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Cowen Charles
Hameau De Franc



1 reviews

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price from €88




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Located between the medieval city of Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, and the Black Mountain in the heart of Cathar country, Montolieu Book Village is the ideal destination for those seeking a culturally enriching and leisurely getaway. Nestled in the countryside, at the end of a road by the river in a picturesque valley, you will find The Forge of Montolieu. This historic mansion, formerly an old forge and mill, was converted in the late nineteenth century and now sits amidst a beautiful park filled with ancient waterways and secret paths, surrounded by a diverse and stunning array of vegetation.

Hosted by Charles and Laura Cowen, The Forge of Montolieu offers four spacious bedrooms, each with its own unique connection to the house's industrial history and "golden age". Two of the rooms, the goddess and Madame Gazelle, boast expansive views of the river to the east, while the other two, ginko biloba and Ourika's room, offer captivating vistas of cascading waterfalls and lush landscapes. The north-facing Mr. Wolf's bedroom provides a majestic outlook onto nature, with the oldest Douglas fir tree in Europe standing proudly in the foreground. These first-floor rooms are conveniently served by two large and well-appointed bathrooms, which echo the soothing sounds of the nearby river.

Guests of The Forge of Montolieu will have access to their own private retreat within the house. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be enjoyed at the large kitchen table, adorned with exquisite wrought iron details, or outside in the serene surroundings, weather permitting. For more information and bookings, please get in touch with Charles and Laura Cowen at La Forge, located in Hameau de France, Montolieu, 11170.


Appréciations pour Forge de Montolieu, Montolieu:

Un lieu magique
Review by: HENRIOUD, Juin 6 2016 1:42PM
Un week-end magique dans le Cocoon Tree, une boule douillette et confortable, accrochée dans les arbres à côtés d'un magnifique lac et au milieu d'une nature enchanteresse. Tout est beau, charmant et bon à la Forge de Montolieu. Découvert par hasard pour un week-end surprise improvisé nous sommes tombés sous le charme de ce lieux et de ses propriétaires. Nous avons hâte de revenir nous évader et nous régaler.

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extra bed
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4 88 100 20 Oui
(3 pers.)
3 90 100 20 Oui


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  • Montolieu Village: Located just a short distance from Hameau De Franc, Montolieu Village is known as the "Village of Books" due to its numerous bookshops and libraries. Visitors can explore the charming streets, browse through antique bookstores, and admire the beautiful architecture.
  • Château de Pennautier: Situated about 7 kilometers from Hameau De Franc, Château de Pennautier is a stunning Renaissance-style castle surrounded by picturesque vineyards. The castle offers guided tours where visitors can learn about its rich history and enjoy wine tastings from its own vineyard.
  • Canal du Midi: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi is a historic canal that stretches from Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors can take a boat trip along the canal, passing through scenic landscapes, picturesque villages, and remarkable engineering structures.
  • Carcassonne: Approximately 20 kilometers from Hameau De Franc, Carcassonne is a fortified medieval city that is renowned for its well-preserved walls and towers. Visitors can wander through the narrow cobblestone streets, visit the impressive Carcassonne Castle, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Lastours Castle: Situated about 25 kilometers from Hameau De Franc, Lastours Castle is a collection of four Cathar castles perched atop a rocky ridge. Visitors can hike up to the castles, explore the ruins, and admire the breathtaking views over the Aude River and the surrounding landscape.
  • Abbaye de Saint-Papoul: Located around 30 kilometers from Hameau De Franc, Abbaye de Saint-Papoul is a 9th-century Benedictine abbey that showcases stunning Romanesque architecture. Visitors can explore the abbey's cloisters, chapels, and gardens, and learn about its religious and historical significance.
  • Lac de la Cavayère: Situated approximately 35 kilometers from Hameau De Franc, Lac de la Cavayère is a beautiful artificial lake surrounded by forests and offering various recreational activities. Visitors can enjoy swimming, kayaking, hiking, and picnicking in this tranquil natural setting.
  • Toulouse: Situated about 80 kilometers from Hameau De Franc, Toulouse is a vibrant city known for its rich history, pink brick architecture, and lively atmosphere. Visitors can explore its charming old town, visit the impressive Basilica of Saint-Sernin, and discover its many museums, shops, and restaurants. These attractions near Hameau De Franc, Montolieu, offer a mix of historical, cultural, and natural experiences, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty and heritage of the region.

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