Dream holidays – Written in September 2020 on Tripadvisor for a stay in August 2020
We spent two wonderful weeks in St-Nazaire-d’Aude in August 2020. The former vineyard has ten high-quality apartments – since we as a large family had booked three of them, we could verify the high quality of three apartments (“Laurier” for 4 people in the front part of the side building, “Lavande” for 4 people in the back part, and “Safran” for 6 people in the classy main building with high ceilings and a master bedroom that could have easily fit another double bed). As for the apartments, we had never seen such a high standard – everything was clean, spacious and well-equipped. Although we were skeptical of the premises being in the middle of the town, it was a quiet oasis (our kids were probably the noisiest things you could hear). Behind a large steel gate at the street were the parking spaces in the shade of big fig trees (ever plucked a ripe fig right from the tree? Delicious!) and a football field plus jungle gym for the bigger kids. Behind a second steel gate lies the front yard with swings for the smaller kids and the child-proof entrance to the big pool. This is the “noisy” garden, in which every evening the kids would play hide-and-seek in the dark or “werewolf” (a popular kids’ role-playing-game) while the adults would either sit on the “plaza” – in front of the main building – or hidden from view in their private little yard in front of their apartment. Between main and side building there is a passageway in which you find the reception as well as the wine refrigerators you can help yourselves to. Behind that lies the “quiet” garden with access to the apartments in the back part of the side building and the private gardens of the main building, which are hidden from view by high bushes, scrubs and herbs and feature a gas grill each (!). If there was one thing we would have to criticize, it would be the white gravel covering the large driveway and the yards, which by its very nature produces a lot of light dust that quickly gets everywhere and which you have to look past. Veronique and Philippe are very friendly hosts who took a lot of time giving us valuable insider tips and hints for the ideal daytrip destinations, be it restaurants, bike rentals, beaches or culture – they quickly realized the different interests of their guests, and every single tip was a hit. Even on the farmers market Philippe showed us some tidbits we would have missed otherwise. In general, the village and the towns around it offer everything you need during your stay – the bakery is a five-minute walk away, on Sunday, “le monde” meets at the quaint little market, and if you don’t find what you need in the little corner store, you drive five minutes to the next supermarket. The ice cream shops, bars and restaurants at the Canal du Midi in Le Somail (the next town) are also just a stone’s throw away. We have already recommended La Domaine to our friends and would like to return someday. We will remember this great holiday for a long tim
Posted on our Google page by Hardy Scheuber for a stay in July 2020 – Five stars
We were lucky enough to get to know this domain through a family of friends. Our hosts Veronique and Philippe have transformed this property into a gem over the past few years. There are a total of 10 apartments in different sizes. Due to the very lovingly designed gardens, you are protected from the eyes of the neighbors. The apartments are designed so that the living area with kitchen / dining area, living room and a toilet with shower is below. In the upper area the bedrooms with another bathroom with toilet and shower. Each apartment then also has the said private outdoor area with seating, couch and a gas grill. In addition, each apartment has its own washing machine, which we greatly appreciated. The kitchen equipment leaves nothing to be desired. An induction cooker with 2 plates (including matching pans and pots), a ceramic hob with 2 plates and a separate electric oven. A fridge-freezer with a smaller freezer compartment is of course also available. You realize that you are in the land of connoisseurs 😎. Should you ever have to work online or want to stream a film in the evening, this will also work without any problems. The speed test showed 58mbit in the download and 20mbit in the upload. But actually you rarely need it here. Now I come to the real highlight. Veronique and Philipp greet you with an unbelievable warmth that you think you have known for years. They advised us with tips for trips, sports, wine and food. And not according to the watering can principle, but they took the time to ask about our interests and then made the recommendations. These recommendations were based on your personal experience and not from any prospectus. Since my school French is a bit rusty, I was glad that they both spoke English very well. At our request, the two of them were able to win over a winegrower couple for a wine tasting. We were 6 families and had a wonderful evening with delicious wine. Speaking of wine, in addition to the private areas of each apartment, there is also a common area with table football (table football), game collections, bookcase (German, French, English I could decipher), table tennis, boules and 2 refrigerators with the wines of the region. You can take it out there at any time at a comfortable temperature. Simply enter it in a list and pay at the end of your stay. Is regularly replenished. Oh yes, of course there is also a clean pool. For us it was the perfect mix of relaxation and experience. Many thanks to Veronique and Philipp!
One of the best vacations we ever had – Written on Tripadvisor in July 2020 for a stay in June 2020 –
Posted on our Google page by Esther Clermont for a stay in August 2019 – Five stars
In August 2019 we spent two wonderful weeks with our three children at the Domaine de Puychêne. The apartments are spacious and lovingly furnished, so we felt comfortable from the first minute. In the accommodation, the children found next to the pool everything the children’s heart desires: a football field, climbing frame, table tennis, “play barn” and especially many other children with whom they could play. The area offers countless things to do and in the two weeks we could not do everything we would have liked. What distinguished our holiday but clearly from all the family holidays that we have done before, were the hosts Véronique and Philippe. With their warm and friendly nature and the passion they put into their domain, the stay became something very special. Not only did they give us many tips for excursions (suitable for the age of our children) and great restaurants in the area, but they were always approachable and also created a special and warm atmosphere in the accommodation through the weekly wine tasting and Friday dinner. Everything was right for us during this stay and we booked directly for the next year!
Heavenly place for families in the south of France – July 2018 – From Tripadvisor –
Wonderful Place – July 2018 – from Tripadvisor
Wonderful Stay in Southern France – May 2018 – from Tripadvisor
Stay in september-october 2017 via Expedia – 5/5
Very good place that will suit most people – in a restored old vineyard. Great spacious apartments with good standard. A very nice host that sets up for the guests to do well. Heated swimming pool and beautiful outdoor areas. Located in a small quiet village and it is a few kilometers to major shops and restaurants, so it is advantageous to have a car. (translated from Norwegian)
Wonderful vacation – August-September 2017 – from Tripadvisor
Charming place in the wonderful south of France – August 2017 – from Tripadvisor
We (family with two kids) stayed two weeks in the “Domaine de Puychene” and can absolutely recommend this place. The Domaine is beautiful, peaceful and well located to discover the “pays des Cathares“. Béziers, Narbonne, Carcassonne, Queribus, the beach, … – we enjoyed many trips. And our kids enjoyed and loved the pool every day. The hosts, Phillippe and Véronique, have created a marvellous place. Also, they offer their personal experience in the region and have plenty of recommendations what to do. Finally, they are very approachable, passionate and engaged. They love what they do and you can feel it! They want you to have a perfect time, a perfect vacation at their Domaine and in the region. This definitely worked for us and we truly enjoyed our stay! Thank you very much, Veronique and Phillippe for your “accueil chaleureux” – we’ll come back!
Beautiful 16th old winery – July 2017 – from Tripadvisor
A gorgeous stay in Domain de Puychene – August 2017 –
Liebevoll eingerichtete Appartements in ehemaligem Weingut aus dem 19. Jh – July 2017 From Tripadvisor
Zauberhaftes Anwesen mit phantastischen Gastgebern – July 2017 – from Tripadvisor –
Wunderschöne Ferienwohnung in einem zauberhaften Anwesen mit sehr viel Liebe und Stil eingerichtet – July 2017 – from Tripadvisor –
Gerne wieder – August 2017 – from Tripadvisor
Great place to relax and discover Languedoc-Roussillon – July 2017 – from Tripadvisor
Beautiful apartment – July 2017 – from Tripadvisor
Ein schöner Ort zum Erholen und toller Ausgangsort für Ausflüge – July 2017 – from Tripadvisor
Tolle anlage – nette gastgeber – June 2017 – from Tripadvisor
Wunderschönes Appartment in einer tollen Anlage – June 2017 – from Tripadvisor
Two weeks to relax within a very charming atmosphere – June 2017 – from Tripadvisor
Perfect vacation: beautiful place with wonderful garden, super friendly and helpful hosts, appartements are very spacious, lovely furnished and very well equipped. Pool bigger than expected. Each appartement has its one little garden/terrace with grill and privacy.
Thanks a million again. May 2017 – Direct comment
During the last days of May 2017, we spent very relaxing and joyful days at Domaine du Puychene with our two children in the cottage Sauge. We mixed impressive cultural experiences with refreshing hours at the beach in a summery and green landscape. We took great pleasure in chatting a bit with the charming and humorous hosts and spending the evenings at the terrace surrounded by the gorgeous garden. We experienced a very tranquil atmosphere when strolling back from Le Somail along the Canal du Midi during sunset after dinner.
Nice people to meet in a peaceful retreat! – May 2017 – from tripadvisor
Perfekte Ferienwohnung mit besonderer Atmosphäre und wunderbaren Gastgebern – April 2017 – from tripadvisor
Source Airbnb – September 2016
Beautiful, clean and well-equipped accommodation in a stunning area of France. Our hosts were extremely friendly and helpful and went out of their way to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. Their recommendations for places to visit were all perfect. In summary we had a fantastic holiday. Thank you
la casa era muy comoda
Los apartamentos, que son todos diferentes, están decorados con un toque personal, y están muy bien equipados y limpios. Todos con terraza con hamacas, mesa, sillas y barbacoa.
El acceso al Wi-fi (gratuito) es muy rápido.
La zona de la piscina con tumbonas y ducha y los jardines privados cuidados y limpios. Precioso.
Aparcamiento privado y amplio dentro del propio recinto.Un lugar simplemente perfecto!
Pasamos 3 días en este precioso lugar. Los propietarios, Phillipe y Veronique son el alma de este lugar excepcional. Son encantadores y muy serviciales. Siempre están disponibles para cualquier cosa. Les puedes pasar el pedido de la panadería y ellos te lo acercan sin ningún coste adicional. Los apartamentos, que son todos diferentes, están decorados con un toque personal, y están muy bien equipados y limpios. Todos con terraza con hamacas, mesa, sillas y barbacoa. El acceso al Wi-fi (gratuito) es muy rápido. La zona de la piscina con tumbonas y ducha y los jardines privados cuidados y limpios. Precioso. Aparcamiento privado y amplio dentro del propio recinto. Hay mucho que ver y hacer en la región (Carcassonne, Narbonne, Canal du Midi, Le Parc Australien, Reserva africana de Sigean…) Philippe te dará información y planos de la zona. Un lugar simplemente perfecto! Veronique y Philippe gracias y mucha suerte!!!
La localizacion es muy buena para visitar la zona, incluida la Reserva de Sigean.El apartamento muy muy acogedor y los propietarios muy atentos y serviciales, son encantadores.Seguro que repetimos!!!
We found the location excellent close to the canal du midi. The Domaine is beautifully renovated, the owners are very welcoming, helpful and a joy to be around. The kids loved the swimming pool.
We spent a week in this beautiful place. The property is clean, fresh and both indoors and outdoors were just perfect for our needs. The owners, Phillipe and Veronique are the most charming of host… very helpful and available. We arrived very late and left very early and they made our coming and going very easy. I would go back again (and again!) as there is so much to see and do in the region, we only got to visit a few places. Just perfect!
All five of us had a great holiday at La Puychene. The domaine is in a typical French village with a patisserie and boulangerie so no shortage of croissants and other fattening treats! We also enjoyed meeting the other guests and improving our French, and we made good friends with Philippe and Veronique our hosts who kindly brought our breakfast order from the patisserie every day. A perfect spot to base your French holiday but a car is a must. Recommend the beach just North of Le Barcares (make for the Lydia) and the bike rental at Paraza (Mellow Velo).
Vielen lieben Dank für diese wunderbare Woche. Wir hatten einen unvergesslichen Urlaub. Dir Wohnung war einfach perfekt. Super eingerichtet und ganz ganz viel Plaz. Der Pool hat vorallem unseren Kindern gefallen. Wir können la Domaine de Puychêne von Herzen weiterempfehlen. Véronique und Philippe sind äusserst herzliche Gastgeber. Es fehlte uns an nichts. Auch das Pétange mit Apéro und den anderen Gästen war ein Erlebnis. Dank für alles.
Unsere Ferien bei Véronique und Philippe gefielen uns sehr gut: Das liebevoll gestaltete Anwesen verströmt eine sommerlich entspannte Atmosphäre, im Inneren der Häuser ist es auch bei hohen Außentemperaturen kühl und im Schatten der Bäumen weht ein leichter Wind, während alles ganz französisch ist. Unsere Gastgeber waren ausgesprochen hilfsbereit und freundlich und es machte Spaß, bei Ihnen zu Gast zu sein. Wir fühlten uns gut und frei inmitten eines blumigen Gartens, im und um den Pool herum, beim Essen und Weintrinken auf unserer Terrasse unterm abendlichen Himmel und wenn wir von unseren Ausflügen in die malerische Umgebung zurückkamen. Morgens, nach dem Aufklappen der Fensterläden, standen schon Croissants und Baguette bereit, wir lasen Zeitung und Bücher und genossen die große Ruhe, die über allem lag, das Licht und die feinen fröhlichen Farben. Alle, die dort waren, waren nett und fühlten sich zu Hause und am liebsten wären wir noch länger geblieben an diesem besonderen Ort im Süden Frankreichs.
We were the very first guests after the owners had been working with development of buildings and surroundings for more than 2 years. The owners are very nice and service oriented and the appartements, which are all different are all very nice and extremely well equipped with services. The pool area is nice (could be bigger) and the private gardens is already nice, but will of course be even better in one or two years. The small village is very local and nice (no restaurants, nightclubs etc.) and perfect for trips on bicycle, motorcycle or just relax activities. There is a lot af castles, abbayes, gardens, landscapes etc. to be visited in the area, and of course the Pyrenees, Andorra and Barcelona. Concerning beaches they can be reached within ca. 20 km.They are very big, sandy, flat and most of them fairly crowded. The city of Narbonne is ca. 10 km. from the village, and is very nice with its center around the river. It is not a shopping mekka, but there are a very fine selection of restaurants, wine bars etc.. The owners speaks english.
We have had a marvellous time with Phillipe and Veronique in Domaine de Puychene. All apartments are decorated with a very personal touch and are restored with all original details still in place. The hospitality is like a warm bath, they both have tips to do and are always willing to help you on your way. We are already looking forward to our next stay. Thanks Mark