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  • Quiet, rural area

Domaine de la Bade is a stunning home away from home in Raissac-sur-Lampy in the sunny South of France. Near the world famous Unesco World Heritage site of Carcassonne, Joep & Miranda completely redesigned a traditional farm­house with old barns into five contemporary barn chic style holiday houses (gȋtes).

With spectacular views of the Carcassonne valley and the Pyrenees, Domaine de la Bade is the ideal location to enjoy a sophisticated yet relaxed holiday in this charming region of the South of France.

Come and enjoy the sunny terraces, shady corners, refreshing pool, nice hammocks, delicious food, fine wines and above all the relaxed and informal atmosphere where you can truly feel at home.

4 bedroom (8-10 persons) Gite Maison Malepere:
Perched on a hill overlooking the Malepère wine region and the Carcassonne valley this stylish farm-house of 230m2 combines original features with contemporary comfort.

Featuring 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and plenty of living space to comfortably accommodate 8 persons. Because of its size you can easily add two additional beds (additional fees apply) to create room for 10 people.

Large panoramic terrace doors provide access to your private terrace with BBQ and breathtaking views of the countryside.

Details - Ground floor:
* Comfortable and fully equipped kitchen (33m2) with dishwasher, oven, microwave oven, washing machine and all utensils needed to prepare great home made meals
* Spacious living and dining room (56m2) with a breathtaking view, equipped with TV and DVD
* Bathroom with shower and hand basin
* Separate toilet
* Access to a private terrace with large BBQ, close to swimming pool and gardens with spectacular views of the Pyrenees

First floor – 3 bedrooms:
* Three large double bedrooms (22m2 and two times 25m2) with space for an additional bed.
* Bathroom with shower, toilet and hand basin

Second floor – 1 bedroom:
* A large double bedroom (32m2) with en-suite bathroom, great views and with space for an additional bed

All rooms have comfortable box spring beds – 2 x 90 x 200.

Additional services:
– Swimming pool
– Free Wifi
– Breakfast service in your gîte (additional)
– Daily bread service (additional)
– Kiddy package with baby bed, baby chair, baby bath tub and changing mat is available free of charge upon reservation.

The name Malepère:
Malepère is an appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) since 2006 for the red and rosé wines from the area immediately south-west of Carcassonne, going towards Limoux. Merlot is the most widely used grape variety, paired with Cabernet, Sauvignon, Malbec, Grenache, Syrah and Cineast.

This luxury gîte is located near Carcassonne in the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon region in the sunny South of France.

The name “la Bade”:
"La Bade" stems from the Occitan word “Badar”, meaning, “staring with open mouth” as this is exactly the reaction you can expect upon seeing Domaine de la Bade situated in the picturesque landscape. Perched upon a lovely little hilltop, with 14 hectares of land surrounding the house and spectacular views of the Carcassonne valley and the Pyrenees, our gîtes are the ideal location to enjoy a sophisticated yet relaxed holiday in this charming region of France.

Here you will find attention to detail – those little things that make a holiday special. At this luxury yet small scale gîte complex, you’ll find five fully equipped holiday cottages with spacious living rooms, large bedrooms with very comfortable beds, a swimming pool with a stunning view where you can relax, read or chat. Enjoy the sunny terraces, shady corners, nice hammocks, delicious food, fine wines and above all the relaxed and informal atmosphere where you can truly feel at home.

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  • No smoking
  • Local contact
  • Safe for small children
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Vegetable garden
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Playground
  • Table d'hôtes
  • TV
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • With swimming pool

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The Languedoc-Roussillon (now Occitanie) region is sometimes referred to as the ‘Real South of France’ – thanks to its largely unspoilt countryside, traditional wine-making villages and slower, Mediterranean pace of life. Domaine de la Bade is located near the famous Unesco World Heritage sites of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi and ideally located to discover the department of the Aude and its historical Cathar country. A few minutes from Carcassonne, not far from Toulouse, between the Montagne Noire and the Pyrenees, the charming lodgings of the Domaine will serve as a ideal basis for the discovery of this unique part of France, that still feels very traditionally French. This region excels at the traditional, the natural and anything to do with wine. Come and explore all this area has to offer. It’s all right here…

  • Rural
  • Hilly
  • Meadows and woodland
  • In or near a village


Domaine de la Bade: Gîte Maison Malepère has received 5 reviews over the past 4 years with an average of:
10 stars
  • 10 stars

    Prachtig domein op locatie met veel mogelijkheden
    Het domein straalt echt een Zuid- Franse sfeer uit, inclusief zonnebloemen en lavendelgeur. De gite (cabardes) was ruim en comfortabel en van alles voorzien. De eigenaren Joep en Miranda zijn heel gastvriendelijk en maken zelfs hun eigen honing en olijfolie. Er is een fijn zwembad en er zijn speeltuigen voor de kinderen. De locatie biedt mogelijkheden tot veel uitstappen, 1 week is eigenlijk te kort. Een beetje leven als God in Frankrijk is hier zeker van toepassing!

  • 10 stars

    Wij hebben het ontzettend naar onze zin gehad in La Bade, prachtig verblijf, mooi ingericht, prachtig verzorgde tuin met zwembad. Mooi gelegen met mooi uitzicht. Maar vooral de gastvrijheid van Joep en Miranda was heel prettig. Heerlijk gegeten en gedronken tijdens de table d'hote die door hen georganiseerd, gekookt en bediend werden. We komen graag terug! Yvonne en Hans.

  • 10 stars

    Vous ne pourrez pas être déçus par ce gîte.
    Il est d’une très grande qualité et encore mieux que l’annonce.
    Ce gîte est très confortable, équipé dans le moindre détail, extrêmement propre, entouré de très beaux jardins et d’une piscine très agréable.
    Les environs sont exceptionnels. Vous êtes au calme dans la campagne avec une vue extraordinaire, entouré de quelques villages très mignons et de belles balades.
    Le canal du Midi passe à 3-4 km dans la vallée. Vous êtes à 10 minutes de l’autoroute, 30 minutes de Carcassonne, 1h de Toulouse, 1h de la mer, à proximité des Châteaux Cathares, Albi à 1h30, …
    Vous êtes entourés de restaurants sympathiques (excellentes recommandations de Joep et Miranda)
    Joep et Miranda sont très attentionnés. Joep nous avait préparé une quiche salade pour notre arrivée (c’est beaucoup plus confortable que de devoir se précipiter sur un hypermarché ou de faire le choix d’un resto dans la précipitation)
    Joep organisait une « livraison » de pain tout les matins, …
    Sincèrement, vous pouvez foncer sans craintes pour réserver.

Restaurants, food & wine

Eating & drinking is amongst the favorite pastimes of the locals and the area is blessed with great restaurants, fantastic markets and many vineyards where a glass of wine can be tasted. But a nice cup of coffee on a sleepy outdoor café nearby or a cosy picnic along the beautiful Canal du Midi is also un-resistable.

Guests however don't have to go far for great food; once a week all guests can enjoy in-house dining by attending the table d'hôte evening and /or opting in on the welcome meal that is served in your holiday home.

There is also a wide choice of restaurants within a 5 to 15 minute drive from Domaine de la Bade. Every day, one of the local markets is open, and there is a supermarket 3 km away.


Authentic French markets, unesco heritage Cathar castles, the canal du Midi and the famous medieval town and castle of Carcassonne are all only a 20-minute drive away. Domaine de la Bade is situated in a desirable region of France and we look forward welcoming you here and introducing you to the many hidden gems!

The property is surrounded by sunflower fields, vineyards and olive groves. There are no busy roads which run along the domain and there is plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors and unwind. The Cathar country (as this area is called), is a warm and hospitable place, with a unique heritage, splendid landscapes, and inhabitants with a strong taste for celebration and sharing. In the immediate vicinity there is lots to see and do. The walled city of Carcassonne, the largest castle in Europe, is only 15 km away. Near Carcassonne is also a large lake with a nice sandy beach (ideal for children) and an adventure park with climbing and clambering tracks which is one of the highlights for slightly older kids. The beautiful surroundings with hills, mountains, rivers, lakes and typical French villages have much to offer in terms of sporting activities, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, white water canoeing, rafting, swimming, fishing, boating, caving, skiing, wind surfing , catamaran sailing, horse riding, tennis, golf and much more. There is a lot to see and do in the Cathar country of the Aude. Your hosts are more than happy to share their favorite places and help you find the gems of the region (on and off the beaten track).

  • Bicycle
  • Near hiking trails
  • Near ATB trails
  • Near riding
  • Water sports
  • Mountain sports
  • Flying and gliding

Additional price info and offers

Rates are based on 8 persons occupancy and include electricity, gas, water, bed linen, towels, kitchen towels and wifi. Tourist tax and mandatory cleaning service upon departure is excluded. Baby cots can be booked free of charge.

Price includes

Towels, Bed linen

Price exclusive

  • Safety deposit € 400.00
  • Cleaning fee (compulsory) € 110.00

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