Canal du Midi - B&B
Bed and Breakfast business 100 metres from Canal
Castelnaudary - home to Cassoulet - biggest Canal port
Carcassonne airport 25 minutes
€299,500 * - ref 157
The Canal du Midi is an engineering masterpiece built in the 17th century linking the River Garonne at Toulouse to the Mediterranean. It was designed to allow light shipping to avoid having to go round the Iberian peninsula. Today it is used by pleasure craft and barges, hikers and, above all, cyclists.
Castelnaudary, half-way between Carcassonne and Toulouse, is one of the few sizeable towns on the canal itself. Known worldwide as the birthplace of that famous French dish - Cassoulet - Castelnaudary is also the site of the Canal's biggest and most important port. Today, this is a hub for holiday-makers wishing to rent a houseboat or pleasure craft for a week or two.
This property is just a few metres from the canal and the port. It is a big farmhouse (originally two houses), south-facing, with a large garden in front. The owners live in the right-hand part of the house where they have a big kitchen, pantry, living room and two en-suite bedrooms upstairs.
Guests occupy the left-hand side of the house with a separate entrance, dining/living room and thyree en-suite guest rooms on the upper floor. The rooms look out over the garden to the Lauragais hills beyond. The current owners only supply breakfast for their guests, although a table d'hôte would be welcomed by many of the customers. These come from every part of the world: most are interested in some way or other in the canal - either for boating or cycling. Others stop in on their way somewhere else: the motorway exit is just 3 kms down the road and this is the first B&B encountered.
As well as the main house there are two big sheds: one used for laundry and the other as a workshop. There is no pool but plenty of space to put one. Off-road parking for 4 or more cars.
Our opinion: Tourist accommodation near the Canal du Midi is a rarity. Demand has exploded in the past 5 years or so as cyclo-tourism has taken off. We would transform one of the two sheds into a cycle workshop equipped with basic tools and equipement for cyclists. The bigger shed could even be converted into a simple dormitory for passing cyclists. There are only 4 B&Bs in the whole of Castelnaudary ... and this is the only English-speaking one. The price is right, it's in good nick (double-glazing put in, roof and guttering done recently) and the location is perfect.
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 4% agency fees included ____________reference n°:157
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AUDE - Cathar Country
The département of the Aude, in the Languedoc, prides itself as being the home of the Cathar, a famed religious sect of the 12 and 13th century, who dared defy Rome with their brand of humble, scaled-down Christianity. They failed in the end, but their story of defiance, struggle and eventual extinction is etched into the landscape, villages and castles of the region.
Throughout the 12th century the Cathar faithful were slowly pushed out of the low-lying plains towards the hostile, mountainous uplands where they found refuge in fortified villages or in castles and keeps perched on the most inaccessible crags of the Corbières or the Pyrenean foothills. In the end the French State allied with Rome, sent Simon de Montfort to root out and kill the last 'heretics' in what was known as the 'Albigensian Crusade'.
In the western part of Languedoc the most notable feature is the Lac de St Ferréol, specially conceived by Riquet when building the Canal du Midi, and designed to supply water to the canal throughout the summer period. This it does by means of a mini-canal - 'le rigole' which carries water from the resevoir to the highest point of the canal on the watershed (between Atlantic and Mediterranean basins) near Avignonnet-Lauragais.
The southern part of the département meets the Pyrenees and boasts a wealth of whitewater rivers, trekking trails and ski resorts.
- 3 bed guest house
- gardens and car-park
- 100 metres Canal du Midi
- local town with all amenities
-25 minutes Carcassonne airport.
- woods, lakes and castles within hiking distance
- no pool
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