About This Listing
Delightful rural estate nestled in 25 acres of unspoiled countryside, containing a number of stone gites and chambre d'hotes with private pool, covered courtyard and freedom to explore. 20 mins from the beautiful cite de Carcassonne and airport.
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We offer luxurious accommodation on a bed breakfast and self catering basis. Recently renovated to exacting standards, the domaine retains much of its original rustic charm, and combines delightful period details with the modern amenities you would expect, all in spacious natural surrounds.
Surrounded by vineyards, this property is ideal for a peaceful, relaxing holiday. Local activities include fine dining, sightseeing, watersports, fishing, walking, horse riding, golf, or simply lazing in the Languedoc sun.
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There is a large private pool and summer kitchen, covered courtyard, ample parking facilities, numerous picnicking and BBQ areas, organic kitchen, extensive garden with terraces and panoramic views. We also have a library containing an eclectic mix of books, as well as an extensive DVD collection.
Easily accessible by plane, train or car, Domaine de Palatz is one hour from the coast, 20 mins from the airport and medieval town of Carcassonne, and just a breathe away from countless cultural and historical sights.
Interaction with Guests
Domaine de Palatz is owned and run by the Drinkwater family: Denise, Michael, Jodie and James. Collectively we have decades of experience in hospitality, business development, customer service and marketing.
Originally from the United Kingdom, and resident in France for the last ten years, we have travelled extensively throughout the world. Our move to the Domaine is the culmination of a dream to bring our experience of first class service, accommodation and food to all who come to stay.
With its wealth of historic towns, varied natural beauty and delectable dining, this region of France is a real delight, and rich with historic, scenic and cultural sites. Most of the Aude department lies under the influence of the Mediterranean climate, but it is nonetheless a very diverse landscape. Extending East to the Mediterranean are great plains of vines and orchards. To the south rears the mighty barrier of the Pyrenees, dividing France and Spain; west lies Toulouse and the Atlantic, and northwards we have the rugged and beautiful Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc.
Domaine de Palatz is situated right in the middle of Cathar country, and there are many nearby areas of historic (even prehistoric) interest, easily reached by car. From neolithic dolmens and menhirs (within walking distance of our property), to Greco-Roman ruins and the magnificent medieval villages, castles and abbeys that are scattered across the countryside, the region offers endless natural resources and opportunities for adventure and excitement. Hiking, horse riding, cycling, mountain-biking, golfing, kayaking, fishing, sightseeing, wine tasting, dining... there's something for every taste!
Close by is the famous Cathar fortress, Chateaux de Lastours. Carcassonne (20mins away) is the largest walled city in Europe, the fascinating medieval 'La Cité'. Despite its fairy tale appearance, Carcassonne has all the conveniences of a modern city with shops of every kind, supermarkets, cinemas, an abundance of fine restaurants, and a golf course.
You can also wander along the shady banks of the Canal du Midi, or perhaps head further afield with day trips to Albi, Nimes, Montpellier, or the beaches of the Mediterranean, which are less than an hour away by car. And of course you must let yourself be tempted by the pleasures of the palate: the great wines and gastronomy of the Aude, in the heart of the largest, oldest vineyards in France.
There is a beautiful lake five minutes walk from the property. The Mediterranean coast is less than one hour by car. Other beaches: Narbonne Plage, Port La Nouvelle, Port Leucate, Argeles, Collioure. All renowned for their 'fresh fish' restaurants.
How to get here
Carcassonne airport 17km. Toulouse airport 80km. Perpignan airport is an hour's drive. Other local airports are Girona, Nimes, Montpellier and Beziers.
The nearest village, Laure Minervois, is one km away with two grocery shops, a post office, doctor and bakery. Larger supermarkets are available in Carcassonne and Trebes.
There are two grocery shops, bakery, butcher, post office, doctor, twice weekly fruit/vegetable market, butchers van and fresh fish van weekly in Laure Minervois.
Other Things to Note
Baby cot available at no extra charge
Pets allowed (we have a dog and a cat on the property)
We stayed in a beautiful room, clean, safe and absolutely charming.
The hosts are nice and helpful. The breakfast is perfect ( best omelettes in France).
If you want to stay few days in a quiet place i would definitely recommend it.
We thoroughly enjoyed staying in this very well appointed B&B. At the recommendation of our lovely hosts we had a tremendous dinner at a restaurant in a nearby village.
Was everything we expected and we would definitely recommend anyone to stay.
The listing was perfect. Actually the accommodations were excellent. the location was more rural than we expected but that was an advantage. The country side and local towns are interesting and historical.
The welcome exceeded our expectations. As soon as we arrived we were treated to wine and a great orientation to the area in general. The next morning at breakfast we learned the details we needed for the days planned activities. Each day provided a new briefing for what we had planned.
James and his family were excellent, welcoming hosts. Their entire property gives you the feeling that they want you to have a good time. Little thoughtful details are everywhere, from the fresh fruit in the bedroom to the well stocked honesty kitchen and bar by the pool. The property is beautiful and the area is wonderful. We'll definitely be back.
We had just arrived from
Australia with 2 small kids and were in desperate need of a good sleep. Domaine de palatz was perfect! The hosts are amazing and the rooms are divine!! I would highly recommend this place to anyone- especially with kids. I only wish we had spent more time here! Thankyou for such a great stay!!!
Très belle propriété en sortie de village, restaurée et aménagée généreusement avec un goût parfait. Equipement haut de gamme, déco excellente, grand confort, clim' et wi fi gratuit en chambre, piscine, minibar avec jolie sélection de boissons, dont des vins de qualité à prix raisonnable, avec beaux verres à disposition. Petit déjeuner exceptionnel.
Accueil sympathique et irréprochable de James
qui peut conseiller sur les bons plans du coin.
About the Host, James
The Drinkwater family are excited to be the new owners of Domaine de Palatz, a magnificent 16th Century rural retreat nestled within 25 acres of unspoiled French countryside.
Our family has been in the hospitality industry for over twenty years and have lived in France for the last decade. We are very familiar with the local area and would be happy to share our knowledge of everything the region has to offer.
Ancient neolithic site within walking distance of Domaine de Palatz. It dates back to the period of transition between the Chalcolithic and the beginning of the Bronze Age.
A medieval village of steep, twisting, narrow streets and sand-coloured stone buildings surrounding the great 8th Century Abbey at its heart. Beautiful place with some lovely little restaurants
Fabulous food, and just up the road!
If the summer sun gets too hot then you can always plunge underground into one of Languedoc's vast limestone caverns. This is one of the largest and offers short tours or a five-hour excursion.
La Livinière lies nestled in the gentle slopes of the Petit Causse. Home to an exceptional wine, classified AOC in 1998.
Four castles in one! Relive the tumultuous Cathar period through your own eyes at the most impregnable fortress in the region. Bit of a climb, but the views are worth it!
This stunning Dolmen de Fades (Dolmen of the Fates or Fairies), is the largest in the area. The construction of such a massive structure clearly required an organized workforce and visionary planning.
Needs no introduction... just go! Breathtaking.
Ancient Roman fotress village, perched over the meeting point of rivers. It has a very interesting history...
Further up and away from the world. This is good walking country, full of paths and old mule tracks, walked through history. Great base for some hiking, cyling or kayaking
This quiet village keeps its beauty hidden in the spiral curves of a snail. It is a magical place with a lovely restaurant, and is home to artists, winemakers, growers and connoisseurs of all kinds.
Natural Park spread over a vast area of valleys and forests, criss-crossed by dozens of well-maintained and clearly signposted trails. Start out at the pretty mountain village of St-Pons-de-Thomieres.
Interesting historical city containing boulevards, narrow streets, squares and ancient buildings. There is an excellent market here, plus cafes, restaurants, boutiques, bakers and confectioners.
This lovely old fortified village attracts visitors not only because of its paved streets and covered passageways but also because it is ideally located for outdoor activities.
Head to the beach for the day. Only an hour away!
One hour away by car, Beziers is particularly renowned for two things in the region: wine and bullfighting. But there's lots more to see and do here - definitely worth a visit
The Episcopal City - a World Heritage site - and well worth a day trip. Highlights are the Saint-Cecile Cathedral, the largest brick-built cathedral in the world, and the Berbie Palace.
The world's only nudist city!
The Venice of the Languedoc. Cosmopolitan, unpretentious, charming... it offers a sensuous taste of the unspoilt Mediterranean. Fine beaches and great seafood.
In the city of Nîmes you will find some of the best preserved examples in Europe of Roman engineering and architecture. Well worth a day trip.