The Chateau is furnished with custom Balinese furniture created to blend with its distinct Medieval character. The grand salon, on the ground floor, has an 18th century wood-panelled fireplace with a long 12-seat dining table. Floor-to-ceiling glassed arched windows overlook the Zen-like courtyard with original gargoyles. A fully-equipped kitchen with double doorways provides easy access to the courtyard and a magical experience, dining by the illuminated raised stone pool. On the 1st level floor, there are 3 en-suite bedrooms, all with floor-to-ceiling
French doors leading to the front terrace, a perfect spot for breakfast. On a clear day, guests enjoy an unobstructed view of the Pyrenees 100 km away and magnificent Mediterranean sunrise or sunset. On the 2nd level floor, 2 bedrooms share an inter-connected full bath and the 3rd bedroom has a full en-suite bathroom.
Languedoc-Roussillon: The Languedoc-Roussillon is a triangle which spreads from Nîmes to the north, Perpignan to the south and Toulouse to the west. The Mediterranean landscapes are bathed in sun and freshened by the two dominant winds, the Cers and the Marin. The vineyards, cultivated from the dry stony heath land called Garrigue, can be seen with neat parallel rows of vines throughout the region which continue to the banks of the Midi Canal in the plains. The region’s wines are soft and complex due to the regular ripening of the grapes produced by the hot sun and the cool air from the Montagne Noire.
The Languedoc has always been a region of exchange and creation, occupied successively by Celts, Maurs, Greeks, Romans and Visigoths.
The Aude Department, Cathar Country: The village of Aragon is under the Aude department within the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Aude represents an extraordinary countryside that includes the Mediterranean coastline to the Pyrenees, and the dry heath land of the garrigues to the Black Mountain pastures. The parallel lines formed by the vines of vineyards compose a visually striking landscape covering the diverse terrain: the plains, the river valleys, the stony chalk hillsides of the Montagne Noire, and the dry red soils of the Corbières. Imposing medieval castles are an important element in the local past and culture. Ten or so ‘Cathar’ castles, also known as the ‘vertiginous citadels’ were built high up on rocky summits to be as inaccessible as possible.
Cabardès, East Wind, West Wind: Two winds blow alternately here, the Cers, a cold dry wind from the north-west and the Marin, warm humid blusters from the Mediterranean sea. The Cabardès was once the land of the Lords of Cabaret, the previous name for the village of Lastours, overlooked by the four medieval fortified towers. The area includes the south facing slopes of the Montagne Noire and the area north of the Cité of Carcassonne. In the Cabardès, the eye turns naturally towards the north to the Pic de Nord, the summit (1211 meters) of Montagne Noire. The rounded dark curves are a distinctive viewpoint and a dominant landmark. When the weather is clear in the Cabardès, one can see across the south valley towards the craggy horizon of the Pyrenees mountains. The Pyrenees is a natural grey during the summer and crystal white in the winter, a vista of incomparable beauty. When the wind, the rain and the Mediterranean sun come together in the right way, rainbows appear so often, its called, 'rainbow country'.
thank you so much for a marvelous location to celebrate our shared
50th birthdays with friends + FAMILY .
We explored the beautiful region with Windy Gedney + enjoy dinners by Peter Woodstock + his wife , Deborah . Amazing !
Merci beaucoup !
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The number and diversity of sites to visit within an area of 60 kms surrounding Aragon is exceptional. First and foremost, 2 major UNESCO listed sites of Universal Heritage are within 15 minutes of Aragon.
1)Cité de Carcassonne, a gigantic fortified town restored to its original lustre.
2)Canal du Midi, a pluvial link between the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean built during
the XVII century by Pierre Paul Riquet, the complexity of which defies imagination.
Rich with medieval churches: Cistercian Abbeys of Caunes Minervois, Fontfroide & Villelongue.
Paper mill at Brousses is perfect for children!
Book village of Montolieu is a rare book collector's delight. Must explore Cathar castles: Lastours, Peyrepertuse, Puylaurens, Quéribus, Arques & Monségur.
Narbonne and its Gallo-Roman remains.
Roussillon, Collioure and Banyuls, Ceret and it's Museum of Modern Art,
Mediterranean beaches, the Pyrenees, and Mont Canigou and endless vineyards.
Golf: Located at the foot of the medieval city since 1988, the Carcassonne Golf offers fans a panoramic view over the Pyrenees and the Montagne Noire. This journey to all 18 holes is quite unique giving the natural configuration of the site. It spreads over almost 5800 meters of undulating fairways. It is accessible to all, 12 months a year.
The tranquility of the area, scarcely disturbed by the passage of some curious squirrels and rabbits, should not obscure the fact that this par 71 has rather fast greens and some spectacular holes i.e. the infamous No. 1 or the impressive No. 9 Par 3 which challenges golfers with its descent of 110 meters. The driving range is open every day of the week, it has 15 seats with 9 covered, and a grass driving range, putting green.
Ski: Eastern Pyrenees ski resorts are less than 100 k from Carcassonne including Font Romeu, Les Angles, Andorra and Ax-les-Thermes and the closest, Camurac. As an example, Camurac combines a charming mountain village with the practice of sport, while preserving its environment. It is a family resort with 11 trails, 3 lifts, ski school ESI, starting with telecord space, garden and snow tobogganing. Skiing and snow shoeing with 2 tracks north. Suggested activities: downhill skiing & cross country; Equipment and services on site:
Ski Resort of Camurac