DOMAINE DE MONTLAUR

charm & character

Fabulous gardens



Olive tree paths lined with irises, beds of roses, lavender, hedges pruned into topiaries, remarkable trees ... out of time, the romantic park of Domaine de Montlaur invites you to dream. After a long shady path, the garden opens onto a vast lawn where majestic cypresses evoking Italy stretch towards the sky. At the back of the garden, boxwood paths wind their way and get lost in the darkness of pine trees. Mysterious, overlooking a river, the small grove that closes the walk offers the vision of a poetic and secret universe .



Created at the end of the 19th century for the Mas family, the Domaine de Montlaur park is one of the great landscaping achievement s of the flourishing era of Languedoc wine estates. It has since undergone very few transformations, the swimming pool having been built on the site of a basin never executed.
Labeled by the ETBS (European Boxwood & Topiary Society ) the garden has several remarkable topiary elements.
Considered one of the most beautiful gardens in the Aude, the Domaine de Montlaur park received the first gardens prize of Aude departement 2022.
Exclusively reserved for our guests in residence, the park is open to visitors each year, the first weekend of June as part of the "Rendez-vous aux jardins" event.




Considered one of the most beautiful gardens in the Aude, the Domaine de Montlaur award the first prize for the gardens in Aude in 2022.
Exclusively reserved for our guests in residence, the garden is open to visitors every year, the first weekend in June, as part of the "Rendez-vous aux jardins" event.
Platanes alley. Domaine de Montlaur. Charming gites. Cathar country. Marianne Niermans.

A SECRET GARDEN

Parenthesis of calm and tranquility, this garden is a refuge for birds , squirrels, bees, butterflies, earthworms. Peaceful home sheltered from the world, it serenely welcomes the small, anonymous and discreet inhabitants who populate our gardens and work for the good of all.

Note rare species and remarkable trees : Sapo pines (a fossil species 20,000 years old), American hazelnuts, maples, lime trees, Oriental plane trees and improbable survivors, such as three magnificent abalones which, at the back of the park, look like miracles of graphiosis. ...


Domaine de Montlaur's gardens



 Structured around a spectacular alley o foriental plane trees, DOMAINE DE MONTLAUR's park is one the most beautiful gardens in Aude.

The cottage garden received the first prize of the most beautifull garden in Aude district.






Pruned to three branches, then left in free form, the oriental plane trees of the long grassy path which leads from the castle to the river, form the Grande Perspective . On either side of the green carpet, the trees are divided into two majestic green vaults. Sensitive to the charm of the place, the painter Christian Bastian likes to capture its beauty.





Out of sight, THE SWIMMING POOL



In front of the castle, in the middle of the lawn bordered by the astonishing avenue of plane trees, the swimming pool... Twelve meters by six, it is reserved for the guests of the Suite de la Bastide and the Pavillon du Régisseur. A great plunge in the fresh water and the softness of the nap....


        The castle's swimming pool is open from May to September.

swimming pool. Domaine de Montlaur. Charming gites. Cathar country. Marianne Niermans.

Out of sight, THE SWIMMING POOL



In front of the castle, in the middle of the lawn bordered by the astonishing avenue of plane trees, the swimming pool... Twelve meters by six, it is reserved for the guests of the Suite de la Bastide and the Pavillon du Régisseur... A dip in the fresh water, the sweetness of a siesta, the caress of the wind, a ray of sunshine... the sweet life as one dreams of it..

The gardens of the cottage



On the other side of the road that runs along the park of the castle of Montlaur, the gardens of the cottage have a country air. Former vegetable gardens of this "ramonétage ", a long building once inhabited by the "ramonés" (the people who took care of the horses on the estate), they now consist of various walled spaces. It is accessed by a Muscat alley that leads to a wide lawn framed by cypresses where fruit trees, a vegetable garden of aromatic herbs, another of tomatoes surround a swimming pool.

   

Higher up, a few stone steps are crossed, perennials and roses run along the wall of the Maison du Village where a Muscat of Hamburg trellis stretches.. A hundred-year-old almond tree, oleanders and lavenders frame the summer dining room of the house. Separated by a small wall of laurels, the small gardens continue grassed up to a gravelly courtyard where opuntia aciculata (prickly pears) gild themselves in the sun in the company of invading fig trees.


The gardens of the cottage won the first prize of the Aude gardens 2018.