Château Canet: The Picholine Cottage

carcassonne, southwest france
2 bedroom - 1 bath
(1 review)
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
Bedding
SLEEPS 5
1 full / double
3 twin / single
Crib
sleeps 1
1 travel crib

Perks for the Parents

A loft style apartment, ideal for a family of 4 or 5. The open plan living/kitchen opens onto a very large balcony overlooking the vineyards and olive groves. Parents can relax and enjoy a glass of wine while their children play in the secure and child friendly grounds. There are endless trails for an early morning jog or for a family walk to an ideal picnic location, all on site. There is also a heated and fenced pool and a tennis court. Château Canet is a working winery and the cellar door is always open to guests who are curious to taste and learn about the wines of the Minervois region of the Languedoc. There is a genuine family atmosphere as the owners live on site with their family. They love to share their passion for wine and their love of the region and offer a ‘concierge’ style service to help you make the most of your holiday.

Why Kids Love it

The Estate is set up with families in mind and there is a plenty of space to run around and feel free. In addition to a tennis court, boules court and fenced-in and heated swimming pool, there is also an outdoor playground with a swing set and sand pit. There is a dedicated playroom for younger children with fancy dress clothes, books, games and more. For older kids there is table tennis and table football. As there are other cottages on site there is a good chance that your children will make new friends. Additional gear for babies and young children including travel cribs, high chairs, baby monitors, stair gates, a paddling pool and children’s dinnerware are all available upon request.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 3 nights except in July and August when rentals are 7 nights minimum. The cottage can be booked with other properties at The Château Canet to accommodate a larger group. The concierge/reception offers a selection of Château Canet wines and products from the olive grove as well as other local specialities. Babysitting, daily housekeeping and a catering service are all available upon request. The cottages are not air conditioned.

About the Location

Château Canet is an excellent base for exploring the region and there is an array of activities nearby to please all ages. Two UNESCO World Heritage sights, the historic city of Carcassonne with its medieval fortress and fairy-tale castle and the Canal de Midi are a 20 minute drive away. Within an hour you can find yourself on a Mediterranean beach exploring picturesque medieval villages, climbing to majestic hill top castles or river rafting in the foothills of the Pyrenees. There are also plenty of child-friendly activities including pony trekking, canoeing, bike rides and water based entertainment at a nearby lake. The closest airport is in Carcassonne, 30 minutes away and serviced by Ryan Air. Toulouse airport is 1.5 hours away and Barcelona airport is a 3 hour drive. Car rental is highly recommended so that you do not miss out on anything the area offers. There is ample parking at the property.

Accommodation Details

Each apartment has an open plan living/dining room with kitchen (60sqm) opening to a very large terrace overlooking the vineyards and olive groves where you can enjoy eating al-fresco and lazing on the sun loungers. On the main floor there is a double bedroom as well as the bathroom with a bath/shower. There is a mezzanine over the living room with 3 single beds. The property shares grounds with other cottages on the Estate, along with all the amenities the Estate features.

Style Notes

Traditional, light and airy with a touch of the South of France. Bright painted walls and comfortable furniture make it a welcoming retreat, while the terracotta floors, pastel-hued walls and white Lloyd Loom chairs add a modern-rustic appeal. The estate in its whole is the real draw - 280 acres of woodlands, vineyards, orchards and land to explore and enjoy. We love the shared spaces - the large pool, the vineyard trails, the BBQ area and the play area. The estate was recently featured in a list of the 10 most beautiful wine chateaux in France.

Property perks

  • Concierge
    A concierge service is available for this property
  • Baby rental
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    We work with a carefully-chosen baby equipment rental partner in this location
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Victoria L.
Member since March 19, 2014
Victoria loves to make people feel “at home on holiday”. She fine-tuned this skill during sixteen years working for the luxury travel company Butterfield & Robinson at their European office in Beaune, France. From tour guide, she rose to become the Director of European Operations, a position she held for over ten years. A Dutch father, a mother from New Zealand and with family spread across the globe Victoria has hospitality in her genes! A childhood spent in Thailand and Spain and an education spanning several continents from England to Canada to Mexico has resulted in her understanding exactly how important it is to feel comfortable in an unfamiliar place. She looks forward to making you feel at home at ‘Chez Canet’.

1 review

Mark H.
Visited in August 2016
My family and I enjoyed a week at this wonderful estate and cannot recommend it enough. The wine tour was a highlight with the hosts being extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The estate itself is the real draw. My children aged 3-13 were all catered for with tennis, a playground, table tennis , a good playroom and pool. An afternoon spent at the picnic area was another highlight enjoyed by the whole family for the views and the picturesque walk. The area itself was a good base for exploring the Cathar castles and with La Grasse being a particular favourite. The apartment itself whilst functional, was clean and well equipped and the photographs do not do it justice. I would highly recommend a visit.

Carcassonne, Southwest France

Castles, cobblestones and canals

This fairytale town in southern France is like a medieval pageant come to life, all drawbridges, cobblestones and Disney-esque turrets. Spaghetti-thin streets wind past basilicas covered in gargoyles and ramparts rolling out panoramic views. Watch falconry shows and knights on horseback or splash about at Carcassonne Plage, just outside the city.