La vie en rose

A stay in Karl O'Hanlon's Les Carrasses offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the culture of the south of France, writes Roisin Finlay.

26th May, 2012
Château Les Carrasses: ideal for an active weekend break for couples or a family holiday - or just relaxing.

The sun filters through the trees that separate the country roads of the Languedoc from the immaculate vine-covered hills beyond. The Unesco World Heritage Canal du Midi appears and disappears alongside, calling into view the boats and barges that idle this route from Toulouse to the Etang de Thau lake on the Mediterranean, as they have done for four centuries past.

The boats cluster at a mooring in the town of Capestang, with families picnicking...

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