Félicie – near Carcassonne, Aude
- Roulotte for 2
Félicie sits by a big fig tree in the garden, the older, more dignified sister of Violette, 20 metres away. Dating from 1871, she once had an illustrious career as the home of a circus ringmaster.
In both salon and sleeping area, her décor is 19th-century with bits of recent noughties zing - greens and pinks in the bedroom, a discreet heater, and fabulous wallpaper - that complement the original dark wooden fittings. Next to the swimming pool, in the former cloister of what was once a priory, your separate private bathroom has the same attention to detail. The shower used to be the stone base of a fountain, the tiles date from long ago.
Table d’hôte dinners are prepared from organic ingredients, most from the estate itself or nearby, so no need to venture out - a good thing, as bars and restaurants are a drive. Thespians descend in summer for fun, games and Molière on the lawn. Explore medieval Mirepoix (“delicious!” says Dolores) or visit fairytale Carcassonne.
Children under 3 are welcome - ask if you need to borrow any kit! Pets are permitted on request - please call.
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Everything you need to know about Félicie
The important stuff
- Check in is at 3pm
- Check out is at 11am
- There’s only 1 double bed - but travel cots can be borrowed on request
- This is a social place - you share outdoor space with other guests
Sleeping arrangements1 double
Kids & PetsChildren under 3 are welcome - ask if you need to borrow any kit! Pets are permitted on request - please call.
- Breakfast is served in the château itself
- Dinner (table d’hôte) with wine is €25 per person
- There are no cooking facilities in the roulottes
- Mini fridge in each roulotte
- Loo and basin (cold water only) inside roulotte
- Separate, private bathroom 1min walk away with rain shower, basin, loo, hairdryer & soaps
Heating, lighting & bedding
- Electric heater
- Electric lighting throughout the roulotte
- Bikes available to borrow on request
Take the Eurostar from London to Paris, then a quick TGV or a longer (but more romantic?) Lunea sleeper train to Carcassonne in the south. Rail Europe has more information. Hire a car once you get there.
Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Carcassonne (under 1h from Château de Fajac) in under 2 hours. From Bristol, fly to Beziers (under 2h from Château de Fajac). Hire a car once you get there.
Taking a longer trip? Make the journey part of the holiday: take the ferry across to France with Brittany Ferries or LD Lines, and drive to the south - roughly a 10 hour drive, but a good excuse to visit some other places on the way...
From Carcassonne on the A61: take exit no. 22 for Bram, then take the road towards Mirepoix. At Fanjeaux, turn right onto the D102 towards Belpech. After 17km, turn right to Pech Luna on the D625. After 2km, you'll see the sign to Château de Fajac-la-Selve on your left. Go up the track and turn in to the entrance.
From Toulouse on the A61: take exit no. 20 for Villefranche de Lauragais, heading for Gardouche. At Gardouche, turn left onto the road for Mirepoix. Continue on the D625 until you see the sign for Château de Fajac-la-Selve on your right.
If you're using GPS: search for the road Domaine de Fajac in the town of Pech Luna.
Eating & drinking
At Château de Fajac
Breakfast is included and is served in the château. Table d'hôte dinner is available on request - meals to suit all tastes, freshly prepared with organic ingredients, are €25 per head with wine. Conversation and conviviality are included! Picnic hampers may be available by arrangement.
The nearest shops are in Belpech, 10km away. Local produce is for sale direct from neighbouring farms if you're looking for picnic ingredients or delicacies to take home - ask Dolores. Monday is Market Day in Mirepoix, the gorgeous medieval town 15km away, and well worth the trip.
Le logis de Mirepoix is 15km away and is a medieval-themed restaurant, in keeping with the area's history...expect costumes but also fantastical food including specialities from the wood-fired oven.
Things to do
At Château de Fajac
You're free to roam all 14 hectares of the beautiful estate, and can borrow bikes on request.
In summer, theatrical productions, which you're welcome to attend, sometimes take over the grounds at weekends - Molière is particularly popular. Château de Fajac and its inhabitants are hugely creative and always full of new plans and ideas, so who knows what may be happening when you drop in...?
Outdoors & Active
The surrounding countryside is beautiful and tranquil. Explore by bike or on foot.
Lac de Ganguise - the nearby public lake, where sailing and all kinds of water-based activities take place
Places to visit
The château is in the heart of the Pays Cathare, a historic part of France with a lively medieval history. The fairytale city of Carcassonne is a 'must visit' and the nearby medieval town of Mirepoix is utterly picturesque. The region has many magnificent religious buildings such as The Abbey of Saint-Papoul and the impressive Dominican convent of Prouilhe.
Discover the treasures of Carcassonne and the region via this website.
Festivals & events
MIMA Festival des arts de la marionnette (Mirepoix)
Festival des Médiévales de Mirepoix - costumes, music and merriment - the annual medieval festival in nearby Mirepoix!
Regular theatrical spectacles in the grounds of the château - check with Dolores
Meet your hosts
Dolores and her family moved to their Renaissance paradise two years ago and haven't stopped to rest since - restoring the rambling country house from top to bottom (or bottom to top - the attic is still being finished...) to create a cool and contemporary home. Outside it may look imposing, but the interior proves it's possible to live here comfortably, practically and with buckets of style. The roulottes trundled with them from their previous home, and now sit 20m apart near to the garden fig tree. It's a wide, social space that also encompasses a gîte for a large family, so you may not be as isolated as can be - but being part of the life of Château de Fajac is all part of the experience.
In the midst of Tuscan-style countryside - undulating fields, forests and hills - the estate is a captivating world-unto-itself you will find it hard to leave.
Wildlife & Environment
Château de Fajac is in a designated EU 'Natura 2000' zone which means it's a haven for wildlife of all kinds including deer and birds of prey. Wild orchids bloom in May and June. The vegetable garden which supplements the larder is grown on organic principles, and a mini veg patch next to the children's playhouse grows cherry tomatoes and other baby veg for kids to tend and pick!