Family holiday gite eco friendly tranquil retreat SW France
At Nature’s Pace Holidays we want our guests to enjoy a more eco friendly family holiday and share in the natural beauty of our tranquil SW France retreat
Nature’s Pace holidays has been created by Liz and Peter who moved to France in 2018 to create new life after 25 years working in the NHS. See our FIrst Direct Listing (https://listdirect.co.uk/vendor/liz-peter-natures-pace-holidays-occitanie-france-holiday-let-gites-tent/) for more about our story. We live on site so are here to help you make you time with us special.
Minervois is a family gite, the ground floor is a spacious open plan area with lounge, dining and kitchen areas and large doors opening out onto the lawn and the entrance to the pool.
It has a double bedroom on the ground floor, a twin bedroom on the upper floor and a mezzanine with two single beds. It has a shower room and separate toilet. There is a private garden with views of the fields to the side of the gite with a BBQ for outdoor dining.
Are you a bigger group, or want to bring Granny along as well, then we have another small gite that works well rented together. Be together but have your own space!
Kitchens are equipped with everything you need to help you to make the most of the fabulous local food culture. We are the home of Cassoulet!. The gite comes with everything you need including Shower rooms with fresh towels and beds made ready for your arrival.
The gite shares a heated swimming pool, a wild meadow, children’s play area and petanque court. There is also a shaded barn with table tennis, baby-foot and other games, and comfortable areas just to sit, relax and enjoy. We also have plenty of natural space with hammocks so you and sit enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside
We are situated in the heart of the little known Lauragais region, Only 45 minutes from both Toulouse and Carcassonne airports with very good road links with the A61 motorway only 15 minutes away. We are secluded, tranquil and quiet, but not far from lots of things to do:
• Swim, walk or sail at Lac de Saint-Ferréol or 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
We can also arrange local traiteurs to cater for you as well as massages, chinese medicine, environmentally friendly beauty therapy sessions and even art workshops.
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 mediaeval 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, you could visit a different market every day of your holiday.
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 Château Saissac and Les quatre châteaux de Lastours to the mediaeval Abbey of Saint Papoul and the tragic stories of Les Casses right on our doorstep. 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.
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 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. 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.