Domaine Castelsec

Castelsec is a place not far from the little village of Roquefort des Corbières, close to the Mediterranean sea in the Languedoc Roussillon. 3km further up the mountains across the “garrigue” or 5km up the winding road you will find Castelsec overlooking the sea and mountains.

The first settlers came to Castelsec in Gallo-Roman times. Evidence of the settlement can still be found on the 9 hectares property where the remains of an olive oil mill, a foundry, and a lime kiln probably dating back to the Middle Ages still exist.

Castelsec, the building overlooking the Domaine de Castelsec, is thought to have been the property of different noble families, such as the Pompadour de Monteil. During the French Revolution, the settlement was almost completely destroyed. In the 19th century, the core of the main building was used as a shelter for shepherds. To make it habitable again a lot of work and love has been invested.

Running water was the main challenge. The five old wells found on the grounds turned out to be just containers for water which dried out during the hot summer months. To achieve clean running water to modern standards in such a dry place a search for a source was started with the help of a geologist. Once water was found at 280m deep the restoration project could begin in earnest. The goal was to transform Castelsec while remaining true to the environment and its original features. Work on the roof and interior was completed in Autumn 2010 and Castelsec is now fully self-sufficient with solar-powered running water, central heating, TV, telephone and internet.

Mireille Courtier has been the owner of Castelsec for 3 decades and is for the first time opening Castelsec for others to enjoy. She welcomes her guests to enjoy the nature, peace and the stunning beauty of the landscapes reminiscent of film sets framed by the sea and mountains to be enjoyed from her terrace.

Born in Paris, I studied English at the Sorbonne. Then I spent 40 years living and teaching in Germany.
For 15  of these years, I organized student trips to the Corbières. During these trips, the pupils improved their French language and discovered the region through the excursions I organized. So I’ll be able to answer any question concerning excursions.you may wish to plan.

Thirty years ago, I fell in love with Castelsec and my enthusiasm spread over to the Corbières, the land of the Cathars, region of contrasts, extremes sun and wind.

You will meet my 2 dogs Mya and Dalton, who are sociable and gentle.