A truly unique location just 50m from the Canal du Midi in a 12C wine Domaine,
Ideal for cycling, hiking, walking & boating or just experiencing life on a working French farm. Self catered or B&B, Evening meals available.
Rural though not remote, Millepetit is located in a superb position on a meandering and photogenic stretch of the world famous Canal du Midi. The Cottage is part of the original stable block and set one row back (about 50 m) from the Canal. It is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and apricot orchards. Cross the bridge by the Chateau and you are on the canal path for the 3 km (c40 min) walk into Trèbes or a cycle in either direction to experience the iconic sights of the Canal and the local villages.
The Cottage is 53m2 and a delightful hideaway, it is ideal for two guests - yet can sleep an additional 2 people on a double sofa bed in the lounge. The lounge has TV and WiFi internet and up a few steps you will find a shady and completely private outdoor Courtyard - ideal for a peaceful breakfast or an afternoon snooze.
The ground floor "highlight" is the stylish and “cook's kitchen” and diner. It is well appointed with an oven and hob, microwave, kettle, toaster and a family size fridge-freezer. There is also a washing machine and plenty of storage space. The kitchen has everything you need to enable you to enjoy the wonderful local seasonal produce which can be sourced from the Domaine's own market garden or the colourful food markets at Trèbes or Carcassonne. Adjacent to the kitchen is the modern shower room with extra-large shower and under basin storage. Bed linen, bath, hand and tea towels are all provided.
In the evenings enjoy a relaxed dinner in your private Courtyard, a gas BBQ is also provided, or take your wine and supper down to the Canal side gardens, With a brick BBQ and entertaining area – a perfect place to watch life on the Canal pass you by while sipping a glass of Millepetit Rosé!
We can provide breakfast on request (€5 pp) and a variety of evening meals from our high carb "hikers & bikers" menus, traditional local fare to gourmet four course dinners with local wine and cater for all dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc.) If you share our great love of food and wine you may be interested in our variety of cooking and cheese making classes in season.
We are happy to accept well behaved pets however, do be aware that there are a couple of farm dogs, the occasional goat, a couple of geese and many ducks!
Millepetit is a picturesque 12th century wine producing Domaine on the Canal du Midi UNESCO World Heritage site, (which featured very! briefly in TV chef Rick Steins' 'French Odyssey' in 2004.) The estate is dominated by the Chateau with its 12C tower overlooking the Canal.
Within the Domaine you will find a working farm with a number of families who own and manage various businesses including the grapevines, apricot orchards and olive groves. In season, you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the market garden and Millepetit's own wines.
There is always plenty of farm activity with asparagus harvesting in April or the pruning of the apricot, sweet almond or olive trees. Yet it can be sublimely peaceful as you sit under the old Yew tree sipping your wine, chatting or reading your book. The Domaine really comes alive during the vendange or grape harvest in September as the wine grower prepares his harvest for sale to the local vignerons. It is great fun to be part of this special time for the Domaine.
The life of the Canal passes in front of you as Trèbes is one of the main ports of the Canal, with luxury barges, houseboats, the occasional yacht and little “Popeye” boats. Cyclists, walkers, hikers and bird fanciers, even the occasional hunter find their way along the Canal's path. From the Canal you can walk or cycle in either direction to reach as far as Bordeaux on the Atlantic Coast or head south to the Canal de la Robine and the Mediterranean. Millepetit could be a staging point as you “boat” your way to Russia on the vast European canal network....Read more
Millepetit Cottage - Canal du Midi - Carcassonne Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Additional Location Information
Rural though not remote, Millepetit is located in a superb position on a meandering and photogenic stretch of the world famous Canal du Midi. The Cottage is part of the original stable block and set one row back (about 50 m) from the Canal. It is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and apricot orchards. As there is no public transport a car is highly recommended whether to shop, see the local sights or follow the Cathar Trail. Bicycles can be hired both at Millepetit and in Trèbes. Secure bicycle storage is available.
Our closest transport links are the Carcassonne train station (12 kms) and Airport (19 kms). Other airports are at Beziers (103 kms), Toulouse (115 kms), and Montpelier (157 kms). We can arrange pick-ups from Carcassonne Airport or Station - subject to availability.
More About This Location
Lake nearby, Rural retreats
Nearest train station: Carcassonne, 7.5 miles Nearest airport: Carcassonne, 14 miles Car is recommended
Last updated on March 29, 2015
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Left on 08/08/2014 for a stay in June 2014 | Louise TReviewed Aug 8, 2014Stayed Jun 2014
Great hospitality from Heather and David at the cottage, based on the working farm at Millepetit on the beautiful canal du midi - they made us a superb dinner accompanied by wine from the farm, and we sat out on the bank, listening to the owls and watching the fish rise to the surface, drinking in the atmosphere, feeling we had truly arrived in the midi. Great start to the holiday!
The cottage is of a very high quality and extremely comfortable, had a very good night’s sleep. It’s a rural spot, yet with a nice feeling of life going on around you, and the little port-town of Trebes very near. It took us just over half an hour to walk in, and we sat out at a quayside bar watching the canal boats and just enjoying the ambience. The area round about has stunning scenery, great opportunities for limestone gorge walking and wild swimming in crystal clear rock pools. Opened our eyes to the pleasures of the Languedoc countryside, will definitely return.
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