LA TERRASSE * * * *

Aux portes du PARC RÉGIONAL du HAUT-LANGUEDOC,
c'est un excellent point de départ pour des activités en plein air et pour explorer une région riche en culture et histoire.

SITUATION

The property is situated on a quiet lane which forms part of the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella. With very little traffic, it is safe, peaceful and ideal for a walk or a mornig jog past fields of sunflowers wheat and grazing cattle with thier calves. WILDLIFE From your window you will see a wealth of wildlife such as red squirrels, hares and deer as well as dozens of species of birds including egrets, owls, woodpeckers, kingfishers, kestels and hoopoes. Children love to feed the fish in the pond and listern to the big green frogs. During warm summer evenings you can sit and watch the bats accompanied by the sounds of crickets and nightingales. SURROUNDINGS The Lauragais area is farming country and home of the famous blue dye "woad". There is a happy atmosphere about the place in unison with its welcoming architecture- picturesque hilltop villages, lively market towns, ancient stone farm houses and dovecotes, all set in a rolling countryside of gentle hills, fields of sunflowers and waving corn. MARKETS Our local market in Revel is listed as one of the best in France but within an hours drive you can find a different markets for each day of the week, to work up an appetite looking at the beautiful displays of local produce. Every Sunday there is a choice of "flea markets" in the surrounding villages when the locals empty thier attics of unwanted treasures. RESTAURANTS Bars, cafes, bistros, brasseries, pizzerias and restaurants - all within a short drive, there is a large choices of places to eat.On the terraces of small restaurants or in the grand establishments awarded Michelin stars, you can enjoy delicious specialities that reflect local produce - foie gras, canard, charcuterie and the famous cassoulet, all accompanied by excellent local wines. WINES Wine dominates the Languedoc region and has been produced for more than 2000 years. Many areas such as: Minervois, Corbières, Fitou and St Chinean use grape varieties of Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, Cinsault, Sauvignon, Chardonnay et Chenin blanc. As you drive around the Languedoc, you will see numerous signs reading "dégustation", which means you can stop and taste wines, and if you like what you taste buy them direct from the producer, sometimes at a significant discount. White wine enthusiasts can gather in Gaillac, as this lovely small town in the Tarn boasts a dry, fruity white AOC wine. This very diverse land also produces full-bodied reds, tender early wines and lights rosés. YOUR HOLIDAY WEATHER With an average of 2000 hours of sunshine a year, this is one of the sunniest regions of France. Temperatures rise to over 25 degrees C for between 60 and 80 days a year. Spring comes early and has a feel of summer about it. You can still see snow on the peaks of the Pyrenees when the shoots of the sunflowers begin to grow in the surrounding fields. July and August enjoy the warmth of intense sunshine with the average temperature of 26 to 28 deg C. Autumn often enjoys the warmth of an Indian summer with wonderful September light and still pleasant temperatures through to late October – perfect for a few days peace and quiet when everyone else is at work!

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