Location Castelnaudary France

Castelnauadry is the capital of the Pays de Lauragais region which spreads into the Languedoc Roussillon region of the South of France. The accommodation is situated just outside the little village of Issel, 10 minutes from Castelnaudary, 35 minutes from Carcassonne and 20 minutes from Revel and the St Ferreol.

The Mediterranean coastline is about 1 1/2 hours away as are the Pyrenees Mountains, so both are easily accessible for a day trip out sightseeing or relaxing on a beach. In fact when we make the trip we often call into 'La Cite' Carcassonne on the way back for a snack or maybe dinner if we have left it a little late.

This region is famous for 'les Chateaux du pays Cathar' , the abbey at St Papoul is only 5 minutes away and the castle at Saissac is about a 15 minute drive. Of course 'La Cite' is probably the most magnificent of the Cathar fortresses, but Rennes Le Chateau, Montsegur, Peyrepertuse and Queribus are all within easy striking distance, if you fancy a day out.

The more local amenities include Castelnaudary of course, where you will have access to the Canal du Midi and can take a boat trip or perhaps cycle the Canal Du Midi to Segala, but there is also the lake at St Ferreol where you will find plenty to do. The lake offers activities such as crazy golf, an equestrian centre, canoeing or simply sitting and relaxing on the sandy beach. A great place for families to spend a day if they fancy a change from the pool.

Skiing PyreneesAnother nice little benefit of being located in or near Castelnaudary is that you are in striking distance of the Pyrenees and one or two very nice ski resorts. The nearest is Monts d'Olmes which you can get to via Mirepoix and then Lavelanet, this one is only a small resort and best suited to families, beginners and intermediates. But you can get there in a about and hour and a quarter, so definitely doable for the odd day or two skiing in the winter season.

The next nearest resort is at Ax Les Thermes, you can get there in about an hour and a half from Castelnaudary, but it has much more to offer than Monts d'Olmes with three domains and a much bigger selection of pistes to suit every level on a one or two day excursion basis. The best way to get to Ax Les Thermes is via Foix using the motorway to speed the journey up. If you head towards Toulouse on the A61 first you will see Foix and Andorra signposted, then you just keep going towards Andorra and you will end up driving right to Ax Les Thermes.

Both are a little far to consider if all you want is a skiing holiday, but on a day out basis where you want a little sporting activity included in your vacation, it is really nice to have these facilities quite close by.

There are plenty of restaurants bars and shops close by, Castelnaudary is the nearest place with all the main amenities being readily available, Revel is also very close and of course the lake at St Ferreol has plenty of cafe's, restaurants and hotels located all around it, taking advantage of the fabulous views, the museum of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the instigator of the Canal Du Midi, and the fabulous arboretum that lies adjacent to the lake. So if you are adverse to longish drives you really don't have to go very far to find some fabulous places of interest. Revel is the gateway to the 'Montagne Noire' which is a very satisfactory substitute for walking or cycling in the Pyrenees, not to mention the woodland trails and cascades at Labecede which can literally be accessed from Le Moulin on one of the many walks that pass by the property.

The Languedoc Roussillon is a famous wine producing region with two of the better known ones being Corbieres and Minervois, our closest is Cabardes just outside Carcassonne where you can visit the Chateau de Pennautier for a wine tasting session and make the most of their restaurant for lunch. There are lots of other degustations in the area as well, after all this region is responsible for 30% of France's wine production. So plenty for the connoisseurs of wine to choose from plus the French food markets are thriving in the area, the most famous being at Revel on a Saturday morning.

I feel I have barely scratched the surface of what is on offer in the region and have not really spoken about the sporting activities, such as golf, white water rafting, cycling and walking. Or for that matter the opportunities for a painting or photography holiday at Le Moulin. But if there is a subject you are interested in that has not been covered then don't hesitate to get in touch via the Contact Us page and we will see if we can answer your questions.

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