien which is fun for children and teenagers (and grownups!) There are so many things to see and do in this area and we only scratched the surface - next time I'd like to hire bicycles and cycle by the Canal du Midi. I've been waxing lyrical about this place since we've been home and we're now planning a return visit next summer. Would I recommend this accommodation? Definitely! Thank you Guy and Claire!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the fab review. It was great to meet you all - a small world as we discovered whilst chatting over a few glasses of wine!! Its great to hear that you enjoyed staying in the Arch Apartment and enjoyed the garden and pool and yes - thank goodness for our Air Conditioning units because this summer has been incredibly hot with the good weather continuing into September. Glad that you enjoyed discovering the surrounding area; our boys are wanting to go to Aqualand but think this will have to wait until next year. We would love to see you return and when we are in your area we’ll let you know - I’m hoping Jan/Feb of next year. With our best wishes Claire, Guy the boys and Chilli
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A real gem

  • 5 of 5

This apartment and location was a real 'find'. The renovated apartment was full of character, was spotlessly clean and well equipped. The garden is a delight including the pizza oven and BBQ! The hosts Guy and Claire were lovely - welcoming, fun and very knowledgeable about the area. Thank you for a great trip - we'll definitely be back. L & A

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review, its always appreciated and helpful for future guests. It was great to meet you both and so glad to hear that you enjoyed the garden, the Arch Apartment and the BBQ! Guy is certainly enjoying his new Pizza oven and BBQ. We look forward to seeing you both in the future and possibly ‘fromage’ too! With our best wishes, Claire and Guy
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Clean luxurious apartment. Pretty garden.

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment in lovely setting. Lagrasse very picturesque. Very relaxed week with much socialising. Guy and Claire very happy to help with advice, booking restaurants etc.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. It was lovely to meet you all and so glad that you enjoyed Lagrasse and it was great to see all the children enjoy the garden and pool. The socialising continues with the current guests with Guy in his element at the BBQ and Pizza oven! Enjoy the rest of your summer. Kind regards and best wishes Guy and Claire
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This place is steeped in history......

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful holiday in a seriously historical house, with a wonderful, helpful, knowledgeable host. And he presents a first class barbeque! Who could ask for more. Of course we shall return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Lagrasse, Carcassonne area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
18 Mar 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season
27 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
17 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
8 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
9 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
23 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
7 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £129

Bedlinen, tea towels & bath towels are provided.
Change over days are flexible out of mid and high season.
Apartment is available from 3 pm on day of arrival. We ask clients to vacate the property by 11am.
Long term rentals are welcome.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
34 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
34 Kilometres
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Port Nouvelle
Car: recommended

With consistent temperatures in the mid to late 20's from May to September this part of Southern France has something to offer everyone, with its colourful landscape which changes dramatically through the seasons.

Lagrasse is situated just 30 minutes drive from Carcassonne and 40 minutes from Narbonne. Both these wonderful cities are steeped in history with many beautiful and interesting places to explore. Lagrasse has something for everyone - bars, restaurants, local artisan shops, local supermarkets and a boulangerie to name but a few. In the summer 'brocantes' are held where you will pick up all sorts of wonderful and quirky artifacts. There is a market every Saturday in the village square where fresh regional produce can be sampled and purchased. Throughout the year you will find many events are held including live bands and classical concerts such as En Blanc et Noir. During July a internationally renowned music festival is held that engulfs the entire village. There are of course fireworks and live music to celebrate Bastille Day on July the 14th and in August there is an international ‘Banquet du Livres’ situated within the old stone walls of the medieval banqueting hall. All these lively and fun things will ensure a typically French atmosphere is found and most definitely enjoyed!

A two minute stroll up the main street will bring you to the tennis courts & the football & boules pitches. Sailing & windsurfing can be found 30 minutes drive away, so there is also something to occupy the more sporty! Skiing is approximately 2 hours away. For those wanting a truly relaxing French village experience there is the pretty beach on the river Orbieu which is only a stone's throw away through the cobbled streets. Superb fishing is also found on this river & with the Canal de Midi close by, tranquil boat trips are a must. Wonderful walks can be found in and around the village which can be tailored to suit individual needs. So whether you are wanting an invigorating hike high up in the hills or a gentle stroll along the river bank this region walking will suit all. Cycling is a fun way to explore the cobbled streets of the village and the surrounding areas we have bikes available to use. The Tour de France passes nearby each year and the tree lined roads are filled with spectators who travel from around the globe to cheer the cyclists on their way! Within easy driving distance you will also find a myriad of Cathar castles and ruins to explore.

The beautiful beaches of Leucate, Gruissan and La Franqui are located approximately 35 minutes drive away and offer all you would expect from French seaside towns. Port Leucate and its weather conditions are perfect for wind surfing, bringing keen surfers from all over Europe to hop on their boards here! There are 2 fun Aqua parks located within an hour of the house and a pirate theme park in Gruissan. In Carcassonne and Leucate there are the O2 Aventura Parcs where older children and adults can test their climbing skills - and their head for heights - in the tree top adventure park. In Sigean there is an African Safari Park which plays host - to amongst other things - elephants, lions and rhinos.


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