Come and relax and enjoy yourself. You’ll find everything you need at Domaine les Hirondelles and in the local area to keep the children interested and to help you properly unwind on holiday this year.
We have designed Domaine les Hirondelles to give the whole family the chance to spend precious time together, and there are also plenty of things to occupy the children when you need a little time to yourself.
What’s included in the price of your holiday:
Luxurious accommodationTwo beautifully renovated former grape-pickers’ cottages dating back to the 1750s. Designed to retain the original charm of the old, exposed beams while incorporating modern facilities designed to make life easier. Each cottage has two bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen with the full range of appliances and its own private garden.
High quality beds with pocket-sprung mattresses
We have not compromised on the quality of our beds just because we offer holiday accommodation. We want you to have a truly relaxing stay and, in our mind, a good night’s sleep is an essential part of this.
All the beds in our cottages have British-made Hypnos pocket-sprung mattresses made from all-natural materials, the most suitable for the hot summer weather.
Even back-pain sufferers should find they can get a good quality of sleep. Hypnos has a reputation for making the most comfortable beds in the world.
Egyptian cotton bed linen, bath towels & pool towels
The beds in your cottage will be made up on arrival with 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen. During the cooler months hypoallergenic duvets are supplied. Luxury, heavyweight cotton towels are provided for both the bath and pool.
For each adult guest there is a bath sheet, hand towel and face cloth as well as a large pool towel. Children receive the same combination but in a size more suitable for little people. For those guests using our cots, 100% cotton cot linen (sheet, duvet cover and pillow case) is provided.
Welcome basket of local wine and produce
To start your holiday off with an instant introduction to our excellent local produce, you will find upon arrival in your cottage a selection of local wine, bread, cheese and jam for you to enjoy, with our compliments. Bon appétit et santé!
Shopping for basic provisionsWe can also organise an initial supermarket shop to ease you into your holiday. We’ll send you a list of suggested essential items to choose from a few weeks before you are due to arrive at Domaine les Hirondelles. Your shopping will be waiting for you in your cottage upon arrival.
End of stay cleaningIn our experience there is nothing more likely to cancel out the relaxing-effect of your holiday than having to rush around hurriedly cleaning your accommodation before you leave. At Domaine les Hirondelles, end of stay cleaning is included in your rental price so that you can enjoy every minute of your holiday, right up to the moment you drive away.
12m x 6m Heated Pool
The large pool is securely fenced to protect our younger guests. The wide lawn surrounding the pool has lots of comfortable sun loungers and several sun umbrellas. The pool is shared by all the cottages. Inflatable pool toys, water pistols and various flotation devices are provided and you are of course welcome to also bring your own.
The pool is heated and we keep it at a higher temperature than you will usually encounter. This means that everyone will be able to enjoy it. From mid-May through to mid-September the water is between 25 and 30 degrees, which is comfortable for even the youngest babies.
Summer KitchenNext to the pool is a delightful, spacious summer kitchen for our guests to use, with indoor dining table and chairs, plates, plastic glasses and cutlery and a kitchen equipped with a fridge/freezer for cold drinks and fresh food. There is a comfortable seating area just outside.
The GroundsThe Domaine includes nearly two and a half acres of garden, mainly laid to lawn; perfect for running around in, having picnics, playing football, badminton or rounders or just dozing under a tree. There is a hammock and plenty of deck chairs tucked away in peaceful corners of the garden, perfect for lying back with a book, or simply watching the amazing aerobatics of the swallows from.
Our playground, set in a shady corner of the garden, includes a climbing frame, slide, baby and toddler swings, sand pit with sand toys, toddler trampoline and playhouse; it even has a bench for tired parents!
A selection of ride-on vehicles for toddlers as well as balls of various sizes and shapes, ‘boule’ sets, croquet, swing-ball and other garden games and toys are stored in this converted chicken hutch.
To give your older and teenage children their own space, set away slightly from the main garden and pool area is our large trampoline with basketball hoops. Outdoor table tennis is available in the grounds, as well as badminton, swing-ball and rounders.
For those wanting a mini-match, you could take footballs or rugby balls over to the village ‘Stade’ and play on the local pitch just opposite the house.
We have a good selection of equipment available for babies and toddlers, please just let us know what you might need. We have available: cots, Stokke highchairs, baby monitors, a playmat, stair gates, protective bed rails, mattress protectors, step up stools, potties, trainer toilet seat, baby change mat, microwave bottle steriliser and bath toys. Each cottage is also equipped with plastic plates, bowls and beakers, children’s cutlery, a blender and Tupperware containers of various sizes. For more information please see the Family Experience page.
DVD LibraryThere is a selection of DVDs available suitable for a range of ages and tastes; such as Peppa Pig, Shrek, Up!, French Kiss, Moulin Rouge, Rear Window, Transformers and The King’s Speech.
Welcome Book & Activity GuideIn each cottage is a comprehensive guide with information on the local restaurants, shops, farmers markets, evening markets, and wine tastings. It also has helpful information about local activities such as visiting the castle and medieval Cité of Carcassonne and other historic buildings, the nearby beaches, canoeing, zip-lining by the local lake, boat rental on the Canal du Midi, horseback riding, rafting and canoeing on the Aude river, several nearby golf courses (one only 10 minutes away) and lovely country walks.
Free WiFiAvailable in each cottage. It does reach into some areas of the garden, although the strength of the signal will vary.
There are 6 adult bikes and a further 6 for children of different ages, helmets are available for all. We also have infant’s seats that can be attached to the adult bicycles as well as a ‘baby taxi’ – a carriage which seats two children. All our bicycles are regularly serviced and well-maintained.
Our Guest Book
Wow! What can we say other than this beautiful place far exceeded our expectations! Your attention to detail is stunning and your knowledge of this amazing wine region is awesome. There is so much to enjoy within the grounds we found it hard to venture far afield, but there is so much to do in the surrounding area that we wished we had longer to explore.
We all had an absolutely amazing time – the water pistols in the pool certainly saw some action this week! Your attention to detail and wealth of knowledge about the area makes for a wonderful stay.
We have had a fantastic week. The gite is wonderful, as are the gardens and the pool. All the home comforts within such lovely surroundings!
What’s really made our holiday special is this great place: warm and friendly hosts and accommodation that is a real home from home (just a luxurious version!)
How fortunate we were to come across Domaine les Hirondelles. The accommodation is better than any gite/villa we have experienced before and everything has been thought of – particularly with regards to kids.
This is by far the best equipped accommodation we have visited in France, both inside and outside and the children loved it.
From day one we wanted to book again