The Merlot Cottage

carcassonne, southwest france
1 bedroom - 1 bath
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€90 - €180 per night (EUR)
excludes K&C fee
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Perks for the Parents

This bright 1-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 a larger group. On the site of a working winery, the cottage has a terrace ideal for enjoying a glass of wine. Tours can be arranged around the cellars and vineyards, and can be adapted to suit all interests. Fresh bread delivered every morning too.

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. 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. A travel cot, high chair and stair gates 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. There are stairs within the property and stair gates can be provided. 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. There are fans in all the rooms.

About the Location

The residence is 20 minutes from the historic city of Carcassonne with its medieval fortress. 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. The closest airport is 1 hour away in Toulouse; Barcelona-El Prat airport is 3 hours away. Car rental recommended.

Accommodation Details

This compact south-facing cottage has a ground floor with open plan living room/kitchen opening to a terrace with a dining table and sun loungers. The master bedroom has a kingsize bed and bathroom with shower. There is space for a single bed or crib in the master bedroom. The toilet is on the ground floor. 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. We love the shared spaces - 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.

  • 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 3
1 king
1 twin / single
Crib
sleeps 1
1 travel crib
Medium
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’.

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.