“Picture-perfect chateau with stunning food and self-catering villas for 2-8, set amid vineyards near the Canal du Midi; ideal for families”
Now, 28 self-catering suites and villas sit within the chateau’s original structure: bathrooms nestle in turrets, 3-bedroom villas occupy the former wine cellars, and the gardener’s cottage is a romantic retreat. Each has private outdoor space and is tastefully decorated with French antiques. There's also a heated infinity pool, a Mediterranean-style brasserie run by eminent chef Valère Diochet, and wonderfully warm staff full of local knowledge. Spend your days playing pétanque under pine trees and visiting Languedoc’s picturesque villages and markets, or drive 30 minutes to glorious sandy beaches. On top of being beautiful, this is one of the warmest regions in France, with over 300 days of sunshine a year.
- The idyllic rural setting - 10 acres of vineyards, meadow and woodland, and the Pyrenees mountains as a backdrop
- A relaxed ambiance but luxurious feel
- Heaven for families with various sizes of accommodation (some have private pools) plus tennis courts and a kids club in July and August
- Bikes to borrow; pack a picnic and cycle along the famous Canal du Midi
- Mealtime flexibility: you can self cater, eat à la carte in the excellent brasserie, grab takeaway pizzas or get meals delivered
- Seven-night minimum stay preferred in peak season (July and August)
- Don't expect full hotel facilities such as a spa; this is a self-catering property with perks
- You'll need a car to get here and explore the region
- The brasserie menu is light on vegetarian options but the chef is happy to create something on request
- Some private gardens are overlooked
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Our top tips
- Boutique chateau
- 28 suites and villas
- Self catering, restaurant on-site
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Tennis Court
- Bicycles Available
There are 28 self-catering suites and villas spread across the grounds, hidden between lavender, honeysuckle and jasmine, and amongst fountains. Suites occupy the main chateau and feel more romantic. They also benefit from traditional hotel servicing and incredible views across the vineyards. For honeymooners, we’d suggest the cosy and secluded gardener’s cottage (Maison du Jardinier), hidden at the edge of the property, with its own pool.
Within the former wine cellars, blacksmith’s quarters and stables, you find a mix of 2- and 3-bedroom villas. Some have a private pool or Jacuzzi; all have gardens or terraces. Our favourites were the atmospheric villas in the old wine cave with incredible views towards the mountains and mezzanines perched atop wooden beams (Les Maisons de la Cave).
Décor is chic throughout, blending modern comforts with original features and bespoke local handicrafts. Expect vintage prints of mushroom varieties, ancient wooden chests and gilded mirrors.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- DVD player
- Ipod dock
All suites and villas have state-of-the-art kitchens, equipped with every gadget you need to whip up a feast. Mouth-wateringly fresh produce is available at the local markets.
The Mediterranean-style brasserie - fronted by chef Valère Diochet - is a relaxed place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the morning, a long table heaves under a spread of fresh pastries, cheeses and meats - we couldn’t stop eating succulent figs from the estate. Lunch was a delight, too: pea soup topped with burrata, followed by grilled sea bass. For dinner, choose à la carte dishes such as pan-fried scallops with chestnut velouté or try the chef's tasting menu. We washed everything down with a bottle of the chateau’s Syrah. Perfection.
If you prefer to dine in the privacy of your accommodation, all meals can be ordered to take away. In summer, there's a pizza delivery service and barbecue packs are available. For a change of scene, there are wonderful restaurants in the surrounding villages; ask reception for suggestions.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Room service
- Welcome hamper
- Laze by the infinity pool with a book and soak up the views
- Work up a sweat: the chateau has a pétanque court, a clay tennis court and a beach volleyball pitch
- Enjoy a wine-tasting afternoon. There are hundreds of vineyards close by; try St Chinian, Faugeres or the Minervois
- Borrow bikes and explore the chateau’s 10 acres of vineyard, meadow and woodland
- Take a trip along the picturesque Canal du Midi - either by barge or kayak
- Explore the Languedoc region: we’d recommend trips to hilltop Minerve, colourful Sète and seaside Gruissan
- The gold-sand beaches at Serignan and Portiragnes are a 25-minute drive
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
Fantastic for families, with equipment to borrow for little ones, masses of space for kids to run free, various shapes and sizes of accommodation, a heated infinity pool, tennis court, volleyball, bikes to borrow and an on-site brasserie. In the Easter, spring half-term and summer holidays there's a kids club with a full schedule of events.
Family friendly accommodation:
Various 1- to 3-bedroom villas, which can sleep a maximum of 8 people, all with well-equipped kitchens. A number have private pools and all (except the Suites du Chateau) have enclosed, private gardens.
- Baby cots
- High chairs
- Stair gates
- Baby baths
- Baby monitors
- Bottle warming
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There’s a kids club during Easter week, spring half-term and the summer holidays for children aged 4-12, with a range of activities including pétanque, arts and crafts, acting and singing
The brasserie has a kids menu. Private kitchens in the villas mean you can prepare meals and snacks throughout the day; note that the nearest supermarkets are a 10-minute drive away
Kids Activities on site:
- Heated infinity pool
- Tennis court
- Bikes to borrow for the whole family
- Volleyball court
- DVDs, books and toys
Kids Activities nearby:
- Safari park
- Horse riding
Families Should Know:
Steep steps in some properties; all private pools are alarmed but unfenced; terraces/gardens enclosed
- Airport: 40 minutes' drive (Béziers)
- Hospital: 30 minutes' drive
- Shops: 10 minutes' drive
The Château Les Carrasses estate lies between the villages of Quarante, Capestang and Puisserguier in the Languedoc region in southwest France. It’s 30 minutes from both Béziers and Narbonne.
The largest and best-served airports in the region are Perpignan (85km), Montpellier (95km) and Toulouse (165km), but nearby Béziers (33km) also has an airport. You'll definitely need to hire a car to get here as there's no public transport to the hamlet.
If you'd prefer to travel overland from the UK, there are good services to Montpellier. If you're coming from London and your train is not direct, change in Lille (a platform change) rather than Paris (a station change).
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.
More on getting to France and getting around
- Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport 33.0 km BZR
- Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport 95.0 km MPL
- Beach 30.0 km
- Shops 3.5 km
- Restaurant 3.5 km