Languedoc and Carcassonne in the South of France

Languedoc boasts one of the most diverse landscapes in the whole of France. Carcassonne is nestled between the Pyrenees to the South, the Black Mountains to the North and to the East is the Mediterranean coast line, only 40 minutes drive from the house. An ideal location for hot summers and skiing in winter.

The region was once home to the Cathars, during the crusades they had to build many castles that still stand in breath taking locations across the region. One of these is Lastours, which is only a ten minutes drive from La Maison Amiel, and has four separate towers to visit.

There are also fantastic swimming lakes nearby, one is a lake near Carcassonne called Lac Cavayere, which has a sandy and stony beach, and boating activities on the lake, plus a tree climbing experience for both the young and old. One of the others is Lac Montaigne, surrounded by trees it feels very Canadian. It's a great place to visit on really hot days, as it is always a few degrees cooler than in Carcassonne. 

Restaurants across the region are excellent, Cassoulet is the most famous dish in the region, it consists of a thick stew of haricot beans, sausage, pork, mutton and preserved goose. However this is best to enjoy on colder days in winter. We have made a guide of our favourite restaurants in the Carcassonne area, available in the gite.

Download your Carcassonne map here.

NEW - Pamper yourself with a massage

If you feel like pampering yourself or group with a massage why not book our registered masseur for the day, without the necessity to leave the house, they  can offer the following treatments:

Aromatherapy massage €50 (50 minutes)

Swedish massage €45 (50 minutes)

Indian head massage €30 (30 minutes)


Carcassonne Golf club

18 Holes, Par 71. 5,800 metres Built in 1988 by Jean Pierre Basurco International standard. It has amazing panoramic views.

Location: Situated close to the medieval City, between Cavanac and Carcassonne on the D204. Good standard parkland course.

  • Visitor friendly.

  • Reasonable green fees in peak season and off peak.

  • It is necessary to reserve a tee off time which can be done by telephone.

  • Open all year round.

Phone No. 06 13 20 85 43.


Aude Caves

Giant Chasm of Cabrespine. One of the largest caves in the world open to the public - 80 metres long and 220 metres high. Facilities for the disabled.The geology of the cave is unusual, with a huge range of crystal and rock formations. It is strictly protected since it was discovered in the 1970s.
Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine,   
BP2 11 160, Cabrespine   
Tel: 04 68 26 14 22 or 04 68 26 14 20  
Fax: 04 68 26 10 75  
e-mail: [email protected]

Limousis.   The largest developed cave in Aude département, open from April to end of October. 8 halls. Stalagmites.The main cave contains beautiful rock and crystal formations. Crystals of calcite and aragonite are of exceptional geological interest.

Grotte de Limousis,  
11600 Limousis,  
Tel: 33 (0)4 68 77 50 26  
Fax: 33 (0)4 68 78 40 09  
E-mail: [email protected]


Aude Museums

Musée de l'Ecole, Imaginarium

Carcassonne, Aude département
Museum dedicated to the Cathar Wars.

Musée de la Chevalerie.

Carcassonne, Aude département
Museum concerned with the Medieval period, located at the foot of the City ramparts.

Musée "Mémoires Moyen Age"

Carcassonne, Aude département
Museum of the Middle Ages.

A spectacle projected onto three screens, Catha-Rama provides an introduction to the Cathars: the story of the Crusades, and the creation of the Inquisition. Available in English, it is designed to help you to understand the Cathar sites you may visit later.
Domaine de Sautès
RN 113
11000 Carcassonne
Tel: 33 (0)4 68 78 77 98
Fax: 33 (0)4 68 78 51 66
e-mail: [email protected]
47, avenue Fabre d'Eglantine
11300 Limoux
Tel : 33 (0)4 68 31 48 42


Sallèles d'Aude
A museum of Gallo-Roman pottery located on the excavation site at Sallèles d'Aude, not far from the Canal du Midi. It overlooks the excavated remains of Roman ceramics workshops dating from the 1st to the 3rd centuries A.D. Roof tiles were made here, along with a variety of pots, including amphorae.
Opening Times:
1 October to 30 June: Tuesday to Friday 14:00-18:00. Saturday and Sunday 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00.
1 July to 30 September: daily 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-19:00. Closed Mondays and 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
Musée Amphoralis
Allée des Potiers
11590 Sallèles d'Aude
Tel: 33 (0)4 68 46 89 48
Fax: 33 (0)4 68 46 88 11

Musée de la Chapellerie

Hat-making Museum, Near Narbonne, beside the Canal du Midi. 6500 hats and associated hat making equipment are on display. The collection spans the period from 1850 to the present day and includes military and ecclesiastical headgear, tradition, costume, and contemporary hats.
Opening Times:
1 June to 30 September: 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-19:00
1 October to 31 May: 14:00-18:00. Sundays 14:00-19:00
Musée de la Chapellerie
Le Somail
11120 Ginestas

Musée du Quercorb

The Museum of Quercorb (Aude département) covers the Quercorb region including its landscapes, traditions and handicrafts. It is in the village of Puivert, a short walk away from the Château. The Instrumentarium in the castle-keep is home to a collection of replica 14th century musical instruments (corresponding to stone cavings of the same instruments in the same room).
Musée du Quercorb
16, rue Barry du Lion
11230 Puivert
Tel: 33 (0)4 68 20 80 98


Wine tasting

There are so many domaines to choose from you will be spoilt for choice, from the Cabardes to Minervois. There is a guide in the house for guests to find our favourite vineyards, and a chance for you to add some of your favourites to the list.



Villegailhenc is surrounded by unspoilt countryside, there are several walks from the village from hill top walks to forest walks - where it is still possible to find fossils along the foot paths.


Canoeing and rafting

Only half an hour from La Maison Amiel it is possible to participate in canoeing or rafting along the river Aude. The courses are suitable for any age group.




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