INTRODUCTION - General synopsis of the story


We are Jane and Neil Watson, and we've been coming to this beautiful region of France since 2007. We initially bought an apartment in a nearby village, and instantly adored this part of France. Since we first visited Montolieu all those years ago, we yearned to visit the village of Montolieu every time we came to France. "Maybe one day we could get a place here", we found ourselves saying. In 2015 our dreams became reality, when we found this apartment for sale - and it eventually became ours. We'd be pleased to welcome you to experience it for yourself, and we're confident you'll be delighted with your holiday choice.

Why did we fall in love with this place? Was it the tiled floor in the open-plan living/dining/kitchen area? Was it the magnificent roof terrace with its breathtaking view to the Pyrenees? Was it the two bedrooms that comfortably sleeps four? Was it the mezzanine with its 'Writer's Den'? Yes, it was all these things - and more. There's something very special and unquantifiable here...the people and atmosphere of Montolieu. It's like nowhere else we've ever experienced.

So, what can we offer you in your holiday 'home from home'? Quirky rooms, none of which are right-angled. Original oil and acrylic art by Jane throughout. A walk-in pantry with its unique 'library ladder'. A comprehensive collection of CD's and vinyl records through a quality hifi system. A huge choice of books and DVDs for when you simply want to have a cozy evening in with your feet up. And not forgetting Neil's priceless display of model Citroen 2CVs bought at local 'vide greniers' (car-boot sales) over the years. 

Of course, these are all 'extras'. What you really want to know about are the accommodation fundamentals that go to make a holiday comfortable: There's a new kitchen - with microwave, hob, full-size oven and dishwasher. There's a double bedroom with en-suite, and a twin-bedded room with adjacent bathroom, new showers, with a new electric hot water system and efficient modern wall heaters for cozy winter visits.

As you may expect, there's wifi internet and satellite TV. The apartment is spread over three floors, including the amazing roof-terrace with its own kitchenette and fridge. After all, it's imperative to keep the superb local Blanquette de Limoux chilled at all times. 

Read more about the apartment in CHAPTER 1.