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 Le Petit Chateau
Le Petit Chateau is situated in some of the most beautiful countryside imaginable
Le Petit Chateau is set within a co-proprietry community called Domaine La Goutarende. There are a total of 36 apartments and houses within the co-proprietry, owned by a number of English, Dutch, Irish and French. Everyone within the community makes an effort to promote the peace and tranquillity of the area for the benefit of all concerned.
Some of our friendly neighbours
Some of our friendly neighbours
There is very little in the way of traffic, and there is a communal free car park opposite the chateau. Street lighting also makes the area feel safe and secure.
Cycling in the forest is a delight.
Cycling in the forest is a delight. The forest is literally seconds from the apartment. Highly detailed maps are provided for guests, showing pathways galore, including several that lead to the village
There is an abundance of lovely walks all around. The unspoilt national park forest is just a few metres from the chateau, and you can drive, cycle or walk down the hill to Cuxac-Cabardes (although cycling back may require a shot of espresso from the village bar beforehand!). If you’re feeling a little more intrepid, why not borrow the map and compass from the apartment and follow one of the several paths through the woods?
'Our' village of Cuxac-Cabardes is a delight
'Our' village of Cuxac-Cabardes is a delight, complete with supermarket, bar-restaurant, pharmacy, doctor, dentist, butchers, local wood carver, and the all-essential baker. There is even a library, but it's only open on Thursdays between 4.30 and 6pm. Except in August.
Ah - the French way of life!
Less than a mile away from Le Petit Chateau is the charming village of Cuxac-Cabardes. It is sometimes referred to as ‘The Hidden Village’, because you may not see it when driving along the main Carcassonne-Mazamet road. It is only when you enter the village that you discover why so many people love it. You will find all that you need – a small supermarket, a butcher’s, a baker, a pharmacy, and of course the friendly bar with excellent (and very reasonable) restaurant.
We forgot that many shops close early on Mondays in France
"Zut alors! We forgot that many shops close early on Mondays in France!" No problem - in fact a treat - with the arrival of the local Pizza van in the village at tea time.
La Goutarende riding stables are just up the lane from Le Petit Chateau
La Goutarende riding stables are just up the lane from Le Petit Chateau
La Goutarende riding stables are just up the lane from Le Petit Chateau, and offer inexpensive horse riding all year round

And of course there is the newly built equestrian centre, which is just a short stroll from Le Petit Chateau. There are full-size horses and Shetland ponies available for lessons or for hire by the day, half-day or hour.

This excellent bar/restaurant, in the neighbouring village of Fontiers-Cabardes
This excellent bar/restaurant, in the neighbouring village of Fontiers-Cabardes, also puts on regular live music and gets packed with locals and ex-pats

There are many beautiful nearby villages, including the neighbouring village of Fontiers-Cabardes, which includes the world-famous Club 620 Bar Restaurant (world-famous to those who drink there, that is!)

The local marie's office (town hall) in Cuxac-Cabardes
The local marie's office (town hall) in Cuxac-Cabardes
A typical picturesque street in Cuxac-Cabardes
A typical picturesque street in Cuxac-Cabardes

A small river runs through the village, with picnic benches alongside, and also a beautiful church welcomes you in the centre of the village.

There are so many beautiful places nearby that we don’t have enough space here to give them all a mention. Instead, you can be sure to find an abundance of information in the apartment that has been provided by ourselves and other guests.

On a clear day you can sometimes see the mountains in the distance
On a clear day you can sometimes see the mountains in the distance
Two bikes are provided for you to explore the surrounding forests and lakes
Two bikes are provided for you to explore the surrounding forests and lakes
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