The village of Monze dates back to the 10th Century when it was known by the name of Monzano. Its bridge, spanning the River Bretonne, is famous in the region as one of the best examples of the Roman style and was built in the 12th Century.

Despite being close to many local places of interest, Monze is untouched by tourism and you can still experience the traditional French way of life here. The grapes from which the local wines are made are still picked the old fashioned way and wild boar hunted in the mountains. Bread, pastries, local meat and charcuterie are provided by visiting boulangerie and butcher’s vans.

A traditional French restaurant and bar is a short walk (5 mins) from the cottage. An excellent Italian restaurant hosted in a stunning converted barn is a longer walk or 2 minutes drive away (but well worth the short trip).

Monze is only 15km from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne, in the heart of Cathar country. Explore the medieval, fairytale Old City, enjoy a wide variety of excellent local restaurants, take a restful boat trip along the picturesque Canal Midi or simply stroll along the banks of the River Aude. There is a cycle trail and footpath between Monze and Carcassonne, if you prefer not to drive.