About Us

About the house...

La Villa Celine is our recently refurbished nineteenth century Maison de Maitre. We are situated in the centre of the village of Saint Laurent de la Cabrerisse, opposite the Médiathèque on the Avenue de Narbonne (D613).

The house takes its name from Madame Céline Anna Peron who upon marrying her new husband, asked him to replicate her existing Paris residence in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse where the couple had decided to live.

The house was bequeathed to the village when Celine passed away in 1929, and was not used as a house to live in until we were fortunate enough to purchase the house from the village in 2013.

Within a 40km radius of Villa Céline there are so many things to see and do, and we hope that you will enjoy using Villa Céline as a base for you to explore this beautiful region.

Front of La Villa CelineView of our Breakfast Room

We easy to find as it situated on the main route through the village, the Avenue de Narbonne (D613) and benefits from its central position as restaurants, bar, post office, bank with cash machine, chemist, cave co-operative, mini-market and summer café are all within a less than two minute walk of the villa.

Fortunately Villa Celine has also retained its large walled rear garden, so unusual for a property with such a central location.

The high walls give the swimming pool, which is positioned at the end of the garden, lots of privacy. Mature trees also gives part of the garden shade which is a welcome relief when the weather is hot. During the summer, breakfast can be served on the terrace that overlooks the back garden and swimming pool. It is a secluded and surprisingly quiet spot to enjoy your meal.

Many original features have remained intact such as stained glass, plaster covings and ceiling roses, parquet flooring,original large window frames, the tiled hallway, wood panelling and marble fireplaces.

There are four large guest bedrooms, The first is situated on the ground floor, the remainder of the ground floor is made up of a large hallway, guest lounge with television and a breakfast room complete with four separate tables. The final three bedrooms are situated on the first floor. All bedrooms come complete with recently fitted en-suites. Tea and Coffee making facilities are also included in each bedroom. The décor of each room is different with each bedroom being sympathetically renovated to capture the original grandeur of the house whilst benefitting from easy to use showers with room for all shapes and sizes.

Villa Celine is equipped with a Wi-fi connection.

There is car parking available at both front and rear of the house, the garden is also large enough to take three cars. We also have secure parking for cyclists and motor bikes.

Why Stay Here?

Location

Located centrally in the French village of Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse on the Avenue de Narbonne the house is perfect for experiencing French village life and culture, you are within 50km of the beautiful French of Carcassonne and Narbonne, the Mediterranean coastline, the Pyrenees, and many Chateaus relating to Cathar history, and the history of France in general.

Attractions

Vineyards surround the village and tours are available on request. You can also visit the local cave cooperative and sample different wines from local producers. History surrounds the region, and abbeys, castles and fortresses can be found locally, including the famous Abbaye de Lagrasse and Abbaye de Fontfroide.

Families

The B&B has a swimming pool to the rear in the large private walled garden. Within 25km is the famous African Wildlife Reserve at Sigean, with hundreds of species of animals to be seen. The coast is a mere 40km drive away where there are many beautiful, child friend beaches, as well as 3 large waterparks to entertain the family.

Cuisine

The only Michelin 3 Star in the area is less than a 15km drive away, the Auberge du Vieux Puits in Fontjoncouse is now one of the most desirable restaurants to eat at in the world. There is a restaurant in the village: Le Carignan, specialising in traditional French cuisine. The village also has a café offering a variety of different hot and cold food. There is also a bar in the village that bakes fresh Pizza most summer evenings.

Sports

The region offers many different trails for cyclists to enjoy, of varying degrees of difficulty. There are several walking routes all starting from the centre of the village that climb into the surrounding forests and vineyards giving hikers the experience of viewing some spectacular scenery. Rugby is very popular in the area, the Catalan Dragons being located in Perpignan, less than 50km away. Most local towns such as Lezignan, Ferrals les Corbieres and Carcassone are all less than 35km drive away. Narbonne, Beziers, USC Carcassonne and USAP Perpigan, are all within a 50km drive of Villa Céline. There are numerous wild water rafting experiences that are available within 50km, just ask for details!