Montlaur Gites

Rural French village in the Corbieres

Welcome

L’Ancienne Pharmacie

Welcome to our website!

We invite you to experience life in our picturesque rural Corbières village. Montlaur is a special place to stay - it is our home and this is why we have chosen to renovate two village houses which  we let  for holidays during the summer months and longer stays during the winter . We want  others to have the chance to  share this unique village experience.

Montlaur is a small but thriving wine producing village with several little shops, a medieval church, a weekly organic market, and festivals and village meals throughout the year. Our gîtes are steeped in history; they are surprisingly spacious and rambling and all have some original features, are comfortably furnished have sunny places (courtyards, terraces, gardens...)  to eat , to sunbathe and to watch the sun going down with a glass of local wine. They are named after the former enterprises which  they housed –

L’Ancienne Pharmacie – the original  village pharmacy. adn now our home

L’Ancienne Sellerie  - with an adjoining workshop where saddles and leather goods were crafted  

L’Ancienne Ecurie – named after the  converted stables at the  rear.

L’Ancienne EcurieThe Experience

As you drive up the winding road into the hills above Carcassonne  your spirits will rise as you pass the  vineyards on each side  and  see the spectacular backdrop of the  Alaric mountains against the azure blue of the  sky. It is still so peaceful here and the area is rich in history and ambience. Most days the sun will be shining, whatever the season, and you will find that our villagers genuinely welcome  you to their “little corner of paradise” (extract from our visitors’ book!).

Hills approaching Montlaur

Yet you are just 25 minutes from La Cité, the medieval castle of Carcassonne , less to the Canale du Midi, both Unesco World Heritage sites, 50 minutes to unspoilt  Mediterranean beaches – and then there is Lagrasse, categorised as one of the most beautiful villages of France, which is 15 minutes away. Here you can bathe in the Orbieu, visit  the famous old abbey and wander through the cobbled streets enjoying the little cafes and restaurants, pottery and craft shops, the summer concerts, markets and festivities. 

 

La Cité, Carcassonne Lagrasse
Canal du Midi (15 minutes from house ) Mediterranean beach at Leucate  (50 minutes) Bathing in River Orbieu in Lagrasse by the Abbey (15 mins) Classical building in centre of Montlaur housing the Mairie and  village school