Castle | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 15
The region of Agel is "Minervois", a wild and far away from tourist part, very beautiful with a lot of wine and tipical mediteranean vegetation. The castle is from the XII century with an old familial atmosphere. This medieval castle consists of the main building, four towers and a dovecote, extensive terraced gardens covering 2 hectares (5 acres) and a swimming pool. If you wish to find the ambiance from the past, you will enjoy the large lounges, the library, the spacious rooms the swiming pool and the park. For family vacations or vacations with friends, it is possible to rent the entire castle, the park, the pool.
The castle have 2 living rooms, 1 library, 1 office, 2 dining rooms, 1 kitchen, 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a cave, a park of 2ha.
On the ground floor: a spacious entrance hall leading to the Great Hall, the small drawing room, the library and the dining room, kitchen and lavatories nearby.
On the first floor: the upstairs drawing room, four double bedrooms, one triple bedroom, four bathrooms.
On the second floor: 2 double room, a bathroom
In the two-hectare (5 acre) park: the orangery, terraces, box hedges, swimming pool,
Close to the chateau vineyards and possibility of vine tasting…
Price of rent of the castle: 3200 to 5100 € a week according to the periods. Prices per week including taxes, household linen provided.
Deposit 30% with the reservation, balances one week before the arrival.
Price of rooms (low season in B&B) : 160 € for 2 persons, included breakfast, person supplementary 30 €, deposit 30% with the reservation.?
|Size||Sleeps up to 15, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||narbonne plage 35 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: carcassonne 50 km, Nearest railway: narbonne 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 15, Lounge seats for 15|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Visit Beziers, Narbonne with their cathedrals, the ancient walled city of Carcassonne, the ancient Cathar city of Minerve, the chateaux of Cathars, the abbaye of Lagrasse and the cistercian abbaye of Fontfroide.
Take a drink along the canal du Midi or make a journey trip in the Montagne Noire, offering hiking, moutain biking, fishing.
Towns and cities
Béziers (40 km) : a pretty medieval town bursting with energy (rugby, bullfighting). Not to be missed, the Cathedral of St Nazaire (13th-14th centuries), the narrow streets of the medieval old town, and Béziers' own Roman amphitheatre.
Narbonne (25 km) : Stroll around the old town, the quartier de la Cité and Narbonne's pretty pedestrian street. Don't miss the old Archbishops' palace with its medieval halls, the Gilles-Aycellin donjon and Narbonne's archeological and art museums.
The ancient cathar city of Minerve (10 km) : you'll marvel at its natural bridges, breathtaking canyons, dolmens and ramparts.
The ancient walled city of Carcassonne (50 km) : the top tourist attraction in the Aude département. See the walled city with its ramparts and towers, the château Comtal and the Eglise St Nazaire.
Châteaux and abbeys
Lastours : The four castles are on a rocky spur above the village of Lastours, isolated by the deep valleys of the Orbeil and Grésilhou rivers. They were built at an altitude of 300 m along a rock wall just 1300 feet (~400 m) long by 165 feet (~50 m) wide. Cabaret, Surdespine and la Tour Régine stand in line, while Quertinheux is built on a separate pinnacle close by.
Villerouge Termenes : Totally restored, this castle is a remarkable example of military architecture, essentially from the 13th century. A tower occupies each comer of this rectangular fortified building. Twentyfive metres over the stream called Le Lou, the massive south-east tower was probably the keep. At the top of the curtain walls there is a guards' walk, part of which is covered. Access to the monument is from the northern side over a ramp preceded by a fortified gate decorated with the coat-ofarms of the archbishop Bernard de Farges. The castle, which has three construction periods, dates mainly from the 13th century.
Arques : The castle rises on an isolated hillock, a few hundred metres from the western side of the village. The castle was mentioned for the first time in 1011, but the original lords of Arques were dispossessed in the 12th century in favour of the powerful family of Termes. During the Crusade against the Albigensians, Béranger d'Arques, descendant of the despoiled family, was one of the comrades of Guillaume de Peyrepertuse.
Cucugnan Queribus The castle of Quéribus is situated on the commune of Cucugnan which is renowned in French literature for being the site of the 'Priest's Sermon' by Alphonse Daudet. Perched on a narrow rocky outcrop, the castle stands proudly at 728 metres altitude. Mentioned in 1020, the castle of Quéribus was part of the County of Besalù, then of Barcelona and was finally held as a royal fortress by the house of Aragon in 1162.
Duilhac Peyrepertuse : The castle lies on a 730 meter high rock and when the weather is clear you can see the Mediterranean Sea from it. People have been living on the site of castle Peyrepertuse since roman times. The castle is first mentioned in 1050. During its existence it has had its share of warfare. It was involved in the Crusades and the Inquisition because of its occupancy by cathars. Also its position on the border of medieval France and the kingdom of Aragon (present day Spain) contributed to a lot of bloodshed. It's a large castle spread out over a rocky ridge at the feet of the Pyrenees.
Abbaye de Fontfroide : a superb Cistercian abbey. In 1093, a Benedictine monastery is founded in Fontfroide. When Saint Bernard comes to the Languedoc in 1145, it joins the order of the Cistercians. The same year the construction of the church begins. With its pointed barrel vault rising to a height of 20 m, it represents in impressive manner the simplicity of Cistercian architecture.
Abbaye de Caunes-Minervois : Abbaye bénédictine at the heart of a village XV-XVIIIème (l'Hôtel d'AlibertL'Hôtel Sicard , carrières de marbre...) in the Minervois.
Abbaye de Lagrasse : an abbey at the heart of a restored medieval village (Eglise St Michel, built in the 14th century, and a variety of village houses dating back to the 15th - 18th centuries...),
Sites of natural beauty
The giant Cabrespine gouffre : It has two main curiosities, a large room accessible to the public: floor surface: 80 m, height 220 m! This classifies the cave between the biggest of the world, opened to tourism and a wide variety of cristalisations, thanks to the particular geological context. A protection programme has been set up since the discovery of the cave (in the seventees).
Grottes des Demoiselles : a grotto carved out from the cliffs at Thaurac. A funicular railway takes you right inside this extraordinary underground labyrinth, culminating in an enormous underground space known to the locals as "la Cathédrale".
Grotte de Clamouse : one of the biggest and most beautiful sets of underground caves in France, extending over nearly 12 km and rising to a height of 600 metres.
Attractions around Agel : tennis, bathing, parachuting, plane (your hostess holds a private pilot's licence), canoling, African reserve of Sigean.
Various pleasant walks await you – ask your hostess for maps and guide books
Canal du midi : walk along the canalside, ride a canal boat or visit one of the locks...
Massif de la Clape : a nearby mountain with typical villages, vineyards and wine-cellars
Montagne noire : the Black Mountain, offering hiking, mountain biking, fishing... and charming, unspoilt villages
The upper Aude valley with its gorges and canyons offers breathtaking views and exhilarating walks, as well as fishing and canoeing