Marmiflet is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region - close to the border of Ariège in Midi-Pyrénées. There is a glorious panoramic view of the mountains from the top of the drive and from high points around the property.

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A view of the Pyrénées. Click the image above to enlarge it or click here to open a much larger version (4385x1095 pixels, 445kb).

The Pyrénées, and Andorra, are about one and a half hours' by car, the coast about one and a quarter hours' (Narbonne) and Toulouse one hour.

St Gaudéric is a rural hamlet. The nearest shopping and amenities are just eight kilometres away in Mirepoix – a mediaeval town of great charm possessing a noted Cathedral, wooden couverts and a popular Monday market.

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Two views of the centre of Mirepoix and one of the busy Monday market. Click to enlarge.

The largest wine-producing region in France, Languedoc-Roussillon is noted not only for very drinkable red, rose and white wines, but also for Blanquette de Limoux – a delicious sparkling wine older in origin than Champagne. Other local specialities include a huge variety of cheese, foie gras, asparagus, melons, garlic, honey (and soaps), duckmeat products and cassoulet, to mention just a few.

Nearby Fanjeaux is an interesting hilltop village, with a pretty church that can be seen for miles. The Dominican Order of Preachers originated in Fanjeaux and, as with a lot of local towns and villages, there are strong links to its Cathar past.

Carcassonne can be reached in about twenty five minutes. La Cité, the enormous ancient walled city, is well worth a visit.

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La Cité in Carcassonne in the day and under the fireworks on Bastille Day. Click to enlarge.

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La Cité at night. Click to enlarge or click here for a much bigger version (7415x1024 pixels, 1,367kb).

The Canal du Midi passes through the area with ports in Bram (a circulade village), Castelnaudary, Carcassonne and Toulouse. Excursions by boat are available throughout the season.

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The Grand Bassin in Castelnaudary, the largest area of open water on the Canal du Midi. Click to enlarge.

Sunflowers make a most attractive splash of colour in the fields of Summer.

The whole area is steeped in history with many interesting towns, abbeys, Cathar ruins to visit and it also has many interesting geological sites.

Many outdoors pursuits include cycling (bikes can be hired), fishing, golf (Carcassonne), horse riding, white water rafting, sailing, windsurfing, rock climbing and go-karting. Escorted mountain walks (daily or with night hostels) can be arranged, but require a measure of fitness! There are an amazing variety of excursions and activities on offer; brochures can be found in our housebook.

Bird watching is very rewarding with an interesting variety of birds of prey and other Mediterranean visitors such as the bee eater, swifts and golden orioles. Red squirrels scamper through the trees and butterflies fly in clouds over the gardens and woodland.

Possibilities for painting are limitless, from grand landscapes to beautiful meadows and woodland flowers.

There is an excellent choice of eating out possibilities from picnics by the Canal du Midi through routiers, pavement cafes to four star restaurants. A babysitting service may be available. The owner is also happy to cook and serve meals by arrangement.

The nearest airports are Carcassonne, Toulouse and Perpignan. EuroStar runs to Paris with TGV to Toulouse, Bram or Carcassonne, or to Avignon and TGV westwards.

Secure, private and tranquil, Marmiflet is truly a marvellous experience for fun family holidays by the pool but also is wonderfully placed for excursions and exploration.