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Customer Reviews

The Loft du Vigneron has been offering luxury self-catering holidays near Carcassonne for 7 years. More than 380 holiday makers have enjoyed the property and many have returned more than once! Here's what they have to say...

Thanks again for your hospitality on our return visit to The Loft - a wonderful place to stay in a wonderful area. Lyn and Mick from Guernsey

Lyn & Mick | Guernsey

And so ends another fabulous two weeks at the Loft du Vigneron. Everything we said in September 2017 remains absolutely appropriate. Karen and Russell, you do such a magnificent job in presenting The Loft - you really are in a league of your own. Please know how much everything you do is so appreciated - it all makes to provide such a fantastic holiday base. How we would love to stay on for another two weeks now - but this will have to wait until next year! We’ve loved spending time with you again - the boules tournament is firmly in the memory bank! Really sorry about the tea, Russell! Case for the defence: salt does look like sugar when you’ve had a drink or two!!! Good luck with the Chambres d’Hotes - it’s looking fabulous.

Mike, Sue and Jan

The Loft is wonderful. Beautiful, elegant and peaceful yet still homely - albeit better furnished than our home. We loved our stay and the fortnight flew by. The gorgeous gardens and pool made for a tranquil holiday and a haven after days out in this lovely area. The extra touches of your welcome pack, first breakfast croissants and drinks in the garden were the icing on a very beautiful cake. Thank you. We look forward to hearing of the success of the main house

Karen & Richard

We’ve had an absolutely fantastic holiday. Apart from the stunning accommodation, the welcome and the help from Karen and Russell, we’ve also had great weather and lots of places to visit and things to do. Everything about our fortnight has been really enjoyable and will stay memorable.

Janine & Paul

Thank you for another lovely holiday at the Loft - it has been as perfect as we remembered! We wish you every success with the final push with the renovation works - it is destined to look amazing next door too. See you all again soon.

Thank you for letting me have a wonderful time with you, Mack and Mabel. I loved the birthday cake that you made me! The pool is really nice to swim in, and I’ll go with lots of happy memories of my holiday with you! Bye bye! Hopefully see you soon! Love from Katy, aged 8 years and 10 days

Helen, Chris, Katy and Sam

Well, what can we say other than we have had a ball and our 'musicals' night with you both will enter the folklore of the families. Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality, friendship and laughs - what a holiday!

We’ve loved every minute of our holiday. The Loft is superb in every aspect. As hosts we could not have hoped for a more welcoming, friendly and helpful couple - you are amongst the chosen! Thank you so much for helping us have such an amazing holiday.

Rachel, Mark, Harriet, Richard, Marie & Alice

As I suspected when first shown around the Loft, we are going to find it hard to leave. The accommodation is truly first class, and you have been wonderful hosts. Thank you for all your suggestions of places to visit - we all have different highlights, but for Franklin it was the food market in Narbonne. All in all, a perfect holiday! We very much hope to see you (and Mack & Mabel) again.

Christine, Franklin, Elliot, Josie and Matthew

This place is perfect and we wouldn't change a thing! We especially loved your dogs. Russell and Karen are great hosts and super-friendly. Thank you for a brilliant stay at the Loft!

Scott (12) & Aaron (10)

We have been staying here with our grown up children who have not been to this area before, and have loved the house and the area. The weather has been so hot! So we really appreciated the wonderful pool. A great kitchen which we have used extensively and adore having every meal outside. Thank you for your help and your lovely house.

Ian, Sue, Rachel, John, Nicola and Stuart

As anticipated, it was as wonderful as last year and we have all had a splendid time and are sorry to have to leave. Thank you so much for your wonderful Loft and your hospitality. We are all looking forward to our visit again next year.

Elaine, Chris and Fiona

What a wonderful Loft! We love all the furniture; so lovely to have 'proper furnishings' and not sofas with throws! We loved all the 'Maisons du Monde' additions and the kitchen is great to cook in. Wonderful attention to detail, so that you really feel 'at home'. The terrace is fabulous; we loved sitting out there first thing in the morning. Thanks also for all the recommendations for the specialist wine tours - our wine trip was first rate. Your hospitality and company was excellent and we loved the trip to see 'Le Jardin Champetre' nursery - thank you. Also, the pool is so clear and wonderful to swim in.

Carol and Alan

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in the Loft du Vigneron; we have had a wonderfully relaxing and luxurious stay. It’s been lovely staying somewhere with an excellent kitchen and such well-appointed bathrooms. And the beds are exceptionally comfortable. Externally, your garden is absolutely stunning and such a fabulous surprise - we leave inspired! More than anything, it’s been your warmth and generous hospitality which will stay with us.

Mike, Sheila, Sarah and Elliot

What a beautiful ‘home away from home’ you have created here. Thea’s first holiday has been everything we could have wished for and more. Your hospitality and company have been wonderful and matched only by the breathtaking accommodation and gardens. You have thought of everything and we have wanted for nothing and the delicious birthday cake was a particular highlight! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the main house.

Jackie, Tom, Jonathan, Daniel, Abigail and Thea

You have been excellent hosts - helpful but never intrusive. The Loft is a lovely place to stay - stylish, comfortable and very well equipped for a baby. A cool, wet start to the week was more than made up for by Karen’s delicious cake! It has been such a pleasure discovering this corner of France.

Dan, Astrid, Elodie, Tom and Kate

Where do we start……….? You have created something truly magnificent with The Loft, which not only met our expectations, but exceeded them beyond belief. We are endlessly grateful to you for giving us this much-needed week in paradise. You certainly have thought of everything, making our stay even more relaxing and enjoyable. Your hospitality was second to none, matched only by your exquisite style and attention to detail, clearly visible throughout every inch of The Loft. We cannot wait to return.

Rob, Sarah, Richard, Vicky and Freddie

What a lovely holiday we have had. Two great hosts and we have made two lovely friends! We will be back for sure!

Ged and Kim

Great holiday, great accommodation and the most wonderful hosts!

Smith family

There simply are not enough superlatives to express adequately our admiration and appreciation for all you have achieved in presenting the Loft du Vigneron to your guests. Your phenomenal standards of taste, quality and style are equally matched by your meticulous understanding of your holiday guests’ practical needs during their stay.
We have experienced self-catering holidays in many areas of France for some four decades and, without doubt, you are in a premier league of your own! The warmth of your welcome and hospitality have all combined to create for us a truly wonderful holiday and Minervois experience. Fabulously ‘well done’ to both of you - and ‘thank you!’ We have just enjoyed one of our best holidays ever and your outstanding charm and conviviality have contributed so much. It has been a sheer joy to benefit from your absolute professionalism in every way. We wish you all the very best with your chambres d’hotes project for 2018. How we would both love to return and - 'deo volente' - we will soon!

Sue and Mike

I can only agree wholeheartedly with what Sue and Mike have written. You have a lovely home and I have really enjoyed my stay here. The weather could have been better but you more than made up for it with your company. Thank you so much and good luck for the future. Hopefully I will be back to listen to more of Russell’s stories!


What a fantastic holiday we have had! Every aspect has been superb. We both agree (and that’s unusual!) that this is the best accommodation we have ever stayed in. The attention to detail is superb and your warmth and hospitality has been much appreciated. We shall look forward to a return visit.

Dominic & Julia

THE LOFT!!! - Undoubtedly the best accommodation we have ever stayed at in France. A great concept realised in every detail. Wonderful hospitality on our arrival and throughout our stay. Your new B&B concept is beyond our imagination and will be utterly unique on completion. We wish you all the very best of luck and sincerely hope that we will be able to enjoy it sometime in the future. It was a delight to meet you both. Our very best wishes.

Carole and Peter

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. You have thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and luxurious.. Thank you so much for the welcome drinks and nibbles, and your lovely surprise celebration cake and bubbly - you are excellent hosts!

Lyn and Mick

We have had a fantastic stay in Rieux-Minervois thanks to your kind and generous hospitality! The Loft is beautiful and filled with everything we needed to have a comfortable and relaxing holiday. The kitchen felt modern and easy to cook in; the beds were extremely comfortable and the pool and garden were splendidly kept. Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful property. It was so comfortable and relaxing, with enough space for peace whenever we needed it.

Rachel, Graham, Kate, Tom, Morgan and Carys

Thank you for a fabulous two weeks at the Loft! The house is lovely and has been fitted out with everything we needed for our stay. The kitchen was a dream to cook in and the bathrooms were like staying in a 5* hotel! However, our stay was made truly complete by your wonderful warm hospitality. It would not have been the same without your superb hosting skills!
Lastly, thank you for letting the girls play with Mack & Mabel - it was definitely a high on the list of things they are going to miss after leaving the Loft. You’ve even cured their fear of dogs! All the best for the rest of your plans for the property!

Best Wishes, Joshua, Denise, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Marissa and Alice

The house / Loft is absolutely DIVINE - the whole family could actually live here! We’ve had a fantastic time in the pool swimming. Mack & Mabel are SOOOOO cute. We’re going to miss France and especially the house and garden along with the four of you. I hope that other people choose to stay here and that you have a lifetime of happiness because a couple like you deserve a round of applause and a trophy!

From Elizabeth xx (11)

Thank you very much for letting us stay in the wonderful house that you own. The pool is very relaxing and Mack & Mabel are the cutest dogs I have ever seen.
Best wishes, Charlotte (8).

Love from Marissa (5)

What a wonderful stay we have had and what a special part of France! Olonzac market on a Tuesday was a real highlight. Kayaking at Puicheric was so much fun and the water was crystal clear for swimming. Narbonne and the market was quite a spectacle - such a fun and varied trip. Thank you for all the tips and for lending us your beautiful Loft.

Caroline, Bart, Ferdie & William Borchardt

It is difficult to put into words how special our stay has been. Everything about the Loft is first class and we are going to miss it dearly. On top of that, all your little touches have been incredibly helpful and generous.
Above all though, you have been the most warm, considerate and welcoming hosts - you really could not have done anything else to help us. Having travelled extensively we definitely rate you as the best!!!
Of course, we have loved exploring the area, including a wonderful trip to the Pyrenees, and we are very keen to get to know it better. Finally, the last word goes to Mack and Mabel - they are adorable and we have enjoyed sneaking down for cuddles.
Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday.

Liz, Bob, Clare, James & Samuel

Thank you so much for the most restful and enjoyable holiday we have had in ages!
Everything was made so easy for us - the Loft is fitted out perfectly with so many additional little touches that we wanted for nothing. We particularly enjoyed the barbecue, the fantastic coffee machine (we’re buying one when we get home!) and having breakfast and dinner on the amazing terrace.
We had a good look round the local area and were particularly grateful for all your tips and recommendations. You have both been the most wonderful hosts and we have really enjoyed getting to know you over a glass of something cold!
Thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Will, Victoria, Alexander and Ellie

We have spent a wonderful week at the Loft du Vigneron. It has been an ideal base to tour from to see some most interesting places steeped in history. We enjoyed returning to the comfort of the Loft each evening - a true home away from home, equipped with everything we could want - and more!
The Loft is beautifully appointed and extremely comfortable. As a bonus, it has great lighting, a rarity in so many holiday rental properties. Good luck with the renovations. Maybe we can return some day and experience staying in the new rooms.

Claire & Frank Vitale

Thank you very much for making our holiday such a pleasant experience. The Loft is a lovely property in a fine part of France.

Tom and Ed

We have had a truly marvellous time - it has all gone so quickly. We really enjoyed your company and your beautiful property. Very much looking forward to returning this time next year.

Elaine, Chris and Fiona

You have created a fantastic holiday home which we have enjoyed staying in very much. Thank you for your warm welcome, generous hospitality and advice about what to visit / where to eat in the Minervois region; it has been greatly appreciated. We wish you all the very best for your exciting future plans and hope to be back in the next few years.
Thank you for letting me play with your lovely dogs, Mack and Mabel. I will miss them very much. Love from Katy xxxx age 6-3/4

Helen, Chris, Katy & Samuel Pearman

Thank you for being such wonderful hosts and for making our stay so relaxing and enjoyable. Your Loft is superb - the best rental property we have stayed in complete with an excellent and safe swimming pool and large garden, which it was very nice to play hide and seek in. Everything was beautifully laid out with amazing attention to detail and very well equipped. We have had a great two weeks here.

With best wishes, Andy, Nasreen, Robert & Philip Wardlaw.

You have been the best hosts ever!!! Thank you for your hospitality and the clean, huge house, the cool and refreshing pool as well as the big garden. Thank you so much.

Robert Wardlaw (aged 9)

Undoubtedly the most beautiful place we have stayed in. Your attention to detail is superb. Thank you for being such wonderful hosts - our stay has been amazing.

Cathy Ellis.

Thank you very much for letting us stay in your wonderful house. Also, the swimming pool is nice and refreshing after a hot day out. Your house is extremely nice and so is your huge garden. I hope that many more lucky people stay in your home. PS - your dogs are soooo cute!

Angel Ellis (aged 12)

Un Paradis au milieu d’un monde brut!


Everything exceeded our expectations. It was wonderful to meet you both. You have done a wonderful job redeveloping the Loft and there is everything one could possibly wish for. We cannot wait to return. Good luck with the next project and a giant thank you!

Tad & Judi

Fabulous! Amazing! Wonderful! We had a wonderful week! The view from the terrace only enhanced the local wines! We will be waiting to see your next project finished - it will deserve another visit


We have had the most delightful holiday! It began with your friendly and welcoming e-mails well before we got here! We have self-catered across Europe in some pretty good places but none quite so lovely as ‘The Loft’. The way you prepared it for our arrival, and your warm and generous welcome was simply stunning!
We have since enjoyed the quality and comfort of this ‘home from home’, and your thoughtful attention to all those little details that have made our stay so very special. Our celebration ‘bubbly’ and delicious cake was a complete surprise and a real treat.
We have wondered how it has taken us quite so long to discover the Languedoc! From our all too brief stay we have seen some of the most beautiful countryside, enjoyed the wines and food and visited some of the prettiest towns and villages (many thanks for the suggestion of the Sunday market at St. Chinian - what a delight!).
We have no doubt that we’ll be back and thank you again so much for making us feel so welcome.

Richard & Michelle Bagnall - Somerset

First things first - Karen, Russell and the girls (Mack & Mabel) are wonderful hosts. Warm, friendly, thoughtful and yet discreet. They love what they’re doing and it shows as nothing is too much trouble. Their enthusiasm for their ventures (current and future) is infectious.
Secondly is the ‘Loft du Vigneron’ - a fabulous property offering everything - and more - that you could hope for. Karen and Russell’s sense of style has been imprinted on it and their attention to detail has left nothing wanting. Every comfort has been considered from the fabulous welcoming pack to ‘The White Company’ range of toiletries. The terrace was our favourite place with the sun streaming through the roof and the warm breeze cooling us down.
Rieux-Minervois is a typical French village and perfectly situated to explore the entire Minervois region from Carcassonne in the west, east to the Mediterranean, and all the lovely historical villages north and south.
In conclusion, we had a fabulous stay in a wonderful property with the perfect hosts - highly recommended without hesitation. Our very best wishes for every success in you new venture. Love from us all.

Chris, Anne-Marie & Dave and Anne and Kev

"Magical times! You spoiled us so! Every detail was taken care of for us - even Mack and Mabel were a warming touch for us. I will miss the terrace more than you know, so hope to return soon. I want to hear about your progress for your next project. Thank you" - Pigeon.

Rae party from Pennsylvania, USA and Paris

Thank you so much for your hospitality this last week. Staying at the Loft du Vigneron is more a 5-star hotel experience than a typical rental property! We loved sitting out on the terrace at all times of the day and there were so many little touches that made staying here such a pleasure.
You are great hosts - discrete yet friendly and so helpful when required. As for activities in the area, we particularly enjoyed Lastours and the Friday night pop-up tapas bar at the Chateau. All the best for your new venture - we’re sure it will be a great success!

The Burnells, Tunbridge Wells, UK

“AMAZING! Our stay at the Loft has been our best since we started visiting this area five years ago. Relaxed, very comfortable, well equipped and spacious - it is the perfect place to return to after a day out or even from just around the corner by the pool!
Karen and Russell have been a revelation in the way that they host their property. Right from our wine on arrival to booking a restaurant for us - nothing was a problem or too much trouble for them and the informative e-mails before we arrived were very handy and well-timed.
They are a gem! As is their Loft and as their next venture will be. We just need another week here!

Marriott family - Canvey Island, UK

Thank you so much for making our holiday such a comfortable one. This house is so cosy and well-equipped, especially the kitchen! Our boys loved the wooden die and boules.
We have used Pure France for 5 years now and this has been by far the best holiday home!
We particularly appreciated the discrete, yet available presence of the owners and the e-mails were definitely very helpful with information on which places to visit.

Claeys family - Ashford, Surrey

There aren’t enough words to describe how much of a great time we have had. The Loft was amazing and we can’t wait to come back in 2017. Karen and Russell are just the perfect hosts.
See you next year.

Joy & Peter

We have had a fantastic stay in this fabulous property and wanted to say how much we loved The Loft! It was everything we had expected and more; it is fantastically equipped and we wanted for nothing. Karen & Russell are excellent hosts and we hope to stay here again in the future.
Thank you once again for your hospitality and for the lovely birthday cake and wine. Wishing you a fabulous season and success in your plans for the property and grounds

Lorna, Duncan, Kenny & Ann

We can’t wait to return. Russell & Karen are perfect hosts and the Loft is amazing. We can’t imagine how your next project will look, we shall have to come back and see for ourselves.
Languedoc is so beautiful and we have only scratched the surface. The Loft is the perfect place to stay and venture out from, returning to its calm and tranquil environment - just perfect.
One week was certainly not enough and we both hope very much to return soon and we wish you all the best

Howard & Elizabeth

If / when we return to continue exploring this lovely area of France, we would hope to be able to stay in 'The Loft’. Russell & Karen have been very welcoming and helpful, but unobtrusive and nothing seems too much trouble. Perfect hosts! Sad to be leaving after only a week.

Pete & Jan

We have stayed in some lovely properties in France, but this has to be the very best. We appreciated everything you both so generously provided to make our stay so very comfortable.
Right from the moment we arrived we felt welcome.
We enjoyed our visits to Carcassonne, Narbonne and Minerve, and our boat trip on the Canal du Midi from Capestang and our trip to the Abbeye de Fontfroide. We had a superb meal in Restaurant d’Alibert in Caunes Minervois.
Thank you so much for everything. We have had such a lovely fortnight and will miss this haven of beauty, peace and comfort for quite sometime. We hope to visit again - it sure is tough to leave here.

Jackie, John, Phil, Jeff and Sarah

Many thanks for a wonderful stay here in Rieux-Minervois. From your welcoming and informative e-mails prior to our arrival and a most generous arrival meal (due to it being a Sunday!) we were truly made to feel reassured and wholly welcome - thank you.
We enjoyed some lovely days out from the beach in Narbonne to markets in Olonzac and Carcassonne. We particularly enjoyed Minerve for the breathtaking scenery too. Our Son’s favourite haunt was le Lac de Larayere. A week’s stay has gone all too quickly for us and sadly we make our way home to the rain, no doubt!
Once again, many, many thanks to you both for your hospitality here. We eased straight into our holiday due to your kindness with baby equipment.

Nicola, Paul, Ross & Toby

Wow, what a huge privilege to be the first entry into what we know will become a book full of compliments, acclaim and thanks to a very special couple who are creating a very special place.
The house and gardens are an amazing reflection of the style and care and attention to detail that Russell and Karen are putting into what we know will become one of Languedoc’s gems. Their un-intrusive but ‘nothing is too much trouble’ nature brings a relaxed and caring environment. The Loft is a lovely haven to relax in and contemplate the beautiful world around you. We look forward to returning and wish you all the very best.

Julia, Jon & Ben

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