Maison Guilhem (A10)
A spacious stone built Maison de Maitre which dates back to 1870 and has been lovingly and imaginatively restored by its present owners. They have kept the original tiled floors and mosaics and have used original arched windows and ironwork balconies from a local chateau.
The rooms are spacious with ochre walls giving a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Many of the walls have been hand painted 'a l'ancienne'. The house has such thick walls that it is quite cool even in the August heat. The 'piece de resistance' are the huge 1st floor ensuite bathrooms which might be mistaken for small living-rooms - comfortable armchairs and original marble fireplaces - are very chic.
Situated in the village of Cascastel Cathar Region, with lovely rural views over the surrounding vineyards.
The house is on 3 levels (so may not be suitable for the elderly or the very young as there are quite a few stairs) and has been furnished in traditional French style with lovely antique furniture and some wonderful handpainted murals above the beds. There are 2 family rooms on the 2nd floor which are spacious enough for 4 people.
The owner has carried out an age old tradition of hiding in each bedroom, a small empty bird's nest that has been found whilst harvesting the grapes, as legend has it that this brings good luck!
The owners run an organic 12 hectare wine domaine from a cave next door - so no need to travel far for a wine tasting!
This property has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 8 people
|Bedroom 1||1 Double||2|
|Bedroom 2||1 Double||2|
|Bedroom 3||1 Double||2|
|Bedroom 4||1 Double||2|
All double beds can split in to 2 single beds.
This property has 4 bathrooms
|Kitchen||MicrowaveClothes DryerOvenWashing MachineIron & BoardRefrigeratorCoffee MakerCooking UtensilsFreezer|
|Entertainment||TelevisionDVDPing Pong TableCd|
|Rate Category||Period||Rates||Minimum Stay|
€395 per Night
*** Default rates are subject to change. Please confirm the rates prior to booking.
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Location Type: Mountain
Discover the Cathar Castles of Aguilar, Queribus, Peyrepertuse,
Villerouge-termenes la Cite medievale de Carcassonne - the largest fortified city in Europe (given World Historical Monument status by UNESCO), the Romanesque abbeys of Fontfroide and Lagrasse.
Visit the vineyards in a 4 wheel drive vehicle, learn about growing vines and the art of wine making from the knowledgeable owners. See the wine harvest 'Les Vendanges'.
Visit the African Safari Park (Reserve Africaine) at Sigean where there are 3500 animals.
Take a tour on a mountain bike following the marked tracks around Cascastel.
Walk along the 'Sentier Cathare' (Cathar footpath) or along other tracks and footpaths around Cascastel.
Concerts and evenings of wine and music from November to March at the owner's wine Domaine next door.
Good restaurants: 'Le Clos de Cascastel'; 'L'Auberge du Vieux Puits'; 'La table du Pecheur'; 'La Rotisserie Medieval'; L'Amandier', 'La Fargo', 'Chateau de Lastours', 'Le Merle Bleu'; 'Le Corbierou', 'L'Auberge du Vigneron'...
Play boules in the village square.
Horseriding 7 kms away
Hang gliding on Mont Tauch
Tennis 2 kms away.
The ski slopes of Font-Romeu, Pyrenees 2000, Les Angles...are within 1hr.30
Take a boat trip along the Canal du Midi.
Beaches - 25km
Water Sports/Boat Hire - Leucate 42 kms
Abbey de Fontfroide 8 km built by the powerful Bishops of Narbonne with a beautifully restored 11th century cloister.
Narbonne 50km. Founded around 600 BC by the Romans. It boasts a flamboyant cathedral and Episcopal Palace. Excellent restaurants. One of the most splendid markets.
Bages 50 km. Lovely fishing village on the shores of the Narbonne 'etang'. Several very good seafood restaurants. Great windsurfing on the etang in early spring and late autumn (some speed records have been set here).
Sigean 63 km Wildlife safari park.
Port la Nouvelle 28km. Superb sandy beaches.
Carcassonne 65 km Largest fortified medieval town in Europe.
Beziers. 50 km. Major market town, noted for its bull-fight 'Feria' in August.
Perpignan 53 km. Palace of Kings of Mallorca.
Montpellier 129 km. Large university town.
Nimes 178 km. Roman temple and arena.