|Domaine du Moment||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||1||Baby bed upon request|
Our 88 M2 lodge has it's own independent access and private garden.
On it's shaded terrace (southern exposure) there is a table set for 6 or more and barbecue area. Set on one level only; there are 2 bedrooms, one bathroom with shower and toilet, and a living area with a fully equipped kitchen and featuring a comfy log fire burner. You have access to the historical park garden, featuring the great and large pool (7x14m and halfway almost 2m deep) and many lounge area's under the 100 year old pine trees.
Fully equipped kitchen for 5 to 6 people with cooker, oven, dishwasher, coffee-machine, toaster, fridge etc. We even offer you clean towels for the kitchen.
There is a table and 5 chairs, woodlog burner for half season and a lounge area.
There are in total 2 bedrooms; the master bedroom with large 180x 2m double bed, one sleeping room with 2 90x 2m single beds, a third bed can be added upon request.
Our bedding comes from Northern Europe and are quite large, even for Dutch people. We have been complimented for our beds.
Comfortable bathroom with shower, hand wash basin and wc
Basic central heating and woodlog burner
Books, pool, dvds
Outside dining table and chairs
Free parking in the village
Globe trotters, originally from Amsterdam, we have been around before settling down in this peaceful, heartshaped little village. We wanted to create this guesthome to receive people from around the world this time. Domaine du Moment: feel at home!
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Angulus ridet; this little piece of earth smiled at us. We knew immediately; this is the place where we will spend a moment of time. The house is over 200 years old and used to be a doctors residency for a long time. It has a central spot in the tiny, quiet, village and yet close by so many great places to visite. Near to Castelnaudary with it's Canal du Midi, great to cycle on or hire a boat. Near to Revel with it's seductive open air Saturday market. Near to the ancient town of Carcassonne, or to vibrant Toulouse, the Cathar castle area. Soupex is nested in the heart of the Lauragais area, known for it's rolling hills and far away views.|
|Unique benefits of property||We are brocante and flea market lovers and renovated the house by using old materials but kept most of the original features. Yet we added modern comfort, great comfortable beds, and almost every bedroom has it's own bathroom. There are 2 lodges on the property; the 2 bedroom family lodge with own terrace and the 4 bedroom/4 bathroom lodge that has 2 terraces. Both lodges have access to our fantastic private park garden with old trees and stunning views on the countryside and sometimes the mountains. In the park is our large 4.5m x 13 m pool, particularly loved by all the children that visited our property.|
Added to the World Heritage collection in 1996, the 17th century Canal du Midi and it's less known pretty little sister 'La Rigole' both offer numerous possibilities to cycle, hike or float on in summer.
Featuring stunning sites such as the Pas de Naurouze at 9 minutes from our house, or the lake St Ferreol, only a 15 min drive where you can swim or visit the Canal du Midi's museum, well worth a visit!
Fantastic vibrant food market on the medieval square in the centre of Revel. Here you can taste oysters while sipping your glass of local Cabardès wine, buy the locally grown asparagus in season, have a choice of Tarn cut meat and cheese, it is all about local, seasonal and fresh! Or just have a cup of coffee on the square and enjoy viewing the French at their best: getting together around food!
Every Monday morning of the week on the square Castelnaudary proposes a nice little food market. In the shade of the plane trees, you have a choice of locally produced vegetables, meat, cheese from the Aude area and even icecreams! It is a no nonsense and very pleasant market.
Please visit this little nice bistro with it's terrace on the Canal. It is a 7 min drive from the house. Here they serve simple, unpretentious food, with great local wines from the Aude region and for great value. Test the home made fries!
Only a 10 min drive from the house and 500m from the Canal du Midi's highest point 'Le Pas de Naurouze', the spot itself is worth a stroll. Then try the homemade cassoulet, local dish, or more sophisticated dishes. Good value. Good service. Recommended for a test!
First see Carcassonne then .... exceptionally well preserved, the medieval town, allthough it can be extremely busy in summer time is really worth the visit. A couple of nice restaurants such as the Pennautier Castle just outside the town with a great terrace or in the medieval part itself the 'La Barbacane' has just received 1 Michelin star. We love to go for lunch there, must be reserved. But the 'glance from the past' styled restaurant is so much worth it. Also check the festival the Carcassonne website featuring the program off events that take place in this exceptional setting in summer time.
Even if there are a couple of chateau cathar that can be viewed, we particilarly like the chateau de Montsegur. For it's mystical ambiance, it's obligatory slightly sportif approach, and the final reward: sit on it's medieval walls, contemplate the pyrenees from there and have a thought about the village live that took place so many centuries ago. Can be combined with a trip to the Mirepoix market on monday mornings.
Toulouse, la Ville rose (the pink city) is a nice day trip. We actually recommend to take the little train from Castelnaudary, the city center is a 10 mn walk from the Toulouse Matabiau station and no parking problems, although the town is well organised in matter of underground parking spaces and if you take the car you could considering visiting the Space museum, not cheap but very interesting for all ages. If not there is the Musee des Augustins, an abbey proposing 20th century masterpieces right in the middle of town. But you can limit yourself to stroll around and go with the flow, see where you end up! Toulouse is still one of my favorite French towns, because if it's young crowd and yet pretty ancient buildings made of the characteristic red bricks.
We love to walk and there are many possibilities, even around Soupex from the house there is a walk along the Canal de la Rigole, with it's magnificient views from under the plane trees. But the Montagne Noire, a small mountainous area at 15 min distance proposes many nice hikes, from 1 hour around the Lake Saint Ferréol (followed by a swim in the same lake?) to several hours with level differences. We have information for you at home and PéPé, who used to mountaineer in the Alps, can help you find your suitable walk, easy or sportif, shade or sun, views or wood...
In Revel, between the lake of St Ferreol, itself worth a visit, in 1 hour you can walk around the lake, there is the little restaurant 'Atelier M' we recommend. Good value, traditional but also more adventurous dishes and very sympathetic service.