The Local Area 


Les Gascous is set amongst the rolling hills of the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France and the house lies on the boarder between Ariege and Aude.  The region surrounding Les Gascous has been a strategic border since Roman times and is awash with historical reminders, from Medieval cities to hilltop Cathar castles.



The medieval town of Mirepoix is steeped in history and only a ten minute drive from the house. On Monday mornings a fabulous tradition French Market takes place in the main square, with a abundant and welcoming atmosphere. One of the many coffee shops, under the medieval architecture are the perfect places to sit back and watch the world go by. Also take a look inside Cathedral Saint-Maurice de Mirepoix, and remember to look up! Why not plan your Mirepoix trip by using this handy trip planner 


Lac Mont Bel 

The Lac de Montbel is a vast stretch of crystal clear water that covers 570 hectares and is fed by the clear water of the Hers. It is a favourite spot for migratory birds and a good place to watch other wildlife. With its forest surroundings, mountain views and equipped beaches, this is a lovely place to unwind, while it also offers water-based recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing and kayaking, pedalo, boating and, of course, swimming!

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The castle of Carcasonne became famous for its role in the Albigensian Crusades when the city was a stronghold of Occitan Cathars. Carcassonne became a border fortress between France and the Crown of Aragon under the Treaty of Corbeil (1258). It is now a UNESCO world heritage site and a 50 minutiae drive from Les Gascous. Steeped in history and with plenty to do, it makes the perfect day trip!



Toulouse is the 4th largest city in France and sits beside the river Garrone that flows down from the Pyrenees.  This is another city that has a rich history and can boast two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canal du Midi and Basilica of St.Sernin.  As Toulous is only a one hour drive from Gascous it really is worth a visit!

Canal du Midi Toulouse