fabulous gardens

The park of the castle

Olive tree paths lined with irises, beds of roses, lavender, hedges pruned into topiaries, remarkable trees ... out of time, the romantic park of Domaine de Montlaur invites you to dream. After a long shady path, the garden opens onto a vast lawn where majestic cypresses evoking Italy stretch towards the sky. At the back of the garden, boxwood paths wind their way and get lost in the darkness of pine trees. Mysterious, overlooking a river, the small grove that closes the walk offers the vision of a poetic and secret universe.

Platanes alley. Domaine de Montlaur. Charming gites. Cathar country. Marianne Niermans.


This garden is a refuge for birds, squirrels, bees, bees, butterflies, earthworms ... A peaceful home sheltered from the world, it serenly welcomes these small, anonymous and discreet inhabitants who populate our gardens.
The park of the Domaine de Montlaur is open to visitors every year in June as part of the "Rendez-vous aux jardins" event.

Created at the end of the 19th century for the Mas family, the park of the Domaine de Montlaur is one of the great landscape achievements of the flourishing era of the Languedoc wine estates. Since then, it has undergone very few transformations, the swimming pool having been built on the site of a basin that was never executed. Rare species and remarkable trees include Sapo pines (a 20,000-year-old fossil species), American hazelnut, maples, lime trees, oriental plane trees, and a few unlikely survivors, such as the three magnificent abalones in the small grove at the back of the park, which are miraculous examples of graphiosis.

Pruned with three branches, then left in free form, the oriental platanes trees of the large alley that leads to the bottom of the park to the river, form on both sides of the grassy path a double plant vault. Anglais

Pruned to three branches, then left in free form, the oriental plane trees of the long grassy path which leads from the castle to the river, form the Grande Perspective. On either side of the green carpet, the trees are divided into two majestic green vaults. Sensitive to the charm of the place, the painter Christian Bastian likes to capture its beauty.

Domaine de Montlaur's gardens

 Structured around a spectacular alley o foriental plane trees, DOMAINE DE MONTLAUR's park is one the most beautiful gardens in Aude.

The cottage garden received the first prize of the most beautifull garden in Aude district.


In front of the castle, in the middle of the lawn bordered by the astonishing avenue of plane trees, the swimming pool... Twelve meters by six, it is reserved for the guests of the Suite de la Bastide and the Pavillon du Régisseur. A great plunge in the fresh water and the softness of the nap....

        The castle's swimming pool is open from May to September.

swimming pool. Domaine de Montlaur. Charming gites. Cathar country. Marianne Niermans.

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The gardens of the cottage

On the other side of the road that runs along the park of the castle of Montlaur, the gardens of the cottage have a country air. Former vegetable gardens of this "ramonétage", a long building once inhabited by the "ramonés" (the people who took care of the horses on the estate), they now consist of various walled spaces. It is accessed by a Muscat alley that leads to a wide lawn framed by cypresses where fruit trees, a vegetable garden of aromatic herbs, another of tomatoes surround a swimming pool.


Higher up, a few stone steps are crossed, perennials and roses run along the wall of the cottage where a grape vine stretches. A hundred-year-old almond tree, oleanders and lavenders frame the summer dining room of the house. Separated by a small wall of laurels, the small gardens continue grassed up to a gravelly courtyard where opuntia aciculata (prickly pears) gild themselves in the sun in the company of invading fig trees.

The gardens of the cottage won the first prize of the Aude gardens.