Turn left onto D21, signposted to Limoux and continue on this road for approx 2km. The road passes by the village of Villeneuve-les-Monréal and then winds up hill through woodland. At the top of the hill there is a T junction.
Turn left down hill onto the D623 - after approx 3km there is a roundabout. Take the second exit which is sign posted to Limoux.
You will pass a few houses and a small garage on the right hand side of the road. After a sweeping left hand bend, there is open land on each side of the road. You will see a large sign on the right hand side of the road advertising the Cave du Razès 2km. The turn to Routier is just before the Cave. Look out for a sign post on the right hand side of the road pointing to Routier on D309, take this turning.
You will pass through the tiny hamlet of Mondesir. Look through the trees on the right of the road and you will be able to see the village of Routier with its distinctive rectangular bell tower wall and a round water tower.
The road continues to climb, as you enter Routier. Pass the Post Office on the left, continue up hill, and very soon you will come to an unmarked junction with the water tower on your left. The road bends sharply around to the right in front of the water tower. Follow the road sharp right and Domaine des Etoiles is immediately on your right, behind a set of large green gates with sandy/pink coloured supporting walls. Pull up in front of the gates and ring entry phone which is on a small wall mounted panel on the left of the gate.
There is ample off road parking.
If you are using sat nav the address of Domaine des Etoiles is 2, chemin des Moulins 11240 Routier. If your sat nav doesn't have the address listed just put in "town center" and look out for the post office as you come into the village. (yellow sign) Pass the Post Office on the left, continue up hill, and very soon you will come to an unmarked junction with the water tower on your left. The road bends sharply around to the right in front of the water tower. Follow the road sharp right and Domaine des Etoiles is immediately on your right, behind a set of large green gates with sandy/pink coloured supporting walls. Pull up in front of the gates and ring entry phone which is on a small wall mounted panel on the left of the gate.
If lost, call Steve on 0033 (0)4 68 69 18 46 or 0033 (0)6 89 29 74 24.
By Air flying to:
Carcassonne, 30 km and 30 minutes is the nearest airport to Domaine des Etoiles. Car hire is available, or an airport pick up can be arranged.
Ryanair - flights from Stanstead, Dublin, Liverpool, and Nottingham-East Midlands & Brussels Charleroi. If you are picking up a hire car at the airport, exit from the airport parking and turn right onto D119 and follow the directions above.*
Toulouse, 103km and 60 to 90 minutes (depending on time of day) with many flight links from the UK including London & Manchester. From the airport follow the D902 in the direction of Bordeaux/Montpellier on to the A624/A61. Take exit 23 and follow the instructions above.
Perpignan, 130km and 90 minutes, flights from Manchester Southampton, Birmingham & Stansted. From the airport follow signs for the A9 Narbonne, then take the A61 to Toulouse/Carcassonne and follow the instructions above.
By train to:
Carcassonne Station, 32 kms and 35 minutes away. The SNCF website is very helpful for travel advice and a timetable and is available in an English version, just select the language you require on the home page.
For more information visit www.voyages-sncf.com
Rail Europe French Motorail will not run in 2010.
There is another way to get your car to the south of France though. The Autotrain service runs from Paris to Toulouse and Narbonne. You put your car on the train and then travel on either an overnight train or a TGV to your destination, picking up your car on arrival.
You can book the Autotrain service through Rail Europe on 0844 848 4064 or through the Travel Centre at 1 Regent Street, London SW1.
So if you want to bring your car to France, but don't fancy spending hours on the road at the start of your holiday, you still can!
For more information follow theAutotrain link
The no car option:
If you want to holiday without a car, transfers can be arranged from Carcassonne Airport (30 km away) and Carcassonne Railway Station (32 km away). It is possible to bring bicycles on the train and on some Ryanair flights at additional cost.
Ryanair advises that bicycles may be carried in the hold of the aircraft in addition to your personal checked baggage allowance upon payment of an additional fee per item, per one way flight, if booked at the time of reservation.
They stipulate that the pedals must be removed (or fixed inwards) and the handlebars must be fixed sideways. The bike should be contained in a protective box or bag. It is not necessary (from a safety perspective) to deflate typical tires found on bikes for carriage in the hold. However, to eliminate the small risk of them being damaged by bursting, you may wish to deflate the tires. Understandably this decision may be influenced by how easily the tires could be inflated upon arrival. Please see www.ryanair.com for full details.
A lift to the supermarket can be arranged with Steve or, if you prefer, pre ordered groceries can be organized for your arrival. Breakfast and evening meals can be provided if booked in advance.
Horse riding can be arranged at the village stables and the area around Routier is great for bird watching, walking, fishing and cycling (it is possible to walk or go by bicycle to the local wine cooperative to taste and buy the local wines) and for the less energetic Domaine des Etoiles is a great place to do nothing except relax and unwind in the sunshine.