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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Chateau Marcel's new owners have just this season opened its doors for holiday rentals and the Syrah Suite is now available to the public. It is a spacious two-bedroom apartment providing guests with a fully-equipped home from which to explore this story-book land of Languedoc-Roussillon. The ground-floor Syrah - is completely autonomous with a private entrance facing the pool in the gated courtyard. The apartment is well-appointed with an eclectic mix of antique and modern furnishings and has a full, open-plan kitchen (including dishwasher) along one wall of the large main room with the dining area immediately adjacent. At the far end of this open-beamed room is the lounge area with a huge stone fireplace dominating the back wall. A hallway leads to the other rooms which include the front bedroom with en suite bath and wc, shower room with second wc and back bedroom which can serve as a dressing room cum study for couples with no children. The Syrah is predisposed to sleep up to six guests (double bed + two comfortable double sofa-beds), but a baby cot/crib is available if needed. While the apartment retains the charm of yesteryear, it has been updated to include wifi internet, sat tv and other modern conveniences.

The chateau is centrally located within the region in the small medieval wine-producing village of Cesseras. The village has a bar-café with outdoor tables under the plane trees of the main square, the surprisingly large and well-maintained 13tth-century, Gothic church of St. Germaine, miedieval Chateau Cesseras, post office and small grocery store where you can pre-order fresh baguettes, brioches & croissants for a leisurely breakfast before setting out on a day of exploration.

The immediate vicinity of the chateau includes the market town of Olonzac (capital of the Minervois wine region) where you can find a wide variety of shops, bars, cafés and almost all amenities and services; Homps along the world-famous and tree-lined Canal du Midi (walking, biking & boat tours); Lac de Jourres (swimming, wind-surfing & boating); and the historic 12th-century Cathar stronghold perched high in the stunning Cesse River gorges directly behind our village . . . all within a 5-10 minute drive from Chateau Marcel.

We are conveniently near the border of the Hérault & Aude Departements and approximately equidistant (30-45 min.) from the major cities of Narbonne, Carcassonne & Béziers with Toulouse and Montpellier just a short hop further afield. Even the Pyrénées (visible on a clear day), Spanish border and duty-free shopping of the tiny country of Andorra at only an hour and a half by car make for an easy day trip.

For those who are unfamiliar with Languedoc, it must be said that the sunny climate - about 300 days of sunshine per year - together with its natural beauty and rich history make for a truly unforgettable holiday. It has something to offer everyone, from sandy, sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches to cool forests and mountain streams of the Montagne Noir; from city shopping to winetasting tours in the many 'caves' scattered throughout the vineyards; from visiting museums and cathedrals to walking the ramparts and towers of Cathar forts and castles; from fine dining in gourmet restaurants to sampling local cuisine in a family-run village café; from lush green golf courses to family amusement parks and nature safaris; from hiking & biking to horseback riding. In short, the Midi has a virtually inexhaustable array of things to see and do and the new owners of Chateau Marcel, Ken & Belinda Crofutt (he a bi-lingual Californian and she a tri-lingual Anglo-Australian) will be happy to help you plan daily itineraries from your home-away-from-home.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Narbonne Plage 35 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Narbonne, Béziers or Carcassone 35 km, Nearest railway: Narbonne, Béziers or Carcassone 35 km
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

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