Montlaur Gites

Rural French village in the Corbieres


L’Ancienne Pharmacie

Welcome to our website!

We invite you to experience life in the heart of our  rural Corbières village. Montlaur is a special place to stay - it is also our home and this is why we have chosen to renovate two old village houses which  we let  for holidays during the summer months and longer stays primarily out of season but occasionally in the summer too  .

We want  our visitors  to have the chance to  share this unique French village experience.

Montlaur is a small but thriving wine producing village with several little shops, a medieval church, a weekly organic market, a cafe bar, 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  and now our home

L’Ancienne Sellerie  - a spacious three storey village house with first floor soth facing roof terrace named after  the  adjoining workshop where saddles and leather goods were crafted  

L’Ancienne Ecurie – a  four bedroomed village house  with a delightful courtyard garden 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!).

Montlaur village small

Yet you are just 20 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 festivals.           


Photos: Top Right:   L'Ancienne Pharmacie, our home

             Top Left:     The courtyard garden  of L'Ancienne Ecurie

             Above Right: Montlaur Church and village

            Below left:      Le Cite, Carcassonne        Below right: Lagrasse  Saturday market 

            Bottom row left to right:

Le Cite, Carcassonne; Lagrasse Staurday market ;

the road from Montlaur to Camplong sur Aude; vines  in Montlaur; River Orbieu at Lagrasse: Montlaur  Mairie and  school 



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Canal du Midi (15 minutes from house ) Hills approaching Montlaur Bathing in River Orbieu in Lagrasse by the Abbey (15 mins) Classical building in centre of Montlaur housing the Mairie and  village school