Places to Stay in Languedoc
Carcassonne is surrounded by hundreds of pretty villages set amongst the vineyards in the valleys and hillsides. This is a place to rest a while and get away from it all to enjoy the peace and quiet and feel what its like to live in this wonderful region. To help you find somewhere to stay in we have compiled a list of places we endorse and highly recommend for the quality of the accommodation and and the warm welcome you will receive. The list includes B&B’s and rental properties, gites as they are called in France and many of them are in the Minervois although some are further afield but all are within reach of our tasting room and are close enough for one of our guides to collect you if you book a tour.
Sainte-Hélène Chambres d’hôtes is a B&B in the little town of Olonzac is owned by Kay and Mark and we are certain that the success of this charming B&B is not only the location, the comfort of their amazing beds, the delicious breakfasts but also these two lovely people who will make sure that your stay with them will be one you will remember for a long time. They often receive letters and messages thanking them for a lovely stay and recently one such message brought a tear to Kay’s eye when she read that staying with them had been the highlight of this guests’ European trip. The same attention to detail and customer care ethos has been adopted for the Languedoc tour business they started a few years ago which uses their B&B as a base for guided holidays. Called The ‘Real’ South of France Tours, Kay and Mark were clear that they wanted to give the best service possible and to do this they strongly believed they should work with local experts and we are proud that Kay and Mark chose Vin en Vacances to run the wine tour & tasting elements of their Languedoc tours.
L’Ancienne Boulangerie Bed and Breakfast is housed in the old bakery in the historic and medieval village of Caunbes-Minervois and offers a romantic retreat in the South of France. All five guest rooms are thoughtfully decorated with artwork and collectables from local brocantes and markets. Continental breakfast comprising of local produce and fresh croissants from the local bakery is served in the charming dining room. Select a book from the library and unwind on the large sunny terrace; or in winter, curl up on the velvet sofa next to the fireplace in the salon. There are many other options for you to feel at home on your relaxing holiday, from gourmet picnic hampers to delicious meals from local restaurants made available for you to dine in at L’Ancienne Boulangerie – you will never want to leave
Les Citronniers Secret Garden is a pretty house in a pretty Minervois village just 20 minutes from Carcassonne and in the same village as the Vin en Vacances tasting room. Les Citronniers is infused with the essence of the Minervois region its lifestyle, wines, food, history and people and is surrounded by nature as the vineyards and many wonderful walks are are on your doorstep. The house has 3 lovely bedrooms, a large kitchen and a fabulous outside area and offers a relaxing and elegant ambience with good sized rooms, and plenty of common areas. A place where everyone can find their quiet spot, including a cosy study. French doors open up from the kitchen to a romantic paved terrace, for breakfasts or evening drinks. From here you pass under a stone arch into a private Mediterranean garden with outside dining, herb garden and BBQ area in the shade the Cedar trees. Then through pretty wrought iron (safety) gates you will find the pool area set in yet another charming garden, with sun loungers and large corner sofa.
Le Chai de Marguerite Chambres d’hôtes is a beautifully restored “Maison de Maître” in a pretty Minervois wine village. The large and elegantly decorated rooms retain many original features and the garden and pool are a great place to just chill out after a day discovering the fascinating history of the region or perhaps one of our wine tours. This.boutique bed and breakfast near Carcassonne offers incredibly peaceful and relaxing accommodation in comfortable rooms where you can start the day gently and take your time over a delicious continental breakfast of fresh bread and croissants, home made jams and fruits served outside under the pergola when the sun is shining … which is most of the time..!
Château Canet is just outside the village of Rustiques and a short distance from Carcassonne. It’s owned by a delightful and talented couple, Victoria and Floris who came to the Languedoc about 15 years ago to take over this wine domaine. Château Canet is exactly what you imagine when you conjure a vision of a wine estate. The manor house is positioned in the heart of the property surrounded by the vineyards and olive grove. Next door are the original “vignerons” lodgings that have now been converted into charming guest cottages and the traditional 19th century wine making buildings have been updated so that Floris can produce the excellent wine this chateau is renowned for. At the Château there is a choice of nine comfortable cottages of varying sizes that can accommodate couples or family groups and of course it’s perfect if you are looking for somewhere to take the extended family or for a reunion. You might even choose to get married here as many people have including close friends of mine. You are very well cared for here and if its a relaxing holiday you are in search off this is the place. There’s no need to race off to the boulangerie each morning, the Château offers a ‘to your door’ boulangerie service so you can enjoy your morning croissant without even having to get dressed..!
Château de Villarlong is a place with a unique signature. It seems timeless and captivates visitors upon arrival with its magic and beauty. This majestic chateau, set amongst olives and vineyards in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, near Carcassonne, has no equal. Enjoy the calm away from mass tourism and the charm of a 13th century castle with apartments restored with style and love and equipped with all modern comforts. Let yourself be carried away by a day in Villarlong which could start with a coffee and fresh croissants on your terrace. Relax by our magnificent infinity pool and listen to the cicadas at sunset with a glass of wine, before feasting on Mediterranean specialties on the castle terrace of our restaurant.
Au Pont Romain Located in the thriving village of Caunes-Minervois, famous for its ancient abbey and its red marble quarry, Au Pont Romain provides a fantastic base when staying in Languedoc. All five of their apartments have all the amenities including a swimming pool and cleaning service. Within easy walking distance of the vibrant communities’ bars and shops, the excellent selection of gites will suit all your needs and can accommodate groups of between two and six people.
Château de Thuriès is a beautiful small chateau with five fabulously designed bedroom suites (sleeping a total of up to 10 guests), each of which provides the ultimate in comfort and luxury with super-king size beds, complete with Egyptian cotton linen to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. The ground floor Renaissance suite offers a choice of either a super-king size bed or it can be separated to twin beds. There is a very comfortable sitting room, a grand dining room and a library, pool table and bar area, so that you can choose a drink of your choice and sit and just relax..! Its located under an hour from both Toulouse and Carcassonne airports, so whether you are looking for a destination holiday in the South of France where you can explore the many things to see and do, or just want a relaxing week away to escape it all, the Château is the perfect place to unwind. If you choose to stay at this divine chateau the ideal wine tour is our Limoux & Malepère.
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