The Château is just a few minutes from Capestang, Quarante and Puisserguier. These charming winemaking villages offer all the necessary services – supermarkets, doctors, markets and countless wine domaines plus a choice of restaurants and cafés, from upmarket canal-side bistros to friendly village bars.
The closest village to the Château is the picturesque canal port of Capestang, where barges line the quays and cafés and restaurants animate the main square.
THE LOCAL AREA
The immediate locality offers a huge range of recreational options. The golden beaches at Serignan and Portiragnes are a 25-minute drive. Countless vineyards and markets offer the very best local produce. And on days when you feel like something a little more urban, you are 20 minutes from the city of Béziers, while Montpellier, France’s ‘most exciting city’, is less than an hour away.
From Michelin-starred restaurants to beach bars and village bistros, there are numerous places to sample superb local cuisine and world-class local wines. Our guest book and concierge will help you find and book a special meal out.
Languedoc’s beaches tend to be huge – long and deep, with fine pale sand and warm, clear blue water. Beach clubs spring up each year along many of region’s beaches, with bars and restaurants, lounger service and even massages. Many transform into laid-back clubs in the evening, with the latest in relaxed beach sounds from international and home-grown DJs.
RIVERS, LAKES & LAGOONS
The Languedoc’s river and lake beaches offer a lovely alternative to the coast, particularly on the traffic-heavy Saturdays in July and August. The beaches around the Thau lagoon- famous mainly for its oyster farming – are a nice alternative to the large sea beaches, with always-calm, and slightly warmer water – great for younger kids.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Virtually every sporting activity imaginable is on offer in the Château’s immediate vicinity, including great cycling (on and off road), excellent hiking, hill-walking and rock-climbing as well as sailing, world-class kitesurfing and kayaking. The local people are also horse-mad, and there are several quality stables close by. Our concierges will help you organise anything of interest, though let us know in advance about more ’complicated’ activities.
LOCAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
From the exiting African safari park at Sigean to the brilliant aquarium in Montpellier, the dinosaurs at Mèze and Cap d’Agde’s huge water park – there’s plenty to keep kids entertained. You will find many other suggestions in our guestbook.
The 18 hole/7400 yard course at Béziers St Thomas welcomes non-members, and is around 30 minutes from Les Carrasses. Other courses include 27 Ronald Fream designed holes at Cap d’Agde and the very picturesque 9 hole at Lamalou, both around 40 minutes away.
There are loads of great days out within immediate striking distance of the château. You will find plenty of great suggestions in the guest book found in your accommodation.
It does not rain often in the Languedoc. But when it does, there is still plenty to do. From great museums and galleries, to Montpellier’s super Mare Nostrum aquarium there is plenty to keep you active.