A truly wonderful gite within a fantastic setting.
From the time we stepped off the plane when Christiane was there to meet the three of us (my wife and 17 year old daughter) to the time we had to (reluctantly) pack up again four days later for the return trip home, our short break was comfortable, relaxing and rather fantastic in all!
First impressions of the gite are deceiving, arriving as we did along an unassuming one-way street and parking up outside a small iron gate. Hmmm...Not much to look at yet! But step through the gate and up a few steps and there is holiday heaven. A beautifully appointed property (we stayed in the Mi Padre) alongside one of the loveliest gardens I have ever witnessed. And to top it all off the view from the garden toward the walls of La Cité are pretty much unparalleled.
Christiane also did us proud by stocking the larders with exceptional local food products and bread, crackers, water etc. Plus some corking (excuse pun!) local Minervois which I enjoyed so much, I had to ask where to buy more. The very next morning there was another bottle of the same waiting on the patio table.Merci bien Christine!
The whole property was immaculate, all modern and well stocked kitchen, wonderful ensuite facilities for both bedrooms and much needed air conditioning throughout - the temperature was way over 35 deg C every day!
As for Carcassonne itself? Truly lovely place. We didn't need a car as everywhere was within walking distance. The Cité, The Bastide, The Canal du Midi, the Aude river with some delightful otters swimming under the arches of the Vieux Pont....all within an easy(ish) stretch of the legs. Plenty of bars and cafes along the route to rest and replenish the lost energy too.
The Cité has all types of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. We found lunchtime eating to be more economic and more suited to what we wanted to do.
We did have one day trip. We had planned to go to Toulouse on the train, but found it quite expensive just for a few hours. Instead we took advantage of a regional rail offer allowing one-way transport for €1 to anywhere on the Carcassonne-Quillan line. We stopped off in Limoux where we had a delightful meal at a brasserie on the main square, then we visited the Musée des Automates. This is a little gem of a museum and certainly worth a detour if in the area.
However, most of the time we were happy to simply relax in the gite and enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the garden, helped along the way with THAT local Minervois.Merveilleux!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The gite Grand Canissou and the gite Mipadre are at the foot of Medieval Cité and benefit from an exceptional panoramic view and a magnificent garden. The situation gives direct pedestrian access to the walled town, to nearby shops, to the lower town (Bastide Saint Louis) to the banks of the river Aude and to the Canal du Midi. ... more less