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D111, 11800 Laure-Minervois, France   |  
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“Too many adjectives....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

To describe how good Domaine de Palatz is!. I had a week here with my wife and 5 year old daughter in July (at the same time as Ian M below!). Just a stunningly beautiful area, and the gite was perfect for our needs.

Only 20 minutes drive from the fabulous medieval city of carcassonne, and absolutely surrounded by picture perfect rural French villages, the most beautiful of which is Minerve, a little hilltop village surrounded by a huge gorge on all sides, well worth a visit.

Iola is a marvellous host, not intrusive at all, but always on hand to recommend anything you may be looking for. Look forward to returning one day soon, all the best Iola!.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Dalrymple, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Iola is simply exquisite as her her accomodation and taste in fine nigerian artwork which adorns some of the rooms. Iola is an excellent host who made me welcome from the first day. The pool is very large for a gite with custom built pool house to keep your beer or wine chilled. Her standards are high as is her customer care. I hope to go back very shortly and visit this charming lady who I hope to now consider as a friend. Ian S MacMaster Proprietor PetsfoPets.eu

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We spent over two weeks with Iola September, 2011. We had a beautiful restful time - in-between long bike rides through the vineyards of the Minervois. We would often start the day with breakfast with Iola - that is, we could usually cajole her into staying in the dining room and chatting with us. Iola is great about giving guests space, and also being there to answer questions about the local sites, sign us up for amazing wine and history tours, and providing maps and directions. We would then take off down the road on our bikes, our tires sticking to the squished grapes left on the road from the harvest trucks. It was amazing to see the machine harvests as well as the hand picking at the more select vineyards. After a lunch at some small village cafe, we'd make our way home and chill by the pool. Or we decided some days to head for the beach. The Mediterranean is only an hour away with marvellous beaches. There was so much to do and Iola's was such a great jumping off point to see and experience the countryside from driving, biking or even hiking. The room we stayed in was also beautiful. We loved the stone walls and the round window looking over the trees lining the driveway. Iola's own wrought iron furniture was fantastic as was the art on the walls! We had such a wonderful time, it was hard to leave after the two weeks.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

Exactly what I expected from rural France . Had the larger gite due to being there for a week and another couple requesting the smaller on for 3 nights . The Gite was well equipped with everything you need for a week or 2 . Large outdoor area , ample barbecue facilities and an excellent pool area . Iola was helpful and there if needed but not in the slightest intrusive . The villages in the area were all very clean and tidy and Caunes Minervois just down the road had a few lovely places to eat and great boulangerie . It is about 20 minutes to Carcassonne once you get your bearings and is not difficult to find as long as you don't rely on a sat nav . Weather was great and had a fantastic week away in a lovely part of France .

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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stuttgart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

this time, i came with my friend, first week september. we were very lucky to catch up with a splendid sun, at times still scorching hot, being able to make use of the large pool everyday, brushing up our suntan. accommodation superb and no difference to last year. our lovely host being always there for any assistance required, nice breakfast, on special request lovely snacks und delicious dinner. trips to la cité and downtown shopping malls of carcassonne, and surrounding countryside where the harvest of grapes already began, interesting to watch. beautiful and bright evenings sitting outside trying to catch a falling star for our pocket. one thing still missing is going on a wine tour, hopefully next year. we'll be back!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

Loved the location, the accommodation, Iiola the hostess and especially the fun wine tasting evening with Wendy. Had a mixture of days by the pool and day trips for the best of holidays. Good family holiday spot. Would definitely go back. Chris, Oxford

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

We were here a year ago and decided that we would like to return. It is a lovely place: beautiful house between vineyards only 1.2 km from the silent village Laure Minervois. There are 3 gites and 3 B&B. This time we were in gite Tulip - the middle size - that occured big and comfortable for us: parents with 1 children. As a year-ago we found gite very well equiped and very nice decorated. Threre is quite big swimming pool, grill area and very nice patio with chairs and tables. Tulip has additional small terrace.
This year we spend less time on the swimming pool due to the bad weather but we realised that if it is not rainning and it is bit colder we can enjoy sunny days there as there is a wall from one side separating perfectly from the wind.
If the weather is not good enough to stay at swimming pool there is a lot of places to visit. It is only 10-15 minutes from Carcasonne, 45 minutes from Narbonne and app. 1.5 hour from Touluse. There is a lot of castles and graves in the surrounding area. And obviously a lot of vine producers selling very nice choice of wines for very good price. Some are very close - in Laure Minervois are 2 while driving around next few - and some needs bit more travelling but are worth this like those in Limoux and Salses. Except wines there is also a lot of nice restaruants or if you like to cook: places where you can find a lot of local specialities like foie de canard i.e. duch liver that is famous here or oysters and nice selection of sea food that you can buy in supermarche in Carcasonne but also directly in Gruissan Plage.
In France usually people do not speak other languages than French except big cities and international hotels. Thus choicing domain de palatz you do not have the language problem as long as you are also English speaking.
Iola, the owner will support you in case you need any hints regarding very good restaurants and nice places to wisit. She is a very nice and very helpful person. Iola is living on the spot but you do not feel her presence as long as you need her support. Of course except her decoration in the house that make this place very cosy and beautiful.

We know that there is a lot of places all around the world worth to see so maybe next year we will check another. However, we know that it will be extremely difficult to find something at least comparable and we know we wish to be back again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: D111, 11800 Laure-Minervois, France
Location: France > Languedoc-Roussillon > Aude > Laure-Minervois
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Laure-Minervois
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Domaine de Palatz is a charming 17th Century country estate located in the heart of the wine growing area of the Minervois, Languedoc Roussillon, and offers luxurious accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast (B&B) and self catering basis. Recently renovated to exacting standards, the domaine retains much of its original rustic charm, and combines delightful period details with the modern amenities you would expect, all in spacious natural surrounds of 25 acres. There is a large private pool and summer kitchen, covered courtyard, ample parking facilities, numerous picnicking and BBQ areas, gardens, terraces and panoramic views. Surrounded by vineyards, this property is ideal for a peaceful, relaxing holiday. Local activities include fine dining, sightseeing, watersports, fishing, walking, horse riding, golf, or simply lazing in the Languedoc sun. Easily accessible by plane, train or car, Domaine de Palatz is one hour from the coast, 20 mins from the airport and medieval town of Carcassonne, and just a breathe away from countless cultural and historical sights. ... more   less 

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