Situated in the heart of a typical wine-growing village in the Languedoc region close to the famous medieval city of Carcassonne, and of the Canal du Midi, the "Château of Moussoulens" opens its doors to welcome you for your stay in one of its rural gîtes. Charming surroundings and a relaxing atmosphere await you.
Description of Château de Moussoulens Bed & Breakfast:You will spend many enjoyable moments seated in the delightful courtyard, or under the Japanese pagoda trees or perhaps in the old peacock's courtyard.
In the wooded garden, there are barbecues, children's playground equipment (slides, climbing frames), and garden furniture for you to use.
In the Château - the oldest part of which date from the 12th century - you will find a snooker room, a table football room, gym equipment, a table tennis room, a lounge, and a library.
The apartments have 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, a living-room with T.V., a shower room, a separate toilet and a fitted kitchen (gas cooker, refrigerator, micro-wave, toaster, several have their own washing machine and dishwasher).
A washing machine and drying area are available.
Household linen (bed linen, towels, tea towels) are provided without extra charge in the high season and during school holidays.
Babies' furniture (cot, highchair, baby bath, pushchair, changing mat, etc.) are available on demand.
The are a cycle shed for those of you who want to explore the many mountain bike paths in the area.
Sleeps 4, 75m², on 1st floor of main wing. Open plan living-room + kitchen (oven and micro-wave, refrigerator), T.V., 2 bedrooms (1 double, 2 singles), shower room, separate toilet. Washing machine in laundry area.
Sleeps 7, 90m², on 1st floor of East wing. Living-room (T.V.), kitchen (oven, micro-wave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher), 3 bedrooms on 2 floors (3 doubles - 1 is 1m60 - and 1 single bed), shower room (2 washbasins), separate toilet. Private terrace
Sleeps 5, 60m², West wing, on 3 floors. Kitchen (oven and micro-wave), living-room with sloped ceiling, T.V., 2 bedrooms with sloped ceiling (2 doubles, 1 single), shower room (2 washbasins), separate toilet. Washing machine in laundry area.
Sleeps 6, 90m², on ground floor of East wing. Living-room (T.V.), kitchen (oven, micro-wave, refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher), 2 bedrooms (2 doubles ,2 singles), shower room (2 washbasins), separate toilet. Private terrace.
Sleeps 7, 95m², on 1st floor of East wing. Living-room (T.V.), kitchen (oven, micro-wave, refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher), 3 bedrooms on 2 floors (3 doubles - 1 is 1m60 - and 1 single bed), shower room (2 washbasins), separate toilet. Private terrace.
Sleeps 6, 80m², on 1st floor of main wing. Living-room (T.V.), kitchen (oven, micro-wave, refrigerator), 2 bedrooms (2 doubles, 1 bunkbed), shower room, separate toilet. Washing machine in laundry area.
Sleeps 3, 60m², on ground floor of East wing. Living-room with single bed (T.V.), kitchen (oven, micro-wave, refrigerator), 1 bedroom (1 double), shower room, separate toilet. Private terrace.
Sleeps 5, 80m², on ground floor of main wing. Open plan kitchen (oven, micro-wave, refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher) and living-room (T.V.), 2 bedrooms (1 double + 1 single, 1 bunkbed), shower room, separate toilet. Private terrace.
Attractions:In the surrounding countryside there are tennis courts (free access for the residents), swimming pools and a network of signposted paths. You can discover all the charms of the Cathar country with its vineyards and gastronomical delights as well as the exceptional tourist sites in Aude such as the Canal du Midi, Carcassonne and its medieval city, the Cathar castles, the Cistercian Abbeys, Montolieu Book Village, Brousses paper mill, a deer farm, etc. You can also taste our favourite local produce: wines, honey, "Cabardises", deer pâté, preserves in our wine cellar upon your arrival. The Cabardès region The name comes from the Lords of Cabaret who named the area after the "Châtellerie du Cabardès". The Mediterranean climate, the "garrigue", the castles (Lastours, Saissac, .), the forests and lakes (Saint-Ferréol, Lampy, Laprade, .) are waiting to be discovered on foot or by bicycle. Holm oaks, olive trees, fig trees and cypress trees take you to where the Cabardès joins the Montagne Noire. On your route you will come across the "capitelles" (small shepherd's shelters) built in dry stone, caves (The Cabrespine Grotto, .) and vineyards producing wines for A.O.C. Cabardès, Appellation d'Origine Vent d'Est, Vent d'Ouest. This region was a sanctuary for the Cathars who were searching for purity. They have left us many remains, in particular their fortresses. A.O.C. Cabardès Cabardès is the only label to blend a minimum of 40% of Atlantic grapes - Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc - a minimum of 40% of Mediterranean grapes - Syrah, Grenache - and a maximum of 20% of Cot and Fer Servadou grapes. This particularity makes an original, balanced, harmonious wine with a rich colour. Truffle country The truffle-producing oak trees of Moussoulens were left untouched at one time, but they are now again being harvested and producing high quality truffles. The "Association des Trufficulteurs Audois" and the Chamber of Agriculture of Aude control the quality of the truffles sold at the truffle market in the village. Local events: Last weekend in January (St Vincent): Ampélofolies in Cabardès: truffle and Cabardès wine fair held at Moussoulens. Mid-March: "Printemps du Cabardès" at the "Prieuré d'Aragon". mid-April: Cabardès Literature Prize Giving Ceremony. "Printemps du Livre" (book fair) and judging of the "Montolieu Book Village vintage" . Last weekend of July: Cabardès Festival, Les Juliettes du Cabardès : Latin music and dance A.O.C. Cabardès wine competition , shows and readings. End of September: "Cabardièses", International Piano Festival Last Saturday in October: Musical Grape Picking, a concert with choir in Aragon Church, followed by a wine tasting session of A.O.C. Cabardès wines at the Prieuré. First weekend in November: Chestnut, New Wine and Cathar Country Lamb Festival at Villardonnel. From Easter to September: programme of cultural events organised and presented by Jean-Claude PIROTTE and the Association "Lire en Cabardès". Tourism : Visits: of the Cathar Castle of Saissac, the breeding of hinds at Picarel, the Arboretum of Lampy, the Alzeau in the Black Mountain, the dam of Galaube, the dam of Cammazes, the lake of Saint-Denis, the cave of Cabrespine, the caves of Limousis, the Castles of Lastours, the Abbey of Villelongue, the Abbey of Saint-Papoul, the Peak of Nore, the Village of the Book: Montolieu, la Goutarende: village of the horse, the Eagles of "La Cité", the lake of Cavayère, the Llamas of "la Montagne Noire" at Pradelles Cabardès ... …. and a little farther: Rennes le Château, Limoux: its blanquette and its Carnival, the Principality of Andorra, Narbonne: its Roman way and its beaches, Lake of St Férreol, Durfort village of the copper.... Actividades deportivas : In the village : a tennis court (free access for the tenants), a ground of football circuits MOUNTAIN BIKE marked out buckles of hike In the surroundings: swimming pools, riding schools, karting of Carcassonne (Winkart), the Flying club of Carcassonne (airport of Salvaza), sports of waters, site of climbing, track of motocross (Moto Liberté at Conques), the riding school and the forest acrobatic park "O2" of Cavayère, the pedestrian buckle of the Canal du Midi, the Australian park ... Markets : • Square Carnot in Carcassonne every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays morning • Revel every Saturday morning • Bram every Wednesday in the morning • Castelnaudary every Monday morning • Saissac every Thursday morning
Directions to Château de Moussoulenson peut arriver à Moussoulens :
Par la route : - Autoroute A61, sortie Carcassonne Ouest
- Nationale 113 direction Toulouse
- Départementale 629 direction Saissac/Revel/Montolieu
La maison est sur la place de l'église
(13 km de Carcassonne, 85 km de Toulouse,
Par le train : gare SNCF de Carcassonne.
Par avion : Aéroport de Carcassonne-Salvaza (lignes régulières Ryan Air: Bruxelles, Londres, Dublin, …)
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