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Mark Figgins

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Maison Tranquil - Country House With Stunning Lake Views In A Magical Setting - Maison Tranquil (5 en-suite rooms upto 13 people)

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard holiday chateau / country house

Maison Tranquil - Country House nr. Carcassonne - Family Friendly Haven of Tranquility Close To Carcassonne; 7 en-suite rooms; private pool

Maison Tranquil is a spacious country house with stunning lake views. Light, airy and comfortable living spaces. Large dining room features a 4m long dining table with open fireplace, large kitchen with dining area with direct access to the terraces with stunning views. Air conditioning in the summer if needed, and centrally heated bedrooms and open fireplace and wood burners in the lounges to keep you warm in the winter. Outside the 3.5 acres of grounds host a private gated pool with alarm, petanque court, 3 acres of lawns, children's play area, secure parking for 6 cars. Chef/daily maid service available on request. Contact us for detailed quotes.

Book now for Christmas and New Year! Situated close to the historic UNESCO medieval walled city of Carcassonne, with its easy access to it's numerous airport connections via Carcassonne, Toulouse, Beziers or Girona. In the heart of the Razes vineyards and just 20 minutes to Mirepoix & Limoux with their stunning markets. Whilst a rural country house, local shops & restaurants all within easy access.

Details for Maison Tranquil (5 en-suite rooms upto 13 people) 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, 5 Bathrooms

5 en-suite bedrooms off a galleried hallway

  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Mark Figgins (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks english, french

About Mark Figgins

We are a young, happy, healthy couple from the UK. After years of soul searching and globe-trotting we have settled in the beautiful Languedoc-Rousillon region of South East France. With a wealth of hospitality experiences from various industries between us, notably as an established luxury yacht charter couple, we provide elegantly casual service to a high standard. In addition to her abilities as an experienced charter chef, Andrea is a qualified Aromatherapist and masseuse able to provide a number of treatments from the spa in the annex to the house. Mark has a drive for the out door life, and we aim to provide, or at the very least point you in the right direction when it comes to all the local activities from mountain biking to kite surfing and much more...

Why Mark Figgins chose Aude

The house just leapt out at us as a haven or tranquillity and calm from the first instant we walked in. Stunning lake views, surrounded by radiant countryside you can't but help relax in the house and grounds.

We absolutely love the area. For us Carcassonne airport is both close by and very easy to use, has that 'rustic' island style to it! We are just an hour from skiing in the mountains or kite surfing the beautiful beaches on the coast. We regularly visit daily local markets for fresh fruit and vegetables, or just to soak up the atmosphere over a coffee. Truly loving our life choice in this beautiful region of France.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The property is ideally located in the heart of the Languedoc. We provide pool towels and so you can travel light and make the most of the beautiful local lakes and beaches. For those who enjoy a more active holiday, you can take advantage of white water rafting, canoeing, kite surfing and dune sailing, sailing & skiing all within an hour. If you are looking for great food and relaxation in the comfort of the villa, we can also provide catering and massages by the pool. Just ask for information when booking.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Perfect weekend away from the rat race"

"Tranquil is a befitting name indeed..."
Jan 2014
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based on 11 traveller reviews

Maison Tranquil (5 en-suite rooms upto 13 people)
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful property in a relaxing setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with family and friends with young children, there was plenty of space to accommodate each family, with mostly onsuite bathrooms and enough room downstairs to comfortably accommodate everyone incl play room and numerous lounging and

dining spaces etc

It has stunning views from the terrace that most of our days were spent eating enjoying the view and cooling down in the pool. There was plenty to keep the kids entertained and I'm going to miss my morning walk around the lake.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Retreat Location

  • 5 of 5

We chose to host our Detox and Yoga Retreat at Maison Tranquil and it was the perfect place in every way. The house is in a beautiful location in the stunning French countryside and the property itself is comfortable and full of character with a lovely brand new swimming pool. The house and gardens have beautiful lake views and there is plenty of space to relax and sunbathe. On chillier evenings we enjoyed real log fires which was a real treat. Andrea and Mark were great hosts and catered for the retreat exactly as we had requested and with great attention to detail. The property is within easy reach of places to visit such as the medieval town of Mirepoix, Limoux and historic Carcassonne. Very highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great holiday

  • 5 of 5

We (a group of eight old friends) had a great holiday in this wonderfully quirky house. It's very spacious, very quiet (hence the name) but within driving distance of some stunning sites. We asked the owner to cook dinner for us on three evenings and thoroughly enjoyed his culinary expertise. One of the neighbours sells delicious organic veg and there's a marvellous butcher's in Belvèze.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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House in Brezilhac

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family of six with five extra friends, all university age. The location was very accessible, only 20-25 minutes from Carcassonne airport, and the Ryanair flights from Stansted were, surprisingly, at very civilised times in the middle of the day. Friends arriving at Toulouse airport easily got trains to Bram, which was only 15 minutes drive. The house’s facilities were as described, with a well equipped large kitchen, 5 bedrooms of varying sizes and 3 bathrooms. It was clean, airy and light, and everything worked well.

The pool was a great asset, and we liked the lightly salted water. We made use of the 5 bicycles to explore the beautiful countryside. Brezilhac is a tiny village with no shops but Montreal is very accessible with a good supermarket. Mark and Andrea were incredibly helpful. Before the holiday they sent comprehensive information and we were particularly pleased that we could send a shopping list and everything was there when we arrived on a Saturday afternoon. During the holiday it was very easy to approach Mark and Andrea and they responded very promptly to all our queries, including how to turn off the pool alarm! We were thrilled with the 2 dinners which Andrea cooked for us. We enjoyed meeting Mark and Andrea’s two delightful young children.

We visited the beautiful medieval town of Carcassonne, Mirepoix with its charming market, Toulouse with its wonderful churches and square and even ventured as far as the spectacular Cathar castle at Peyrepertuse. We did a lovely circular walk to Gramazie and several bike rides. The countryside is stunning, with its sunflowers, vineyards and fabulous views.

We would certainly recommend this house to friends and relatives.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Truly Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

A much needed short break with in laws and our young family - have to say the pics don't do the size of the house or its views justice - we had ample space and things available for an easy and enjoyable stay. The house is well equipped and comfortable and within easy reach of all the places the area has to offer. Many thanks for a great stay...hope to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Peaceful and tranquil

  • 4 of 5

Big thank you to mark and andrea for making us feel so welcome at maison tranquil.

The setting is so peaceful and away from it all, just what we all needed. ITs never completely peaceful with 4 adults and 5 children but plenty of inside and outside space to enjoy.

Weather was mixed but lots of local attractions to visit, including local lake in carcassone ( fab total wipe out type water park) and obviously the amazing walled city in carcassone.

Hope to go back one day, thank you again

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
33 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Chene Vert - Belveze du Razes
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Dining available at the house
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Carcassonne Plage (Lake)
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The house also operates as a retreat out of season hosting a variety of courses ranging from cycling breaks, yoga & detox retreats, painting, and hosts writing & cookery courses. All fully catered and hosted by qualified guest instructors. Andrea is a qualified masseuse and aromatherapist should you simply require a relaxing massage by the pool....


'Carcassonne Plage' is a fantastic family day out with inflatable water park on the lake surrounded by lovely beaches and nature trails, for the more adventurous zip lining through the trees ! Just 40 mins from the house. Pack lunches on offer for your day out. Lac St Ferriol at Revel is also 45mins.

Narbonne Plage is a 1 hr drive from the house, with its golden beaches and Gruissan marina. This area also boasts Frances flagship water sports centres teaching windsurfing, kitesurfing and more.


Direct flights available to Carcassonne from numerous UK airports. The nearest airport is Carcassonne (Salvaza) - 40mins, Toulouse (Blagnac) - 55mins, Beziers and Perpignan - 1hr 30mins. Girona - 2hrs 30mins. Carcassonne train station also easily accessible. Car hire is essential to fully experience the region and all it has to offer, easily available from all airports.


Belveze Du Razes 7km.

Limoux & Mirepoix 17km

Canal du Midi, Bram 20km.

La Cite, Carcassonne 39km.

Toulouse 90km.

Gruissan Plage (nearest Mediterranean beach) - 100km / 1hr.

Ax-les-Thermes (nearest Ski station) 90km / 1 hr.

Further Details:

Situated in the heart of the sleepy Languedoc countryside & surrounded by some of the best vineyards of the region. Nestled just 40mins from Carcassonne, and its walled Unesco world heritage site, and 20mins to the beautiful towns of Mirepoix or Limoux.

Carcassonne has great shopping, with markets on a Wednesday and Saturday, with La Cite boasting some fabulous restaurants. Toulouse is just 50mins away, and Montpellier 1.5 hours.

Local markets available almost daily with all the atmosphere and amazing fresh produce. Boulangerie, farm shop, pharmacy and supermarket are all within a 5-10min drive of the village.

Local restaurants and bars are available in the two closest main villages of Belveze and Montreal, both 5km away. With some fabulous local wine domains offering a more indulgent experience. Or just soak up the calm and tranquillity of rural France lounging by the pool, or in one of the hammock chairs.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard, France

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 15
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
Rate 16
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
Rate 17
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$501
Pet Fee A$0
Tax Rate 25.0%

Changeover Day: Saturday changeover day preferred in high season.
Will try to accommodate individual requests, and can be more flexible out of peak season.

Notes on prices:
Discounted rates are available for smaller groups.
The house is also available for long term rentals out of season.
Price inclusive of all taxes, cleaning charges, linens, towels etc.
There is a small surcharge for any wood for the fires in winter months.

Please contact us for more details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Escueillens-et-Saint-Just-de-Bélengard, France

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bath (no shower)
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed , 1 child bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 5 - 4 single bed , 2 singles (van be made up as a king bed) with bunkbeds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Calm, tranquil country house with stunning lake views, large airy communal areas for all to enjoy. Private terraces, secluded gardens, private gated child friendly pool and shaded pool house, kids play area. Secure private parking for 6 cars. Catering and massage in the luxury of your holiday villa available by prior arrangement. Outside: Mature private gardens and lawns on a 3.5 acre plot with private gated pool, and shaded pool house with views to the lake. Terrace leading off the kitchen for easily accessible alfresco dining. Additional dining area under the shaded pergola by the petanque court. Kids play area and numerous toys. Mountain bikes available to guests free of charge, other bike rental possible locally.