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Aude, Languedoc Roussillon - "Marseillette, Carcassonne and surrounding areas"

Marseillette is a grape growing village in the south Minervois region with an approximate population of 700. It has a Church dating back to the 12 century and of course the famous Canal du Midi flowing right through it. Marseillette has existed since the 10th Century and certain research has shown that it may have existed 2000 years AD in the Bronze Age under the name Villacano. The village was built on the highest piece of land and a fort was made with only 1 entrance which is still there today. There is now a clock tower on what was the first telecommunication structure in the world in the 14th Century.

Marseillette is also famous in the region for it's dried salt water lake (etang). In the 12th Century when it was still a lake, it carried a lot of disease. In the end it was an Irish lady, Madame de Lawless who, in 1804 after agreement from Napoleon, decided to drain the lake. In 1808 with 300 workmen, they dug 3 drainage ditches to remove the water. Because the ground was full of salt, they then had to build more channels and a tunnel to carry water from the River Aude. This is still used today to regulate the water and salt levels in the "etang" . Because of the salt in the ground it prevents any frosts in winter and therefore makes it an ideal place for growing vines, apples and rice.

Marseillette is only 20 minutes away from the Medieval City of Carcassonne where there is a double walled city with 52 turrets. Originally the base of the towers were Roman but after the advances of the invading Muslims in the middle ages and subsequent Crusade against the Albigensians and finally the Hundred Years War meant the fortress was extended and several others in the region erected. Nowadays, many impressive fortresses perched on high rocky cliffs and ancient villages still bear witness to a lost religion of the Cathars. Today, the city is a working city, full of houses, a school, shops, restaurants, hotels and historical sites.

Marseillette is positioned between the River Aude and the Canal du Midi. Only 45 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea, 1 hour from Spain, with the Pyrenees in the distance to the south and the Montagne Noire to the north. It is still a very plush, green area even with it's high summer temperatures which means it's an attractive place to visit all year round. Plenty of activities close to hand, golf, canoeing, horse riding, cycling, walking, bird watching, fishing, adventure parks, swimming, sailing and wind surfing, scuba diving and for something a little more sedate there are several Spa towns offering Thermal waters. You are spoilt in the region for good wines and restaurants. Try the local Cassoulet in winter or fresh Oysters from the nearby Oyster beds.

The Canal du Midi was the brainchild of Paul Riquet in the 17th century. It extends 150 miles (240 kms) with an impressive 350 locks and the towpath is lined with 300 year old trees. For 15 years from 1666, 12,000 men wielded shovels and woven reed baskets to remove the earth. Unfortunately, Paul Riquet died after being ill and exhausted without having seen his life's work completed. You can take a boat ride along the Canal du Midi from nearby Homps, Trebes or in Carcassonne. Just sitting and watching the canal boats navigate their way along the canal is a delight. In Beziers only 30 minutes away there is a set of 9 locks (ecluses). Whatever the age group, you will be able to find interesting and varied things to do. This is not a region just to visit for the summer holidays it can offer so much all year around. Come and experience the Xmas markets or help out with hand picking the grapes in September (vendange) and see the spectacular autumn colours.

Written by Pauline Johnson - Owner of Property 52941 in Marseillette, France

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      LOVELY VILLA GREAT POOL AND NICE VILLAGE

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      GREAT VILLA IN A QUIET LOCATION BUT A GOOD BAR AND SHOP 5 MINS WALK AWAY. PLENTY OF ROOM IN VILLA AND GREAT POOL AND OUTSIDE SPACE .WOULD LOVE TO STAY AGAIN . ONLY NEGATIVE WAS THE GARDEN WAS SADLY NEGLECTED !
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      GREAT HOUSE - FABULOUS POOL - GOOD LOCATION!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is a really well designed, well equipped and comfortable house. The infinity pool, lit at night, is fabulous with gorgeous views to the Pyrenees. The location is well located for exploring the area and especially Carcassonne. Georges and Marie are wonderful hosts and made us and our two dogs very welcome. It is definitely special and can highly recommend.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      A great short break had by all!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The property is just perfect! Exactly as it appears on the website. We were warmly greeted by Carol and her son upon arrival and given a guided tour of the facilities - the pool, the 'honesty' bar, garden, fruit trees, bikes, and a whole other number of bits and bobs. The property had a games console, books and board games for the kids to use - which they did (Haven't laughed as much in ages as when I watched my 8 year old daughter give my husband and son a run for their money at Wii Golf!). The kitchen was very well equipped with appliances and utensils - nothing a miss. Plenty of hot water available throughout the day. Visiting in October provided a mixed bag of weather, so the availability of heating was very handy. The entire property was spotless and the gardens to the rear were very well maintained. The location of the property for us was perfect. Access to the canal by a rear garden gate. From there you can walk into the village and beyond. We utilised the bikes that were freely available and cycled a stretch of the canal, which was easy and good fun - a perfect option with the children. There is a baker in the village and a bar. We used both and found the proprietors friendly. Prior to arrival we had a wonderful fixed menu lunch at L'idiot du Village in Capendu, a few miles away. Would highly recommend it. Lovely local french cuisine, and pleasant hospitality. Highlight of our stay was a day of hands on cooking instruction at 'Canal du Midi Cooking' school a few miles along the road. We had such a great day with our hosts preparing and cooking our 3 course lunch, while meeting new people and sharing stories. All with a few glasses of wine of course! A trip to Bijou would not have been complete without a trip to the old Cite in Carcassonne. Fabulous medieval walled city, with museums, restaurants, bars and shops a plenty. Something for everyone there, including a tree top trail for our kids 5 minutes from there at Lake La Cavayere. All in all a great few days away, in stunning surroundings in a beautiful property with the friendliest and most helpful of hosts. We will definitely be back!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016