South of France Chateau - a magnificent, historic, renovated 16th Century Chateau sleeping 12, minutes from Carcassonne. Fabulous views, modernised interiors, pool and Wi-Fi. Only 15 minutes' drive from Carcassonne airport - ideal for exploring the Cathar Castles, while staying in one!
Our international group of friends had the most amazing time at this very atmospheric Chateau. We enjoyed the tasteful ambience, where modern Zen has been successfully 'married' to a building which is several hundred years old. Aragon is conveniently close to Carcassonne, yet its position in a rural village allowed us to enjoy tranquillity and peace whenever we felt like it. Everybody... read more
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South of France 16th Century Chateau to sleep 12
Flexible arrivals April, May, October and Christmas and New Year weeks.
This 16th century Chateau, in fact dating back to the 12th century, is a real gem.
The new owners have renovated and refurbished the house beautifully in 2006 and have succeeded in striking just the right balance between antique grandeur befitting a Chateau and a fresh breath of modernism.
The Chateau is situated right on the top of a medieval village just a short drive from Carcassonne. It is perfect not only for large groups in the summer, but, with the advent of Ryanair flights to Carcassonne, is also ideal for mid season short-breaks.
South of France Chateau near Carcassonne - sleeps 12
Very spacious living room (90m2) with grand 18th wood-panelled fireplace. All furniture has been made to order in Bali, Indonesia – using the rarest, highest quality wood with simple designs to blend harmoniously with the Château’s character and medieval history.Furniture includes very fine rattan chairs, sofas and day beds. Plenty of sofas and armchairs and stylish coffee tables.
The broad arches, giving on to the garden, have been fitted with glass. Next to the largest arch is the dining table - you can experience many unforgettable dinners at this beautiful one piece exotic wood table that seats twelve. Off the entrance area is a media room (20m2) - for your entertainment and relaxation, with some easy chairs, a sofa, a large flat screen TV.
There is a ground floor wc off the entrance way.
Well-equipped kitchen (20m2). French-windows lead out to the courtyard garden. Large gas range, oven, dish washer, large granite counter tops as well as plenty of cabinet space and double doorways for easy access to the dining room and the garden.
All the three bedrooms on this floor are large and exquisitely furnished with specially manufactured furniture in exotic dark wood and also have ensuite bathrooms.
The first bedroom 'Aleron', has a double bed and an en suite.
The second bedroom, 'Alzais', has a double bed and an en suite.
The third, the master bedroom, 'Aragon', is tremendously spacious (32m2), has a king-sized be, as well as a cot and an en suite.
All three bedrooms have French windows which lead out onto a south-facing balcony with a stone balustrade (young children should be surveyed).
On a clear day, one can see the snow-capped Pyrenees in the distance. From the corridor one looks down on the garden and swimming pool.
Second Floor: A further three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The first room, 'Elzear', which has twin beds, and the second room with a double bed, 'Effent', share an inter-connecting bathroom with separate wc. The third bedroom, 'Mabilia', also with a double bed, has its own en suite bathroom.
Large fridge freezer
Gas cooker with extraction fan
2 baby cots and 2 high chairs available
Satellite-TV (French satellite, so a few English-language channels like CNN)
Video and radio
BBQ in the garden
Both the living-dining room and the kitchen lead out to the small garden (approx 250m2).
There is a flagstone terrace with large dining table and a smaller stone table. Some wonderful alfresco dinners may be enjoyed looking at the splendid views beyond the wall of the courtyard which opens up into a vista of hilly vineyards beyond. The Zen-like garden evokes the atmosphere of the past, from the 800 years old château walls to the 12th century original gargoyles. The garden also comes with a raised stone pool surrounded by beautiful foliage, an abundance of flowers and sculptures that will have you awestruck.
Two steps lead up to a lawn area by the stone pool with pool chairs. The 'ruined historic wall' provides a most dramatic backdrop to the blue of the pool, especially when lit up at night.
The Château's past so rich in history is somehow symbolised by this magnificent edifice; the high wall, an original from the 12th century, overlooking the interior garden is like a screen which conjures up stories of all ages. Once part of the Château’s interior structure, the wall is a stone mosaic echoing passed lives and heroic acts. It carries ample traces of the successive modifications in the structure of the Château with the shapes of windows, openings, lintels and arches leaving an impression of seemingly hazardous architectural evolution of the Château.
The wall has silently witnessed lives and events over 800 years like a painting recounting the chronology of changes now inviting our free interpretation.
Two steps lead up to a lawned area by the kitchen and the 5m x 3m swimming pool. The pool is slightly raised with stone-faced sides and has an alarm.
Comfortable sun loungers and garden furniture provided.
Car parking is close by.
The medieval village of Aragon is appx 10km north of Carcassonne, at the foot of the "Montagnes Noires". On a clear day one can see the snow-capped Pyrenees to the south.
There is a restaurant and also a café/bar in the village apprx 100m from the château. (There are two other restaurants within apprx 5 minutes drive and many more around Carcassonne).
A bread van comes to the village everyday in summer; a grocer's van, and butcher's van also come to the village, but not every day.
Bike hire is available in the town.
Carcassonne apprx 10km. The Citadelle is the largest fortified town in Western Europe. It has seen more than its fair share of battles: Simon de Montfort, the Cathars and later the Dukes of Toulouse all fought for control of this stronghold.
The so-called "new town" of Carcassonne, much of it 17th and 18th century, also has an old-world charm (plenty of fine restaurants, and all other services).
There is a golf course at Carcassonne.
Within apprx 10km:
The Cathar castle of Lastours and the Cistercian Abbey of Villelongue and the famous Canal du Midi. Horseriding is available apprx 20km from Aragon.
There are lakes and parks both to the north and south of Aragon, all within 30km, including Lac de Cavayere where there is a beach and water based activities.
Excellent wineries within half an hour's drive:
Minervois to the North East, Limoux to the South (where they say sparkling wine was produced before those of Champagne), and Corbieres to the south-east. Narbonne apprx 65km, famous for its cathedral and excellent market on a Thursday.
Mediterranean beaches apprx 80km. (About an hour, using the Autoroute).
Local Activities for Familes:-
Le Moulin - Papier de brousses - great for children
Chateau Chalabre - Medieval theme park
Le Musee des Dinosaures, Esperaza - in upper Aude Valley www.dinosauria.org
For more information about this region, please refer to our Languedoc Regional Guide
For information on reaching Languedoc, please refer to our South France Travel Information Guide
Carcassonne - apprx 15 minute drive (Ryanair to Stansted, East Midlands, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Cork and Dublin).
Beziers airport 90km apprx
Ryanair Bristol, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh
Toulouse airport 100km apprx
(British Airways, EasyJet)
Perpignan airport 160km apprx
(Ryanair Stanstead, Birmingham, Flybe to Southampton or BMI Baby to Manchester).
Montpellier airport - 180 apprx km
Ryanair to Stansted and Leeds/Bradford, Birmingham, Easyjet to Gatwick and Luton
Nimes apprx 195km
(Ryanair Stansted, Liverpool, Luton and East Midlands).
Girona (Spain) apprx 2 hours (Ryanair to various UK airports).
Avignon apprx 220km (Jet2, Flybe, Air France and British Airways Heathrow).
Marseille apprx 240km
(Ryanair, Jet2, Easyjet Gatwick, Air France; Heathrow & Gatwick, British Airways).
South of France by Rail:
Paris to Carcassonne is 5,30 hrs by TGV (Train Grande Vitesse).
South of France by Road:
apprx 870 km south of Paris (about 7.20 hours drive non-stop).
Situated in the medieval village of Aragon there is a restaurant and café in the village with a bread van, grocer van and butcher van making deliveries on different days of the week in summer.
A pharmacy and another cafe-bar can be found apprx 4km away.
There is a bakery, grocer and Leclerc supermarket apprx 7km from Aragon.
Apprx 10km in Carcassonne try les Halles covered market to experience buying your provisions amongst the local people.
Why not try the freshly made meals next to Place Carnot which has the best outdoor cafes and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings until 12.00 midday it turns into an open market for local farmers.
Other places of interest :
apprx 10km Citadelle of Carcassonne a UNESCO World Heritage site.
apprx half an hour NE to Minervois,
South to Limoux and their famous sparkling wines and SE to Corbieres, apprx 65km to Narbonne and appx 80km to the Mediterranean beaches.
Aragon History - Cathar Traces
Aragon is the name of one of the Christian Royalties which shared the rule over the Iberian peninsular from the 9th to 13th Century. The first Aragon family lineage to occupy the village and construct a fortified Château during the 12th century was Roger Guilhem d’Aragon, cousin of the Hispanic King of Aragon. His four daughters can be imagined singing chants at the windows of the Château’s garden wall.
During the 12th Century the Roman Catholic Church decided to eradicate the Cathar faith considered to be a heretic and deviant form of Christianity. The Cathar Crusade, named also the “Croisade des Albigeois”, was initiated by the Pope Innocent III, in agreement with the King of France (one can wonder about the confusion of Christian and strategic considerations, but that is another story). The dark and cruel Simon de Montfort led the royal forces, up to the most inaccessible hideouts in the region and hunted down and burnt all known Cathar ‘parfaits’ who refused the luxury of the Roman Catholic faith. The Lord of Aragon offered a home to several Cathar priests at the end of the 12th Century to protect them from the terror of the Royal Army. In 1126, as recompense for his loyal services, the Viscount Trencavel honored the Lord of Aragon with the guardianship of a tower of the Cité of Carcassonne. Aragon’s Château, during the 800 years since the construction of its original elements, has been the theater of numerous conflicts, battles and jealousies. Without the ownership or military domination of the Château, the population would not be subordinated and the economic and military domination of the surrounding lands would not be secured.
It is around this time, during the 12th and 13th Centuries, that the Troubadours developed the poetic art of courtly love songs, inspired by the heroic values of chivalry in the southern regions of France speaking the ‘langue d’oc’ language. Three well known Troubadours came from the Spanish Aragon Royal lineage, Alphonse II d’Aragon, Jacques II d’Aragon and Pierre III d’Aragon. Raimon de Miraval, who originated from the Cabardès area is one of the best known Troubadours.
During the Wars of Religion, twice, in 1580 and 1588, Huguenot knights took over the Château until it was reclaimed by the Viscount of Turenne, a Catholic Royalist. The entire village then came under the ownership of the King Louis IX. The Château, largely restyled and rebuilt as a residence was later sold to a rich textile merchant. Six “Royal” manufactures in surrounding villages played an important role in the local economy from the beginning of the 17th Century over a period of 150 years.
During the revolution, the owner, the Count of Bancalis, a monarchist, was expelled from the Château. As the causes and ruling classes have changed, the Château d’Aragon has remained the symbol of all conflicts over the ages.
Today the Château is at last peaceful, a superb residence in which traces of the past harmoniously blend with the interior design and modern comfort.
Our international group of friends had the most amazing time at this very atmospheric Chateau. We enjoyed the tasteful ambience, where modern Zen has been successfully 'married' to a building which is several hundred years old. Aragon is conveniently close to Carcassonne, yet its position in a rural village allowed us to enjoy tranquillity and peace whenever we felt like it. Everybody was friendly and exceptionally helpful: The agency South France Villas, the local keyholder Anne, and the villagers were a delight to talk to. We recommend this place highly to everybody who is looking for a luxurious yet relaxed holiday. Sonja, South France Villas Client, September 2016
From the Guest Book: We had a fantastic week of laughing, making memories, touring fun places and eating/drinking FAR TOO MUCH amazing local products. Thank you for sharing the Chateau and the village with us. Going home satisfied and relaxed a bientot. Mike, Kirsten, Kiana, Aiden, Terry and Gerry, Pat, Norm, Renee, Wilson, Mike, Sandra, August 2013 Thank you for a lovely week at the Chateau.The whole family gathered here (7 adults, 4 children) to celebrate a 40th Wedding Anniversay and it was a trip to be remembered. The Chateau itself was the perfect space for a large group - lots of room to spread out but yet accommodated meals and time together. The kids enjoyed the pool and the garden.We got croissants most mornings and had a lovely meal (wine & food pairings) at Le Bergerie. The rest of our dinners were prepared for us by the cooks we engaged and were absolutely great! We had fun exploring what the area had to offer and had a lovely time spending time with family. Many thanks for a wonderful week.The Egsgard family, March, 2013
From the Guest Book:- We are home from our holiday and just wanted to express our gratitude to you for allowing us to share your beautiful Chateau. It was truly a marvellous experience and a month we will never forget. We miss the it, the village life and the wonderful ambience that belongs to the Chateau. As you know we had about 30 friends and family join us over the 4 weeks with a new group coming in each Saturday. This was a truly special time for all of us to explore the area, cook the local cuisine and be part of the village community. There were so many highlights, but we will always remember Sebastian as we made our daily vigil to his shop for croissants in the morning and beers in the late afternoon before dinner. We walked the many trails surrounding the village and just loved the wildflowers and our very own babbling brook. But I think it was the way the local villagers treated us that made it truly memorable. Everyday the locals would greet us and talk about - well Im not sure what - but the languange barrier did not stop them chatting to us every day. The staff at Le Bergerie were amazing and each week they supplied the most amazing dining experience for our guests. Quite a treat to have such a first class restaurant. So thank you - thank you! The time was beyond expectations and provided us with our once in a lifetime French experience that will never be forgotton! Warm regards, Patricia Wilkinson, July 2012
We have spend a very special week in your beatiful Chateau -- surrounded by the beautiful Languedoc -Roussillon - a beautiful memories for our family. We were 4 Portugese , 5 English , 1 Dutch ,1 German , and we all loved spending our holidays in the Chateau. We would recommend this place to everyone. From the Guest Book:-
|From||Until||Rate Type||Weekly Rate||Minimum Stay|
|20th Oct 2018||8th Dec 2018||Not Available||-||7 nights|
|8th Dec 2018||29th Dec 2018||High||€4,000||7 nights|
|29th Dec 2018||30th Mar 2019||Not Available||-||7 nights|
|30th Mar 2019||13th Apr 2019||Winter||€3,000||7 nights|
|13th Apr 2019||27th Apr 2019||Low||€3,500||7 nights|
|27th Apr 2019||18th May 2019||Winter||€3,000||7 nights|
|18th May 2019||15th Jun 2019||Middle||€3,700||7 nights|
|15th Jun 2019||13th Jul 2019||High||€4,200||7 nights|
|13th Jul 2019||7th Sep 2019||Peak||€4,700||7 nights|
|7th Sep 2019||5th Oct 2019||Low||€3,500||7 nights|
|5th Oct 2019||2nd Nov 2019||Winter||€3,000||7 nights|
|2nd Nov 2019||21st Dec 2019||Not Available||-||7 nights|
|21st Dec 2019||31st Dec 2019||Other||€4,000||7 nights|