Château d'Agel

Agel, Hérault
+33 (0)6 82 82 52 48
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An ancient feudal castle in the middle of a village with fine, not over-manicured gardens, graceful interiors and a saltwater swimming pool


8 bedrooms


Sleeps 18

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The house is rock solid, with hefty surrounding walls, yet it is still elegant in its light-brown stone. It’s also, in spite of its grandness and history, a relaxed house with outside spaces to suit all: a dining terrace under a wide shady tree, a barbecue to the side, a nicely-hidden pool, paths to stroll along past the lily pond and secret sitting corners. Inside there are great open fireplaces, high ceilings, two sitting rooms and billiards or board games instead of telly.

Up a stone spiral staircase are large bedrooms with views over garden or terrace, some with additional single beds. Three are up in the attic, and all but one have room for an armchair or two. The kitchen has a 6-burner cooker and you can borrow Yolande, the owners’ cook to rustle up good traditional French food.

There’s a ping pong table, a pétanque pitch, an orangery for lunch on hot days and you can use the village tennis court at no charge.

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We think you'll love

  • Having the whole place to yourselves with room to spread out
  • The sense of history surrounded by family portraits and much grandeur
  • Swimming in the secluded pool or finding a secret spot in the garden
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You should know

  • The stone spiral stairs won't suit some
  • Small non-swimmers will need supervising at all times


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

Family friendly

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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 7 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Private chef can be arranged.


Nightly price
from €700
Weekly price
from €4400
Damage deposit
1 Château for 18
From €7008 bedrooms


For a complete change from your routine, choose château life at Agel. Massive medieval stone towers, canopied beds, an ancient stone spiral staircase and walls thick with history. Despite its size, age and status, it is never overbearing, the gardens and pool are vast, the area full of interesting excursions, markets...and you will be brilliantly received by owners Martine and Jean-Marie.

Ann, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

You're on a slight rise, right in the middle of the small village with houses visible beyond the walls. There's no café or shop, so you'll have to bring what you need or Martine is happy to shop for you before you come. Bize-Minervois is the nearest town, 5 kms, for good restaurants and shops. There are GR footpaths straight from the village, hiking in the canyons and bike hire locally.

Local points of interest from Martine & Jean-Marie Ecal Besse

  • In the heart of France’s Minervois region, nestled at the foot of the Black Mountain, lies the village of Agel. Its Château is one of a line of fortified castles where the vassals of the Count of Toulouse resisted the Albigensian crusade in the 13th cent.
  • Your hosts, Martine Ecal-Besse and her husband Jean-Marie, look forward to welcoming you to a truly memorable stay in the beautiful, atmospheric surroundings of the Château d’Agel, their family home.
  • In Languedoc region, at 10 km from Minerve, the château d’Agel is a superb medieval castle of which the oldest part dates from the 12th century onwards. Its extensive terraced gardens covering 2 hectares (5 acres) with a heated swimming pool.
  • Leisure activities : Tennis, swimming, horseriding, paragliding, canyoning, walks in the region (Canal di Midi, Moètagne Noire).
  • Visit Béziers , Narbonne, Carcassonne, Castles, abbayes
  • Optional services (budget request)Possibility to provide you house staff: housekeeper, cook .Meals Service: shopping, preparation, table service, cleaning Wines of the chateau d’Agel available in the cellar of the castle.


Martine & Jean-Marie Ecal Besse

Agel has been in Martine's family for over 300 years, through revolutions, wars, upheavals of all kinds. This was a wine-growing estate and there are still a few vines left. She and her husband Jean-Marie, a passionate family archivist, took over the castle years ago and opened it up to guests. They live in a separate part of the building with their dogs and speak perfect English.