At Domaine Castelsec you are far from the hustle and bustle. Here there is only the view of the sea, lots of nature with all sorts of rare orchids and lizards that warm up in the sun. In the middle of the Parc Naturel de la Narbonnaise is the property of Mireille Courtier, who decided a few years ago to share her paradise with other nature lovers.
Born in Paris, she has built up a real eco-domicile and lives completely independently here: the house is made entirely of natural materials, the energy is obtained regeneratively and the water comes from a local source. You can't get more eco-friendly.
Telephone, television and the Internet are only possible via satellite. Nothing distracts from the wild and untouched nature. (Unless you're busy playing with one of Mireille's three cute dogs). The vigorous French woman, who has worked as a teacher in Hesse for a long time, loves explaining the diverse flora and fauna to her guests and gives many tips for exploring the surrounding area. After sunset, the wooden terrace invites you to dream while looking at the imposing constellations.
Conclusion: If you want to be surrounded by nature and enjoy the peace and beauty of the landscape between the mountains and the Mediterranean, this is the place for you.
The beautiful landscape has inspired many artists and has also served as a film set. The surrounding area is also worth a visit. For example after Roquefort, a peaceful village that is mainly inhabited by winegrowers and international artists. From there, many hiking trails start in the surrounding area. Not far from Castelsec is the port of Port La Nouvelle, which is not only the second largest trading port in the Mediterranean, but is also a popular place with families with long sandy beaches.
ArchitectureThe main building in which the owner lives dates from the 16th century. The French Mireille Courtier bought it in 1980 and completely renovated it in 2009. The house is made of wood, the walls are made of a mixture of clay and straw and have been insulated with cotton or sheep wool. The red and white clay comes from the region. The guest rooms were completed in 2014 and have been rented out since then. Many windows create a bright, friendly atmosphere. The rooms have little furniture, but are painted in colors.
EnvironmentHere, far from any civilization, ecological and, as far as the resource is concerned, economical living is absolutely necessary. The house does not draw any energy from outside. Electricity and heat are produced by an in-house photovoltaic and solar heating system. The water comes from a 363-meter deep well. The wastewater is treated with a private sewage treatment plant. Garbage is separated but not composted in order not to attract wild animals such as wild boars. Mireille Courtier is active in the bird protection association.
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The Domaine Castelsec is 120 km from Montpellier, 70 km from Béziers, 70 km from Carcassone, 30 km from Perpignan and 150 km from Girona (Spain). Since the domain is very secluded, it is recommended to travel by car. You will receive the exact address and directions on booking.
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