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Château Ventenac, 17 Cour du Château, 11120 Ventenac-en-Minervois, Aude.

Latitude: 43:14:49N (43.24694) Longitude: 2:51:38E (2.86065)

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Ventenac is about 25 minutes from two Autoroutes: the A9 (La Languedocienne) goes east/west and follows the line of the Mediterranean; the A69 (Autoroute des Deux Mers), goes north/south from Bordeaux via Toulouse and Carcassonne to Narbonne. We’re also about 20 minutes from Narbonne rail station.

From the A9, La Languedocienne (Montpellier, Nîmes, Marseille and Girona airports)

Leave the Autoroute at Exit 38, Narbonne Sud. After the péage, go straight ahead on the RN9 (dual carriageway), following signs for Béziers and (to begin with) Lézignan Corbières. Don’t take the right-hand exit to Lézignan – stick on the RN9 for about three km, following signs for Béziers.

At the second roundabout, turn left, the third exit, towards Marcorignan and Ginestas, on the D607. Stay on the D607 for about 10km, going through the villages of Marcorignan and St Marcel. Watch out for an Intermarché supermarket on your right after St Marcel. Just after this is a roundabout and about 300m further on, take a left-hand turn signposted St Nazaire, which is just before the road goes up over the Canal du Midi. Take this narrow country road as far as a T-junction in the village of St Nazaire, where you turn right: be careful because this is a blind corner.

Follow the road as it winds out of the village (again, it’s a fairly narrow country road) past a new estate on your right and out into the vineyards. You will come to the Canal du Midi as the road bends to the left, following the Canal. After about 800m or so, you will see the village of Ventenac on the opposite bank and the Ventenac bridge in front of you.

Take the bridge over the Canal and turn immediately left alongside the Canal, in front of the Château and Caveau. Take the first right (Rue du Port) and up the steep road with the Coustellou restaurant on your left. At the top of the hill, as it bends round to the right, take the first road on your right. This will bring you to the arched entrance to the rear of the Château. Go through the arch into the courtyard, where parking is available. At the far end on the left you will find the postbox to No 17. Go through the gateway and through the red metal gate and up the white steps immediately in front of you.

From the A69, the Autoroute des Deux Mers (from Toulouse and Carcassonne Airports)

Leave the Autoroute at Lézignan Corbières (Exit 25). After the péage, there is a roundabout, where you turn right. Stay on that road, over a second roundabout, and into the outskirts of Lézignan, where there is another roundabout. Turn right, signposted Ornaisons and Cruscades.

After a further couple of hundred metres there is another roadabout, where you take the second exit, signposted ‘Carcassonne, Narbonne, Homps’. This brings you to a T-junction on the main road running through the village. Turn right, signposted Narbonne and stay on this road as you go out of Lézignan, past the rail station on your right. At the outskirts of the village, you join the RN113. Be very careful at the junction because you come at it on a very acute angle: the road markings are not very clear, and the traffic sometimes comes from your left down the RN113 at high speed.

After you join the RN113, stay on it for about 5km, to the second turn-off on your right, which is signposted Canet d’Aude. The turning bends round to the left to a Stop sign, and will take you across the RN113. Go over the RN113 and after about 500m you come to another crossroads. Go over this and into Canet. Be careful as you go into the village (and again as you leave it) because there are speed-bumps which are very sharp: if you hit them at more than walking pace you could damage your tyres.

Follow the road through Canet – it bends round to the right as you approach the middle of the village – and out into the country. Go over the bridge on the River Aude and down the line of plane trees to a T-junction. Turn right alongside the Canal du Midi, and after 75m or so, left over the Ventenac bridge.

Turn immediately left after the bridge, alongside the Canal, in front of the Château and Caveau. Take the first right (Rue du Port) and up the steep road with the Coustellou restaurant on your left. At the top of the hill, as it bends round to the right, take the first road on your right. This will bring you to the arched entrance to the rear of the Château. Go through the arch into the courtyard, where parking is available. At the far end on the left you will find the postbox to No 17. Go through the gateway and through the red metal gate and up the white steps immediately in front of you.

From Narbonne Rail Station (trains from Barcelona, Lyon, Paris, Lille and connections from London)

Leave the station and turn left, and follow the road out of Narbonne, keeping the railway line on your left. Go over a small roundabout, and out of town to a big roundabout, where the road goes right to Béziers and Coursan. Go round the roundabout and taking the second exit signposted Carcassonne and Lézignan. The road goes over the over the railway line to a second roundabout, which you go straight over. Follow the road past a third roundabout, over an old railway line that crosses the road to another roundabout where you take the first exit, turning right towards Marcorignan and Ginestas, on the D607.

Stay on the D607 for about 10km, going through the villages of Marcorignan and St Marcel. Watch out for an Intermarché supermarket on your right after St Marcel. Just after this is a roundabout and about 300m further on, take a left-hand turn signposted St Nazaire, which is just before the road goes up over the Canal du Midi. Take this narrow country road as far as a T-junction in the village of St Nazaire, where you turn right: be careful because this is a blind corner.

Follow the road as it winds out of the village (again, it’s a fairly narrow country road) past a new estate on your right and out into the vineyards. You will come to the Canal du Midi as the road bends to the left, following the Canal. After about 800m or so, you will see the village of Ventenac on the opposite bank, and the Ventenac bridge in front of you.

Take the bridge over the Canal, turn immediately left alongside the Canal, in front of the Château and Caveau. Take the first right (Rue du Port) and up the steep road with the Coustellou restaurant on your left. At the top of the hill, as it bends round to the right, take the first road on your right. This will bring you to the arched entrance to the rear of the Château. Go through the arch into the courtyard, where parking is available. At the far end on the left you will find the postbox to No 17. Go through the gateway and through the red metal gate and up the white steps immediately in front of you.