This delightful, spacious and sunny apartment is on the 1st floor of a converted 18th century wine warehouse overlooking the port and church of Capestang, one of the most attractive villages on the Canal du Midi. It is suitable in all seasons of the year, well appointed with simple, but comfortable, furnishings. It has one double and one twin bedroom, a good shower room, separate w.c., kitchen, living room giving onto the balcony, with a very roomy mezzanine above, fitted with full bookshelves, games, WiFi and TV.
For day to day needs Capestang offers all that is required, within easy walking distance. Apart from two supermarkets at either end of the village, there are two cafes in the square, twice weekly markets, bakeries, epiceries (groceries), a butchery, tabacs, hairdressers, pharmacies,newsagent, a choice of restaurants and a couple of reliable garages
There are three doctors and two dentists.
And , of course, there is the Canal du Midi, a world heritage site, which runs through the village, with its port and boating facilities. Sadly the grand old plane trees, which shaded the Canal, have recently been felled, because of disease. But we find there are some definite advantages. First, for us, is that it has opened up the blue sky; secondly the plane trees were rather dirty and the pollen and tiny wind blown seeds were a nuisance. Replanting has started with indigenous micocouliers, which given time can grow to a spectacular 20m.
The imposing church, probably designed by the architect responsible for the magnificent Cathedral of Narbonne, is likewise, only one third completed. Upon inquiry, some years ago, the then Mayor told us that this was entirely the fault of the Black Prince! Perhaps the earlier black death, the collapse of the salt trade and the havoc caused by Albigensian Cathar crusades, waged by Simon de Montfort on behalf of the Pope, had more to do with the collapse of the economy than the English prince.,
The Languedoc, in the Midi, a rather unique part of France, is being deservedly rediscovered and explored for its history, coast, mountains, rivers and ,of course, its increasing production of really good, quality, wines.
This is an ideal place, whether you want to be active or just relax and recharge. Wake up in the morning to the myriad song of nightingales or go for a short pre breakfast stroll to glimpse the splendour of the snow clad Pyrenees.
It is also a delightful place in which to enjoy blue sunny skies in winter, with monthly lets at reduced rates. For more details visit www.rentaplaceinfrance.com