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The chateau lies immediately beside the historic little village of St Martin d'Oydes in the beautiful and unspoilt department of the Ariège. The village is most unusual in that it is a complete 'bastide'. For defensive purposes the houses form a circle clustered round the church which, until just over a hundred years ago, could only be reached through one of the houses. Though it is very sleepy, the village does have a Post Office and a public hard tennis court. The small town of Le Fossat is a few minutes' drive away and has a useful range of shops including a baker, a pharmacy and a small supermarket.

St Martin d'Oydes is in the 'basse Ariège' surrounded by farmland - rolling hills which are the foothills of the Pyrenees and at this level reach heights of about 1500ft. It is almost due south of Toulouse (about 45 minutes drive) and lies about a third of the way along the Pyrenees coming from the Mediterranean. Driving south from the chateau the hills quickly become higher and grander and within an hour you are among the glorious mountain peaks of the High Pyrenees - the least polluted major mountain range in Western Europe. The cities of Toulouse, Albi, Carcassonne, Foix and Lourdes are all within reach as are other places of interest - magnificent castles, neolithic cave paintings, underground rivers and many more.

For those travelling from the UK by road, the chateau is about 10 hours drive from the channel ports. It is easily accessible from Toulouse (Blagnac) Airport (45 minutes) and from Carcassonne (about 1hr 15 minutes). Blagnac is a major international airport with direct flights from many British airports and frequent flights to Paris. Carcassonne is a small airport which is used by RyanAir. The TGV (the ultra-fast French express train) comes from Paris to Toulouse Matabiau from where local trains connect with our nearest train station - Saverdun. There are also Motorail connections from various European cities to Toulouse and Narbonne. Car hire (a car is essential) can easily be arranged at either Airport and at Toulouse Matabiau.

For more information about the Ariège and how to get there see www.ariege.com.

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