Chateau De Bellecare

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  • House
  • 8 bedrooms
  • 6 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 16

Bedrooms: 8

Bathrooms: 6

Sleeps: 16

Type: House

Chateau De Bellecare

Dating back to the 16th century, the charming Chateau de Bellecare is situated in the foothills of the idyllic Pyrenees on the edge of a medieval village and a stone’s throw from local amenities. You can pick up fresh croissants and baguettes from the nearby boulangerie and excellent cuts of meat from the boucherie for a barbeque on the south-facing patio. You can accompany this meal with a local Limoux wine sourced from the alimentation, just a few steps across the road.

The Chateau de Bellecare offers breathtaking views of the high mountains, which are excellent for hiking and walking. Nearby are ancient Cathar castles (Montségur is only ...Read more

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Chateau De Bellecare
Belcaire, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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The nearest airport to the chateau is Carcassonne (80km). The chateau is situated just a short walk from the local village where you can pick up all the essentials.
At the nearby castle at Puivert, you can browse their fascinating museum. Montaillou has an intriguing story attached to it where the whole of the village fell under suspicion of the inquisition! Nearby Perypertuse, Queribus, Puilaurens and Arques are also easily found and well-worth the short trip. Those with a little more time might want to visit to the medieval citadel at Carcassonne, the ancient town of Perpignan, or discover the delightful Collioure and Banuyls-sur-Mer on the coast towards the Spanish border.
Given the recent mania surrounding the “Da Vinci Code”, Rennes-le-Château has been attracting increasing international attention. With its secrets of Cathar gold hidden in the Templar castle which once stood overlooking the Aude river, not only is the area bursting with historical legends, but there are tremendous and spellbinding views of the surrounding area.
For something different, you can try the bustling local markets. Every Monday the ancient and picturesque town of Mirepoix hosts a traditional market, where you can find delicious locally-produced cheeses, wines, meat, fruit and vegetables, as well as a myriad of local craft stalls. Then, why not stop off for a bite to eat and a glass of wine or a coffee at one of the surrounding cafes or restaurants?
Virtually on the doorstep of the Chateau are paths leading into the mountains, maps of which are provided. On these walks you can experience the beauty of the natural surroundings and wildlife. Dramatic scenery can be found along the way where gorges split the craggy landscape, home to eagles and vultures.
Adventure sports such as white water rafting and canoeing are available nearby, and in winter the nearest ski fields are a 45 minute drive away at Ax Les Thermes. Every year in mid-July the Tour De France passes by a mere 20 minutes away, which is an enjoyable and fun day trip to watch the cyclists complete one of the more mountainous stages.

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