Chambres d'hôtes and Gite

With pool and sauna near Carcassonne, Southern France

Lake Montbel

Places of Interest

Nearby are a host of Castles, Churches and other monuments from the time of the Cathar Crusades. Brezilhac is just 20 minutes away from the city of Carcassonne, and its famous castle. Puivert "the musicians' castle" is on route from Mirepoix, the colourful market town also close to our village. Limoux, the town known for its Blanquette (Champagne style wine) is about 15 minutes from Brezilhac. Just past Limoux is the spa town of Alet les Bains and then Rennes le chateau, famed for its mysterious treasure. Montsegur, the last bastion of the Cathars, is within easy reach, as is the spectacular Gorge de Galamus. We are just over an hour from the beaches of Narbonne and Leucate to the East, and not much further from the Pyrenees, Andorra and Northern Spain. Toulouse is the nearest large city, 50 minutes away and Perpignan can be reached in an hour and a half. Just past Perpignan is Collioure, sometimes called the jewel of the Languedoc coast. Many inland lakes are within easy reach, one of the most scenic being Lac Montbel.

Activities

In addition to cultural pursuits, aerial tours of the Aude, wine-tasting tours, visitors may like to try golf, horse-riding, fishing, white-water rafting, tennis, cycling, ski-ing or art and craft activities (including glass painting and pottery). These can by arranged for guests in advance. We can also provide free introductory scuba diving lessons on site. For those who are thinking about or actively looking ot buy property in France, your hosts can give you helpful advice on the region, the buying process and other useful related insights.

Within 15 minutes:
Canal du Midi at Bram, market at Bram,
wine tasting at Domaine le Fort, 
historic villages of Fanjeaux (origin of the Dominican order)and
Montréal (organ music concerts from the Collégial)

In half an hour:
Carcassonne (medieval city),
Mirepoix (pretty 12th Century market square and colourful market),
Limoux (Spring Carnaval, tasting Blanquette (original champagne),
Castelnaudary (Cassoulet – regional dish)

In one hour:
Rennes le Chateau, (origin of the Da Vinci Code),  
Alet les Bains pretty Spa village with 9th C Abbey,
Puylaurens – Cathar Castle,
Revel (medieval market square and picturesque Saint Ferriol Lake
Chateaux of Lastours, Grotte de Limousis Caves, Lake Montbel, , Chalabre castle, Cistercian Abbey of Fontefroide, Castle of Montsegur.
Toulouse ( including Space Museum / Airbus),
Mediterranean beaches of Narbonne and Gruissan.

Within two hours:
Spain, Andorra.

Links

Blanquette tasting : Maison Guinot, Limoux, www.blanquette.fr

Domaine Le Fort
Red, White and Rose wine
11290 Montréal  www.domainelefort.com

Jardins de la Bouichière
Garden of plants and herbs from all over the world.
11300 Limoux   www.labouichere.com

Art Nouveau Enamelled Jewellery
Michel Barbe
La Forge, Route de Montségur, Belesta.  Tel 05 61 02 61 17

Horse riding
Les Fjords du Razes, 11240 Routier
Contact : Sophie : Tel 0468 69 42 68

White water rafting
Between Axat and Quillan  11500 Saint Martin Lys
Tel: 0468 20 18 45
www.embarquement-immediate.net




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