NEAR CARCASSONNE

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - CHATEAU AS­TURIAS

ONLY IN the south of France, where the glam­orous re­sorts of the French Riviera cap­ture most vis­i­tors’ at­ten­tion could the re­gion of Langue­doc-Rous­sil­lon stay so far un­der the radar. Be­cause to those in the know, this part of south­west France is far more ap­peal­ing with huge sandy beaches, stun­ning scenery and lower prices.

Bet­ter still is the chance to base your­self in a 12th cen­tury chateau, 15 min­utes from the me­dieval won­der that is Carcassonne.

In the quaint and very an­cient hill­top vil­lage of Aragon lies the splen­did Chateau As­turias, 45 min­utes from the some­what more mod­ern Per­pig­nan air­port.

Six bed­rooms and a huge ground floor liv­ing space are cra­dled in­side walls over 800 years old. Of course, there have been many mod­ern ad­just­ments which sit com­fort­ably along­side the older el­e­ments, leav­ing lux­ury blended with a sense of liv­ing his­tory.

I have to con­fess, re­ly­ing on my sat nav to nav­i­gate the nar­row lanes of Aragon Vil­lage in a hefty peo­ple mover is per­haps not the best way to in­tro­duce our­selves to the lo­cals. But a Gal­lic shrug is all it took to win them over.

Spend­ing most of our time in the open liv­ing space, the huge liv­ing room has a large din­ing ta­ble to one side and some couches on the other. Pa­tio doors lead out to the court­yard

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