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The CANAL DU MIDI ACTOR network brings together professionals, associations, individuals... all passionate about the Canal du Midi.

Be"Canal du Midi player" for users and visitors means:

  • publicize the construction, works and heritage of the Canal du Midi,

  • make known the characters in relation to the construction of the Canal du Midi,

  • create artistic or literary works related to the Canal du Midi,

  • propose a sustainable and/or participatory tourist offer around the Canal du Midi,

  • manage an event, a sporting or cultural gathering in connection with the Canal du Midi,

  • work to protect and/or maintain the Canal du Midi,

  • engage in a professional activity that enhances the Canal du Midi.

Be  "Canal du Midi actor" also means creating links between Canal du Midi actors, and thus:

  • sharing information on the actions carried out in connection with the Canal du Midi,

  • obtain the contact details of other people working to promote the Canal du Midi,

  • communicate and exchange between people working to promote the Canal du Midi,

  • be presented on a website bringing together all the players,

  • use the title (and the relative logo) to be identified as an involved and active person,

  • participate in an annual meeting of all stakeholders.

Inducted by theBrotherhood of Cassoulet, you will taste the divine dish (casssoulet) at Sophie's. Don't forget to book your table before your stay; other dishes are available upon reservation.

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Former house of the guardian of the Grand Bassin - emblematic place of the Canal du Midi

Sophia, the Director of the establishment is the winner of a call for projects to occupy this building on the edge of the Canal du Midi for an economic activity.

The keys to the house were handed over on 28.04.2018.

This house had been abandoned for 2 years. It is part of the architecture of the Canal du Midi, property of the French State which has delegated management to Voies Navigables de France (which also manages the Canal du Midi). 

To operate the house and its surroundings until 2036, a company was created. Huge human (family/friends) and financial resources have been implemented to bring the building back to life. The exteriors have been created (car parking, garden),... 

Atground floor, were the caretaker's office (current Mauzac room) as well as the garages. Behind the current entrance door, a large telephone was connected to the locks so that the keeper gave his orders to the lock keepers.

At thestage, there was the dwelling of the caretaker's family: kitchen (current saffron bedroom), living room and dining room (current pastel and PP Riquet bedrooms) as well as the bedrooms (current poppy bedroom and private part)._cc781905-5cde- 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

The attic has been fitted out to store all the linen necessary for the proper functioning of the house. 

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Reminder of our services Gîte d'été 3*** 

  • Breakfasts included in the price of the room

  • rooms: private bathroom, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, wardrobe, suitcase rest, bed linen and towels provided

  • free car parking

  • cycle welcome label: fridge and repair equipment made available to customers in the afocal à vélo

  • secure bike room with provision of electrical outlets, refrigerator and on request: hotplate and microwave 

Other services: to be specified

  • meals: starter, main course, dessert at 30€/person, served for all occupants from the house at 7 p.m.

  • picnic basket: 8€ (see yummy page of the site)

  • possibility of dead garage for vehicle: contact us

  • welcome bottle: 20€

  • basket filled with local products: 20€

  • bouquet of flowers: according to budget (to be ordered at least 48 hours in advance

  • possibility of making a washing machine: 5€ 

  • possibility of goldorganize workshops to prepare a cassoulet: duration 3 hours, participation of 70€

Guinguette evenings

Dates of the gîte's guinguette evenings: 13/07 (fireworks shot in front of the house)
+ the dates for May and June will be announced on our website next spring
+ music in the parking lot facing the Canal du Midi until midnight (maximum time, equipment storage included)

Hostel Castelnaudary (11) Aude, Le Grand Bassin votre Hébergement en bordure du Canal du Midi. Halte hébergement Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo

Commitment of places - Virtuous circle of the house 


The trash can in the room does not have a plastic bag. Which means less waste in nature. It is cleaned and disinfected after each rental. Paper bags are available to customers. 

As a garbage bag for the general operation of the house, we reuse the paper bags of our baker. 


Castelnaudary water is of good quality. We do not offer plastic water bottles in the rooms. 

CHICKENS(Lucette, Suzanne, Baptistine) / CAT (Merlin) / Gégé the HEDGEHOG, SQUIRRELS and other canal fauna 

The establishment works as zero waste as possible, with "homemade" or local artisanal products, recycling of food waste by the animals of the house.


Maintenance: The bed linen is managed in ESAT by people with mental disabilities. The bathroom linen is washed at home with ash detergent that we manufacture (0 nitrate). 

Recycling: The sheets in which you sleep are recycled into paper by our partner Le Moulin de Brousses et Villaret located 40 km from the house.

All the products offered are local participating in the fair remuneration of farmers. The breakfast bread is made in Castelnaudary



All products in the shop are local. 

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Gîte d'étape Canal du Midi , Castelnaudary, Aude, Le Grand Bassin, Le Grand Bassin votre Hébergement en bordure du Canal du Midi. Halte hébergement Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo
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