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Fantastic Domaine of Well Known Artist with Large Swimming Pool - Montreal, South of France

Weekly Rental:From EUR 5530 to EUR 5530

Property

Chateaux

Sleeps

22

Single/Double

7 / 7

Bathrooms

6

Pets

Allowed

Pool

Yes

Welcome to Domaine des Jasses

Three cars a day pass the end of the drive which leads to a landscape unchanged since Roman times.
Les Jasses is about escape. The current owner gave up being a lawyer and came here to become an artist.
Although the domaine sleeps 20 in comfort, style and grandeur - it was for centuries a place of contemplation and still feels like a haven from the world; although it is only 20 minutes from Carcassonne airport and an hour from Blagnac Airport, Toulouse. Montreal is the nearest village (7km) with shops, petrol and bakery.

The house is the residence of well known artist Anthony Murphy and holds a varied art collection gathered over a lifetime. His studio is located in the wing of the domaine.

Domaine des Jasses is in a Natura 2000 park; an EU scheduled conservation area of outstanding beauty, surrounded by wild pastures and forest.

The domain is double aspect throughout. Look out one window and you can see for forty miles; look out the window opposite and you can see for a further forty miles. There is a forest of Ilex (evergreen oak) brought here by the Romans. About a mile away you can see one other house otherwise one is quite alone apart from the eagles, boar and deer.

The grounds, including gardens, surrounding fields and wood, comprise 28 acres in total. The meadows hold many rare orchids

On the ground floor there is tiled entrance hall large enough to roller skate in. Next to it is the drawing-room separated from the hall by large double doors. This is a good place to read or doze; and also leads out onto the terrace so the room is full of light. The house holds a decent library of English, French and Russian literature. There is even a Pushkin dictionary!

On the other side of the hall through an archway there is the kitchen and further on, through yet more double doors, there is the room with a television. We also have many DVD's for children and adults. We have playpens outside, a playroom inside and baby equipment.

A stone spiral staircase leads up to the first and second floors.

Here are eight double bedrooms four of which have their own private bathroom; one children's bedroom with five single beds; and one bedroom with a single bed. The house sleeps a maximum of twenty-two with ease. Photographs of all the bedrooms can be seen.

The swimming pool is a tiled pool measuring 15.5 metres X 5 metres and 2.5 metres deep at the deep end. There are steps and a shallow end. There is a shelf all the way round the edge of the deep end for resting on. There is a pool alarm and the perimeter is fenced. At one end stands a small octagonal pool house for changing. A Cretan mosaic of an octopus lies at the foot of the pool steps.


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There is a huge history attached to this area of the Languedoc.

France was once divided into those speakers who said “oc” for yes and those that said “oui”.

We know who lost but the people survived. This is still their region – the Languedoc; and they have been living here since they were given these lands by the Romans one thousand five hundred years ago. The Vatican has the list of the names of those who were burnt on March 16th 1244 at Montsegur and those names still fill the Lavelanet telephone directory.

Today this land is remembered for where Catharism took hold most successfully and where its uprooting was the most difficult.

Domaine des Jasses faces the pogue (see left) on the top of which sits the ruined castle of Montségur where the final siege and auto-da-fé took place.

We are in the heart of the countryside where the churches emptied and the local folk, instead ,took into their houses these travelling, weaving ‘parfaits’ who would teach them their dualist cosmology. St. Dominic was drafted in to take on the parfaits in public debates. The house where he lived is still standing in Fanjeaux up the road.

Originally part of the Roman Empire you can still take their very straight roads in most directions.

Narbonne was a large Roman port and you can see where the chariot wheels have worn ruts in the cobbles of the via Domitia the oldest Roman road in Gaul. It is just over an hour away by car.

The great fortress of Carassonne Cite, is twenty minutes away. Its fairy tale towers and crenelations are the fantasy castle of childhood and were used in the filming of Robin Hood. The Cité de Carcassonne runs a major cultural festival from July through August. Rock concerts, jousting, fireworks – you name it they do it .

For the more contemplative, there are the ancient medieval Abbeys of Frontfroide, Lagrasse, Alet-les-Bains and then in Toulouse the sublime St Sernin all in pink brick. Albi is not far.

There is a Carolingian church by the roadside on the way to Montolieu, 'The Book Village', where there are countless antiquarian bookshops. On the way you would cross the hand dug Canal du Midi which stretches from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Louis XIV had it made to be able to move his fleet about more freely. You can hire boats or cycle the tow path for miles under the shade of the giant planes. The Mediterranean beaches are less than an hour away where you can sail and surf in Gruissan. Collioure a little further south is where Matisse and Derain lived and worked as young men.

Towards Perpignan the Sigean safari park has -amongst other thrills – lions, rhinos and flamingos. Its situation by the sea is special.

Toulouse is a beautiful brick town of great elegance. St. Thomas Aquinas lies there in a golden casket. And great for shopping!

There are countless stables nearby where both my daughters learnt show jumping. The Shetland pony Bounty, is in the field outside with five friends, unless he has escaped and is wandering around on the terrace!

In winter the ski slopes of Andorra are a couple of hours drive away, and easy child friendly slopes are nearer still.

Finally, for the classicist there are the ancient ruins of the Greek city of Empourias just over the border in Spain.

PHOTOS

Kitchenware Appliances

Cooker/Hob Fridge Freezer Microwave Toaster Kettle Dish Washer High Chair Washing Machine Tumble Dryer

Fixtures & Equipment

Hairdryer Iron Log Fire TV Satellite Video Player DVD Player Internet Access Games Room Table Tennis

External Features

Private Pool - Unheated Private Garden Mountain Views Sun Loungers : Yes Suitable for Children

Special Rental Conditions

PLEASE CONTACT THE OWNER DIRECTLY USING THE FORM BELOW, OR BY TELEPHONE.

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Property Exterior

Private Pool (Unheated):
Yes
Private Garden:
Yes
Near a Beach:
Yes
Mountain Views:
Yes
Sun Loungers:
Yes
Safe for Children:
Yes

Local Attractions

In the area

This Property is situated in Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Nearest Airport: Carcassonne airport is 20 minutes away / Toulouse Blagnac an hour

Nearest Station:

Nearest Ferry:

Nearest Beach: Less than an hour

Nearest Ski Resort: Andorra - 2 hours drive

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town or village.


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Whether you're planning your next holiday, or simply want to find out more about our properties, you can contact our Owners & Agents directly for more information

Contact Person: Anthony Murphy

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