Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Couiza, Languedoc-Roussillon





« Stay in a Middle Age castle of courtly chivalry on the route of the Cathars»

Isabelle & Vincent Nourrisson

Description of the establishment

An imposing castle with a striking silhouette built on the land of the Cathars. In the bedrooms of this 16th century listed building, a medieval atmosphere and modern comforts are skilfully combined. The same clever recipe works its magic in the reception rooms, the old chapel converted into a lounge and the dining rooms, where refined dishes await you. Nearby you can discover the Cathar castles and abbeys.

Type of establishment
Hotel Restaurant
Services
Car Park Valet Parking Vegetable Garden Tranquillity Tennis Pool Animals Weddings Seminars
Valet Parking, WiFi, Porter, Internet Terminal, High-Speed Internet in rooms, Private Room Hire, Children’s Play Area, Babysitting (upon request), Cable / Satellite TV, TV, Safe
Activities
Spa Centre, Horse Riding (10 miles), Golf (40 miles), Driving Range, Kayak, Hot-Air Ballooning, Outdoor Pool, Beach - River, Hiking/Walking, Tennis, Thalassotherapy (10 miles)
Themes
Countryside, Village Centre, Vineyards
Owner
Isabelle &Vincent NOURRISSON
Spoken languages
German, Spanish, English
Annual closure of the hotel
Beginning of November to end of March
Book your table by phone
+33 (0)4 68 74 23 50
Category
Hotel Restaurant
Bonne Table
Sincere cuisine stemming from the best products in the terroir. Basic and hearty, this cuisine has deep roots in its region.
Chef
Paul GUILHEM
Chef's specialities
Opéra de foie gras aux pommes et miroir au Merlot des Joyeuses
Agneau de lait Catalan « XAI » confit 9 heures salpicon de ris glacé au jus de v
Chocolat lacté et fruit de la passion à faire fondre
Prices
Price of the menu 36 - 79 €
Average price à la carte 58 €
Price of the lunch menu 29 €
Price of the breakfast 16 €
Weekly closure of the restaurant
For lunch during the week.
Address
Allée Georges Roux

Couiza ( 11190 )
Airport
Carcassonne-Salvaza (35 miles)
Train station
Carcassonne (40 miles)
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Allée Georges Roux
Couiza 11190 fr
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
4.4 292 Very good
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Fairytale Castle
4.4
Romanitic location, very friendly and professional staff.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Un cadre exceptionnel
5
Je recommande vivement ce magnifique hotel. Le cadre est splendide. Le personnel est attentif et prévenant. Les chambres sont extrêmement confortables. Nous sommes venus avec 4 adolescents pour lesquels ce fut une belle découverte. La piscine est très agréable. Le buffet du petit déjeuner est aussi abondant que délicieux. Un joli moment de détente dans nos vies trop agitées.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
A recommander
4.6
hôtel de charme idéalement situé en bordure de rivière, de nombreuses balades à faire dans les environs. Très bonne table avec de jolies découvertes à faire. Une équipe agréable, un service discret et efficace. Très bon séjour.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Voyage dans le temps
4.9
Beauté de l'établissement, efficience et amabilité du personnel, qualité des mets...que dire de plus
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Esperienza indimenticabilr
4.9
Meraviglioso, luogo vicino a siti interessantissimi, atmosfera unica, prezzi delle cene un può elevati ma adeguati all'ambiente.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Lugar encantador
4.6
Precioso castillo perfectamente adecuado. Estancia muy relajante y satisfactoria. Personal excepcional.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Excellent!
4.9
Endroit enchanteur avec le ruisseau et les gros arbres, incluant le château et sa fabuleuse cour intérieure. Staff très gentil et attentionné (merci à Joël pour le service de soir au resto), la cuisine est extraordinaire et les petits-déjeuner copieux. J'ai été agréablement surpris par la modernité des services (salles de bains et internet). Manque seulement l'air climatisé car les nuits peuvent être très chaudes. Ma fille de 9 ans s'est sentie comme une princesse dans son château!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Everything was very good especially the carrying of our cases from car to room.
4.5
Everything was very good especially the carrying of our cases from car to room.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Rennaissance experience
4.5
Beautifully located castle next to the river. Welcoming and attentive staff. My wife has mobility problems' the staff provided a convenient parking space and changed our room to a more easily accessible one The owner was happy to spend time explaining the history and his passion for the castle. Would certainly recommend it.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Romantische Auszeit
4.5
Wir verbrachten wunderschöne Tage im Chateau, sind kulinarisch verwöhnt worden und haben ausgezeichnet im frisch renovierten Zimmer mit Blick auf den Innenhof geschlafen. Die Betten sind sehr bequem und haben sogar weiche Bettdecken und nicht nur das sonst typische Laken. Die Hoteliers haben uns mit vielen Tipps gezeigt, welch schöne Ausflüge in der landschaftlich geprägten Umgebung möglich sind. Gerne haben wir anschließend das Baden im Pool genutzt und auf der Sonnenliege am rauschenden Fluss entspannt.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Splendido
4.5
Semplice ed elegante, ristorante eccellente e personale gentilissimo. E la corte del castello per cenare in uno scenario incantevole.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Endroit Magnifique
4.5
Le Château est superbe, avec la rivière l'Aude qui chuchote en bas des chambres, c'était magique! Même si l'atmosphère de notre chambre était un peu oppressante mais c'est l'ambiance médiévale qui veut sans doute ça? Le bar est magique et la boutique de l'hotel avec produits locaux est une bonne idée. Le restaurant est excellent et tout le personnel et les propriétaires sont très professionnels, très gentils. Egalement plein de chouettes endroits tout autour. A recommander chaudement!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Un service exemplaire
4.7
un château mais pas prétentieux, des gens attentionnés, des chambres très confortables, des repas très agréables
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Great stay at the Chateau
4.8
Loved the historic Chateau, the staff and the location to the many sites to visit in Southern France.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Voyage tourisme
4.1
Excellent service tant au château qu'au Resto. Tres bon repas et plat bien travaillés. Chambres un peu petites
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Romantic Chateau Stay
4.3
Fantastic place to stay and gave us the romantic trip we wanted. Would thoroughly recommend the Chateau. The staff were great, food was lovely and the little village it occupied was very picturesque, lying in a valley in the mountains.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Bravo
4.6
Merci à la dame du petit déjeuner très sympathique et disponible
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Fantastic food
4.8
Noisy breakfast set up if your windows are on the courtyard. Very noisy fan in room that needs replacing. Margerine at breakfast would be good for those of us that do not eat dairy. ONE OF THE BEST DINNERS EVER. A fantastic chef.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
An excellentbstay
4.7
All in All a terrific Stay. Staff were superb, couldn't do enough for us. The look of the Chateau from outside is amazing, inside, the standard rooms are a little plain but very comfortable, the larger rooms looked very impressive. Tea/coffee facilities would be a nice addition as would an English language TV channel. The bathroom was well laid out, clean and perfectly adequate. Breakfast was very good, although on a couple of occasions the pastries weren't as fresh as they could have been. The pool area, tennis court and grounds were a pleasure to be in - the pool in particular is excellent, with a very clean toilet and shower, maintained to the same high standard s as the rest of the hotel. Location, right on the bank of the river Aude is beautiful (mosquitoes are not a problem as the river is fast flowing here).
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Un accueil parfait
4.9
Un accueil parfait
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Une étape reposante.
4.9
S'il n'y avait qu'une seule chose à retenir du séjour ce serait la gentillesse du personnel. Merci pour ce service sans faille.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Commentaire
4.4
Ce chateau a énormément de charme. L'accueil par les propriétaires est remarquablement convivial. La cuisine est une très belle surprise, surtout quand on essaie de trouver un restaurant digne de ce nom dans la région. Seul bémol: une climatisation serait la bienvenue quand les températures sont élevées.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Couiza: first visit.
4.4
We really enjoyed our stay. The setting in such an historic building was charming. This area of France is very special. We will be back!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Living in luxury and beauty at a modest price
4.7
Classy, warm, friendly, elegant, superb dining, centrally located in the Languedoc area, easy to get to all the sights. Highly recommended.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Stay in a real castle!
4.5
We had a lovely time in this charming place. We really did stay in a tower (!) which was splendid. The staff and service were superb and the food was nice and authentic.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Wonderful chateau with great cuisine.
4.3
Wonderful chateau with great cuisine.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
South of France, beautiful Castle hotel.
4.7
Stunning. 5 stars!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
CAn't wait to go back
4.5
This is a brilliant hotel in fantastic setting, a real haven of peace and tranquility - coupled with amazing food at dinner
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
We were attracted by the fact that the restaurant was open on a Monday evening -...
4.6
We were attracted by the fact that the restaurant was open on a Monday evening - we struggled to find a quality restaurant on either Sunday or Monday evenings
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
It´s just beautiful, and the stay was an experience in itself. We felt very...
4.4
It´s just beautiful, and the stay was an experience in itself. We felt very welcome and the staff was so sweet, friendly and helpful. We hope to be back.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
In particular the Restaurant and Wine selection was excellent, we both enjoyed...
4.3
In particular the Restaurant and Wine selection was excellent, we both enjoyed the Fois Gras particularly but the Lamb was quite exceptional and the best we have ever experienced. Similarly the wine list was extensive and local with excellent recommendations from the Sommelier. Quit the best restaurant experience we have had in France for many years...
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
There is no choice for Languedoc which is our favourite area in France
4.6
There is no choice for Languedoc which is our favourite area in France
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Wonderful place to stay - would recommend highly. Special mention for staff and...
4.2
Wonderful place to stay - would recommend highly. Special mention for staff and owners
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
I would recommend that you outline all kind of things you can do in this area...
5
I would recommend that you outline all kind of things you can do in this area full of historic places with other outdoor activities.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Wi-fi reception a bit patchy - but it's a castle with thick walls !
4.3
Wi-fi reception a bit patchy - but it's a castle with thick walls !
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Not really; I'm a bit of a technophobe!
4.4
Not really; I'm a bit of a technophobe!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Great experience. Wonderful staff. Very attentive. Location is beautiful. I...
4.9
Great experience. Wonderful staff. Very attentive. Location is beautiful. I would highly recommend this uncommon historical chateau other friends and travelers.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
A lovely place to stay. Very unique, attentive staff and excellent food.
4.7
A lovely place to stay. Very unique, attentive staff and excellent food.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Eating in the hotel restaurant was a superb experience and one to be...
4.9
Eating in the hotel restaurant was a superb experience and one to be recommended.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
The hotel was lovely in every way! The staff were attentive but not intrusive...
4.6
The hotel was lovely in every way! The staff were attentive but not intrusive and very friendly. The surroundings were gorgeous, not everyday you stay in a real castle!!! The menu was very beutiful and the food gorgeous. Overall and excellent place to stay and would recommend to any of my friends.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
An interesting stay, combining a period feel with modern comforts. Part of the...
4.5
An interesting stay, combining a period feel with modern comforts. Part of the time we live in a fairly old house (1785) in the UK and part of the time in Pretoria where there is little over 50 years old, so my wife (who is South African) particularly appreciated the sense of history both in the hotel and the area as a whole, with vineyards going back around two millennia. The breakfast was excellent, but to our taste the restaurant in the evening (which was a most attractive setting) was a little over fussy in the cookery department. We are perhaps not typical in that, it must be said. The staff were completely charming and helpful, and the setting on the riverside very pleasant indeed.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Lovely setting, basic rooms but good food - would definitely recommend!
4.3
Lovely setting, basic rooms but good food - would definitely recommend!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
The staff were very friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. We loved the ambiance....
4.1
The staff were very friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. We loved the ambiance. We would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a fun, unique place to stay.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Fairytale Castle
4.4
Romanitic location, very friendly and professional staff.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Un cadre exceptionnel
5
Je recommande vivement ce magnifique hotel. Le cadre est splendide. Le personnel est attentif et prévenant. Les chambres sont extrêmement confortables. Nous sommes venus avec 4 adolescents pour lesquels ce fut une belle découverte. La piscine est très agréable. Le buffet du petit déjeuner est aussi abondant que délicieux. Un joli moment de détente dans nos vies trop agitées.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
A recommander
4.6
hôtel de charme idéalement situé en bordure de rivière, de nombreuses balades à faire dans les environs. Très bonne table avec de jolies découvertes à faire. Une équipe agréable, un service discret et efficace. Très bon séjour.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Voyage dans le temps
4.9
Beauté de l'établissement, efficience et amabilité du personnel, qualité des mets...que dire de plus
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Esperienza indimenticabilr
4.9
Meraviglioso, luogo vicino a siti interessantissimi, atmosfera unica, prezzi delle cene un può elevati ma adeguati all'ambiente.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Lugar encantador
4.6
Precioso castillo perfectamente adecuado. Estancia muy relajante y satisfactoria. Personal excepcional.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Excellent!
4.9
Endroit enchanteur avec le ruisseau et les gros arbres, incluant le château et sa fabuleuse cour intérieure. Staff très gentil et attentionné (merci à Joël pour le service de soir au resto), la cuisine est extraordinaire et les petits-déjeuner copieux. J'ai été agréablement surpris par la modernité des services (salles de bains et internet). Manque seulement l'air climatisé car les nuits peuvent être très chaudes. Ma fille de 9 ans s'est sentie comme une princesse dans son château!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Everything was very good especially the carrying of our cases from car to room.
4.5
Everything was very good especially the carrying of our cases from car to room.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Rennaissance experience
4.5
Beautifully located castle next to the river. Welcoming and attentive staff. My wife has mobility problems' the staff provided a convenient parking space and changed our room to a more easily accessible one The owner was happy to spend time explaining the history and his passion for the castle. Would certainly recommend it.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Romantische Auszeit
4.5
Wir verbrachten wunderschöne Tage im Chateau, sind kulinarisch verwöhnt worden und haben ausgezeichnet im frisch renovierten Zimmer mit Blick auf den Innenhof geschlafen. Die Betten sind sehr bequem und haben sogar weiche Bettdecken und nicht nur das sonst typische Laken. Die Hoteliers haben uns mit vielen Tipps gezeigt, welch schöne Ausflüge in der landschaftlich geprägten Umgebung möglich sind. Gerne haben wir anschließend das Baden im Pool genutzt und auf der Sonnenliege am rauschenden Fluss entspannt.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Splendido
4.5
Semplice ed elegante, ristorante eccellente e personale gentilissimo. E la corte del castello per cenare in uno scenario incantevole.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Endroit Magnifique
4.5
Le Château est superbe, avec la rivière l'Aude qui chuchote en bas des chambres, c'était magique! Même si l'atmosphère de notre chambre était un peu oppressante mais c'est l'ambiance médiévale qui veut sans doute ça? Le bar est magique et la boutique de l'hotel avec produits locaux est une bonne idée. Le restaurant est excellent et tout le personnel et les propriétaires sont très professionnels, très gentils. Egalement plein de chouettes endroits tout autour. A recommander chaudement!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Un service exemplaire
4.7
un château mais pas prétentieux, des gens attentionnés, des chambres très confortables, des repas très agréables
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Great stay at the Chateau
4.8
Loved the historic Chateau, the staff and the location to the many sites to visit in Southern France.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Voyage tourisme
4.1
Excellent service tant au château qu'au Resto. Tres bon repas et plat bien travaillés. Chambres un peu petites
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Romantic Chateau Stay
4.3
Fantastic place to stay and gave us the romantic trip we wanted. Would thoroughly recommend the Chateau. The staff were great, food was lovely and the little village it occupied was very picturesque, lying in a valley in the mountains.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Bravo
4.6
Merci à la dame du petit déjeuner très sympathique et disponible
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Fantastic food
4.8
Noisy breakfast set up if your windows are on the courtyard. Very noisy fan in room that needs replacing. Margerine at breakfast would be good for those of us that do not eat dairy. ONE OF THE BEST DINNERS EVER. A fantastic chef.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
An excellentbstay
4.7
All in All a terrific Stay. Staff were superb, couldn't do enough for us. The look of the Chateau from outside is amazing, inside, the standard rooms are a little plain but very comfortable, the larger rooms looked very impressive. Tea/coffee facilities would be a nice addition as would an English language TV channel. The bathroom was well laid out, clean and perfectly adequate. Breakfast was very good, although on a couple of occasions the pastries weren't as fresh as they could have been. The pool area, tennis court and grounds were a pleasure to be in - the pool in particular is excellent, with a very clean toilet and shower, maintained to the same high standard s as the rest of the hotel. Location, right on the bank of the river Aude is beautiful (mosquitoes are not a problem as the river is fast flowing here).
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Un accueil parfait
4.9
Un accueil parfait
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Une étape reposante.
4.9
S'il n'y avait qu'une seule chose à retenir du séjour ce serait la gentillesse du personnel. Merci pour ce service sans faille.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Commentaire
4.4
Ce chateau a énormément de charme. L'accueil par les propriétaires est remarquablement convivial. La cuisine est une très belle surprise, surtout quand on essaie de trouver un restaurant digne de ce nom dans la région. Seul bémol: une climatisation serait la bienvenue quand les températures sont élevées.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Couiza: first visit.
4.4
We really enjoyed our stay. The setting in such an historic building was charming. This area of France is very special. We will be back!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Living in luxury and beauty at a modest price
4.7
Classy, warm, friendly, elegant, superb dining, centrally located in the Languedoc area, easy to get to all the sights. Highly recommended.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Stay in a real castle!
4.5
We had a lovely time in this charming place. We really did stay in a tower (!) which was splendid. The staff and service were superb and the food was nice and authentic.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Wonderful chateau with great cuisine.
4.3
Wonderful chateau with great cuisine.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
South of France, beautiful Castle hotel.
4.7
Stunning. 5 stars!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
CAn't wait to go back
4.5
This is a brilliant hotel in fantastic setting, a real haven of peace and tranquility - coupled with amazing food at dinner
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
We were attracted by the fact that the restaurant was open on a Monday evening -...
4.6
We were attracted by the fact that the restaurant was open on a Monday evening - we struggled to find a quality restaurant on either Sunday or Monday evenings
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
It´s just beautiful, and the stay was an experience in itself. We felt very...
4.4
It´s just beautiful, and the stay was an experience in itself. We felt very welcome and the staff was so sweet, friendly and helpful. We hope to be back.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
In particular the Restaurant and Wine selection was excellent, we both enjoyed...
4.3
In particular the Restaurant and Wine selection was excellent, we both enjoyed the Fois Gras particularly but the Lamb was quite exceptional and the best we have ever experienced. Similarly the wine list was extensive and local with excellent recommendations from the Sommelier. Quit the best restaurant experience we have had in France for many years...
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
There is no choice for Languedoc which is our favourite area in France
4.6
There is no choice for Languedoc which is our favourite area in France
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Wonderful place to stay - would recommend highly. Special mention for staff and...
4.2
Wonderful place to stay - would recommend highly. Special mention for staff and owners
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
I would recommend that you outline all kind of things you can do in this area...
5
I would recommend that you outline all kind of things you can do in this area full of historic places with other outdoor activities.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Wi-fi reception a bit patchy - but it's a castle with thick walls !
4.3
Wi-fi reception a bit patchy - but it's a castle with thick walls !
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Not really; I'm a bit of a technophobe!
4.4
Not really; I'm a bit of a technophobe!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Great experience. Wonderful staff. Very attentive. Location is beautiful. I...
4.9
Great experience. Wonderful staff. Very attentive. Location is beautiful. I would highly recommend this uncommon historical chateau other friends and travelers.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
A lovely place to stay. Very unique, attentive staff and excellent food.
4.7
A lovely place to stay. Very unique, attentive staff and excellent food.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Eating in the hotel restaurant was a superb experience and one to be...
4.9
Eating in the hotel restaurant was a superb experience and one to be recommended.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
The hotel was lovely in every way! The staff were attentive but not intrusive...
4.6
The hotel was lovely in every way! The staff were attentive but not intrusive and very friendly. The surroundings were gorgeous, not everyday you stay in a real castle!!! The menu was very beutiful and the food gorgeous. Overall and excellent place to stay and would recommend to any of my friends.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
An interesting stay, combining a period feel with modern comforts. Part of the...
4.5
An interesting stay, combining a period feel with modern comforts. Part of the time we live in a fairly old house (1785) in the UK and part of the time in Pretoria where there is little over 50 years old, so my wife (who is South African) particularly appreciated the sense of history both in the hotel and the area as a whole, with vineyards going back around two millennia. The breakfast was excellent, but to our taste the restaurant in the evening (which was a most attractive setting) was a little over fussy in the cookery department. We are perhaps not typical in that, it must be said. The staff were completely charming and helpful, and the setting on the riverside very pleasant indeed.
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Lovely setting, basic rooms but good food - would definitely recommend!
4.3
Lovely setting, basic rooms but good food - would definitely recommend!
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
The staff were very friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. We loved the ambiance....
4.1
The staff were very friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. We loved the ambiance. We would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a fun, unique place to stay.