The Chardonnay Cottage

carcassonne, southwest france
3 bedroom - 3 bath
(4 reviews)
Travel dates:
€350 - €800 per night (EUR)
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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
1 king
1 full / double
5 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 travel crib

Perks for the Parents

This spacious 3-bedroom cottage on the Chateau Canet winery and olive oil estate just west of Carcassonne has plenty to entertain families, including a heated pool. It can be booked with other Chateau Canet estate properties to accommodate larger groups. On the site of a working winery, the cottage has a terrace ideal for enjoying a glass of wine. A small wine mini bar is provided and all guests receive a bottle of wine on arrival. Tours can be arranged around the cellars and vineyards, and can be adapted to suit all interests. There is a complimentary morning delivery of fresh pastries and bread each day - just pay for the items ordered.

Why Kids Love it

The estate is set up with families in mind and there is a lot of space to run around and feel free. There is a designated playground with a swing set, a tennis court and boules court, along with a large heated swimming pool and tennis court. The estate also has a dedicated playroom for younger children with fancy dress clothes, books, games and more. For older kids there is table tennis and table football; mountain bikes are available for rent and tennis equipment is provided. A travel cot, high chair, a baby monitor, a paddling pool and children’s dinnerware can be provided upon request.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 2 nights except in July and August when rentals are 7 nights minimum, running Saturday-Saturday. Nightly listed rates here are based on a 7 night stay - the host will consider shorter stays depending on availability. Please contact the host for accurate pricing for short stays before submitting a booking request. There are open stairs and gates can be provided on request. The owners live on the larger estate and can offer local knowledge and insider tips during your stay. There is a fully equipped laundry room; WiFi and a small television are available. There are ungated stairs within the property. Three dogs live with on the property with the owners but they do not roam into the guest vicinity. Babysitting, daily housekeeping and chef services are available upon request.

About the Location

The residence is 20 minutes from the historic city of Carcassonne with its medieval fortress and fairytale castle. Within an hour you can be at the beach, climb up to majestic hill top castles, go for a canoe ride on the river, visit quaint French villages, enjoy pony trekking and lots of fantastic spots for an outdoor picnic. It is a good base from which to explore the region, with plenty to do within an hour’s drive including medieval villages, Cathar castles, Montagne Noir walks, cycling along the Canal du Midi, vineyards and Mediterranean beaches. The closest airport is 1 hour away in Toulouse; Barcelona-El Prat airport is 3 hours away. Car rental recommended, with parking at the property.

Accommodation Details

This 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom cottage has an open plan kitchen with fireplace, pizza oven and table, plus French windows to the terrace and garden on the ground floor. There is also a lounge next to the kitchen with a dining table, and a double bedroom with ensuite bathroom on this floor. The upper floor has a master bedroom with kingsize bed and ensuite bathroom, and a kids bedroom with 4 single/twin beds and an ensuite bathroom. Two further single/twin beds can be added to the kids bedroom on request, and a single/twin bed can be added to the master bedroom on this floor on request. The private terrace has a dining area and barbecue. The property shares grounds with other cottages on the estate, along with a pool and various play areas.

Style Notes

Light and airy with a touch of the South of France. Bright painted walls and comfortable furniture make it a welcoming retreat, while the high cathedral style ceiling in the bedroom and the French wooden shutters throughout add style and elegance. The cottage has exposed wood beams and white walls throughout, with a warm color scheme and open floor plan. We love the shared spaces within the 280 acres of woods, vineyards, orchards and olive groves on the estate - the large pool, the vineyard trails and the play spaces, including tennis courts and cycle paths, for children. The estate was recently featured in a list of the 10 most beautiful wine chateaux in France.

Property perks

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    This property is professionally managed by a trusted partner
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’.

4 reviews

Peter B.
Visited in July 2017
Beautiful and complete cottage. Very friendly and helpful owners, Joris and Victoria. We had a great time with the family. Peter , Joan, Justin, Silvia and the kids
Alice S.
Visited in May 2017
A wonderful place to stay, and Victoria was so helpful and responsive to our requests (we needed special assistance with our small children but also to manage an urgent administrative issue during our stay - without her help, we would have been in trouble!). Highly recommend this lovely rental.
Kim S.
Visited in April 2017
Wow! From the initial conversations about this trip I had a good feeling. Victoria was so brilliant about the arrangements, answering all my questions and being really helpful with ideas. It was my husbands 40th birthday and she helped to make the trip really special and unique. When we were there the place was beautiful and the house was super clean and stocked with everything we could need. As someone who cooks and self caters all the time, I literally had no complaints! The property is much bigger than it looks online and the kitchen was fabulous. Large and airy, with views across the vineyard, we had a regular spot on the steps watching the moon rise with a glass of their own wine every night! One thing to be aware of is this property overlooks the route to the back of the winery so you do get traffic of sorts in the form of the odd lorry, quad bike and tractor. But for us this was unique and not an issue as we were witnessing life on the winery and the boys loved watching all the vehicles. Playroom, play equipment and tennis courts a huge hit! All in all one of th best self catered places we've ever rented. Also Victoria was a font of knowledge about the local area which was invaluable!!!
amanda b.
Visited in May 2016
Absolutely fabulous long weekend at Chardonnay Cottage. A family weekend with 3 children, aged 3, 6 and 8 - we all had fun! Victoria and team are so helpful and a delight to be with during the stay. We ate nearly all of our meals in the kitchen and enjoyed the down time, from pizzas in the woodfire pizza oven, to steaks on the barbeque and breakfasts with good pastries delivered to our door. All the children were entertained from the pool, the playground, the big grounds, and ping pong table. Our only regret is we stayed 3 nights! Hope to return and stay longer.

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.