Château des Ducs de Joyeuse

Couiza, Aude
Hotel


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

Bedroom

35 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 4

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.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm-9pm
Check out
By 12am
Closed
Early November to early April.
Meals
Breakfast €16. Dinner €29-€79. Wine €21-€125.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €121
Surcharges
Singles from €118 to €150. Dinner, B&B €48 per person per night.
6 Triples
From €198
2 Family rooms for 4
From €222
6 Triples
From €224
10 Doubles
From €121
11 Twins
From €144

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Location

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...