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We had a wonderful time!  Living in a French village has been a dream of ours for years and we cannot imagine a better place to experience this.  Your lovely home makes it even more special with your charming décor, warm colors, the heavenly bed and of course the snug.


Oakland, California


Your House was lovely and very well restored in keeping with its origins. We had a lovely holiday and the surrounding area is so beautiful.

E. H

Lancashire, UK


We are in love with your house, with Caunes and with your friendly neighbors.  We covet your appliances (so quiet!) and loved pretending they and the house were really magically ours for two weeks.


Larkspur, California


Just to say how much we have enjoyed staying in this lovely house in a gorgeous part of France.  We head off now to Turkey, which will also be great, but we will miss this area - we have eaten ourselves fat from the markets, sampled much wine, tried to justify that by climbing up as many Cathar castles as possible, and otherwise thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  You have done a fabulous job with the house - you must get so much pleasure out of it.

T. W.



We are now back at home in Sweden after our long stay in your wonderful house in Caunes. We found the town and the house very relaxing and enjoyed our stay tremendously, especially the dipping pool which gave much pleasure to us all after our jogging tours in the vineyards every other night.


Mari  Sweden July 08


We arrived back from Caunes yesterday. We had a fabulous time, you were right the place is beautiful! We saw a lot of the area and also enjoyed relaxing in your perfect house and pool. Madame had left fresh flowers and bread in the house for our arrival, it was such a nice touch.


Rachael and Kevin Co Kerry, Ireland September 08



We have enjoyed an incredible four weeks here at the Maison des Remparts.  I wandered around for a couple of days just enjoying the colors, textures and details of the house.  My favorite restaurant is L’Oustal à Citou”.  We discovered it two years ago and the owner remembered us.  We did a lot of hiking.  We stopped for wine “dégustation” whenever possible and loved to listen to the French talk about their wine.  What a pleasurable trip.

P & J

Washington, DC


We have returned home to Ireland after a very enjoyable holiday.  I am writing to thank you for the use of your house in Caunes for the past three weeks.

We have stayed in many holiday homes in Ireland and France, yours certainly is one of the best from the facilities and equipment provided and the sense of "home" about it.

The village of Caunes Minervois is also exceptional.  It is alive and thriving.

We totally enjoyed our stay, there just was not enough time to see and do all we wanted. 

C & P



Words cannot describe the wonderful experience we have enjoyed: the cheese man, medieval cities, vineyards and delightful people. 

S & J 

Saint Paul, Minnesota


A delightful stay in your lovely French hide away.  Breakfast on your terrace will remain a restorative memory when we are back in the rat race. 

A & H B. 

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Thank you for your lovely home in Caunes.  We always enjoyed coming home to its gracious walls and welcoming kitchen.  We spent our week in search of the Cathars. 

D & N.

Los Altos, California


Thanks for the opportunity to stay in your lovely house.  We had the most wonderful time.  We enjoyed the wines, the area, the people, the sunshine, the food, the markets and the little towns. 

W & T

Schoone Oord, South Africa


We explored every road and byway in Cathar Country, wineries included.  Maison des Remparts was well provided with everything a visitor could desire, including a useful selection of guide books and brochures.

Sight seeing suggestions: Fanjeaux (spectacular view), LaGrasse (spectacular everything), Abbey La Fontfroide (near Narbonne), Canal du Midi and the olive oil shop L’Oulibo near Bize Minervois.

 J.W. and S. S-C

Connecticut  & Arizona


We came looking to experience authentic village life… We depart leaving little pieces of our hearts here.  Thank you for sharing this precious sweet paradise with us.

P & B


June 2006


We are fortunate that our friends found this charming villa on the internet and shared it with us.  We have loved our eight day stay here.  Your home is so comfortable and spacious—just a lovely jewel as many previous visitors have remarked.

Among our hightlights:

-biking along the Canal du Midi

-our day trip t Collioure. Wow! What gorgeous water and town!

-the Baroque en Minervois music concert at the Caunes Abbey

-trip to beautiful Minerve and dining on the terrace overlooking the valley

-watching the rock climbing near Notre Dame du Cros

-your beautiful collection of books and CDs

We will tell many others about this beautiful place. Thank you for making your visitors feel so welcome.

G, C& M Florida

June 2006


Today is a glorious day here. Sunny, warm, yet breezy. The house is keeping wonderfully cool inside. We are going to spend the day lounging around the house and the village. 


Thank you again for sharing your house with us. We had never seen this part of France before, and we are very taken with it. We spent the evening in Toulouse yesterday - what a bustling, beautiful city too!


L.& J.

San Francisco, Ca May 2006


It seems our vacation is winding down, we are off to London in an hour or so.  We loved Minervious and, of course, this cozy house.   Now if we can just figure out how to get all this wine home...

It was a beautiful stay with great weather, great accommodations endless memories.

Thank you,

G. C. and Ryan

Florida May 2006



We are here!  Your home is lovely!  We found the way ….after an adventuresome self navigated drive down some very interesting streets.   James Taylor is in the background and we enjoyed baguettes on the back porch.  Thank you.


G. & C.


Thank you for opening your beautiful house to us.  Our stay her has been restful, comfortable and ry after a week on a barge—and most welcome.  We arrived the night before the Fete de Marbre, an event that gave us access to local food and crafts along Caunes’ Rue de L’Abbaye.

We went to the Montagne Noire, Carcassonne, La Cité and Toulouse…


And we spend long hours comparing the merits of every chair, armchair, cushion and pillow throughout your house, carrying around mugs of coffee, cups of tea and glasses of wine.  Thanks again!



San Francison, Calilforinia

May 2006


We applaud your careful and tasteful stewardship of this jewel!  What and undertaking!  Highligts of our trip include:

-Toulouse-Lautrec collection in Albi

-Watching a boat go through nine locks outside Béziers

-Country style gourmet meal at La Bastide Cabezac

-Renting an electric boat on the Canal du Midi (somail)

-Narbonne: Church, Musée archaeolgic (Roman) and the great braserrie « L’Estagnol »

And of course, wine, wine, wine.  We are taking nine bottles.


Warm thanks for your thoughtful outfitting of each room.

S & R California

May 2006


Hello Daphne & Dennis!  We just received your fabulous package.  So complete.  So organized.  So beautifully done.  We are impressed and grateful for this wealth of information.  (We figure one of you must be a marketing professional -- yes?)  B. & P. S. Floridax, Castres, Caslnaudry,

So much to see and only one week to hit it all. Carcassonne, Narbonne, Béziers, Mirepoix, Fanjeau and even Perpignan.  And the house…this is a wonderful and beautiful place—you are both very lucky. Comfortable and cosy for the cooler evenings and equally as pleasant for breakfast on the terrace.  The weather has been kind, some breezes and some sun.  Thank you for a lovely week. 

The S’s

United Kingdom

November 2005


We applaud you for your careful and tasteful stewardship of this jewel!  What an undertaking!

Wonderful house! Perhaps the best we’ve rented in the last 15 annual vacations to his area France.  This hous is “user friendly” which is a rarity.  The directions for everything from the showers to computer are readily available and easy to use.

J & D Texas

Oct 2005


We arrived yesterday and found your home in perfect order. Today the winds and weather has improved and it is a lovely spring morning. Kate is just in love with the house as it it so much what we envision and enjoy.

There is more room than we anticipated, and as you can see were able to get the wireless up and running without any trouble.

J & K M.  February 2006


Thank you very much for sharing your second home in Caunes Minervois. The property is beautiful and you are to commended for the wonderful restoration job. Indeed we came home with many ideas which we intend incorporating into our own 1874 stone converted schoolhouse.

P & G.B.

Durham Ontario

What can we say? We are so sad to be heading home after three wonderful weeks in your beautiful home.  We love France and especially this part and have visited many times.  This has been the best yet.  We enjoyed our busy days sightseeing and our lazy ones reading and dozing on the terrace.  Lovely local days visiting the marble quarry, Notre Dame du Cros and the lovely surrounding villages.  Was in awe of Lastours.  The sun shone nearly every day.  The coffee, the patisserie and the baguette were great and this is a marvelous village and house.  What more could we have needed? 


the T family



The house was more than perfect, we had such a wonderful time.  We looked at your before pictures and during construction pictures and were amazed that you saw the vision that became the Maison des Remparts .


Our very first breakfast was on the upper patio overlooking the village gardens.  The weather was perfect, the bed unbelievably comfortable.  We spent most of our indoor time in the kitchen or back patio unless it was raining and then we moved to the side patio.  As I'm typing this note, I can feel and see your wonderful home.


I know our friends from Holland were also impressed with the Maison des Remparts and enjoyed their time there. 


Thank you for letting us share your second home.


Best personal regards,


P & S A.

Bracebridge, Ontario  

June 2005


You have a wonderful house and the children have spent the afternoon sculpting at the Caunes annual fete today!  We have explored the village and would rate it as one of the nicest we have seen on our trip through France so far.


P. &. J M. Victoria Australia

June 2005


It was an excellent vacation.  The house was well-appointed with everything we could need.  The information that you left was very helpful.  We really liked Caunes, and found the people incredibly friendly and helpful.  We even got a French lesson from the baker.  We were particularly impressed with your selection of books--cookbooks and otherwise.  I have already ordered the Wines and Winemakers of the Languedoc Roussillon by Paul Strang from

J. H. Vancouver British Columbia


October 2004

The house exceeded all of our expectations, as did the area. We loved the decor, drooled over the stove, and enjoyed several nights in the "snug" with a fire in the fireplace. We loved eating in the kitchen as it is so light and airy. Dave and I enjoyed the lovely pull for the toilet in the master bathroom.

Marj and Dave

Bellingham Washington


Since we also have an old house (1700s) we know how much work and effort you put into the wonderful restoration of your home in France. It's all very tastefully done; it could not have been made any better.


Even though we have our house in the Tarn et Garonne since 25 years, we have never been in that part of France. It was very interesting for us how the landscape changes from the flat plane to rough hills with deep gorges, all within a few minutes drive. Needless to say the wine is also very good.


Thanks again for the wonderful week that we spent at your house.


E. & W.  K France


I just wanted to let you know how much we loved your house and Caunes Minervois!!  I must admit we really had no idea where we were going  - we had just fallen in love with your website.  It was beyond anything we could have imagined - the house, the beds (can you buy that mattress in the US?) the village, the scenery, the wine, the Cathar history etc, etc.  We even got to practice our college French and mingle with the locals at the "snack bar".  We can't wait to return very soon.


Hope you have a wonderful Christmas there! 


A.W. Atlanta Georgia