Maison St. Gérome

Masion St Gérome, nestled beyond the ruins of a 15th Century Church (right)
Maison St Gérome, nestled beyond the ruins of a 15th Century Church (right)

Deep within the medieval heart of Caunes and across from the ruin of St Gérome’s 15th century church, this property nestles between two, short, pedestrian walkways leading past just one more property to confront the walled fortifications and deep fosse that once protected the local residents. One walkway is just wide enough to allow a small vehicle to reach the house, but in the main the area is delightfully traffic free.

Relaxing in the medieval streets around Maison St. Gérome
Relaxing outside in the quiet space around Maison St. Gérome

At tables and on chairs to the side of the house you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine whilst savouring a setting that has barely changed for hundreds of years. Sitting in this close and quiet space you may exchange “bonjours” with a neighbour or a passing explorer. Many venture this way searching for the 13th century breach in the fortifications attributed to the crusader Simon de Montfort rooting out heretic Cathars (it’s at the end of the alley behind the house). But it is more likely you will be struck by the peace and quiet occasionally disrupted only by birdsong.

This two-bedroom village house has been recently renovated to provide 2 new shower rooms (one ensuite), a large, fully-equipped French country style kitchen/dining room and a sitting room with a large open fireplace made of the local Caunes marble and traditional floor tiles. It also has UK satellite TV.

The property sleeps 4 in comfort and is ideally situated within the medieval quarter, moments from the boulangerie, local shop and 8th Century Abbey.

Click here for photos and descriptions of the rooms.

If you enjoy exploring, walking, wine, sight-seeing, cycling, and the French way of life – then this is an ideal property for your holiday. Caunes-Minervois is famous for the local pink marble – and you can watch the local marble sculptors in the village. There are also art galleries and pottery classes and demonstrations. There are 3 markets a week in Caunes – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – even though it is a village of only 1400 inhabitants.

Bottles of the local wine, selected by the owner, await the arrival of guests to welcome them to the house.