Shirley & Eddie Lyster would like to welcome you to Villa des Roses Chambres d’Hote website. Here you will find all you need to know about our accommodation, town, the surrounding countryside and us.
are situated in the South of France between Toulouse and Carcassonne on
the edge of Castelnaudary with views across the Lauragais
Hills and on a clear day you can even see the Pyrenees! Approximately
one hour’s drive from the beaches of the Mediterranean and
just over an hour from ski resorts of the Pyrenees. The Canal du
Midi with its hire boats and fishing etc runs through Castelnaudary.
There are numerous sports and leisure activities in the surrounding
area, which is great for walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing
in lakes & rivers. There are many picturesque villages with
old churches, ruins of Abbeys and Cathar castles to explore and
of course wine tasting in the local vineyards of the Cabardes,
Corbieres, Malepere, Minervois and the white sparkling Blanquette
of Limoux (the original Champagne).
We have three rooms sleeping 2, 3, or 4 people. All rooms are en-suite. Breakfast will be Continental. We have off-road, shaded parking (free) available and use of the garden. The house is 3 minutes from the A61 Motorway junction 21. Approximately 3 minutes walk to the nearest Restaurant and 5 minutes to the nearest Bar and roughly 15 minutes walk to the centre of the town where you will find many more Bars and Restaurants. . Nearest Airports are Carcassonne/Ryanair approx 30mins and Toulouse/ Easyjet + others approx 50 mins.
June is a very busy month in and around the Town of Castelnaudary. The different organisations arrange various events, such as Music festivals featuring a variety of music. Car Boot Sales, not quite the same as England but nevertheless Car Boot Sales. The Foreign Legion has its Headquarters here and the Legionnaires have an open day with parades, stalls, sideshows and various other events on 30th April each year. The ladies Tour de France is held here too. There are various Fetes happening in the surrounding Villages of which there are numerous.
July, of course, has Bastille Day. This is a national fete and holiday. A very big occasion in France and Castelnaudary along with the other Towns and Villages do not stint on the celebrations. There is usually a lot going on in the Town itself, with live entertainment, dancing and eating and drinking. Later in the evening there are fireworks, which are usually set off around the Bassin on the Canal du Midi. This is quite a spectacle to behold. This will be celebrated in Castelnaudary on the 13th July as Carcassonne has a similar event on the 14th July.
Castelnaudary is the home of Cassoulet (a bean stew with Toulouse Sausage and pork or duck). In August there is usually a 4-day Fete to celebrate the Cassoulet with live music in the streets and squares in the town, all free, of course. You can eat Cassoulet at the different venues around the Town. Although the celebrations continue throughout the night, where we are situated you will not be bothered by it at all.
There are various other events going on in and around the Town all year such as Markets – we have Belgium, Spanish and other nationalities. There are also Markets of a speciality nature – one I can think of consisted of Duck – you could buy any part of the duck – who would want to buy a beak or webbed feet?
There is a Theatre in the Town as well as a Cinema. There is also a Gymnasium, Tennis Courts and various other sporting facilities. We are just a short walk from the Railway Station so if you want to go on a train ride to Toulouse, Carcassonne or even Paris that is no problem (The TGV doesn’t stop at Castelnaudary but it is very easy to get to Toulouse to pick it up).
There are lots of other places to visit within easy reach such as the medieval towns of Mirepoix, Limoux and Revel with Cathar Castles and Churches. There are marked walks and footpaths throughout the beautiful surrounding countryside, you could find yourself walking through fields of Sunflowers, maybe stop to do some painting or sketching or just taking photographs. Car and bike hire is available in Castelnaudary. The Canal du Midi is just a few minutes walk away if fishing is what is wanted or there are numerous lakes within easy reach of the Town.
Andorra would be a great place to visit, situated in the heart of the Pyrenees approximately 2 hours drive away. Ideal for walking and picnics in the spring, summer and autumn. Skiing in winter – you can still get duty free goods there!!
Another place to visit is Narbonne Plage; this is the closest beach resort to Castelnaudary, which is just over 1 hour’s drive away. If you don’t want to travel that far but would still like to sit on the beach then there is always the Lac de Ganguise where there is a Sailing Club so if you wish to learn windsurfing or sailing then the opportunities are there and also the Lac de Montbel, this is huge lake and covers a large area, there is boating, windsurfing and various other water sports taking place and of course, swimming. There are also some stunning views of the Pyrenees Mountains to be seen there.