About the Closerie
Formerly a traditional farm of the Toulouse region dating from the end of the 19th century, La Closerie de l'Autan offers its guests two accommodations for a simple and warm family hosting. It is located in the village of Fenouillet north-west of Toulouse.
The two accommodations are spacious and each have a private bathroom and toilet. The first consists of a double bedroom (Côté Jardin) with en-suite bathroom and dressing room. The second accomodation (Suite Familiale) is made up of three bedrooms and a small living room. It can accommodate up to 8 people (4 adults and 4 children or teenagers); it is therefore ideal for hosting a family or sharing with friends.
With its structure of red bricks and Garonne pebbles, and its wooden shutters, the building is well protected to face the local wind: l’Autan! It is set in a large wooded garden: depending on the season, violets, daffodils, irises, old roses, peonies, borage, mauves, etc., bring colorful touches to the green setting made of ornamental trees and fruit trees. A few hens and roosters, as well as a cat, all docile, are the other residents of this privileged place.
About the hosts
It is with great pleasure that Corinne and Jean will welcome you at the Closerie de l’Autan — a family home for 4 generations — for a relaxing stopover and/or a stay suitable for the discovery of the surroundings and the region of Occitanie. Back in their country, after several years spent abroad and strong of their worldwide experience, they are committed to giving a new life to this family home by welcoming guests from all horizons coming to our beautiful region. “Conviviality, exchange, tranquility, gourmet breakfast, are the pillars of the welcome that we strive to offer to our guests: our ambition for the Closerie de l’Autan is to cultivate the authenticity of a family home combining the charms of yesterday and today.” A windy period during the gestation of our project has “blown" us the name for the guest house. From the Latin Altanus (wind of the high seas), the Autan is a singular wind that runs through the Occitanie region from South to the North. Sometimes accused of being a turbulent wind “which can make one crazy”, its climatic virtues “Marine breeze extending to West of the Toulouse area” are nevertheless very popular in the summer season!
Located between the banks of the Garonne river and those of the Lateral Canal to the Garonne, Fenouillet is just 10 km from Toulouse center and 6 km from Toulouse Blagnac airport. The Latin etymology of its name remains uncertain; it would come from: either Fenoletum (hay, forage) or Foeniculum (small hay), giving Occitan fenolh and French fenouil. With suffix -etum (then, -et), Fenolhet designates a place where fennel abounds. Three highlights mark its history:
- The Celtic presence: Third century goldsmith parts discovered while digging the Canal Lateral in the middle of the 19th century — Fenouillet torques, now preserved at the Saint Raymond Museum in Toulouse.
- The floods of the Garonne: notably the 1875 one, immortalized by the formula “Que d’eau, Que d’eau ! (so much water)” pronounced then in Toulouse by the President Mac Mahon; Émile Zola reported the flood in his novel “L’Inondation”; but, a careful reading reveals that he makes the river flow to countercurrent.
- Inspiration for Henri Matisse: at the end of the 19th century, the artist painted several canvases there. Today, a hiking trail follows its footsteps in the “Ramiers” located in the meanders of the river.