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Having enjoyed a brilliant fortnight last Summer we promised ourselves that we would return and we weren't disappointed.
Felicity and Martin welcomed us in the wonderful way with a lovely spread of fresh, local produce, home made jam and immaculately presented accommodation.
We took the opportunity to return to previously enjoyed locations such as the peaceful mountain lake at Pradelles and family orientated, yet relaxing lake at Les Montagnes; medieval Hautpoul ( worth the climb for the views ) and river-boating at Castres. Charming Mazamet has changed little and we revisited the lovely tea room 'Aux Saveurs del'Autan' and newly opened Mets & Plaisirs restaurant for quality food and wine at very reasonable price. Along with the regular market days, a first for us was The 'Producteurs' market on a Monday evening. Many local food and wine producers bring their wares to the Square and you're invited to buy and enjoy your purchases including freshly cooked trout and baked camembert on the previously set out tables and chairs. It's a wonderful atmosphere!
There's always something of interest going on in and around the town - the Fireworks on the lake celebrating Bastille Day; the town as a Stage point on the Region's three day Car Rally and this year the thrill of the Tour De France passing through and onwards and upwards to the Pic de Nore on their way to Carcassonne.
So whether it's all of the above, cycling on the disused railway path, mountain walking among the forests or just enjoying some rest and relaxation, the Gite Wisteria is the perfect place to stay.
Good accommodation 15 mins from Carcassonne. Lots of things to do in the area and we did a bit of cycling along the canal midi which is nearby. The beach is about 1 hour away. Nice pool which is shared with the other gite- when we were there we mostly had the pool to ourselves but potentially if both gites full it could get quite busy.
Martin and his family were very friendly and helpful.
My only issue was the payment method as it has to be done via an international payment which costs £10 each time (once for deposit and again for final payment). I also lost out on some of the deposit as it is repaid via international transfer so you do not end up with the full amount. I'm sure this could be easily fixed if payment could be made through the website or on PayPal.
Overall we had a lovely holiday here and would recommend to others
Thank you Martin