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Château de Samary, originally built for a 19th century vigneron close to Carcassonne and set in approximately 2.5 ha of parkland which was once a vineyard. The property boasts 600 m2 of living space with beautiful original features including wood floors and lovely ceilings. Outbuildings include a housekeeper’s house with 3 bedrooms and an enormous barn which are due to be renovated. In the early 1900’s the local Government became concerned about local alcohol consumption and after a survey reached the conclusion that the average resident in this part of France was consuming in the region of a litre of wine a day, after which many vineyards were forcibly closed down to limit supply.

Situated conveniently 5 minutes from Carcassonne airport and nearest shops and services, it is extremely well located. The Mediterranean Sea is 45-50 minutes away, by car.

The City of Carcassonne is one of the most visited medieval Cities in the world and coupled with the Canal du Midi, features among France’s most popular tourist destinations outside of Paris.


The history of Vin de Pays d’Oc wines can be traced back to the 5th century when the Greeks planted the first vineyards near Narbonne. Along with parts of Provence, these are considered to be France’s oldest vineyards.

Despite being an important winemaking center for centuries, the region is often considered the “new world” region of France. The region has been undergoing a quality revolution over the last 20 years, particularly since many of its wines became part of the AOC system.

With 740,300 acres of vineyards — approximately one-third of the country’s vineyards and wine production — the region is three times the size of Bordeaux and the world’s largest vineyard area.

Renaissance towns and gothic architecture dot the quiet coastline, ideal for relaxing, which is a vast difference from the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc, considered to be prime hiking territory in the southernmost point of the Massif Central. The area covers more than 1000 square miles of mountains, rivers, lakes, and forests.

Seafood is an essential part of the south of France’s cuisine, with many miles of oyster, mussel, and whelk beds. Meat lovers can enjoy the southwest’s most celebrated dish, cassoulet, which includes haricot beans, sausage, and confit of duck or goose.

The region is known for medium and full-bodied reds, crisp dry rosés, and sparkling white wines, as well as sweet red and white wines. It is home to numerous grape varieties including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. The traditional Rhône grapes of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, and Viognier are also prominent here


The historic town of Carcassonne is in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, 90 kilometres south-east of Toulouse. It is certainly one of the most interesting and impressive medieval towns in the world. Carcassonne has a long and fascinating history dating back to the Cathar Wars in which it played an important role.

It is divided into the fortified Cité de Carcassonne and the more extensive lower city, the ville basse. It is the Cité de Carcassonne that is of interest to visitors. The fortress was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997, and is also a listed National Monument of France.

Due to its position on historical routes across France the location has been occupied for more than 5,000 years, and it has been an important regional centre for 2,500 years. The town was first fortified by the Romans, and given the name Carcaso. After the Romans were driven out, Carcassonne fell into the hands of various invading tribes, and became more fortified and developed, especially after falling into the hands of the powerful Viscount Trencavel.

Later, at the start of the 13th century, the Albigensian Crusade under Simon de Montfort attacked and seized this cathar stronghold, and again more fortifications were added, sufficient to stop Edward the Black Prince from entering Carcassonne during the Hundred Years War.

Subsequently the location and town gained strategic importance because it was on the frontier between France and Spain. This position lost importance after 1659 when the Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed, giving the town and region definitively to France – hence from the 17th century onwards the need for a fortified city passed and Carcassonne became an important regional town.

Carcassonne reached its low point at the middle of the 19th century, when a century of abandon had made it perilously dangerous and the government demanded it be demolished. The buildings within the city were inhabited but in very poor condition. The efforts of the mayor and the ancient monuments inspector had this decision overturned and the restoration of the town began shortly afterwards.

Carcassonne consists of a lower, external defensive wall surrounding a higher wall with many towers, which encloses the ancient town. In the town, in addition to the streets of medieval dwellings, are a cathedral and a chateau as well as a museum that explains the impact and story of the Albigensian crusade.

Commence your visit at the Pont Vieux (Old Bridge) which crosses the River Aude, and was the original entry road to La Cité, the medieval walled town that has witnessed so much of the Languedoc’s bloody history. This crossing gives the visitor one of the best views of the city, so have your cameras at the ready!

From the outside, and some would say from the inside too, its towers and slate roofs make La Cité look as if it’s been transported from a storeroom on the Disney film lot. This is somewhat unfair, but the walls which enclose the Cite were extensively restored in a massive programme of rebuilding which began in 1844, and this does account for its pristine, built-yesterday appearance.

The Pont Vieux takes you onto the Rue Trivalle, a narrow lane lined with ancient houses, some which are now restaurants and antique shops. From there it’s a short walk to the Porte Narbonnaise, the main entrance to La Cité.

Once inside Carcassonne old town you are treated to a maze of winding, cobbled streets, and lots of wide-eyed tourists: la Cite is listed as a World Heritage Site status and it is one of the most-visited sites in Southern France. As a result it is without doubt overcommercialised, with gift shops selling the usual selection of postcards, tea cloths and guidebooks, but there are some chic boutiques, and dozens of restaurants catering for all

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local bars & restaurants

Le Platane
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Au Four Saint-Louis
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Le Billot en Folie
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Le Jardin de l’Estagnol
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La Table du Vatican
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La Rencontre
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local places of interest / activities

Canal Du Midi
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Château de Pennautier
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Carcassonne Food Tour
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Cathars Castles
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Lou Gabaret
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Gouffre de Cabrespine
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Grotte de Limousis
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