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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Saint-Nazaire-d'Aude, Aude, Occitanie

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Paer_F
Einbeck, Germany
2 reviews
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“Great place to relax and discover Languedoc-Roussillon”
Reviewed 30 July 2017 for a stay in July 2017

The Domaine de Puychene is an unbelievably idyllic place to go. The Domaine is an old winery that was converted into a guest house some 3 years ago by the energetic and charismatic owners Phillipe and Veronique. It has that quaint southern French flair of a historical mansion with a well kept garden, guarded by big imposing iron gates. Inside, our 70 sqm. appartment with country style furniture was highly modern, well equipped and pleasantly clean. Our little gravelled patio, surrounded by bushery giving pleasant privacy, had a gas grill that we used often.
As the French always seem to say - "impeccable".
It has a nice pool, big enough to spend lazy afternoons reading and playing around with the kids. Philippe and Veronique live in the village, so they are available on site almost every day, but without being on your back. Both speak great English, and Phillipe surprised me almost every day with a few funny colloquial phrases in German, including a hearty "Mahlzeit" when I lugged back my Baguette for breakfast from the local bakery at 11:30 a.m. On our two week stay, they staged an evening for wine tasting with a local wine maker as well as an evening with delicious local cooking prepared by a friend for the guests. Mingling of guests is encouraged, and sitting outside on a warm summer evening with a cool glass of wine and some new acquaintances really has it's merit. On our arrival on day one, Veronique took lots of time to give us a whole row of good tips on where to go and what to do in the area, and they have a big collection of brochures of places to visit. Apart from the pool, they have table football, table tennis, space for a bit of football kicking and, never to forget in France, equipment for a match of Boules.
The Domaine is a great base for trips into the country. Of course we went to Carcassonne, but the smaller medieval villages of Minerve or Lagrasse are almost as nice to visit. There are a bunch of old abbeys to visit, we realy liked the Abbaye de Fonfroide near Narbonne, which had a great multimedia guide on a tablet in many languages, including of course German and English. In the Corbieres-mountain range you can find so many nice places to hike, and there are amazing canyons to see. Our favorite were the Gorges du Verdouble right below the medieval town of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse. A brliiant row of water pools cascading from the canyon, perfect for a cool swim in the sweltering summer heat.
For those hungry for insight into the making of local products, I can recommend a visit to the "Oulibo", where you can book a 90 minute tour (even in English!) where you learn a lot about olive farming and the wide range of olive products. Oulibo is only 15 minutes away from the Domaine, so great for a quick afternoon excursion to round off a day lazing at the pool after sleeping late.
In regard to beaches, we liked the beach "Leucate-Plage" best, but that was a 40 minute drive from the Domaine - nonetheless worth the time.
Our longest drive was to Barcelona in Spain, which took us exactly 3 hours each direction.
On the whole, we really enjoyed the Domaine de Puychene. Quiet enough, but nonetheless nice for kids (maybe not so much for toddlers, better if they can swim and move around on their own). I liked the owners, always ready for small talk, information about the local sights and events, views on politics, France in general, and eager to stay in touch with the guests. For us (we were there with our 13 year old son), it was a great vacation.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
31 Jul 2017
Well, I think that we will read this extraordinary comment very often because it tastes like honey ! So thank you so much for visiting us and for enjoying so much the area and our place. As we always say , we share here what we like and it is really a high pleasure to see that our guests like the same things...When you make a place as Puychene you feel your instinct but you never know if other people will like what you did .. or not.! So, sharing good moments with you and reading such a wonderful comment afterwards, this is the best feed back we can dream of. So thank you again, merci beaucoup, see you soon, take care und bis später hopefully !!!!! Véronique et Philippe.
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brianj220...
Waterford, Ireland
1 review
“Great location and great hosts.”
Reviewed 25 January 2017 for a stay in January 2017

This January a group of 7 cyclists from The Republic of Ireland booked a week with Phillippe.
The location was ideal, lovely accommodation and great hosts.
Bike hire was available locally and the rural area is ideal for road cycling.
Well worth a return visit at another time of the year.
We will definately be back again.

BJ

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Management Response
27 Jan 2017
Great guests and great team. Thank you very much for your nice comment dear Brian and thank you for choosing us for starting this new year. Starting 2017 with your friendship and your energy means that it will be a great year. It is a pleasure to know that you enjoyed our place and the area full of little roads for cycling. This time you missed the swimming-pool but hopefully we will have the pleasure to see you again in warmer days. Say hello to all the members of your great team, take care, à bientôt et merci encore. Véronique et Philippe
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Guillaume...
Romans-sur-Isere, France
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2018 for a stay in April 2018
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
26 Apr 2018
C'est avec grand plaisir que nous avons fait votre connaissance et nous sommes heureux que vous ayez apprécié non seulement le Domaine de Puychene mais aussi toute la région. Nous sommes idéalement placé, au centre d'un territoire qui offre une multitude de paysages et d'activités. Nous l'avons d'abord visité en touristes avant de décider d'y rester et nous continuons à découvrir de nouveaux lieux et de nouveaux restaurants que nous nous empressons de partager avec nos hôtes. Merci encore d'avoir choisi le Domaine de Puychene pour vos vacances. Nous vous reverrons avec grand plaisir. Véronique et Philippe
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mosetebis...
Barcelona, Spain
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2017 for a stay in October 2017
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Management Response
23 Oct 2017
Muchas gracias ! We were really happy to welcome you here and to give you the opportunity to have some rest. Having a small baby takes time and energy ! So it is very good news if you liked our place and if you discovered some nice places of our beautiful area. There is more to see and we hope to see you again. Take care and "A bientôt" ! Véronique et Philippe
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Susanne S
1 review
Reviewed 17 September 2017 for a stay in August 2017
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Management Response
24 Sep 2017
Dear Susanne, thank you very much for your nice comment. We wanted to create a nice atmosphere to share with our guests and we are happy to see that it worked. We traveled a lot with Véronique and we wanted to createhere what we liked the most: nice contacts, easy and friendly relationship in a place easy to live. The good things is that chidren also like Puychene and we saw a lot of them crying when they left our place and their summer friends.Thank you again and of course, we will be happy to see you more than one week ! A bientôt ! Véronique et Philippe
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Thomas B
1 review
Reviewed 13 September 2017 for a stay in August 2017
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Sep 2017
Thank you very much for this nice comment. You know that it was a real pleasure to welcome you and your family at our place. We renovated this place to have something peacefull and confortable for holidays in the South of France. We rally enjoy that you liked it. A bientôt hopefully. Véronique et Philippe
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chmayer20...
Bonn, Germany
1 review
Reviewed 19 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
24 Aug 2017
Thank you so much for this nice comment. And thank you also for the discovery of Spritz Aperol... We enjoyed very much welcoming you. Yes indeed I like starting my day by cleaning the pool: it is a kind of meditation when the sun is not too warm... We also do like to share the places we like and the new places we discover : this is why the time spent with each family at the beginning of their holidays is so important for us. We try to understand what they really like. We also listen carefully to their feed-backs and we like also when guests dicover new places. So this is really an exchange and our pleasure. We agree that one week is not enough but we will be very happy to see you again. So take care und bis später !!!!!! Véronique et Philippe
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