Bedroom 3, Bathroom 2 , Sleeps 6
Owner Karen Couves
- english, french
About Owner Karen Couves
My husband and I fell in love with this area over 20 years ago and we are now living here permanently in a village not far away. We find that whatever the season the region continues to surprise and to inspire us! With our knowledge of the region we are very happy to help you plan to get the most out of your holiday, make suggestions and let you know of any fêtes and events that are taking place during your visit.
Owner Karen Couves purchased this House in 2015
Why Owner Karen Couves chose Tourouzelle
Maison l'Escargot is a house full of character - which is what attracted us initially. The stone floor, wooden beams and curving stairs make the house feel timeless and we have retained all these features whilst adding modern comfort.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautifully restored village house in a lovely quiet village
Karen and Jim couldn’t have done enough for us, they were fabulous hosts who welcomed us to their property with local wine and cheese. The property was beautiful, very clean and had everything we needed. Karen provided great recommendations for days out and restaurants, the highlight being spending an evening with them at a local winery for dinner and wine tasting. The house was in a central location, a short drive to the beach and various other towns. It was only a few minutes to the canal du midi and Homps which had plenty of lovely restaurants. There were plenty of local markets which were lovely and the indoor market in Narbonne was great, we would highly recommend a trip to this. The village itself was lovely and quiet, it was handy to get the car parked and the people were very friendly. We can’t recommend this property highly enough and look forward to returning soon!
Quirky little house in centre of village
A big thank you to Karen and Jim who were there to show us around when we arrived to provide some much needed initial refreshment after a hot journey and were locally on hand to offer information/help if needed. The house was clean, well-finished in natural materials with many interesting original features and had everything we required for a short stay, with access to two private terraces (one amongst the rooftop tiles) for al fresco eating/wining when desired (often!). The stone floors downstairs and efficient fans made the unusual heatwave temperatures while we were there (38C+) at least bearable! The house is tucked away in the older part of the village, so there is no traffic noise. Although it's not possible to park right outside, there is parking only a few minutes walk away and we soon adapted to this and the quiet and easy pace of village life, with the local church clock chimes keeping us well-informed of the time at all hours ... The small, friendly shop/cafe in the village supplies basic needs (try the fresh seeded bread!), with a more comprehensive choice just a few minutes' drive away. Tourouzelle itself is in a great location for visiting Carcassone, Narbonne, the coast, local markets, the Canal du Midi, lake/river swimming, chateaux, Cathay forts and even Calalunya by car ... and the variety of local produce, especially wine, is absolutely amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed our first stay in Aude and would love to return at some stage.
Thank you Simon: we are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay in Tourouzelle and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future! It was great to hear that you appreciated all the things that we think make this area of France so appealing - the local food and wine, the friendliness of the locals and the superb location which allows you to visit the region easily. As you discovered, Spain is not so far away either and makes an enjoyable day out. We hope to see you all again. Au revoir!
Lovely french home
We stayed for two weeks in Tourouzelle, the location is perfect for visiting all the nearby villages, the Canal du Midi and the city of Narbonne; which is only a half hour drive away. There is so much to do in the area, renting bikes to cycle along the canal and so many local outdoor swimming pools to choose from. Always lovely to come back to this lovely traditional, clean and comfortable house every evening and relax in the courtyard, sipping some local wine!!
The Healys, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
We are so pleased that you and your family had such a wonderful holiday! The house is so well placed to be able to visit different parts of the region and with a huge choice of leisure activities. It was nice to hear that you appreciated returning to the house every evening to be able to relax in the private courtyard. It was lovely to meet you all and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Property was very nice, and well presented.
The weather was very hot when we stayed at Karens ,which when we asked around was told was not unusal for time of year,[August ]the house was very very hot inside and there was no fan's or anything such like to cool the rooms.Parking was at the end of road which was a bit of a drag.There was cheese, french stick and two bottles of wine,which Karen had provided for our arrival which was a nice gesture.
We read your review with interest and disappointment. Our summer guests have always commented that the house is a cool haven during the summer months due to the thick stone walls, and that they greatly appreciated the shade in the outside sheltered courtyard. The weather was warmer than the 21 degrees C average for our area in September, when you visited, however within 20 minutes of receiving your call reporting that you were uncomfortable we arrived with an electric fan. We also offered to show you how to open the windows to circulate the air - but you did not wish us to do this.
I am pleased that you appreciated the groceries that we left for you , together with the local produce and homegrown fruit. We note that you obviously made yourself at home during your short stay: moving large pieces of furniture around and reconfigurating the televisions and DVD player.
Tourouzelle is an ideal base from which to explore the local area. If you enjoy walking and cycling there are many quiet routes around the village to explore at leisure. We can arrange bike hire for you with a local company. You can walk easily down to the River Aude or to the iconic Canal du Midi and watch the boats slowly pass by. Tourouzelle has a boules area and a tennis court for the more active visitor.
Water is not far away : you can enjoy swimming, canoeing, windsurfing and fishing at the nearby Lac de Jouarres. There is a beach area, supervised by a lifeguard for safe paddling and swimming for all the family. Puicheric, a little further down the road offers canoeing, rafting and canyoning as individuals or in small groups.
There are three, very different, swimming pools nearby ;Lezignan has a traditional outdoor pool in the summer months, Narbonne has a swimming complex with water slides and a superb Olympic sized outdoor pool set in landscaped garden where you can spend the whole day if you wish, and, my personal favourite, Les Bains du Minerve - a recently opened, friendly, complex with a slide away roof and glass sides to create a cooling breeze. Why not try a Zumba class on the grassy verges with one of the energetic instructors or sit in the shade sipping a cooling drink in the small café area?
The beaches and resorts along the Languedoc coast all have very different characters. You can laze about on small, quiet sandy beaches away from the hustle and bustle or seek out places with theme parks and a vibrant nightlife. There are family friendly naturist beaches or quaint ports and marinas. We will be happy to suggest places that would suit you.
This area of France is steeped in history. Many people know about Carcassonne, the picturesque walled city but there are many other atmospheric abbeys and Cathar castles to visit, small towns and medieval villages.