Park in the sleepy village, pass under the arch, enter the cobbled alley… and step back a thousand years. This characterful, three-storey retreat is built right into the castle ramparts, and the views from the balcony, and two of the bedrooms, reach to the hills of the forested Corbières and the river Orbieu.
The moment you enter you unwind. Find atmospheric, peaceful bedrooms and a whitewashed sitting/living room with plenty of space and comfort. You reach your terrace by walking round to the back of the property; listen to the birds, cook on the barbecue set into the rock.
For artisan shops and old houses of great beauty, Lagrasse is a 10-minute drive. There’s a restaurant in the village, but for more good options, try Ferrals-les-Corbières. The rivers are where everyone swims so rent the electric bikes and head for the Gorges de Thermes. Or bask at home on stylish loungers: the shared heated pool and jacuzzi are a 30-second stroll down the hill.