As you cruise the peaceful inland waterways of France, you will glimpse a number of impressive châteaux from the deck of your hotel barge. Guests aboard French Hotel Barge Anjodi have the chance to explore a particularly special estate while cruising the Canal du Midi: the Château de Perdiguier.
Set within a gorgeous 700-hectare estate, the Château de Perdiguier is known as both a grand seat since the medieval period and a thriving modern producer of Languedoc wine. One can still spot the original 13th-century architecture in certain places – the north wing, for example – which hints at the long history of the house. It was built in 1280 and came under royal control within a decade. In 1375 it was given by King Charles V to Jean Perdiguier, the region’s royal treasurer – the earliest record of vineyards on the site dates back to this time.
Although gifted a beautiful estate, Jean Perdiguier was not destined to enjoy the house and its grounds. He was killed in the Montpellier Rebellion just four years after he became its master. The Château was passed down the female line until 1793, a period which the building was extensively restructured and reimagined. Today, visitors see the central courtyard, round towers, irregularly spaced mullion windows and steep tiled roofs that were added at this time.
An Abundant Estate
The Château is not only famous for its long history and romantic façade; it is a working estate that produces cereals, fruit, honey and wine. Eight varieties of grape are nurtured in its small but hardworking vineyard, famously including the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes that are blended to produce its delicious En Auger wines. A tour around the Château will give you a glimpse of the amazing vaulted cellars where the wines are aged to perfection, and a private tasting with a master sommelier will give you a taste of its stellar produce.
French Hotel Barge Anjodi
Sporting a classic Dutch design, the 8-passenger Anjodi hotel barge had a recent facelift in 2016, with cabins and salon skillfully refurbished to create a lighter, more spacious ambience that complements its African hardwood paneling and shining brass fittings.
The well planned accommodation offers a choice of four air-conditioned staterooms (which can be configured as twins or double according to your preference), each with full en-suite facilities. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated spa pool (hot tub) — the perfect place, to watch the sun set after dinner on a warm Mediterranean evening.
Anjodi's highly professional crew of four is comprised of Master Chef, Tour Guide and Host/Hostess, led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more. Their knowledge of the region combined with the 8 bikes provided, will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.
- Tour Carcassonne, the most complete medieval fortified city in existence
- Narbonne's Archbishop's Palace and colorful market
- Explore the hilltop village of Minerve
- Private wine tasting at the 14th-century Château de Perdiguier
- View the Pyrenees mountains across the vineyards and discover Cathar history
- Visit Pezenas, a village associated with the playwright Molière
- Cruise through the world's oldest canal tunnel at Malpas
- Excellent towpath for walking and cycling
- "Biking Plus" option available
Anjodi offers private, whole-boat charters as well as individual cabin cruises where you share the barge with others. Special offers are current available (CLICK HERE) with discounts of 10% and 20% off standard rates depending upon dates.
Cruise the Canal du Midi with Barge Anjodi
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