HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled

Holidaymakers searching for holiday rentals in Marseillette also enquired about villas in Ceret, apartments in Carcassonne and apartments in Collioure

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

Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(34 reviews)
avg/night
34
Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(11 reviews)
avg/night
11
avg/night
1
Exceptional! 5/5
(21 reviews)
avg/night
21
Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(10 reviews)
avg/night
10
Exceptional! 5/5
(15 reviews)
avg/night
15
Exceptional! 5/5
(21 reviews)
avg/night
21
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(19 reviews)
avg/night
19
avg/night
Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(26 reviews)
avg/night
26
Exceptional! 5/5
(6 reviews)
avg/night
6
Exceptional! 5/5
(14 reviews)
avg/night
14
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(11 reviews)
avg/night
11
Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
avg/night
4
Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(39 reviews)
avg/night
39
Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
avg/night
4
Very Good! 4.2/5
(9 reviews)
avg/night
9
Exceptional! 5/5
(6 reviews)
avg/night
6
Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(19 reviews)
avg/night
19
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(16 reviews)
avg/night
16
Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(30 reviews)
avg/night
30
Excellent! 4.4/5
(28 reviews)
avg/night
28
Excellent! 4.5/5
(15 reviews)
avg/night
15
Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(20 reviews)
avg/night
20
avg/night
4
Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(17 reviews)
avg/night
17
Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.7/5
(27 reviews)
avg/night
27
Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
Excellent! 4.6/5
(35 reviews)
avg/night
35
Exceptional! 5/5
(5 reviews)
avg/night
5
Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
avg/night
4
Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(32 reviews)
avg/night
32
avg/night
2
Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
Exceptional! 5/5
(33 reviews)
avg/night
33
avg/night
1
avg/night
1
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(6 reviews)
avg/night
6
avg/night
2
avg/night
3
avg/night
2
Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
avg/night
3
Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(28 reviews)
avg/night
28
avg/night
2
Wonderful! 4.8/5
(9 reviews)
avg/night
9
avg/night
3
Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
Wonderful! 4.9/5
(25 reviews)
avg/night
25
avg/night
avg/night
3
avg/night
2
avg/night
4
avg/night
1

Marseillette Holiday Homes & Apartments (300+)

 

Recent Reviews

Lovely apartment

4 of 5
Lovely modern apartment, well furnished and equipped with everything you could need. Only English Channel is Sky News, Irish bar across the road shows football matches. The building the apartment is in badly needs some TLC. When we arrived the hall was full of old newspapers, magazines and bags of rubbish, this was cleared away 5 days later but not sure how long it had been there. The staircase is a steep spiral and would not be suitable for those less able. The apt is in a good location with supermarkets, restaurants and s few shops around, it is about a 20 minute walk to the cite and quite a nice walk. It's only about 5-10 minute walk to Canal de Midi where you can get boat trips for around 9 euros. Overall a lovely apartment and we enjoyed our stay.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

It does exactly what it says on the tin!

5 of 5
Often properties are misrepresented on these sites but, not in this case. This pretty little house IS at the foot of the medieval city and there is direct access only moments away that, depending on your fitness, will have you in that magical place in five minutes or so. The property is large with two generous bedrooms a large and comfortable seating area and all the comforts you could ask for in a holiday location. The centre of the modern Carcassone is also a short walk so this really is a central location. Yet, it is a peaceful spot and quiet at night. There's a grocery and a newsagent a few doors away and I came to feel like a local going down in the morning to collect a baguette and paper and practice my French. Be warned, though, you won't find many people who speak English but, when you make an effort to speak French, they are gracious, friendly and helpful. Go if you like a quiet holiday, history, architecture and an excellent climate. Stay in this house if you want a home-from-home. Thank you Anna and Ian!
  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017