We have had a wonderful time in your cottage. Everything works so well and we felt well provided for and comfortable. Loved the view and had a birthday breakfast out on the terrace on a beautiful clean day - How blessed!
- Eileen and Tony Birch – Hokianga, New Zealand
We stayed in this delightful spot for almost three weeks and had a wonderful time with family and friends. We loved exploring the Languedoc, dining well, enjoying the local food and wines. We were fascinated by the history - especially the Cathar stories of Saissac, Lastours and Carcassonne and the development of the Canal du midi. Every place we visited had some beautiful or interesting aspect. Thank you for making this possible for us.
- Bridget & Jon – Wellington, New Zealand
We had a fabulous 12 days here in this wonderful house.The views are just spectacular. The locals very friendly indeed especially the neighbours ....We travelled by car far and wide and enjoyed everywhere. We definitely hope to return some day soon. Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful home
- Dawn and Mark Stewart– United Kingdom
A wonderful location! Just the place to unwind. I enjoy sketching and just didn't know where to start as everywhere I looked needed a sketch! Thank you so much for letting us stay here - we would love to come back
- Eileen and Mark Davey– Patumahoe, New Zealand
Have once again loved every moment staying in your lovely "chateau"
- Shaun & Michelle Driscoll– Wellington, New Zealand
What a fantastic week we have had.... Your place is amazing...
- Pam and Colin Ladley – Nelson, New Zealand
Your booklet of helpful tips was great – we especially enjoyed chefs menu at Prize L’Alseau and an afternoon in Narbonne.We can imagine how much you would enjoy spending your relaxed summer days in saissac and surrounds each year – Lucky you!
- Andrew and Kathy – Melbourne, Australia
Thank you for giving us a wonderful time in your lovely house on Rue d”Autan. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, it was a comfortable and relaxing stay with superb views. Saissac and the surrounding district is a lovely part of France – we could have spent much longer here. We visited many of the abbeys and castles (our favourites were Lastours and Peyrepetuse). Our intention was to spend the week mainly visiting wineries (every trip to France has always been to a wine region) but the castles and abbeys were too important and spectacular to bypass. Despite no recommendations for the restaurant Le Farge next door, and never seeing it open, on our last day we saw the doors open on Sunday lunch and we decided to have lunch there. What a wonderful feast – a 5 course, very reasonably priced lunch with very friendly service.
We ate in each night and we won’t forget the relaxing dinners on your balcony in the evenings. Thanks again for a great view to wake up to each morning
- Francesca and Andrew, Sydney, Australia
The front door opens, you walk out onto the balcony and the WOW! does not leave you for the week. After three weeks of lovely B&B’s, the week in Saissac topped everything. We did not travel far and enjoyed the local scenery, abbeys and Cathar castles – Lastours is a must but be prepared to climb.
Mirepoix is a stunningly beautiful village and we enjoyed the Saturday market at Revel. The
restaurant next door opened its doors on a wet Sunday and what a magical 5 course lunch, wine and view. Enjoyed the restaurant in Montolieu on a starry blue sky night and the local bar was ok.The lady at the supermarket was so friendly and we practiced French and English together.
However, it is the house that is the star – everything you could possibly need is here. We will recommend the gite to everyone – Thanks for letting us stay
- Jill and Bob – Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia
Our return trip and enjoyed as much as 2011 – we still haven’t managed to dine next door!
We enjoyed the markets and a day exploring the Montagne Noir. Finally made the pilgrimage to Tautavel, then on to Queribus and Peyrepetuse – both very impressive.
Highly recommend a drive through Gorges du Galamas Montoleiu now has a delightful new eating option at Salon d’Ici – thoughtful fresh tastes
Thank you Wayne and Jo – Saissac is starting to feel like home away from home
-Linda and Rachel – Auckland, New Zealand
Thanks for a lovely holiday in your lovely house – had two meal at La Farge – both spectacular Getting hot so bought a fan and extension lead for the house. Lost the key and the man next door climbed in over the balcony for us. Local supermarket very nice and supplied us very well
L’Apostrophe in Montolieu gave a us a very nice meal in very unusual surroundings. Best holiday in years
- Angus and Michele – Newcastle, England
Loved staying in the house and especially enjoyed the balcony and the fantastic view. Too hot to climb up all the castles (only managed one!) but have promised ourselves we will be back one day to see the others
- Wendy, Paul and Isabel Wolverhampton UK
We had a brilliant time here – thank you Wayne and Jo. The view really is very special and pictures cannot possibly do it justice We must have taken hundreds and none fully explain the romance and beauty of watching the sun set behind a half ruined cathar castle. It is just astonishing and we will remember it forever. The house itself is lovely, it is a testament to your skills as hosts that whenever we’ve wondered “could they have possibly provided…”, the answer has always been YES and more often than not, its been in the first place we looked for it. From the binoculars for the birds playing in the valley, to very full compliment of kitchen equipment for making dinner watching , to excellent champagne flutes positively encouraging you to open a bottle of local blanquette – its all here.
Culinary highlights have included dinner at Rebombier – as recommended – gorgeous food, great location and welcoming hosts (Note don’t take credit cards) and a large log fire on a cold night –perfect! Also L’Isle Oiseau – lovely place on the canal du midi in Bram.
Would gush come more abut how lovely it is and how much fun we have had but simply must hurry up and pack – Thanks again!
-Ros and Ben, London, UK
We are back having had a wonderful time in Saissac. I can't speak too highly of the experience, and seldom feel so strongly about wanting to return to a holiday location when there is so much else to see in the world.I can see why you have invested in making a home there.
We explored most days but also had lots of time to enjoy the view from the terrace. We never tired of gazing across the plains to the Pyrenees, or watching the birds swoop and soar in the valley at dusk. Your restaurant recommendations were fantastic.
We very much hope it will be possible to return one day as there are still so many places we didn't get to.Catherine was delightful and helpful!
-Linda Graham, Auckland, New Zealand
Our stay in this delightful cottage was a highlight of our European trip. We enjoyed the opportunity to ‘Be French’ for a week with our morning walks to the Boulangerie for a fresh baguette and chatting to the locals along the way with our school French!
Great haircuts were given at the local Coiffure and a memorable Sunday (3 hour) lunch was experienced at the restaurant next door.
A shopping trip to the Saturday morning market at Revel set us up for the week with fresh fruit and veg, those yummy cheeses and of course, French wine. Picnics were made for the days we set off to explore the countryside and the surrounding towns and villages of Lastours, Mazamet, Castelnaudary and Carcassonne.
The special touches in the cottage were appreciated at the end of the day, a good collection of books and videos, candles, a bottle of wine, a view of the castle….loved it.
-Raewyn and George Beran, Auckland, New Zealand.
What a privilege and what a delight. The house is hundreds of years old (typical of the village) and the view was just amazing. We loved spending time on the balcony looking at the old castle while sampling the local wine, cheeses and breads!! We spent two weeks there and did lots of exploring , mostly planned but some not as the GPS often had different ideas-I think we found some roads that even the locals didn’t know existed!
- Michele and Shaun Driscoll, RomeAfter cycling through many villages as we made our way along the canal du midi, it was Saissac that stole our hearts from the moment we arrived. What a wonderful base to explore the region, visiting all the recommendations in your book. Would like to add Minerve and Castres. Had a memorable night with “loulou” over for dinner. Learned a lot more about Saissac over a few drinks.
- Mike and Lynda O’Donnell, Noosa, Queensland
Four fanastic weeks at 21 Rue d’Autan. I had a memorable time here in Saissac. We visited many abbeys and chateaux. This experience will be a lifelong experience with the fondest memories, Four weeks has felt like fourmonths. Swallows in the thermals are unreal, coffee on the terracefor 27 mornings. Thank you so much for the experience of a lifetime here in Saissac.
- Kaye Curtis, Australia
We loved the house and the opportunity to be “French” for a week. Morning baguettes from the boulangerie became the ritual. Followed your advice and had the huge d’ejour at the Restaurant La Farge next door. Food market at Revel was exceptional; especially the Roquefort cheese. Loved reading in the comfy bed or watching the DVD’s at night.
We appreciated the touches that give ‘la Maison’ a boutique atmosphere. We will recommend to our friends and hopefully return one day.
- Chris & Jacob, New York
What a wonderful house, everything we could possibly want or need. It has been delightful to call this house home over the last four weeks. Exploring the towns and villages was always an adventure. The view is spectacular – I loved watching the yellow patcheds in the distance grow and change. The fireworkls on the chateau were great as was the villages parade past the front door. Lunches and dinners at the pub were always fun . I read a number of the books upstairs and enjoyed the DVD’s one thundery day. It has been a truly memorable time thank you
- Sharon O’Brien, Waggawagga, Australia
We loved the house and views. The house is really well equipped and had everything we needed. Your advice for the surrounding area was very helpful. Lovely to be living in a village and come home to a base every night after touring around. We hope to return one day.
- Trish and Lance, Bathard
We have had a super time. Much fun, laughter and silliness with our friends. The house is wonderful; thank you so much for a great experience.
- Rick & Carol Grant, Hample, UK
We’ve really enjoyed our week at Saissac. Explored all the little villages nearby, plus Lastours and of course La Cite at Carcassonne. Loved the view, the castle, and the sight of the swallows dipping and soaring out of the shadows. The sound of the river is enchanting. Had lots of laughs with the basic French and made friends with the local grocer.
- Katrina & Mike Donnelly, Tauranga, New Zealand
We had a wonderful week at Saissac and only wish we had arranged to stay longer. The house was perfect and we really enjoyed visiting all the little villages, Carcassonne, Lastours etc. We didn't get too far from “home” and we quickly learnt to leave the car up at the top car park. We loved walking around the village and I think the guy at the little grocery shop looked forward to our visits each day.
We had beautiful weather and I loved lying on the balcony enjoying the sun and the view. The maps, brochures, books and videos (especially the Monty Pythons) were much appreciated. Great shower and comfy bed!
Many many thanks- We would love to return someday- we are so glad that we heard of your gite at just the right time. We have told other people about it and I'm sure you may hear from some of them in the future.
-Jack & Dianne, Ontario, Canada.
We stayed at Saissac in July 07, we loved the village with great views from the house across to the Pyrenees. A lovely house with very comfortable beds! Delightful to be able to sit out on the terrace in the hot sun. We did lots of day trips, including the easy drive across to the Mediterranean Coast, and spent a couple of days wandering around in beautiful Carcassonne. Easy to get to from London, a fantastic place to have a restful week or two.
-Ross and Rebecca, Putney, London.
The hot weather made our stay very memorable, enjoyed pottering around in Saissac and nearby villages. Carcassonne was a highlight, only 20 minutes drive. We would recommend the Pizza delivery van on Thursday evenings up by the Library! The house was very cute, great to be able to cook at home, do washing, and eat out on the terrace almost every meal. Would be good for two couples or a family. Lovely area of France to visit.
-Alice and Harry Orlandi, Aberdeen, Scotland.
The house was superb, well set up with a great view. In addition to the castle in Saissac there are some good walks, a parcours and soccer field for exercise. Close to Saissac you can visit nice villages of Bram or Montlieur (the nearby book village). Also ideally positioned with its proximity to Castelnaudary and a little further to Carcassonne & Toulouse. We enjoyed the canal boating, bike riding or running along the Canal du Midi (all a short distance from the house). The paper mill at Brousse also a hit with the kids. Great location to explore various wineries, Southern France and Spain. Highly recommended.
What really impressed me was all the history of the area. We spent time in the fabulous old fortress at Carcassonne, visited the underground Roman grainery at Narbonne and explored the old Chateau de Saissac. The historic Cathar castles are not to be missed. Undoubtedly, one big highlight was the 450,000 year old human settlement at Tautavel, about 90 minutes drive away. Some of the oldest human remains in Europe.