Hotel review: Chateau Les Carrasses, Languedoc, France

Hotel review: Chateau Les Carrasses, Languedoc, France

Château Les Carrasses is the ultimate family-friendly holiday in France. A stylish 19th century château in the French Languedoc, it's comprised of 28 unique, elegant one to three bedroom self-catering residences, blending the space, freedom and privacy of a luxury villa, with first class facilities. Basically, you can't go wrong here.

First impressions
Making your way up the picturesque winding driveway with the majestic château standing proudly against a piercing blue-sky-backdrop, you'd be forgiven for giving yourself an inner high five at finding an apparent piece of paradise in France.

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What's to love?
The 19th century château is situated in a vineyard, offering idyllic views and surroundings. The bar, bistro and (huge) pool are the first things you'll come across and the high-end styling and finish is immediately apparent. This is luxury self-catering with a laid back atmosphere for a relaxing yet stylish holiday.

Above the infinity pool, there's a large bar and terrace, with a modern French decor, including rattan furniture rubbing shoulders with wine barrels and crates decorated with candelabras and urns filled with flowers. Lazy lunches and a bottle of the house rosé here are daily essentials.

We loved the freedom and choice of dining options that self-catering offers, knowing that we could pop to the restaurant for dinner, lunch and breakfast if lazy-itis kicked in, and could also go easy on the wallet with a trip to the local supermarché.

Hotel review: Chateau Les Carrasses, Languedoc, France

So, when you've eaten, drunk and sunbathed, what's left to do? There's a new clay tennis court, a boulodrome and children's play area, and bikes that you can take out anytime for a trip around the vineyard and olive groves, or through to the nearby Canal du Midi.

The Salon, meanwhile (pictured middle), is the heart of the chateau, and is home to the concierge, boutique, lounge and indoor brasserie.

There's also an Orangerie (designed by Gustave Eiffel) packed with books. We couldn't think of anywhere prettier to pull up a pew for a read.

Best rooms in the house
We stayed in one of the Les Maison de la Cave properties, three-bedroomed houses with private pools and south-facing terraces. These houses are connected to the main château and were once the west wing of the winery building. We couldn't have been happier here: the interior was chic and modern, and the pool was warm and well-maintained.

Le Grand Salon (pictured below), a huge two-bedroom apartment in the main building, has very elegant fittings, and is also often chosen by brides getting married at the château.

Hotel review: Chateau Les Carrasses, Languedoc, France

The estate offers 28 suites, villas and apartments and, after a good nose around, we can assure you that every level of accommodation is luxurious.

This place is perfect if you...
Are a family wanting a child-friendly escape, or a couple looking for a romantic retreat. It's easy to wax lyrical about a French chateau, but this really is one of our favourite holiday spots in France.

Top tip?
If you're visiting with no kids, you might think about splashing out on a property with a private pool. The main pool is lovely but can be busy with families in peak times.

I want to go!
For further information on Château Les Carrasses visit To enquire/make a booking call 0845 686 8067 or email A one night stay in a Chateau Suite is from 274 Euro (based on two people sharing) in July/August. Transport: Excellent air access from the UK with flights to Beziers (1/2 an hour drive from the Château), Perpignan (50mins), Montpellier (1hr) or Carcassonne (1hr).

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Hotel review: Chateau Les Carrasses, Languedoc, France
The beautiful 19th century building is surrounded by vineyards, a large terrace and an equally large infinity pool, perfect for families.
Le Grand Salon is, as the name suggests, the 'grandest' room on site, and is located in the main chateau, with views over the pool and the vineyards beyond.
Luxuriate in the Grand Salon's bespoke furniture, period features and free-standing bath.
La Maison du Vigneron is a spacious three-bedroom house with a large open-plan kitchen and a living area and its own turret. 
There are 28 villas, suites and apartments renovated to a high standard from the 19th century buildings.
Originally the estate manager's house, La Maison du Régisseur has a large open-plan kitchen and living area with high ceilings and stunning interior, with three en-suite bedrooms for six people. Outside is a large terrace with a dining area and sun loungers.
The indoor brasserie serves stylish Mediterranean cuisine, with a backdrop of  cast iron pillars and vaulted ceilings.
The chill-out areas are modern, contemporary and cool; French charm with a touch of industrial chic.
The beautifully restored Salon is the heart of the chateau, and is home to the indoor brasserie and concierge.
The apartment bedrooms are contemporary with traditional French touches, like white-washed wooden lamps.

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