Maison des Lavande

Corbieres, Languedoc, South-West France
Guests: 3       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

Maison des Lavande

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Amazing value low-cost budget holiday home in Corbieres region of Languedoc, France. Traditional holiday cottage in a quiet village with a charming interior and short drive to beaches, river bathing, or wine tasting or Carcassonne.

'Best French Gite in Languedoc 2018' - Sunday Times (UK)

"With seven higgledy-piggledy rooms and a street-view balcony, the Maison des Lavande sits at the heart of village life in Thézan-des-Corbières, serving up southern France in all its glorious, sunlit simplicity. Antique bedsteads, window-box geraniums and fresh baguettes from round the corner are all part of the scene here. So, too, is a magnificent array of beaches and ancient monuments. The nearest airport is Carcassonne, 33 miles away." Sunday Times

Maison Lavande is a beautiful French artisans' residence in the charming wine-making village of Thezan des Corbieres in the coastal Occitanie  (Languedoc) region of SW France. A great base from which to explore a fantastic area of beaches, vineyards, river bathing and medieval towns. There are two  remarkable World Heritage Sites within half an hours drive, Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi.

The compact cottage is a former vineyard workers dwelling built in the late 1700's and has been furnished with a mixture of charming French antiques and practical modern furniture. The rooms aren't large, but have been carefully designed and beautifully furnished, and there is a sunny balcony where you can sit and watch village life pass by below. It is also great value - affordably priced to keep it in regular use, and contributing to the local economy.

You'll love the area - a choice of fantastic beaches (44 at the last count!), the Canal du Midi just 20 km away, two  rivers nearby (St Laurent de la Cabrerisse 7km & Ribaute 16km) where you can experience wild swimming and, of course, you will be surrounded by vineyards where you can buy great wine direct from the chateau door. There are also many picturesque historical sites in this area. Nearby Narbonne was the centre of Roman Gaul and there is a beauttiful coliseum in Nimes; there are stunning Cathar castles and amazing medieval Abbeys (Fontfroide & Lagrasse Abbeys are just 11 km & 18 km away) and, of course, there are many medieval villages to explore. 



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Lovely welcome from Diane, who also left us 2 bottles of wine, tarte aux pommes, milk and water, as well as other daily essentials. The small and cosy cottage is right in the heart of the village wit...

Graham H, August 2019

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£453 (based on 2 staying)
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£811 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Single

facilities at Maison des Lavande

media & technology
television and reception
wifi broadband available
young children welcome

map - location

travel info

Fly into:

  • Carcassonne -  24 miles
  • Beziers/Agde -  24 miles
  • Perpignan      -  25 miles
  • Toulouse         - 75 miles
  • Montpellier      - 75 miles

Nearest Train Stations :

* Narbonne

* Lezignan-Corbieres

in detail

Ground floor:

Kitchen / Dining: - Heating viaelectric radiators in all rooms for winter and fans supplied for the summer months.

  • Small well equipped kitchen area includes: Full size electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, sink, cupboards with ample crockery and cutlery
  • Dining/living area comprises of dining table and chairs, a small sofa and a dresser (with novels, guides etc.)
  • Separate room : Loo and wash basin

1st floor:

Living area:

  • Two armchairs and a sofa plus  a delightful sunny balcony with table and chairs (perfect for dining al fresco). 
  • Electric radiator
  • DVD player & a large library of DVDs, TV on which to watch them (no TV channels, purely for watching DVDs)
  • There is also a separate shower room on this floor with an electric radiator

2nd floor:


  • Double bedroom: Antique double bed and plenty of storage
  • Single bedroom: Though there is an adult size bed in this room - it is really only suitable for a child as the room is very small

Parking is very easy in the village, the village square always has spaces (and you can park under trees to keep the car cool), it's a one minute walk from the house. The 'main' road, within site of the house, also has parking places available. We have never had a problem with any vehicle left in the village. You can drive up the road to the house and unload but not leave your car there long term as the road is very narrow.

local area

  • Thezan de Corbieres (Village) has a,Tabac / Post Office and a  Grocery Store where you can buy your daily baguette and croissant.. 
  • There is a cafe-bar, Village Pizzeria, situated in the village Place, so 2 minutes walk from the cottage. The Cafe serves simple, but very well cooked, food, plus wines and beers.  Twice a week vans park in the square and sell groceries and fresh vegetables and fruit.  Two major supermarkets are available on the Lezignan Corbieres road (12km) and a further three supermarkets are in the centre of Lezignan - this town also has a wonderful produce market every Wednesday.
  • Carcassonne - Beautiful medieval city & World Heritage Site -  38 km
  • Canal du Midi - Canal walks/bike rides  or boat trips -21 km  - more info here
  • Nearest Wild Swimming - St Laurent de la Cabrerisse (7 km), Ribaute (16 km) Lagrasse (19 km)
  • Local Bike hire  - Cycle et Cyclo, 59 Avenue Wilson, Lezignan-Corbieres 0033 681 856305
  • No less than 44 beaches to choose from - closest 25 km
  • Narbonne Plage has 5km of beach - 25 km
  • Parachuting (FlyZone) - 15 km away
  • Windsurfing/Kiting/Diving
  • Fontfroide Abbey - Historic site  -11 km
  • Lagrasse -  Historic site - 19 km
  • Cathar forts/castles :
  • Wine tasting tours - &
  • Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting : &
  • Hiking/Bird Watching :



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customer reviews for Maison des Lavande

Lovely welcome from Diane, who also left us 2 bottles of wine, tarte aux pommes, milk and water, as well as other daily essentials. The small and cosy cottage is right in the heart of the village with parking, a convenient small store and recycling round the corner. Perfect for 2 adults of average height!

- Graham H,
August 2019

great location..comfortable accommodation...Diane very helpful and friendly,with a smashing (and unexpected) "welcome pack"

- Jeffery S,
October 2018

Lovely gite in lovely area, ideal for exploring this part of France. Diane, the host, was very helpful and accommodating.

- Tyrone D,
August 2018

We had a wonderful week at this delightful cottage. Diane was incredibly helpful with lots of great recommendations - even where the football was being shown! An amazing cake and wine was waiting for us too! I’d highly recommend the cottage this region which we loved and plan to return.

- Ruth hannan ,
July 2018

We were made very welcome by the owner DIane & given good advice of local beauty spots to walk our dog. The house is lovely as were the local people, who were just going about their daily business as if we had always lived there. Can be very hot of course & so the local water holes near Lagrasse etc were useful. Nice scenery & ambience in the area. Thank you .

- Pierrick W,
July 2018

What a wonderful stay we had at Maison des Lavande, it was everything we'd hoped for and as lovely as depicted if not better! It was in a peaceful location, but still within easy reach of the most spectacular places in Languedoc. Diane was exceptionally helpful and attentive, with lots of useful tips to get the most out of our holiday, she gave us a list of al the markets within the area, helped us out when we had to call her because we were non-plussed in Montpellier and ensured our holiday home was equipped with everything for a comfortable home from home. There was even a bottle of local wine, an abundant bowl of juicy grapes and an inviting fruit tart provided for our arrival! Thank you Diane, we had a terrific time.

- Samantha G,
October 2016

Had a lovely time in this quiet village . We had hot weather and the first rain in 3 months apparently . Diane is charming and the house is provided with everything you could need. Including wine, fruit and chocolate flan on arrival . There is a great pizza place in the square

- Jo-anne welsh ,
September 2016

We had a marvellous stay in this charming three-storey townhouse in a tiny village. Diane could not have been more helpful or kind – a baguette, cheese and wine was waiting for us when we arrived at midnight. And she offered wonderful tips on what to enjoy in the local area. We'd love to go again, and highly recommend!

- Laura potter ,
September 2016

What a lovely little cottage and what a brilliant welcome by Diane. We arrived on a bank holiday and the shops were closed, no problem, the fridge was full with delicious goodies including local wine and and pastries - what a good start to our holiday. The region is outstandingly beautiful and there is plenty to do, river swimming, beaches, walks,and just reading on the day bed. This is a perfect house for 'getting away from it all' and I would recommend a visit. Karen, Chris and Katie

- Karen knepper ,
August 2016

What a quirky little hideaway in a friendly little village! There is so much to see and do....highlights for us were river swimming at Ribaute, and day trips to Lagrasse, Narbonne, Carcassone and the African safari park at Sigean. We've had a glorious week in this beautiful part of the world. The Johnson family, July 2016.

- Keri J,
August 2016

We loved staying in a traditional village, not at all touristy, and the gite was as cute as a button. Our host Diane couldn't have been more helpful, ensuring we had everything we needed....and more besides! Also offering lots of advice on where to visit both locally and further afield. We hope to be returning in the future and wouldn't hesitate in recommending the gite to anyone - can't fault it.

- Cheryl S,
June 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was both charming and convenient and the neighbours very friendly. Diane, our host, was really helpful and all the arrangements worked well. We specially liked the opportunities for river swimming in the area, and went most frequently to St Laurent and Ribaute.

- Tony richardson ,
July 2015

"We’ve been coming to France for years but this has got to be the best part, there is something about it that we just love – the fabulous scenery, the history, the beaches and rivers, the restaurants – they all combine to make it a magical region. Your little cottage is the ideal base from which to explore and it’s such a lovely little property, not your usual holiday home at all, so much thought has been put into the decoration and furnishings – it’s a delight. By the way, we have never stayed in such a friendly village either or felt so welcomed by the locals." Peter & Mike, Manchester

November 2014

'We loved the rivers best, it was such a novelty to swim in a river and our son so enjoyed paddling around and using his fishing net. We swam at Lagrasse and Ribaute but our favourite was St Laurent which is only 10 minutes from the house’ Joan & John (Manchester)

November 2014

"The gite is beautifully decorated and has all the comforts you will need for your stay, with a newly added bonus of having WiFi. The village is very quaint, with several shops for essentials if you are caught short. We had a great time and would recommend it to anyone!" Kate & Elliot, Somerset

November 2014

"The house itself is wonderful, very cosy and decorated with antiques but at the same time very comfy. We loved the bakery few steps away, with wonderful baguettes and croissants. We visited the wineries, medieval villages such as Lagrasse, Narbonne and Carcassonne and enjoyed every minute of our stay." Gudrun, Gummi and Tinna (Iceland)

November 2014