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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

Exactly as lovely as it looks

5 of 5
This is a lovely, good-sized property in great condition with a well appointed kitchen - huge fridge, coffee machine, and all the utensils you will need. The pool is a further away from the house and is also bigger than it looks online. Our teenage kids spent most of their time in the pool, but there was also plenty of space to play badmington and frisbee - the garden is huge. The property is located up in the hills above the plains where Carcassonne is located. We did the big shopping there and then topped up on bread locally day to day. The boulangerie in Montelieu was open on Sunday but not Monday. The house is remote and peaceful - part of its appeal for us. It was really hot so we didn't walk as much as we thought we would! The beds were comfy and we slept well when we weren't out looking at all the stars we could see in the pitch black nights. The property has good wifi and British TV for evening entertainment. We felt quite at home and had a wonderful time.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Brilliant appartment in an excellent location

5 of 5
We had an excellent stay in Carcasonne made possible by this excellent appartment The equipment in this venue was first rate and it was very spacious and would easily accommodate a larger group Parking in front was a huge bonus as it was quite a busy little road due to its awesome location so close to the cite Loads of bars and restaurants close by and that's without walking up to the fort Only two minor gripes.....the bath I'd have preferred a good shower and unfortunately they are renovating next door so we had a bit of noise However I would not hesitate to go again
  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017