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Domaine de Cure
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Our hosts Jean-Noël & Agathe were waiting for us when we arrived with a very personal and warm welcome. We felt that we were among friends after our long trek there by train from London. We arrived at sunset and the next day awoke to the delightful sights and sounds of the country side. The waqrm dry air reminded me of my Southern California youth but the sights of the countryside reminded me of a Cezanne painting. We took a walk to Conque Sur Orbiel one day and had some coffee and went to the Post Office. I knew I was not in Kansas so to speak or Washington, DC where I live anymore. It seemed timeless and dreamlike and nothing broke that spell the whole time we were there. We used the Domaine de Cure as our base of operations and drove our rental car as far as Aix-en-Province, Andorra, Albi and Perpignan. We also explored the local sites which were every bit as interesting. Next time I go I think I would like to spend more time at Carcassonne and attend some cultural events. We were gone much of each day but, Jean-Noël & Agathe touched base with us every day and we managed to share a bit of our lives with them and they shared a bit with us. They were always available to answer any questions or needs we had or offer advice on how to improve our experience. The Domaine de Cure is a safe, clean, friendly and very luxurious place for a visit that makes you feel like you are at home.

Room Tip: There is no fitness center or spa as such but the swimming pool is excellent with a view of the countryside and the vineyard that is super. All the rooms are spacious and feel like apartments one could live in longterm.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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7  Thank Fred M
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stoneplace, Owner at Domaine de Cure, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

We certainly hope you will have another chance to return for the cultural, historical and gastronomical experiences you may have missed both close and further afield. One week is certainly too short to do it all!

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

In September stayed at Le Forge at Domaine de Cure. A lovely peaceful location next to a flourishing vineyard but near enough to make the journey easy into the beautiful Carcassonne, passing alongside the picturesque Canal du Midi. Jean-Noel and Agathe are both charming hosts, friendly and very willing to help with any questions about the area, booking a restaurant or advising on excellent local wines. The gite was both comfortable and pristine, an excellent shower and very comfortable beds - greatly enjoyed superb sleeps undisturbed by traffic noise! A real bonus was been able to view UK television via Sky freeview (no need to miss Downton Abbey!) and free wi-fi connection which worked well and easily.

We were recommended to stay at Domaine de Cure by our daughter and her husband who stayed last year, and were not disappointed. Thank you both Jean-Noel and Agathe for your wonderful company and delightful accommodation. And there was no problem with our deposit being promptly returned!

Room Tip: I would have thought that any of the gites would be a lovely place to stay.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank jelica39
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stoneplace, Owner at Domaine de Cure, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

Happy people give us the energy to carry on doing our best! Thank you for your comments and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

So it's that time of year again to write the 2012 travel reviews after visiting a wide variety of places to stay over the past months.

Earlier in the year stayed for a few days at the Domaine de Cure in Conques-sur-Orbiel, close to Carcassonne. Not the easiest of places to find despite having been provided with a basic map, some signs on the road would have greatly eased matters (particularly at the entrance of the last small track) heaven help anyone trying to find it in the dark!

The properties are very clean, but luxurious they are most certainly not. There are no extras such as complementary toiletries, no basic welcome grocery pack (which would be most useful for those guests arriving after the supermarkets have closed), towels are extremely small and thin and not changed during the stay. No hairdryer, bathrobe etc. etc. or any of those touches which make the difference between luxurious and standard.

One huge negative is that in one of the properties, The Forge, the iron spiral staircase is bordering on downright dangerous with treads so narrow it is necessary to walk sideways down the stairs, keeping a firm grip on the handrail. A complete peril for anyone with young children.

There are no curtains, blinds or shutters in the main living areas downstairs so once it becomes dark, you are made to feel like a goldfish in a bowl .... anyone passing by to go to the other properties can easily see in, and there is a complete lack of privacy.

Furnishings again are basic, mostly supplied by Ikea, lamps, unlined curtains, a clothes unit with no doors which would look more in place in a Butlins chalet, metal filing cabinets for bedside tables and cheap china. The wineglasses (which are only supplied one per person, i.e. four) are the cheapest you can buy - such a shame when drinking good French wine not to have a decent receptacle to add to the experience. The kitchen is sparsely equipped, one lidded saucepan is simply not good enough for a family of four trying to cook a meal, although a microwave is supplied. Cutlery is stored 'sleeping with the enemy style' in a box and needs to be counted out and counted in, as the owners warn you at the beginning that 'everything must be returned to its original place when you leave'.

As mentioned on previous reviews, the owners (who live on site) are obviously passionate about their gites but have an inability to let go and let their guests get on with enjoying their holiday. One is greeted on arrival with a request to sign their Terms And Conditions, a list of do's and don't (mostly don'ts) and the expectations of the owners. They also unfortunately have a tendency to lie in wait for you to return to your gite, and it takes a strong character to rebuff their over-friendly advances and to request to be left in peace. Even by the poolside, with a glass of wine and face pointedly buried in a book, is no guarantee of tranquility.

The small swimming pool is unfortunately located next to a most unattractive small industrial field with enormous rusting metal containers, a real eyesore and the shrubs have not yet sufficiently grown high enough to hide them. A fairly busy road also runs alongside, busy mostly with farm vehicles.

Leaving the gite, ah now, here comes the crunch of staying at Domaine de Cure. Be afraid, be very afraid, for if the gite is not completely pristine upon departure, deductions will be made from your deposit which for some reason is withheld for some days after your departure. We bought our own cleaning materials and spent the last precious couple of hours of our stay thoroughly cleaning everything - even crockery we hadn't used as this had been given as a reason for withholding funds by a previous reviewer.

In conclusion, to charge over £800 per week and with the lack of anything remotely luxurious, no facilities or places of interest within walking distance (it's a poor location without a hired car) and the stress of constantly cleaning ....... sadly Domaine de Cure simply cannot be recommended as a relaxing place to stay, a hotel would have been better value. However, Carcassonne can certainly be recommended as a place to visit.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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5  Thank Travelling T
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stoneplace, Owner at Domaine de Cure, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2012

We are indeed passionate and proud of what we have created here at the Domaine de Cure. We invested a large amount of our time and money to provide modern comfort in an old stone building well over 200 years old. It may not be “perfect” but it is our “beautiful” home which we happily share with others. The tranquillity in the countryside here is simply an added "luxury".

It saddens us that these guests (2 couples) see a need to write a malicious review despite the best we provided. A perplexing contradiction as we received a nice message from them after their departure: “Thanks for a great break… the cottage was lovely…”

We believe and stand by our price that a self-catering accommodation and we emphasise “self-catering” in low season at 800 euros per week (which works out to under 60 euros per couple per night) represents good value. And in a self contained and fully equipped 90m2!

“Hard to find” because they forgot to print out the map we sent. “No grocery pack” despite our request to be called in the event of late arrival so we might be able to help. And criticism of a need to sign the terms and conditions to clarify the unknowns and any ambiguity. We fail to see any professional shortcoming on our part.

Within the accommodation, the cutlery described are those of an Italian design neatly fitting into a special case while the dinning room table is a lacquered “urushi” work by a Japanese artisan. Just a few “unnoticed” touches to add to our design esprit, without pretension.

While the 12 glasses (and not 4 as mentioned) and the 8-set white tableware are similar to what is found in any hotel, the reality is a need to quickly and effectively replace items in a business where breakage is not uncommon.

We regret that these guests could not enjoy the beautiful walks in the national forest trails right behind our domaine. Perhaps they are not nature lovers. It is unfortunate that they could not appreciate the countless historical sites throughout the region other than Carcassonne castle (yes, you do need a car). Maybe they are not interested in culture.

We understand and respect that some people simply want to relax and spend their holiday around the pool. Ours may not be Olympic size but a respectable 5x10m that still requires daily cleaning. We are sorry if this was disturbing and apologise for simply saying “hello, is everything ok?”

Perhaps this reviewer’s “backlash” may be attributed to the “not so perfect” weather during the their stay. This can put a damper on one’s vacation experience but to dump this anger and resort to malicious criticism of our best efforts and the accommodation provided is truly regrettable. We point to all of the positive reviews we have received by so many happy people.

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

This is our fourth visit to Domaine de cure and remarkably the place is as pristine as it was on our initial stay in August 2008. We previously had always stayed in the beautiful gite of La Forge but as our family size has increased we upgraded to La Source.
We have not been disappointed and have thoroughly enjoyed our stay once again.
Agathe and Jean-Noel are excellent hosts who have maintained their gites to the highest standard.
If you are looking for a comfortable and perfectly clean holiday rental in this superb region of the Languedoc then you need look no further.
J,M,T & B Hertfordshire.

Room Tip: Get advice from Jean Noel as to which gite would best accommodate your party's size.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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7  Thank Jacqui K
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stoneplace, Owner at Domaine de Cure, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2012

We are happy your fourth stay was as pleasurable as your earlier ones! We look forward to your next visit!

All 3 of our gites are fully equipped and only differ in terms of style and size. Our "small" gite (65m2!) with one bedroom is ideal for 2 people while our larger gites la Forge (90m2) and la Source (110m2) are suitable for 2 couples or families of up to 5.

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Reviewed July 16, 2012

We couldn't have chosen a better place in southern France. The gite was five star. The setting and surrounding area was perfect. The owners were so helpful in picking places and sights to visit along with restaurants to eat at. The local butcher and food store provided us with great local food to cook in the evening. It was nice to return after a day of touring to relax at the pool and drink great local wine while cooking our dinner. Jean-Noel and Agathe were fantastic hosts who could not be more accommodating. Our only regret is that we only stayed a week.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Timothy S
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stoneplace, Owner at Domaine de Cure, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2012

Self-catering or "gite" accommodations are a perfect way to spend your holidays here. So much to do where as written, a week is often too short. We certainly hope you will have a chance to visit us again!

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