The Picholine Cottage

carcassonne, southwest france
2 bedroom - 1 bath
(1 review)
Travel dates:
€130 - €325 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
3 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 travel crib

Perks for the Parents

This compact 2-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, and links particularly well with The Lucques Cottage, sleeping an additional 5 + 1. On the site of a working winery, the cottage has a terrace ideal for enjoying a glass of wine, and a small wine mini bar is provided. 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 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, with 280 acres of woods, orchards and olive groves to roam. 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, plus tennis courts (equipment provided) and mountain bikes to rent. A travel cot, high chair, baby monitor, paddling pool and children’s dinnerware are available upon request.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 2 nights except in July and August when rentals are 7 nights minimum, running Saturday-Saturday. Please consult the host for accurate pricing on booking as discounts may be available depending on length of stay. The owners live on the larger estate and can offer local knowledge and insider tips during your stay. There are open stairs and gates can be provided on request. It’s not hugely spacious: the living area is 60sqm, the north-facing terrace 16sqm. The cottage is accessed from the main courtyard by an outside staircase and shares an entrance hallway with the Lucques Cottage. The pool is fully gated and child-safe. 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. Shared laundry facilities on the property; WiFi is available.

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

The cottage is set over 2 stories and has an open plan living/dining room with kitchen (60sqm) opening to a north-facing terrace with access to the gardens and grounds, and a bathroom with shower on the lower floor. The upper floor has a master bedroom with kingsize bed and a mezzanine level with 3 single/twin beds. There is an additional sofa bed sleeping 1 in the living area and a travel crib can be added on request. The property shares grounds with other cottages on the estate, along with a pool, shared barbecue area 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 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 and the play spaces. The estate was recently featured in a list of the 10 most beautiful wine chateaux in France.

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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.