Chateau Des Cathares
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What Oliver loves…
- This remarkable château retains its original spirit of a Cathar castle but has been lovingly restored to create a family home with modern amenities
- There are four hectares of parkland, forests and gardens surrounding the château
- The surrounding valleys are full of sunflowers during part of the summer
- The historical town of Mirepoix, famous for its amazing market on a Monday morning, is only fifteen minutes away by car
- Keen historians will love exploring the castles and ruins of the spectacular Cathar country with the famous Montségur only 45km away
- Carcassonne, Limoux and Toulouse are all within an hours drive
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Set in four hectares of beautiful parkland, the majestic 13th-century Château Des Cathares is a fairy-tale castle full of character and history. Located in the amazing Cathar country, near the delightful market town of Mirepoix, this is a magical place where young and old can stay in this enchanting part of the Languedoc.
The castle was originally built in the thirteenth century by a Cathar Lord and later extended some three hundred years later. The current owner is a sculptor whose work you can see across the grounds and it has been her labour of love to create a grand yet warm and welcoming family home. Each of the ten bedrooms has its own story to tell with immense character and beautiful pieces of artwork and furnishings from across the centuries. The grand reception rooms allow you to dine by the open-fire in cooler months or enjoy the view of the gardens from the summer salon. If you’re planning a special party or a spectacular wedding then the Knights’ Hall is fit for a banquet and guests can sip champagne by the terraces for a unique and unforgettable event.
Yet despite the traditional ambience, you’ll find contemporary bathrooms plus modern appliances in the well-equipped kitchen and there’s Wi-Fi for guests to use. Families can enjoy table-tennis, board games and table football plus there are children’s toys and books, whilst older guests can browse the impressive library or have a game of French billiards. The owner can arrange for services such as a private chef or babysitter to make your stay as relaxing as it can be.
In the grounds of the château, with its own entrance and garden, is a delightful 18th century cottage with perfectly modern interiors and four further bedrooms. With its own charm and character, this is the ideal place for an extended family gathering or holiday with friends. For 21 guests or more the cottage is included in the rental price or it can be rented separately.
Outside you can explore the vast parkland and private forest, also a wonderful setting for a wedding, or relax by the lawns of the immaculate swimming pool, in the shade of the ancient trees or by one of the owner’s sculptures. This region is a hiker’s paradise with rolling hills and valleys full of sunflowers whilst there are also opportunities to cycle, horse-ride or fish nearby.
The local village, just five minutes by car, has a bakery, butchers and little grocery store or head to the historical town of Mirepoix, famous for its ancient timer-framed houses and amazing market on a Monday morning in the beautiful square. Food lovers take note that foie gras is produced in the farm just across from the château and of course there are some stunning wines to sample in vineyards across the Languedoc region.
This is the Cathar country with so many spectacular castles and ruins to explore, such as the most famous in nearby Montségur. The incredible fortified city of Carcassonne is just forty-five minutes away, with delightful Limoux and vibrant Toulouse also within an hour’s drive. You may prefer to just head nearer to home such as pretty Castelnaudary (30km), the birthplace of the Cathars, where you can take a boat trip or cycle ride along the Canal du Midi.
After a day exploring this outstanding region, you will still feel the spirit of the Cathars in your ancient medieval castle, a truly unique place to stay in this very special part of southern France.
What you should know…
- The château is suitable for up to 20 guests whilst the cottage is suitable for up to 8 guests
- Please note that only the 28 guest prices include the use of the cottage – the 20 guest prices include the château only and in this instance the cottage may be rented out separately
- Guests in the cottage only have access to the swimming pool and estate if it is rented together with the château
- Due to the immense character, you’ll find some low ceilings and doorways
- The swimming pool is open from May to early October
This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!
This is a historic home, and as such:
- It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
- Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!
1) Château Des Cathares and Cottage (29 guests)
2) Château Des Cathares Only (21 guests)
Interior of Château (up to 20 guests)
Ground Floor (accessed via steps up from the outside)
- Entrance Hall (26m2)
- Guest WC
- Dining room (44m2) with fireplace
- Summer living room (34m2) with doors opening up to terrace and steps to gardens
- Kitchen (23m2), well-equipped
- Double bedroom (35m2) with en-suite shower room and separate WC
- Twin bedroom (24m2) which leads to a double bedroom (15m2, circular). Bathroom with bath and WC
- Twin bedroom (21m2)
- Twin bedroom (16m2)
- Bathroom with bath, shower and WC (shared between the above two twin bedrooms)
- Upstairs dining room (24m2) with fireplace
- Billiard room (45m2) with fireplace
- Knights’ Hall / library (86m2, suitable for events)
- Separate WC
- Double bedroom (25m2)
- Double bedroom (45m2 including raised platform) with en-suite shower room and WC
- Bedroom with single and queen-size bed (27m2) with en-suite shower room and WC
- Double bedroom (28m2) with en-suite shower room and WC. Bedroom leads to an additional double bedroom (15m2, circular)
4 folding single beds and 2 cots can be made available on request
Interior of Cottage (up to 8 further guests)
- Entrance Hall
- Dining room (14m2)
- Living room (15m2) with fire-place and doors leading outside to front garden area
- Kitchen (11m2), well-equipped with breakfast table
- Double bedroom (14m2) with en-suite shower room (7m2)
- Separate WC
- Bathroom with bath and washbasin
- Separate WC
- Twin bedroom (16m2)
- 2 x Twin bedroom (14m2)
1 cot available for guests use
- Swimming pool (10mx6m) with safety alarm. Open May to early October
- North and South terraces (château)
- Gardens, forest and parkland (4 hectares around château)
- Various garden furnishing
- French billiards (château)
- Library (château)
- Table-tennis (château)
- Table football (château)
- Children’s games, toys
- Children’s books and DVDs
- Children’s bikes
- Access to a washing machine
Château Des Cathares and the cottage are set in a spectacular location of four hectares of gardens, parkland and a private forest. In the nearby village (7km) you will find a bakery for your morning croissants and bread, a butchers, a small grocery shop with bar and a garage with a café. It’s just a little further to larger supermarkets such as those in Mirepoix (16km) or Pamiers (24km).
This area is a paradise for hikers with the rolling hills and valleys. There is tennis in the local village as well as horse-riding and fishing nearby and golf lovers can head to Golf de Carcassonne within 45 minutes. If you are a food lover then you may appreciate the foie gras producer in the farm just across from the château and don’t miss the highly recommended Monday morning market in nearby Mirepoix (16km), a delightful town known for its beautiful market square and ancient timer-framed houses.
Discover the Romanesque ruins and 13th century castles dotted around the landscapes; within a short drive you can be in the heart of the Cathar country. Visit the ruins of the famous Château de Montségur (45km), one of the last strongholds of the Cathars and there’s a museum in the village nearby.
Head north to Castelnaudary (27km), the birthplace of the Cathars, and be sure to try some local cassoulet as well as taking a boat trip around the grand bassin of the Canal du Midi. The cycle route along the Canal du Midi may also appeal as it’s suitable for all abilities and ages, making a perfect day out for the whole family with a picnic stop along the way.
It goes without saying that the fortified city of Carcassonne (48km) is a must see, there are guided tours and medieval shows throughout the summer to entertain all visitors. One of the largest local markets is in Carcassonne, held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at Place Carnot in the town centre.
Other day trips should include delightful Limoux (45km), on the Aude River, always bustling with activity, especially in the summer. The market on a Friday morning is simply wonderful when shopping for local, fresh produce or simply find a picturesque café in one of the pretty squares for coffee and pastries. You are also not too far from Toulouse (70km), known as ‘La Ville Rose’ (the pink city), a vibrant place full of history and culture with many cafes, restaurants, museums and shops as well as the City of Space, a must for all the family.
Carcassonne Airport/Toulouse Airport
|Nearest Train Station||
(Lake) Lac De Montbel Cote Leran
Languedoc-Roussillon is one of those areas of France where you can feel like you’re totally cut off from the rest of the country. Commercial tourism has been very slow to capitalise on the region, meaning you can still enjoy a slice of authentic French rural life at its finest. A mixture of landscapes also makes it a great place to visit, with a good stretch of coastline offering a totally different experience to more bucolic interiors. Whatever you’re looking for, our range of villas and chateaux in Languedoc means you can get exactly the kind of holiday you want with accommodation that’s perfectly tailored to you, your friends and your family.
There is tennis in the local village as well as horse-riding nearby. Discover the Romanesque ruins and 13th century castles dotted around the landscapes, including the ruins of the famous Château de Montségur and there’s a museum in the village nearby.
Head north to Castelnaudary and take a boat trip around the grand bassin of the Canal du Midi. The cycle route here may also appeal as it’s suitable for all abilities and ages, making a perfect day out for the whole family with a picnic stop along the way.
The fortified city of Carcassonne is a must see, there are medieval shows throughout the summer to entertain all visitors. You are also not too far from Toulouse, a vibrant place full of history and culture as well as the City of Space, a must for all the family.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- <1hr to Airport
- Tennis Nearby
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Board games
- Children's books
- Children's videos/DVDs
- Child-Safe Pool
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
- Table Tennis
- Catering Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- Catering Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- - Fridge Stocking/Shopping Service Available
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services
Extras available at this property:
- Fridge stocking/Shopping service
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
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Château des Cathares is an ideal place for large events and a fairy-tale location for a spectacular wedding and reception.
Up to 130 guests can be catered for either in the château’s first-floor banqueting room (the Knights’ Hall) or in the beautiful grounds. The north terrace and gardens are perfect for parties and a marquee can be set up on the front lawn.
Bespoke services include:
- Wedding planning
- Food, wine and champagnes
- Vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages
Up to 28 guests can stay in the château and cottage across the 14 bedrooms and a private chef can be made available if you wish.
Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation. Third party liability insurance is mandatory.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€3000 (château only) and €4000 (château & cottage) paid to the owner by bank transfer one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.|
|Arrival time||5.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||11.00 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes.|
|Heating costs included?||Yes.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, excluding pool towels.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. This includes a clean kitchen, no papers or cigarette ends on the lawn or in the yard, removal of waste, etc and ensuring that all furniture, furnishings and fittings are left in their original place and condition as on arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Tax||Tourist tax must be paid locally on arrival.|
|Minimum stay||Holiday rentals: 2 nights except July, August and Christmas when 7 nights / Event rentals: 4 nights.|
|Pets welcome?||On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings/Stag&Hen Parties/Celebrations authorised on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner.|
|Other Ts and Cs||The pool is open from May to early October, subject to weather conditions (cooler months may not be suitable for swimming).|
|Insurance||Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay (a copy of the policy must be provided to the owner prior to the arrival).|
The words beautiful and stunning are not enough to describe how special this property is. Thank you so much for opening your doors to share this experience to people like us. I am already looking forward to our return. Thank you for all, no detail went unappreciated.
Had the most magical holiday. Couldn't have asked for anything better. Looking forward to coming back for our anniversary!
Thank you so much for keeping this wonderful gemstone of history alive and in such a great state. My family and friends really enjoyed.
We will keep this castle forever in our hearts and the memory of your support to make our dream wedding possible and real.
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