Château La Villatade

15 km (10 miles) north of Carcassonne, Carcassonne, 11600, France

On a sprawling wine estate, far from Carcassonne's madding crowd, this serene retreat is owned by ever-hospitable (and English speaking) vintners from Toulouse, who happily share their best vintages and fine countryside lifestyle with guests. Accommodations are neutral-toned and clean-lined, with rustic accents like exposed barn beams and lime-washed plaster walls; the 314 surrounding acres are wrapped in rolling hills with grapevines and a few olive groves. Be sure to try La Villatade's "Rituel," a deep red wine.

PROS

  • real French living amid vineyards
  • natural swimming pool
  • breakfast included

CONS

  • somewhat isolated—a car is essential
  • no on-site restaurant

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -04–68–77–57–51

HOTEL DETAILS

2 rooms, 1 villa, 1 cottage
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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