Le Grand Bassin is probably one of the most scenic places to stay along the Canal du Midi, with terrific views and bargain prices. My room with a terrace was 60 Euros including breakfast for 2! There are many things that Le Grand Bassin is not, but you won’t find a place much nicer than this for the money, regardless of your budget. If you are bicycling the Canal du Midi, you won’t find a more perfect location in town.
I was a bit skeptical of the place the day we arrived by bicycle. From the outside, it is a little rough around the edges, but the minute that you step inside the B&B, you are impressed with the warmth and charm of the place. Le Grand Bassin is about a 10 minute walk from town, and is located right off the bike path along the Canal du Midi.
Le Grand Bassin provides basic accommodations with a great location and beautiful views. Rooms are clean, beds very comfortable and breakfast basic. We never met the owner Giles, but my interactions with him regarding reservations were pleasant and professional. Mme. Avinzac cannot speak much English, but she is helpful, very pleasant and welcoming. If it’s a day where the sun is out, you will find her sitting in the courtyard reading a book in the sun as she loves enjoying the Languedoc sun!
Restaurants are an easy walk from the B&B, and the town is full of restaurants specializing in Cassoulet, a specialty of the region. Since we had such a terrific view from our room, we opted to have a picnic on our terrace. You could easily spend several days exploring Castelnaudary and the surrounding area, and there is no more perfectly located and affordable place in town to stay than Le Grand Bassin
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For a pleasant break along the canal du midi, whether you are cycling, walking or sailing. Stop over at the lock keeper's stone house located on the "grand bassin". Camille, who knows the area like the back of his hand will be happy to welcome you and give you tips for visiting the region while you have breakfast in the garden under the shade of the plane trees or in the family room where a fire burns in the winter months. 5 Ensuite refurbished rooms with 1,60m double beds. ... more less