Château des Ducs de Joyeuse

Couiza, Aude
+33 (0)4 68 74 23 50

A lovely river runs nearby, where brave souls can dip and splash. Or simply admire the watery river from your room’s high windows


34 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The drive up is impressive, the castle even more so: 1500s and fortified, part Gothic, part Renaissance, standing in its own patch of land on the banks of the Aude. A large rectangular courtyard is jolly with summer tables and parasols, the stately dining room has snowy linen cloths and flowers, the staff are truly charming and helpful, and the menu changes daily depending what is fresh. Vaulted ceilings and well-trodden stone spiral stairs lead to formal bedrooms with heavy wooden furniture, some beamed and with stone fireplaces; there’s a heraldic feel with narrow high windows, studded doors and smart bedspreads in navy blue and bright red. Ask for a room with a watery view. Bathrooms glow with tiled floors, bright lights and stone walls – some up to two metres thick: perfect sound insulation. Historical information about the building is on display everywhere, owners Isabelle and Vincent are full of ideas and can help you plan your trips out. Hearty souls can knock a ball around the tennis court then cool off in the outdoor pool – or brave that lovely river. Good value.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 12am
Booking restrictions
All rooms are air conditioned.
Early November to early April.
Breakfast and Dinner, 3 courses, €50. Children €27. Wines from €22.


Nightly price
from €98
Singles €80-€125. Dinner, B&B €113-€165 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €35 per person per night.
2 Family rooms for 4
From €179
11 Triples
From €160
9 Doubles
From €98
12 Twins
From €116



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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Isabelle & Vincent Nourrisson

  • The major center of interest remains the Domain of the Abbot Sauniere and the Holly Grail in Rennes le Chateau
  • The Haute Valley de l'Aude offers a large range of touristique sites like the Castle from the Kathares, the Abbeys and the sites related to the life of Maria Magdalena.
  • Nevertheless you have also many sports activities : beautiful hiking and cycling pads in a preserved nature, possibility of horse riding, canooing, rafting, kayaking and tree climbing close by...