Bright and sunny cottage

Looking to the South, in a very quiet and resting nature

impressive living room ...

ceiling at 3.80 m ; beautiful beams ... and stone walls !

sun, stone and wood

serenity and simple pleasures

the kitchen ...

a large and nice room, fully equipped

up to the first floor

... enjoying a magnificent chandelier

3 bedrooms ... and more

3 large bedrooms and extra beds
1 bathroom (shower, bath)
and a large terrace for sunbathing!

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for an unforgettable holiday !

Our local productions

honey and saffron

The Cathars at Penne

In the year 1200, the lord of Penne was an ally of the Cathars. Penne was then Penne d'Albigeois ... 

During the crusade against the Albigensians (so-called "Cathars"), the castle of Penne (Penne d'Albigeois) is the objective of bloody wars between the lord of Penne, who joined the Cathars, and the supporters of Simon de Montfort IV who led the crusade. 

The catharism is a medieval Christian movement. The Cathars regarded the universe as the creation of a god with two faces: the material world, bad, offers temptations and corruption, while the spiritual world is good and opens the way to paradise, offering redemption and liberation of the soul. For the Cathars the souls wander from body to body. Only the spiritual baptism has the ability to break the chain that holds the soul to the body, and thus enable it after a final earthly death, to regain the sky.

The Catholic Church's crusade against the Cathars began in 1208, but it was only in 1223 that Simon de Montfort IV occupies Penne for the Crusaders. The Count Raymond VII of Toulouse (Cathar) retook the city in 1229, but had to return it to the king of France shortly after (treaty of Meaux-Paris which ended the ended the Albigensian Crusade).

During this conflict, the Cathars were hunted down and killed without mercy. Local memory retain the history of the dramas of Minerve and Montségur where tens of Cathars were burned on public place.

The inhabitants of south-west France are still imbued with the dramatic story of the Cathars. Maybe in a search for local identity. To add to the trouble or to the search for identity, the Occitan cross  with 12 balls here displayed (left and right), which is still the symbol of Occitania, and the city of Toulouse, was also the rallying symbol of the Cathars. It was the cross arms of the Counts of Saint-Gilles and the Counts of Toulouse and of Languedoc untill the Catholic crusade.

It should be noted, however, that the Cathars sought simplicity and poverty to get closer to spiritual heaven. In this sense they had no symbol for their religion, or at least the history does not know.

The Pays d'Oc or Occitania never had real political existence. It is the region where the "Oc language" was spoken (Occitan). this region stretching from northern Italy to Bordeaux, including the Pyrenees and Catalonia. Occitan was spoken in this region until the unification of France.


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