Maison des Escaliers

Le Somail, Aude

An elegant canal side townhouse just waiting to be filled with chatter and laughter. Heaps of space for 15 with pool, terrace & kids dorm


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 15


Opposite the 17th-century canal bridge this elegant shuttered townhouse is a real gem. Light generous spaces, a smart stone staircase, fine old tile floors and soft colours give this house warmth and atmosphere – you just know it has stories to tell. Le Somail is a bustling village with a wonderful épicerie on a barge, boats punting up and down the Canal du Midi, a handful of eateries and an art gallery; all encircled by countless vineyards. Step through the wide front door into the hall, off here is a comfy living room overlooking the square, snooze on grey linen sofas and armchairs in front of the fire. The open plan kitchen diner is a triumph: the super modern kitchen will keep cook happy, serve up your creations on simple white china in the graceful dining room. Upstairs simply furnished airy bedrooms have neat en suites and canal views, and there’s a five-bed dormitory that kids will adore. Your shady terrace and pool area gaze out to undulating vineyards with not a neighbour in sight. Immerse yourselves in all things boaty, visit vineyards, take a trip to Narbonne for culture. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Restaurants 3-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €200
Weekly price
from €1400
Damage deposit
Cot available at no extra charge. Logs provided.
1 House for 15
From €2006 bedrooms


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Local points of interest from Kim Hopewell

  • Straight out of the house onto the Canal du Midi, walk or cycle for miles or just walk along the canal a short distance to the 2 Tapas bars just outside of the village, alongside the canal.
  • You are spoilt for choice in this village with 6 fabulous restaurants & 1 cafe. Superb supermarket & everything you need 10 mins away.
  • Visit Narbonne a beautiful city with its Gothic cathedral & fabulous daily market.Carcassonne is famous for the walled fortress that surrounds the city.The river Cesse flows under the Aquaduct where you can swim if you should tire of the pool!!
  • You are in the region of fantastic wine production. both unique & diverse. Wine tasting available in the village & at numerous locations near by.Walk along the river to the pools & water fall to swim, dogs also love it !
  • Only 20 minutes from the mediterranean coast, with the beaches of Narbonne, Gruisson, La Franqui & Leucate.Offering fish restaurants, sandy beaches , peace & tranquility & lively bars in some places for the youngsters !
  • Sail along the canal du midi for an hour or a day on 'La Barque du Somail' a beautiful wooden boat built in 1962. wine tasting also providedOwned by our great friend Ruud Hol to book or enquire - 0033672593798