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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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                                                                                                      Better than we could ever have dreamed of - perfect.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The apartment was more spacious than we had imagined from the photos. It was all clean; modern and very easy to keep clean. Attention had been paid to every detail, from local maps and rucksack and flasks to appliance instructions and books and board games. The meeting at the beginning and end was prompt and easy. We cooked our meals in the apartment, for which all utensils were supplied. The apartment was overlooking Place Carnot, and it was so easy to pop out into the market for fresh bread and fruit before breakfast. We were not however disturbed by any noise at night from the popular square. We were wanting to walk in the foothills of the Pyrenees as well as local walks. There were plenty of walks behind the chateau, out across the vineyard, with breathtaking views of the chateau and the mountains, but it was also an easy bus or train ride towards Quillan, where there were plenty of circular walks, and the Cathar trail up into the mountains. We would certainly recommend this to anyone wishing to explore the area. Thank you very much Andrea for making us so welcome in your home.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2017

                                                                                                      What a view.

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                                                                                                      Stayed here as a family of 5 in late October. From the first point of contact with Andrea the communication has been excellent. The house is a charming French abode with the most amazing terrace and views. Originally we wanted to stay in Centre Carcassonne but I am so glad we didn't. This house is perfect for exploring the area and there is so much to do, we visited Mirepoix for the Monday Market, LaGrasse, Narbonne and Carcassonne. The house is centrally located for visiting all of these places. We went to the bolangerie every morning to get our croissants which we were able to eat on the terrace to make the most of the view. The house is so well equipped and Andrea really has thought of everything even down to a decent hairdryer and basket of toiletries. We ate out every lunchtime when exploring the area and then made the most of playing cards, eating bread and cheese and enjoying local wine back at the house in the evenings. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening stroll taking in a circular route by the canal as recommended by Andrea. If you are thinking about booking this house then do so before word gets out how good it is.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2017