Castelreng Castle Rental Photos and Description
Estate, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)
Imagine living in an 11th Century chateau in the middle of history-- the crusades, the Cathars, Knights Templar and the Inquisition, ruined mountaintop fortresses, vast vineyards, great vine and sparking Blanquette de Limoux, and fabulous French country meals.
Tournou le Haut was completely modernized in the late 90's and served as a family home for several years before being opened up for rental. Fully furnished. Sit in the Great Room in front of the massive fireplace with a glass of local wine and a good book. Hike in the hills, visit castles, study the crusades, enjoy your own pool, barbecue on the terrace, visit local wineries, dine in excellent restaurants. Secluded hilltop location in the countryside, 10km from the pretty Medieval village of Limoux.
Skiing in the Pyrenees and swimming in the Med are only 1 1/2 hours away.
- non smoking only
- children welcome
About The Owner
We are a French/American couple living in London.
The Owner purchased this castle in 1997
Why The Owner chose Castelreng
It was love at first sight when we saw Tournou le Haut which is steeped in history of the Cathars period when the French performed crusades against their own people. The stone tower is imposing but the whole house had a very homely feel about it. It took us 5 years of total renovation to get it to the standard it is today. We also landscaped the garden, put in an infinity pool, it was a labour of love. My husband John Childress was so inspired he wrote his first novel 'The Perfect Conspiracy' at the house, it took him 3 months!
What makes this castle unique
This is our family home first and foremost. We go to Tournou as much as our busy schedule allows us. All seasons are great as there are real seasons here. The freedom to roam in the woods above the property, walking in the vineyards, cycling in the country lanes, all this is magical to us. There is total quietness in the evening, you can hear the owl or the wild boars roaming in the vineyards. Carcassonne is nearby with its medieval city but there are also lots of interesting things to do such as exploring the market town of Mirepoix, white water rafting in the local river, swinging from the trees in the adventure parks in Alet les Bains or Lac de Cavayere.
Our keepers are wonderful people, Alison and Duncan can get fresh croissants for breakfast in the morning, babysit the kids if you wish to go to some of the excellent restaurants nearby, provide you with lunch or dinner, housekeeping services. We have a cellar full of wine and champagne, the pool and 'pirate ship' is great for the kids. I could go on forever....
Guestbook comments from the owner
....has been wonderful and a special family time. The weather has been amazing. We have looked forward to this week and we have made some wonderful family memories. Nothing is better than sharing quality time with family in a beautiful setting like Tournou le Haut. We are very grateful to have shared this home. We have enjoyed the grounds....sitting by the pool, enjoying a glass of wine, eating meals and just relaxing.
Our thanks to Alison and Duncan for their help and for assisting us by answering any questions that we had.
As we are leaving today, we will take with us treasured memories of our amazing week.