Maison Voltaire is a fully restored 19th century granary in the hillside village of Maury, located in the Roussillon region of southeastern France, an area that Europeans are beginning to call "the next Provence." Maury is surrounded by vineyards, with many tasting rooms within easy walking distance. There are cafes and restaurants in town and many more nearby. The spectacular Cathar castles of Peyrepertuse and Queribus are 20 minutes away. The Gorge of Galamus, with its wonderful hiking trails, swimming holes, and the beautiful hermitage of Saint Antoine de Galamus, is also about 20 minutes away.
It is a 30 minute drive to the ancient city of Perpignan and two hours to Barcelona. The ski slopes of the Pyrenees can be reached in about an hour, and a 35 minute drive to the east will bring you to the beaches of the Mediterranean.
There are dozens of wineries and tasting rooms within a half-hour drive of Maison Voltaire, so when planning a trip, do leave time to stop and sniff and sip the roses as well as the area's red and white wines.
Maison Voltaire has been completely restored to contemporary standards of comfort and safety. The ground floor has a garage, laundry and WC. The first floor has three bedrooms and a full bath, shower and WC. The second floor features an open plan kitchen and living room, WC and small office or extra bedroom. There are two double foldout futons in the living room. The top level has an enclosed sunroom and open terrace with a view north to the Corbieres Mountains. The house is fully equipped with linens, dishes, kitchen equipment, stereo and internet access.
It would be ideal for two families to share for a holiday as it can easily sleep four to six adults and four children.
To book a vacation or for more information, please call Larry Walker in the US at
mobile # +1 415 497-2713.
You can also contact us at info@MaisonVoltaire.com
Fees will vary with the season, with July and August being the peak period and rentals at Euro 700 per week. April, May, June, September and October are Euro 500 per week. November to March is Euro 400 per week. There is a minimum rental of one week, but we will consider shorter stays under special circumstances. In addition, we require a refundable deposit of Euro 200, which will be returned after the house is cleaned and the telephone bill is received.
Our rental package includes a welcoming package of food and wine from local producers. There is also an honor system wine bar. Basic cooking ingredients are available. Please replace what you use.
The owners of Maison Voltaire are based in San Francisco, California. Ron Scherl is a writer and photographer The photographs on the walls of Maison Voltaire are Ron's and are available for purchase. You can view his portfolio on line at www.ronscherlphotography.com.
Ann Walker is a chef, food educator and writer. With her husband, Larry Walker, she has written a number of books on food, wine and travel, the most recent being "To the Heart of Spain" and "Classic Wines of the Napa Valley." You can find copies of their books at Maison Voltaire. Please leave them for the next guests.
Ann and Larry Walker are available to lead personal wine and food tours of the region, as well as hands-on classes. Inquire about schedules and fees by email to firstname.lastname@example.org