The Abbaye Saint Hilaire is in the Centre of The Village You can take a tranquil walk into the ancient past of the Abbaye. The first bishop of Carcassonne built a chapel here in the sixth century. It Is where the sparkling wine Blanquette de Limoux was first bottled in 1531, before the method of creating sparkling wine was made famous else where
The Village of Saint Hilaire Aude and Abbaye is set in a small Valley nestled between the foot hills of the Pyrenees..
Wander near by Villages and visit the Vide Greniers "Car boots Flea Markets " where you can find long lost Renoir's or works of art at bargain prices . Uncluttered streets to walk
through and explore. All seasons of the year,the Aude region offers many different experiences.
If you like to explore and see the true Country side of The Occitanie Languedoc France. Then follow your heart and go off the beaten tourist track and search out the hidden Gems .
Ideal fishing locations with some large Carp and Chub. Local Lakes and Rivers offer a wealth of challenges to the Adventurous fisherman. Le Lauguet Our River has many surprises, with 30lb Carp reported. Tranquil Waters that have hard Fighting fish to catch. Well stocked Tackle outlets are in the Carcassonne centre just a short drive away.
Fly Fishing for Trout is a Challenge and the local venues are well stocked
French Licence Needed
The Aude region offers so much for the traveller who likes casual walking or cycling Holidays in the Occitanie,Languedoc ,Aude
Of course there is Site seeing by car or motorbike. Where you can stop at your Leisure and enjoy the French two hour dinner break.
Poppy fields that spring up In May and June. Making a blaze of colour across the Fields.
The Vineyards in the nearby Village of LEUC Taken late November, even at this time of year the region has so much visual beauty to offer with ever changing Scenes.
The Spanish town of Andorra is a drive
of 2 hours away just over the border. Even in the winter the area has a beauty of its own.
There are near by Ski slopes for the adventurous. Then there are the other more energetic sports to tempt more active participants. From White Water Rafting, Quad Biking, Go Karting, Horse Riding.
You can still enjoy the Autumn Sun and return to Maison l'Orchidee's centrally heated rooms and relax with a hot cup of Chocolate while you plan your next day out. The Vineyards that stretch across the Aude Wine growing regions, make great settings for Landscape Photography just a short walk from Maison de L'Orchidée. There's Wine tasting from locally produced wine , Cheeses and Fruits can be purchased at the local markets.