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Domaine des Castelles
11170 Caux et Sauzens
Madame Isabelle BRETTON

Languages:  English, Spanish
Credit cards not accepted; cash only please

Département: Aude (11)
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Domaine des Castelles

  If location is an important reason for choosing a particular place to stay in France, then Domaine des Castelles is bound to be a popular choice indeed.  Within a few kilometers of both the walled city of Carcassonne and the delightful Canal du Midi, this vine-covered house is just perfect for a  visit to the département of the Aude in the Languedoc-Roussillon of southern France. 

In the 19th century Domaine des Castelles was a wine growing estate. Today, this character house, set on two and a half acres of parkland and surrounded by vineyards and verdant countryside, will provide you with peace and tranquility in the warm southern sun.  Your hostess, Madame Bretton, is filled with enthusiasm and warmth, and her guests find sharing her love of art, music and conversation in the park on warm summer evenings especially appealing. 

The house itself offers three spacious, immaculate guest rooms: a double, a triple or a suite, all en suite with showers, and furnished simply but comfortably with good beds.    A grand breakfast is provided each morning including home-made jams, croissants, fresh-baked breads, fruit, and coffee and is served either in the breakfast room or on the adjoining garden terrace.  Dinner is not available at Domaine des Castelles.  Your hostess will direct you to a wide variety of excellent restaurants just 5 kilometers from the estate, or make reservations for you at restaurants in Carcassonne -- a ten-minute drive away. 

If you are interested in spending a week or longer in a more independent fashion, there is a fully-equipped self-catering gîte that will accommodate up to 5 people.  Madame will also provide suggestions and directions for taking in the local attractions:  the medieval  city of Carcassonne, the alluring Canal du Midi, local vineyards, a nearby lake, Cathar castles and various abbeys in the region.  Both Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.   If you are interested in spending the day in a large city, Toulouse is only about an hour to the west. 

More and more people are discovering this glorious part of France -- the other south of France -- with its tumultuous history in stark contrast to its serene present.  It is not as "undiscovered" as it was just a few years ago, but it has certainly not lost its appeal as an area that offers visitors a glimpse into southern French life with its traditions intact.  So, for those of you familiar with this part of the country, come back for more.  And, for those of you who have not experienced it, you are in for a rewarding adventure.  Time spent at Domaine des Castelles as your home base will enable you to enjoy the region to its fullest.


Rooms:   1 double with private shower and WC; a triple with single bed and queen bed with private shower and WC.
Price:     € 85 for two people, € 30 for each additional person 
Suite:     for 1 to 5 people -  € 85 for two people, € 30 for each additional person 
Breakfast is included.
Dinner:  not available, but restaurant recommendations will be provided by your hostess
Gîtes: A gîte accommodates up to 5 people.Heat and electricity provided. Linens provided on request only. Fully equipped kitchen with clothes washer, living/dining area, terrace and shaded garden.  Up antique stairway to two double bedrooms, modern bathroom.  €650 per week year 'round.
No smoking inside the main house or gîte.

Open May through October only.
On the grounds:  park and gardens, music and art
Vicinity:  Walled medieval city of Carcassonne (Château Comtal, Porte Narbonnaise, La Cité, Basilique St-Nazaire), the Canal du Midi, Cathar Castles (Peyrepertuse, Latours, Durfort, Arques, Villerouge-Termenes, Puivert, Montségur and more), vineyards and wineries for visits (red  Corbières wines, whites of Limoux and vins biologiques - organic wines for which the region is famous), Abbaye de Fontfroide and others, the towns of Castelnaudary, Limoux, Montréal and the River Aude.


From Paris:  A10 / A71 / A20 autoroute to Toulouse.

From Toulouse:   A61 autoroute direction Carcassonne, exit 23 direction Aeorport de Salvaza.  Before airport left onto the D119 and follow directions below.

From Carcassonne:   West direction Aeroport de Salvaza.  At the airport follow the D119 direction Montréal for 4 kilometers.  Domaine des Castelles is signposted on the left.

Airport:  Toulouse (90 kilometers)
Railway Station:  Carcassonne (6 kms) Narbonne (97 kms)

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