Classic small French gite - eco-friendly countryside retreat
At Nature’s Pace Holidays we have a classic small French gite, set in sustainable countryside retreat with private terrace overlooking the French countryside.
Nature’s Pace Holidays is perfect to share in the beauty and tranquility of the Lauragais countryside. It offers relaxation in this relatively undiscovered part of South West France with a small group of four gites in a converted stone built farmhouse and outbuildings only 45 minutes from Toulouse or Carcassonne.
Fitou is a perfect gite for a couple or small family as there is a sofa bed available in the living room. There is a large double bedroom, ensuite shower room and open plan dining/kitchen living area. It has access to a private garden with views across the fields to the spire of the church in St Felix-de-Lauragais in the distance. The kitchens is fully equipped to help you to make the most of the local food and beds are made ready for your arrival.
We try to make holidays with us as sustainable as we can. This includes sourcing all of our electricity from renewable sources within France. We also have solar panels for electricity and water. We use natural and environmentally friendly cleaning products
Our onsite shop stocks products from local producers that are organic where possible. We have lots more plans to do more to improve our ‘footprint’ such as as we replace our linen we are doing so using organic cotton. Peter also has plans for solar heating for the swimming pool!To find out more see our ListDirect page( https://listdirect.co.uk/vendor/liz-peter-natures-pace-holidays-occitanie-france-holiday-let-gites-tent/)
There are many outdoor spaces, a hammock and comfortable seating in our shaded barn area and a separate enclosed terrace for reading a book or enjoying a glass of wine.
We are lucky to have a large site with many different features for young and old to enjoy and explore throughout the year.
• Heated outdoor swimming pool (11 x 5m)
• Outdoor play area with slides, sunken trampoline, swings, badminton, goal and seating
• A shaded barn with space to dine, drink, sit or play table tennis, table football or Jenga
• Pétanque terrain with boules supplied in each gite
• Meadow for adventures or to enjoy nature
• Secluded seating throughout with hammock, sun loungers, tables and chairs in lots of different spots to enjoy all the views and beautiful spaces
Our location is great for a rural escape from hectic lives without having to spend hours in the car to reach us. Only 45 minutes from both Toulouse and Carcassonne airports with very good road links with the A61 motorway only 15 minutes away that. We are a great base to explore the Lauragaise and beyond:
• Swim, walk or sail at Lac de Saint-Ferréol, Lac le Lac de la Ganguise
• Explore Cathar castles
• Experience Carcassonne
• A day out in Toulouse
• Sample the local markets such as Revel and come back to cook the perfect supper
• Cycle and walk through the undulating surrounding country side
• Take a tour of an organic vineyard or brewery
• Hire a bike and cycle to Castelnaudary along the Canal du Midi and try the real Cassoulet
• Visit some of local producers who grow and make the products we sell in our on site shop
• A day out at the beach by the Mediterranean
One of the best things about this region for us, is the rich food and wine heritage. We are surrounded by food producers and restaurants which offer a wide range of food drawing on the rich local food culture. The most famous local dish is cassoulet claimed by our nearest town, Castelnaudary. Nearly all restaurants offer a cassoulet or you can buy a ready made cassoulet from a traiteur. If the traditional cassoulet is a bit too much, several patisseries in Castelnaudary sell an ice-cream cassoulet with nougat instead of beans. A treat for children young and old!
We are surrounded by a range of excellent restaurants ranging from the Relais de Riquet on the Canal du Midi which offers good quality traditional food at reasonable prices with an unexpectedly wide ranging wine selection and a cassoulet to take away or the more modern menu of Le Pas de Narouze located by the Bassin de Naurouze on the Canal du Midi offering very reasonably priced set menus serving high quality modern French food. The restaurant in
For a more special gourmet experience there is L’ Auberge du Poids Public in the historic village of Saint Felix de Lauragais. The dining room boasts fabulous views across the Pleine de Lauragais and outstanding food including a vegetarian menu. It is mentioned in the Michelin Guide and is a great favourite with the locals for a special meal experience.
Walking and cycling
The surrounding countryside offers both gentle and more challenging cycling and walking for all levels with many routes with views across the plain, hills and mountains. We can arrange bike hire for you. The Rigole (stream) which runs from Lac Saint-Ferreol to the Canal du Midi has an unmade cycle path suitable for mountain bikes to ride up to the lake or down to the Canal. Follow the Canal du Midi towards Castelnaudary and beyond or in the other direction towards Toulouse.
We are surrounded by lakes where you can swim, sail, paddle board, canoe, walk, ride and play. Lac Saint-Ferréol is part of the 17th century engineering system that maintains water levels in the Canal du Midi. This is the perfect place for a day out whatever the season or weather; walk around the lake, have a picnic, swim, sail or pedalo all afternoon. Lac de la Ganguise offers sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, tennis, horse riding, hiking, fishing and mountain biking. Lac de la Thesaque offers an inflatable water park in the hot summer months, pedalo and canoe hire, several cafes and restaurants and well maintained picnic areas.
We are in the heart of the ‘pays de cathar’, a fascinating but ultimately tragic period in French history which has left fortified chateaux and villages dotted across the landscape and many fascinating sites to visit. From the spectacular Chateau Saissac and Les quatre chateaux de Lastours to the medieaval Abbey of Saint Papoul and the tragic stories of Les Casses right on our door step. A visit to the restored mediaeval castle of Carcassonne is a must. The walls of the castle dominate the surrounding plain and the ‘new’ lower part of the town is well worth a visit.
We are located at the heart of the Lauragais agricultural landscape which gives us access to local food and a fascinating range of markets. The most famous are Revel and Mirepoix which are both held in medieval market places with a large range of both local and organic producers. Our nearest market is at Villefranche de Lauragais every Friday where you can buy anything you need, and many things you did not know you needed. We found the best strawberries we have ever tasted! In all there are nearly 20 markets in and around the Lauragais.
Our nearest boulangerie, pharmacy, doctors and small supermarket are in the village of Labastide-d’Anjou 6km away, our favourite boulangerie is in Avignonet-Lauragais 5km away. Our nearest town is Villefranche-de-Lauragais which has a range of independent shops, boulangeries, boucheries, bars and restaurants and a large Hyper-U supermarche. Revel has a range of independent shops in and around the market square.