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Thanks to its history, the Château de Pennautier has features from several different eras. It is firstly an elegant Louis XIII chateau with large windows that open onto two courtyards, one to the north and one to the south. The two wings on either side of the façade were built in 1670 and are the work of Le Vau. He also introduced the orangery to the east and the ballroom and music room to the west. The south facade alone is one hundred metres long. Le Nôtre (landscape designer of Versailles) designed the French-style park which covers over thirty hectares. Rodolphe de Beynaguet de Pennautier began new works on the chateau between 1835 and 1850. He enlarged it further by extending it into the central courtyard and renovated the interiors with Italian-style mosaic floors. He then redesigned the English-style park to suit the fashion of the time.
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Surrounded by vineyards and stunning landscapes, the estate is a rich and unique attraction for tourists. As frontrunners in the hospitality industry for fifteen years, we have developed all kinds of activities to help our guests understand, discover, enjoy and experience the exciting world of vineyards and wine. These range from a discovery tour of the vineyards with a customised winemaking demonstration, to a tour of the cellars with an introduction to the various blends or a wine-tasting with accompaniments such as cheese and chocolate. Also onsite is a restaurant which offers cooking classes in collaboration with six star chefs from the surrounding area. In addition to all of this, we can organise many activities for events such as receptions, seminars or relaxation days. Games, challenges, quad bikes, mountain biking and horse-riding can be combined with shows, private concerts, curiosities, artistic experiences and classes on the French ‘art de vivre’.
In a region with such exceptional historical and natural heritage, there is a vast range of places to be discovered beyond the chateau’s park and collection of paintings. Three kilometres away are two Unesco-listed sites – the Cité de Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi. The surrounding landscape is scattered with towering Cathar chateaus and stunning abbeys.