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Domaine de Tourreille:


Halfway between the Lauragais plain and the Malepre hills, Domaine de Tourreille was first built in the XIXth century by a retired general of Napoleon's Guards who made it his home, and was later turned into a vineyard estate.



It is subject to two prevailing winds: the vent d'autan or vent marin (sea wind) and the vent de cers bringing rain. Pastel (also known as Lauragais grass) was grown here in the XVth and XVIth centuries and used for dyeing wool cloth creating great wealth for the merchants of Toulouse and Albi.





Leisure activities :

Tennis : 2 km
Golf (18-hole) : 15 km
Horse-riding : 2 km
Sailing : 20 km
Swimming : on the spot
Fishing : 3 km
Skiing : 80 km
Mediterranean : 70 km
Canoe/kayak : 30 km





Transports:

Aroport (Carcassonne-Salvaza) : 17 km ; (Toulouse-Blagnac) : 90 minutes

Gare (Carcassonne) : 17 km

Autoroute A61 : 5 km







Shopping:

Montral : 2 minutes
Bram: 2 minutes
Carcassonne: 10 minutes

Restaurants / Cellars

Auberge du Vieux Puits Fontjoncouse (Michelin 3 stars) 30 minutes away; one 2 stars (Le Parc) and two 1 star restaurants (Domaine d'Auriac & La Barbacane) in Carcassonne; La Bergerie in Aragon (1 star) at 20 minutes; Le Puits du Trsor in Lastours (1 star) at 30 minutes; La Table St Crescent (1 star) in Narbonne at 45 minutes; Le Chteau de la Pomarde (1 star) at 15 minutes.
Local specialities include cassoulet (Castelnaudary) 15 minutes, and foie gras.

Among the cellars of the Malepre area where tasting is possible, we recommend: Maison des Terroirs in Alaigne (5 minutes), Domaine Le Fort in Montral; Chteau de Robert in Villesiscle (5 minutes); Domaine La Sapinire in Carcassonne (15 minutes).


Montral:

Just 1,5 km away, Montral sits on top of a hill, dominated by its magnificent stately collgiale church.
A stopping place for the first christians coming from Narbonne, for the Arabs in 720, for the cathar community just before the Albigensian Crusade in 1250, for the english plunderers of the Black Prince in 1355 and for Wellington's army in 1814, today's Montral is a thriving village of 2000 inhabitants tempered by Mediterranean influence. The Path to Santiago de Compostela runs through Montral. St Dominic's Abbey, 5 minutes away, is also worth seeing.


Montral and its Collgiale

St Dominic's Abbey

Carcassonne:

Just 15 km away, the famous Walled City of Carcassonne was successively a prehistoric site, a Gallo-Roman city, a Visigoth stronghold, the seat of feudal counts, then viscounts, and finally a royal seneschal seat. Every one of these stages, between the Roman period and the end of the Middle Ages, has left its imprint on its architecture. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, the Cit is now an important place of interest with more than 2 million visitors every year.


July 14th fireworks

The Canal du Midi:

Three minutes from the house, Paul Riquet's Canal du Midi was opened under the reign of Louis XIV and it is a link between the Garonne Valley and the Mediterranean. Since 1996 it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nowadays it is a tourist attraction with cabin cruisers for hire, restaurant-boats and river-trips.  It is open to navigation from the third Saturday of March until the first week of November. Outside this period, private navigation can be authorized on request.

The Mediterranean:

Less than one hour away by car, the beaches of Narbonne and Gruissan offer a variety of water sports.

Gruissan's marina

Mountains:

Also less than one hour away, the ski resorts of Ax les Thermes, Camurac, etc. offer a wide variety of winter activities: downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, etc.




The Malepre:

The house is surrounded by the wooded hills of the Malepre, with countless opportunities for hiking, pony trekking or mountain bike rides. Many foot-paths will lead you to the discovery of the beauties of this authentic area.

All around the Malepre you will find small medieval villages, often on a circular design and full of quiet charm (circulade de Bram). All gentleness and curves, the vineyards stretch along clay and limestone slopes... Among the rounded hills, oak woods bring their "south western" touch...


Circulade de Bram


Other sites:

The abbeys of Saint Papoul, Saint Hilaire and Sainte Marie de Fontfroide, XIIth century spearheads of catholic orthodoxy...

Saint-Papoul

Fontfroide


Cathar castles:

The Cathar castles of Puivert, Puylaurens, Peyrepertuse, Quribus, etc., all in a 40 km radius, fabulous sites with a past laden with history...

Montsgur

Peyrepertuse

The capitelles, stone shelters built in the fields by the peasants.