French house rental southern France in the beautiful Aude region
Saint Hilaire in the Languedoc
A beautiful ancient medieval stone-built home in the village centre of Saint Hilaire between Limoux and Carcassonne in the Aude, part of Languedoc-Roussillon which is now part of Occitanie. Our French house rental southern France is in the ancient village of Saint Hilaire with is narrow streets and ancient waterways, a place still heavily influenced by rural life; with hill walking, majestic scenery, quirky niches and panoramic views from the hills above the town.
Those inventive monks!
Blanquette de Limoux was first invented here and is still made here, the entire district is surrounded by vines. In the ancient Benedictine Abbey there are magnificent cloisters with shade from the summer sun, and tranquility at any time of year. The monks probably needed that to sleep off the effects of their invention. The village has its very own vignoble, and nearby you can find the Domaine Saint Martin, the Chateau Martinolles and the Domaine de Baronarques (to name but three – there are many more)! The Carnival of Limoux makes its three months of boisterous and colourful progress through the streets of Limoux from January to March and then at least part of it arrives in Saint Hilaire with much fanfare, celebration and of course more wine!
So much to do…
Of course there is more to do here than to laze in the sun sleeping off the wine, we are surrounded by clear traces of the Cathares who made a valiant but not long-lived stand against the Catholicism of their day – in the process building some astonishing castles still hanging precariously to the top of the hills around; most notably the Château de Peyrepertuse (a genuine ruin) and Rennes-le-Château (now a fanciful 18th century rebuild) – but there are many others. Then there are lakes to play in and hot spring bathing at Rennes-les-Bains for those not intrepid enough for the open water. Above all (quite literally) there are the views: the serene tranquility of watching the clouds skate across an azur sky above the rolling hills in our immediate neighbourhood and the dark foreboding of the Black Mountains or the majesty of the Pyrenees. Its quite a region to visit!