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  • Carcassonne cottage with a special owner

    We enjoy making connections between holiday let owners and their guests. We also know that many of our owners run gites primarily because they love to be in the hospitality business. It’s a real pleasure for them to welcome holidaymakers at their property and share all that they love about France and their local area.

    Jaen Williams, based just outside the beautiful city of Carcassonne, shown in our photo, is a prime example. Her gite, Willow Cottage, is a private, independent two bedroom cottage with its own swimming pool and a huge rooftop terrace. It’s set in one acre grounds with an orchard and boules pitch in a fantastic village location and with close access to this romantic medieval city and its airport.

    Jaen was once a nurse, but is now retired and has lived in her pretty village, close to the Canal du Midi, for nine years. “I love everything about this place,” says Jaen in her lilting Scottish brogue. “The tranquillity, the lovely friendly people and the ten minute walk to a shop, café bar and chateau.”

    Jaen also loves helping her guests have the best possible holiday, without being in any way intrusive. “I know a lot about the local history and stories and it seems that others share my enthusiasm as I have three families who have been coming to stay here for six years!”

    Carcassonne is a great year round destination and Jaen has availability for this spring and summer for up to four people.
    See more about Willow Cottage at the link below

  • Setting standards at a bijou cottage for couples in the Aude

    Linda and Bernard Devine own and run La Petite Maison Devine as a stylish, luxurious one bedroom retreat for couples. This private 18th century terraced cottage is set in the quiet medieval village of Laurac le Grand in Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon.

    Originally a farmer’s property, the cottage has been renovated by a British architect to a very high standard, combining original features with the best of contemporary comfort. A truly enticing highlight is the private terrace with a spa pool, fabulous views and all day sunshine.

    The spacious accommodation is set on three floors, with a kitchen-diner at ground level and a salon with Juliet balcony on the first floor. A light, airy master suite takes up the whole of the top floor.

    Places to explore while staying at La Petite Maison include the Canal du Midi, the historic cities of Albi and Carcassonne and the beach at Narbonne.
    The Devines have many years of experience in the hospitality trade. Linda also has a business background of sales, marketing and customer service with exclusive London hotels while Bernard has engineering and building skills – all of which are put to good use running their holiday let.

    “The biggest things I’ve learned about being a host are communication with guests and the importance of excellent customer service,” says Linda. “We like to go the extra mile and ensure that our guests have a truly great holiday.”