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Come sip life...
 
 
Peaceful Nature
La Campagne
The road less traveled...for all seasons
Things to do
Hiking and biking
Incredible hiking trails and walks throughout the countryside for all levels.  Sensational road or mountain biking.
Wine exploration
France is known for its wine.  Explore to your hearts content or stay right in the village, known for some of the best wine in the Corbieres region.
Gastronomy
Farm to table cooking, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread and crossaints, local seafood, local charceuterie and cheeses.
"I was able to completely disconnect and slip into calm"
-Nick Little, Boulder, CO U.S.A.
  1. Mediterranean Beach
    30 minutes over the hills on a country road, lies 2 beautiful Mediterranean beach villages. Leucate and La Franqui. Laid-back, old school charm sans the chaos and hype of big tourist destinations. Relax and feel at ease amongst the cliffs, long walking beaches, azure water and local people.
  2. The Pyrenees Mountains
    About 90 minutes from the village, find yourself in the majestic Pyrenees mountains. Hiking trails, ski villages, amazing scenery. Explore the alpine villages and markets sampling some of the finest cheese in the country or take a picnic into the wild.
  3. Local Markets
    French outdoor markets are splendid. The tastes, smells, ambient. From fresh produce, seafood, meats, breads and pastries to clothes,"clic-clac" and flea markets.There are several in the area different days of the week with different specialities. "Les Halles" in nearby Narbonne, hosts one of the oldest undercover markets open daily.
  4. Southern France culture
    Life out of the fast-lane. Step back in time to a slow, casual, laid back way of life. Savor and appreciate every minute of the day. Linger over meals, sip your wine, take an afternoon siesta, walk amongst the vines, stop and smell the roses.
  5. Cathar Castles
    Discover the history and castles of this medieval time. Hike all, or parts of the 200km CatharTrail which encompasses breathtaking scenery and 12 Cathar castle stops. Several are just a short drive from Embres.
  6. Relaxation and Calm
    Disconnect from your busy life and reconnect to your basic needs. Nurture yourself with peace, quiet, comfort, healthy meals, exercise, and overall well-being.
"A true local experience in rural France. From the organic food to the great wine and company, we enjoyed every minute
of our stay!"
-Kimmy and KP Peterson
Brooklyn, N.Y. U.S.A
 

"It was as if I was hiking in a giant herb garden. Wild Rosemary, Thyme, Fennel, Laurel, Lavender. Most of my hikes, I didn't see a soul.  Such quiet and
sensual delight"
-Rebecca, on he first visit to the Corbieres
 
 
 
Unwind
 
Live in the moment and let your agenda be dictated by the curiosity and imagination.  Spend your time doing nothing and just absorbing the calm, or enjoy exploring the beautiful surroundings on foot, bike, or car.  Les Deux Hortensias is your perfect homebase for a unique, relaxing vacation in the
French countryside and Mediterranean seaside.  See our packages and add ons to create
your ideal, rustic, relaxing, adventure holiday.
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The Place
Les Deux Hortensias is a spacious, 70m2 (750 ft) apartment on the entire ground level of an early 20th century French village house. Inspired by the "deux hortensias" the two big hydrangas in the front garden, you can't miss our location just on the edge of the village.
Newly renovated, the space has a chic, clean, airy feel with rustic and contemporary design features. You will be living like a local here. Tourism is very understated, which adds to the peacefulness, adventure and charm.  Enjoy the slow, easygoing pace of the South and sip its pleasures! Embres et Castelmaure is a small wine farming village in the Corbieres wine region, in the departement of Aude, in the Languedoc region of France.  We are located in South Central France on the Mediterranean Sea, 90 minutes N. of Spain. The only village commerce is the Wine Cooperative tasting room and a charming seasonal restaurant with outdoor seating overlooking the vineyards . There is a weekly vegetable merchant, charcutier with sausages, cured meats and eggs, a butcher, cheese merchant, and daily bread delivery. All food cart style! There is a supermarket, gas station, pharmacy, health clinic, bank, ATM, public pool, tennis courts, in nearby Durban, 9.9 km away. A quick, 10 minute drive. There are several good little restaurants in a 8-15 km radius or a great cook upstairs! The city of Narbonne is 35 minutes by car, Perpignan 40 minutes, Carcassone 45 minutes, Toulouse 2 hours, Paris 7 hours.  Barcelona, Spain 3.0 hours.