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Cottage by the Canal du Midi - near Carcassonne

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Our canal side mooring & herb garden

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

NEW FOR AUG. 14 - A truly unique location just 50m from the Canal du Midi in a 12C wine Domaine, located 12 kms from central Carcassonne. It is ideal for cycling, hiking, walking & boating or just experiencing life on a working French farm. Meals available.

Rural though not remote, Millepetit is located in a superb position on a meandering and photogenic stretch of the world famous Canal du Midi. The Cottage is part of the original stable block and set one row back (about 50 m) from the Canal. It is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and apricot orchards.

THE COTTAGE

The Cottage is 53m2 and a delightful hideaway, it is ideal for two guests - yet can sleep an additional 2 people on a double sofa bed in the lounge. The lounge has TV and WiFi internet and up a few steps you will find a shady and completely private outdoor Courtyard - ideal for a peaceful breakfast or an afternoon snooze.

The ground floor "highlight" is the stylish and characterful “cook's kitchen” and diner. It is well appointed with an oven and hob, microwave, kettle, toaster and a family size fridge-freezer. There is also a washing machine and plenty of storage space. The kitchen has everything you need to enable you to enjoy the wonderful local seasonal produce which can be sourced from the market garden or the colourful food markets at Trèbes or Carcassonne.

In the evenings enjoy a relaxed dinner in your private Courtyard, a gas BBQ is also provided, or take your wine and supper down to the Canal side gardens.

Adjacent to the kitchen is the modern shower room with extra-large shower and under basin storage.

GUEST ACTIVITIES

By the canal you have access to our own charming mooring and garden with a brick BBQ and entertaining area – a perfect place to watch life on the Canal pass you by while sipping a glass of local Millepetit Rosé!

Cross the bridge by the Chateau and you are on the canal path for the 3 km (c40 min) walk into Trèbes or a cycle in either direction to experience the iconic sights of the Canal and the local villages.

YOUR HOSTS

Your hosts, Heather and David will welcome you on arrival and provide you with all of the information you need to enjoy this unique and beautiful area.

We can provide breakfast on request, or for something really special let us provide you with a chef cooked meal chez nous or chez vous! If you share our great love of food and wine you may be interested in our variety of cooking and cheese making classes in season.

We are happy to accept well behaved pets however, do be aware that there are a couple of farm dogs, the occasional goat, a flock of geese and many ducks!

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!.....

Millepetit is a picturesque 12th century wine producing Domaine on the Canal du Midi UNESCO World Heritage site, (which featured very! briefly in TV chef Rick Steins' 'French Odyssey' in 2004.) The estate is dominated by the Chateau with its 12C tower overlooking the Canal.

OUR NEIGHBOURS

Within the Domaine you will find a working farm with a number of families who own and manage various businesses including the grapevines, apricot orchards and olive groves. In season, you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the market garden and Millepetit's own wines.

There is always activity with asparagus harvesting in April or the pruning of the apricot, sweet almond or olive trees. Yet it can be sublimely peaceful as you sit under the old Yew tree sipping your wine, chatting or reading your book. The Domaine really comes alive during the vendange or grape harvest in September as the wine grower prepares his harvest for sale to the local vignerons. It is great fun to be part of this special time for the Domaine.

CANAL LIFE

The life of the Canal passes in front of you as Trèbes is one of the main ports of the Canal, with luxury barges, houseboats, the occasional yacht and little “Popeye” boats. Cyclists, walkers, hikers and bird fanciers, even the occasional hunter find their way along the Canal's path. From the Canal you can walk or cycle in either direction to reach as far as Bordeaux on the Atlantic Coast or head south to the Canal de la Robine and the Mediterranean. Millepetit could be a staging point as you “boat” your way to Russia on the vast European canal network.

GETTING AROUND

As there is no public transport a car is highly recommended whether to shop, see the local sights or follow the Cathar Trail. Bicycles can be hired both at Millepetit and in Trèbes.

Our closest transport links are the Carcassonne train station (12 kms) and Airport (19 kms). Other airports are at Beziers (103 kms), Toulouse (115 kms), and Montpelier (157 kms).

We can arrange pick-ups from Carcassonne Airport or Station - subject to availability.

OTHER THINGS...

Bed linen, bath, hand and tea towels are all provided.

Secure bicycle storage.

Tea making facilities included.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach carcassonne lac de la cavayère 7 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne Airport 19 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne Railway station 12 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access
General TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Languedoc-Roussillon - known as the Languedoc is the central wine growing region of the south of France. It includes the western Mediterranean coast of France, stretching from the Rhone valley in the east to the Spanish border in the south west. Trebes is located in the Aude (11) department with the Cathar city of Carcassonne as its famous UNESCO neighbour.

The Canal du Midi is also a UNESCO world heritage site and is the world's oldest commercial canal, built in 17th century, it stretches from Agde to the Atlantic. It is a popular tourist attraction for boating, cycling and walking enthusiasts. The canal is shaded by majestic plane trees and passes vineyards, orchards and quaint French villages.

Minervois is the best known wine growing area around Carcassonne and produces Mediterranean style red wine varieties of Grenache, Shiraz, Cinsaut, Carignan an Lladoner Pelut. The white wines are Bourboulenc ,Vermentino, Roussanne, Massanne and Grenache Blanc.

Hiking enthusiasts who want a more challenging treck can't go past the beautiful Alaric and black mountains where there are numerous hiking trails south of the river Aude, the Corbières hills and the ranges of foothills that rise toward the Pyrenees.

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Review 1-3 of 3

9 Jul 2014

5/5

"A fantastic spot to rest and recooperate"

We spent 2 nights and David's and Heather's mooring at Millepetit. Having traveled up and down the Canal we decided to stop here as the location was so inviting. The mooring is set up to han… More

6 Jul 2014

5/5

"Great hospitality and food in Millepetit"

Great hospitality from Heather and David at the cottage, based on the working farm at Millepetit on the beautiful canal du midi - they made us a superb dinner accompanied by wine from the farm, and we… More

26 May 2014

5/5

"Quite, and relaxing. Great location, food and company."

While camper vanning around the south of France and looking for a quiet out of the way place to overnight, we found David and Heather's B&B and restaurant on the banks of the Canal du Midi. Whil… More

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