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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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                                                                                                    3 generations of family arrived for a 1 week holiday. All 16 of us.We booked both houses. We had a marvelous time with walks into Trebes, drinks along the canal and the odd dinner. Many wonderful side trips to Carcasonne and the Cathar castles as well as touring the local wineries. Narbonne was close by and is a gem. We watch much football in the pool house during the Euro cup. Tomas and his father were very gracious with tours of the estate and orchards and plans to re-establish the winery. What a great place for a reunion! We hope to return. BA British Columbia Canada
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                                                                                                    We came to Montlaur last September, with our border collie, to stay at L' Ecurie for 10months. We wanted to 'immerse' in the French culture, village life and hopefully improve our very basic French ! We found the gite extremely comfortable, spacious and homely with the added bonus of a lovely garden area. With the help of a Peter and Felicity we have joined the Montlaurian society for their many ' repas and dancing ' events and Abribus society for the rambling group and also Occitan singing ! We have found the locals to be very friendly and helpful with our struggling french and we were even invited to join in ' hand picking ' the grapes at harvest time which was brilliant fun and included a very french picnic along with lashings of red wine ! The garrigue, which is the surrounding countryside, is amazing and full of tracks between the vines which make it perfect for walking and cycling. The flowers in the spring will be stunning. We would wholeheartedly recommend L'Ecurie for a perfect French holiday and Peter and Felicity are the perfect hosts .
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                                                                                                    An immaculate and stylish cottage

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                                                                                                    A short drive from Bezier airport, Canal Cottage commands the best position in the small village of Marseillette overlooking a canal lock. It is a smart and chic house that easily accommodated us and our two teenage children and the pool was a must after a day at the beach, sightseeing or just simply having a lazy day with a good book. Ann-Marie and Adrian were excellent hosts and made sure that our stay was comfortable as well as being a font of local knowledge. It was our first visit to the area and the cottage was a great location for visiting Carcassonne, the beach or simply walking and cycling along the canal. My favourite memories however were just driving through the vineyards and into the mountains and finding a host of hamlets and villages steeped in history and with the obligatory family owned restaurants and bars where you could enjoy memorable meals and just soak it all in!
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                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016