Gites in Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon and Cathar Country
Le Clos Sainte Marie Gites lie in the village of Cenne-Monesties in the heart of Cathar country within the Department of Aude in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
These delightful French farmhouse gites are surrounded by sites of historical significance and natural beauty. It was in this region that Catharism spread in the 12th century and which was the focus of a brutal Crusade. The castles, villages and Abbeys of the area all have tales of these events to tell.
Historical Castles Nearby
Carcassonne (28km, 35 mins.)
Peyrepertuse (100km, 1hr 50)
Queribus (53km, 1hr)
Lastours (30km, 40 mins.)
Major Nearby Towns
Toulouse (80km, 1hr)
Albi (83km, 1hr 30)
The medieval City of Carcassonne has had a position of strategic importance for centuries and is a must see site. Other castles nearby also bear the scars of the Crusades.
And of course holy grail hunters will head for the town of Renne-le-Chateau to see the town where Abbot Sauniere was said to have found a treasure and documents '"so important as to change the face of the world'".
From Cenne-Monesties the nearest market town is the charming Bram with it's concentric streets, well worth a visit and there are many lakes to be discovered, such as the 17th century Lake Saint-Ferréol. The Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees Mountains are within reach. So too are the interesting towns of Toulouse and Albi.
Of course the Languedoc-Roussillon has the largest wine production figures in the world and the ideal climate here ensures the Aude region makes the best tasting wine. Why not indulge yourself in a few wine tasting sessions at the local vineyards; Mike can point you in the right direction or try this link which provides information about Aude regional viticulture
Local Market Days
Local fayre is amazingly fresh on the markets and full of charm and real French atmosphere. Why not check a few of them out?
Castelnaudary (20km, 25 mins)
Mirepoix (40km, 45 mins)
Wednesday: Bram (12km, 20 mins) Carcassonne
Thursday: Saissac (7km, 10 mins)
Saturday: Revel (23km, 30 mins) Carcassonne
Le Clos Sainte Marie Gites
Take a look at the wide range of facilities available to guests staying at Le Clos Sainte Marie French gites here »
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