If you’re heading to the Canal du Midi for your boating holiday then you’ll probably fly into Toulouse at the western end or Narbonne to the east, from where you can easily reach most destinations to pick up your hotel barge or hire-boat cruise.

Canal du Midi Map south France

And then, you might like to rest for a couple of days, to get your bearings and wind down, ready for your days afloat. Or you might like to expand your cruise experience by getting to know the wonderful culture of this region inland.

We recently discovered La Tour du Chateau, a fabulous retreat, overlooking the marvellous countryside of the Minervois region and the Canal du Midi at Ventenac, close to Narbonne, just west of Beziers.

La Tour du Chateau, Ventenac Minervois, Canal du Midi
La Tour du Chateau, Ventenac Minervois, Canal du Midi
View over the Minervois Countryside Canal du Midi
View from the Chateau over the Minervois Countryside – Canal du Midi

La Tour du Chateau owners Jodi and Peter Gaffey, Americans by birth and absolute Francophiles by nature, fell in love with the south of France and have brought this ancient Chateau Tower back to life in style.

With historic connections dating back to the Roman era, the town and region are full of fascination, and, perched above the Canal itself, the peaceful, sunny vistas of this circa 1641 Chateau Tower will seduce anyone.

Salon south facing La Tour du Chateau Canal du Midi
The south-facing salon with views over the Canal
Double Bedroom La Tour du Chateau
South-facing King-size Double Bedroom

La Tour du Chateau offers 2 to 6 night exclusive stays, for parties of 8 around guests in four gorgeous ensuite double bedrooms. And the rest of this 4 storey Chateau Tower is all yours too – a huge salon and dining area and three separate gardens, cascading down to the private pool, all south-facing and overlooking the Canal du Midi and the countryside.

Garden dining area La Tour du Chateau, Canal du Midi
The Bar-b-cue Terrace and dining area

We marvelled at beautiful decor and fine architectural details, original flooring and sumptuous furniture and furnishings to die for. We slept like royalty in super high-quality beds and linens and adored the spacious opulence afforded by the high-ceilings and tall windows everywhere, throwing in the Autumn sunshine.

The Gaffeys major on quality excursions, too, so you can fill a whole week with complementary outings to your cruise, places that are different, hidden, bespoke. A magnificent week will cost just 29,000 euros for 6 nights and 7 days of pampering – gourmet food, delicious wines, fascinating excursions and an all-round excellent experience.

For a two night pre-or post-cruise break the price is just 500 euros per room per night, including breakfast, with easy access to your cruise or homeward departure point.

Just call the Gaffeys and talk to them about what you’d like to do and experience. As a recent visitor, Elaine, put it:
“This unique property coupled with the owners’ ability to arrange everything for you, is a great place for a vacation, a family reunion, a destination event – or just a chance to relax in a quiet setting by the Canal du Midi. Leave the details to the owners.”
Elaine B, USA