Why Le Petit Charme?
Le Petit Charme (LPC) is designed to meet the needs of travellers who enjoy a private, upscale residential rental retreat. Below you will find the answers to the question, “Why LPC?”
Stylish & Luxurious Accommodations
LPC is truly stylish, elegant, and luxurious, providing guests with the charm of yesterday and the comforts of today. Unfortunately, many visitors to rural Languedoc are unaware that a majority of rental properties in France are not designed to meet British, Canadian, and American standards. Consequently, such guests can be a bit disappointed in a dwelling’s lack of comfort, style, and amenities. This is not the case with LPC.
Private, Romantic Getaway
LPC, a private residence set among the vineyards, is the perfect romantic getaway for honeymooners and lovers. It’s particularly enchanting on a stormy evening, with the wooden shutters closed tight, rain tapping on the tile roof, and the glow of soft lights and candles illuminating the interior warmed by a wood-burning stove. Guests truly feel secure and ensconced in a world of their own.
LPC offers many amenities, some of which are not even offered by luxury hotels in the area: Click here for amenities.
Modestly furnished rooms at local B&Bs and three-star hotels cost, on average, 70–120 Euros a night, while luxury hotels in Narbonne and Carcassonne are priced upward of 250 Euros a night. LPC, by contrast, is an excellent value for its convenient and beautiful location, stylish decor, and many amenities.
Open, Light & Airy Space
LPC isn’t a typical maison de village (village house), which is typically a narrow, dark, three- or four-story dwelling sandwiched between two other buildings. Instead, LPC is a one-story cottage with a well-designed floor plan with exposures that ensure a light and airy space, even in the worst of weather. The front of the cottage and the courtyard is oriented southwest, providing good light in the late morning and afternoon hours. At night, excellent lighting design and a selection of candles adorn every room, adding a soft ambience and touch of romance.
Outdoor Living Space
LPC has both an interior courtyard and an exterior garden from which guests can enjoy the glorious light of southern France. The courtyard, designed to be an extension of the interior living space, features a comfortable dining area set among a variety of plants and herbs and a bubbling fountain. The garden offers an informal place to kick back, relax, and enjoy being among the vines adjacent to the cottage.
Argens-Minervois, located between the Mediterranean and the Black Mountains in the Minervois wine-growing valley, is about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from Narbonne and 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Carcassonne. The village is a 20-minute drive from two major autoroutes, A9 and A61, which provide direct access to Toulouse and Montpellier (1.25 hours), Perpignan and Collioure (1.5 hours), and Barcelona (3 hours).
A 5-minute drive from Argens-Minervois takes guests to the towns of Olonzac and Lézignan-Corbières. There they can experience real day-to-day living among the French at a variety of bistros, restaurants, markets, specialty food stores (such as boulangeries, patisseries, poisonnieres, etc), supermarkets, shops, and service providers.
Besides enjoying the land, LPC guests also can enjoy the sea. The long sandy beaches, marshlands, and rocky outcrops of the Mediterranean Coast near Narbonne and Gruissan are only a 30-minute drive from the cottage.
The charming village of Argens Minervois offers guests a variety of activities:
- Walking through vineyards and hillsides
- Biking down country roads
- Picnicking and hiking around the local lake
- Boating on the Canal du Midi
- Exploring ancient ruins
- Playing tennis at the canal-side courts in the village
- Riding local “for hire” donkeys
- Dining canal-side at local restaurants
- Relaxing with local residents at the village bar
- Stargazing thanks to extremely low light pollution
24/7 Guest Support
Upon arrival, guests are greeted by Le Petit Charme’s property manager, who familiarizes them with the cottage and village. The property manager is available 24/7 via phone to address guests’ questions or concerns.
The proprietor of Le Petit Charme has been providing private luxury accommodations in Napa Valley, California, and Paris to discriminating travellers for nearly a decade. See other rentals at www.yourparispenthouse.com.