Our cottage is ideal for those who wish to recharge their batteries away from urban stress and pollution, and who want to be in the countryside. Cottage entirely new, realized in June 2008, in the western part of the home of the owners, but totally independent and private. There is only one gite on the property, which is a former coaching inn dating from 1790, built of white stone. The house is surrounded by fields of wheat and sunflowers, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.
The essential, it is in June that the hedge of jasmine is gloriously flowered and perfumed. The long evenings on the terrace will be unforgettable! Enjoy the long hours of sunshine by the pool or in the large garden very well maintained.
Two bedrooms, one king size and the other with two single beds, each with en-suite bathrooms. A very well equipped kitchen with dining / living room with sofa bed and TV. Outside, you benefit from a large covered and sheltered terrace, table and chairs metal, barbecue, and big garden with loungers, table under the trees, ground of balls, splendid sunsets.
The pool, 12x7m, is on the left, in front of the house, where you will often be alone.
A bit of history: this southwestern region was once very prosperous thanks to the production of pastel, which it had almost a monopoly. It is the richness brought by this beautiful blue hue that gave the name of 'Pays de Cocagne' to the Lauragais, the cocagne being a ball formed of dried pastel leaves. The producers and merchants of pastel enriched greatly during this period (1450-1560), hence the current meaning of 'Pays de Cocagne = country of plenty. Witness of this golden age, beautiful homes, mansions and castles.
We are also in Cathar Country, religion which flourishes in these rather nonconformist countries. At the beginning of the 13th century, several crusades were led by Catholic and political authorities seeking to eradicate this 'heresy'. The Cathars and their leaders, the 'Parfaits', took refuge in the 'eagle nests', strongholds perched high in the mountains. In the end, they were all massacred. These Cathar castles have today become magnificent historic sites, in the heart of a wild and romantic countryside.
Hiking: The GR7 and GR653 crossing this region are part of the paths of St Jacques de Compostela in Northern Spain. These two lanes are well suited for walking in summer because they are well shaded. The Lauragais is golden in summer, with its countless fields of wheat and sunflowers. It is particularly pleasant to walk in autumn and spring, when it is less hot and the colors are more contrasted. September and October are very pleasant months in the southwest, hot and dry without being hot.
Many hiking routes pass through the pretty perched villages of the region, such as St Paulet, Montmaur, St Felix Lauragais, etc. The hikes often offer the opportunity to make a restaurant or picnic stop in picturesque corners along the loop course.
More demanding and more physical courses exist of course! The trails are well maintained and well signposted.
Other activities: A very popular area for cyclists. Moreover, the Tour de France passes there every year. If you are not a fan of coastal cycling, there is also the Canal du Midi and its jokes that offer nice flat and shady circuits at the edge of the water.
There are several hook-branches in the area, including the excellent 'Cri de Tarzan' just 20 minutes from the cottage. Very spectacular but very well supervised and very safe, this place is certain to amuse the whole family.
Nearby is 'Hawthorn', a park of quads and go-karts for all ages. In Lavaur, golf with 18 holes and tennis courts everywhere in the vicinity, including Cuq Toulza and Puylaurens.
For lovers of beach and water sports, do not miss the beautiful lake of St Férréol. The Mediterranean beaches are only 1h30 drive away.
You can also rent a small boat and let yourself be carried along the green banks of the Canal de Midi, very refreshing. The numerous locks offer memorable moments to spectators and boatmen alike.