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.
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
Pets allowed (we have a cat on the property)