Beautifully restored 18th century stone cottage on the peaceful village square. Surrounded by wildflower meadows, mountains & lakes, the wild swimming is a treat. Close to medieval Mirepoix, easy access to Carcassonne, Toulouse & Spain.
In the foothills of the Pyrenees south of Carcassonne, deep in southern France. Open your shutters each morning onto the lovely old square and feel like time has stood still for the past 50 years.
We can accommodate up to six people in three stylishly appointed bedrooms, 2 doubles and 1 twin. Ancient beams and stone exposed in thick walls mixed with contemporary, stylish fittings - the mix of old and new is delightful. Dine on the candlelit terrace to the sound of cow bells or in the shadow of the ancient church on the square.
The door from the square leads into the well equipped kitchen and dining room and into the ground floor double bedroom with WC and secret courtyard garden, just big enough for a table for two. The first floor salon leads to the private roof terrace with table and chairs, 2 comfy loungers, and views across the old village churchyard to the fields and hills. The main bathroom with claw foot bath and shower over is on this floor and a further 2 bedrooms on the top floor, a double room and a twin room suitable for children.
A peaceful, intimate retreat for couples or for families and friends. No hidden extra charges, free WiFi, plenty of parking and basket of welcome goodies of home grown and local produce.
Central heating means it's toasty in the winter - some fabulous, family-orientated downhill and cross-country ski resorts around 40mins drive.
Cottage guests are welcome to use the facilities of our B&B next door. Breakfast and dinner are served every day to offer you a break from self catering. Nick is cordon bleu trained - his food has great reviews. We can accommodate special diets including gluten and dairy free, just ask.
Surrounded by wildflower meadows, mountains and lakes, there is fabulous walking, cycling, mountain biking and bird watching, all from the back door. The village has a farm shop selling local produce, tree lined Chalabre is our nearest town, an easy 3km ramble or cycle for cafes, bars and shops.
We offer cyclist friendly accommodation, bike hire is available locally, we have maps to lend and can advise on routes.The water is warm in the lakes in summer, Lac Montbel is 5km, Lac Puivert, 11km where you can swim in the shadow of the mighty Cathar castle and barbeque your purchases from the night market. Carcassonne Plage offers a great alternative to the coast.
Explore ruined Cathar castles on rocky outcrops, Montsegur, Puivert, Perypertuse and Carcassonne are all an easy drive. Visit vineyards, medieval towns and villages, prehistoric caves and farmers markets - Mirepoix is 10 minutes drive and is the best on Monday mornings. The Prehistoric Park, Tarascon, butterfly farm and dinosaur museum are great for kids.
Carcassonne is our nearest airport (60km) an easy drive along roads that are quiet even in August. Toulouse is an hour and 15mins, Perpignan, Montpellier & Barcelona all within 2-3 hours. We are just off the A61 motorway, junction 22 Bram onto the scenic D16, close to Andorra (110km) and the Spanish border, Barcelona 275km. The nearest train station is Limoux (26km).
You have the whole house to yourselves. Additionally, you are welcome to use all the facilities of our B&B next door. As well as your own private roof terrace with table & chairs & 2 comfy loungers, there is a table and chairs outside your front door on the square.
Interaction with Guests
We are on hand to offer advice about the best, and sometimes secret places to visit. We have maps to lend and can help with bike hire, restaurant reservations, etc.
To have a fabulous holiday, enjoy the house and everything this beautiful, unspoilt region of Languedoc has to offer - that's all!
We had a great time at this wonderful cottage. It was perfect for a few days rest in a really quiet area. The cottage itself is beautiful, and has many of its old features still intact, making it a real pleasure to stay in. Carolyn and Nick gave us a really warm welcome and they provide so many small things to make their guest feel comfortable. Nick's cooking is a massive bonus and we really enjoyed the four course meal he cooked for us one evening, at such a reasonable price. The area is so pretty and there's lots to see and do. Lac de Montbel was a particular highlight for us. Highly recommended.
Carolyn's house was in an idyllic location and was immaculately presented. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome and Carolyn and Nick's generosity was greatly appreciated. The roll-top bath deserves particular mention and was perfect for winter time. The house was warm and cosy and we would definitely recommend to friends.
Chez Maison Bleue was every bit as lovely as the pictures led us to believe. Located on the town square near the church in quiet Sonnac sur L’Hers, it was the perfect combination of a peaceful, quiet getaway but in close proximity to trails and towns.
Homey and comfortable, we found a bottle of wine to welcome us to the gite. Nick’s s elegant cooking and Carolyn’s warm graciousness helped us transform from road-weary travelers to calm and happy tourists. The gite has three floors with a well-appointed kitchen and was the perfect place for the two couples. It has a lovely back deck overlooking a lush hillside beyond.
They were both so helpful as we planned our six days there, including giving us information about hiking and biking. We took a lovely hike through beautiful countryside outside the backdoor and a terriffic bikeride to a nearby lake and easy fun mountain bike trail.
Chez Maison Bleue is near the voie verte trails and easy driving distance to many Cathar castles including Montsegur and Puivert. It is near the medieval town of Mirepoix where we went to the market, and the town of Chalabre,
We liked it so much that my sister and her husband returned towards the end of their trip for three nights and stayed in the former, lovely “barn”. They enjoyed a high ceiling elegant room that was restful. They also got to enjoy three dinners of Nick’s cooking (including duck and boeuf bourgignon),– some of the best meals eaten during their month in France.
Carolyn and Nick were super-nice and super-accommodating. Their separate apartment was incredibly quiet--one could only hear the cowbells at dinner!--, comfortable, and well-equipped in general, with lots of extra touches for families in particular (books, games etc). When we did need something that seemed missing--basic things for kitchen cooking etc--they were very quick to show us or lend us some. Most of all, they were very flexible with us having Danko-dog stay. The only heads-up things to mention were the cemetery view from the terrace (superstitious for Asians) and the fact that the village is really just a small collection of houses on a road, so it's not completely comfortable for dog walks, but Nick is an experienced walker, and both are willing to give recommendations for walks near and far. Finally, we had dinner one night by Nick and it (especially the desserts, marvellous!) are recomemnded. :) Saludos from Danko+2.
Ron only spent 1 full day with us and on that day went to Toulouse, so unfortunately he didn't have the opportunity to explore the myriad of paths that lead from our door, including the GR7, the long distance walking route to Spain, and all its many variations. Neither did he take the opportunity to go by the river that runs through the village and walk the disused railway lines that expand in all directions for 250 kms, many leading through beautiful medieval towns and villages. Maybe next time.
We had such a wonderful stay. The house has been lovingly restored. Breakfast in the pretty square at the front. And in the afternoon, a quiet drink on the private terrace looking out over the rolling hillside. When did we last feel so well rested? Nick and Carolyn are perfect hosts. And Nick's a great cook if you want a break from the kitchen. Sonnac is handy for exploring the Pays Cathare. Our highlight was a refreshing swim in the river Hers which courses alongside Sonnac.
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We have owned our house in the South of France for 6 years during which time we have carefully restored and transformed it into comfortable, stylish accommodation that retains its long French history and character. We offer a choice of self-contained 3 bedroom cottage or chambres d'hotes. We are informal, but attentive hosts and can offer you more than a glimpse of French culture in this unspoilt region of Languedoc.
Nick is cordon bleu trained but doesn’t mess with the food too much - it just doesn’t need it. Vegetables are grown organically on our potager, other produce is purchased fresh and local, organic where possible. Menus reflect the seasons and the sun-drenched flavours of Languedoc washed down with some very nice Pays d’Oc wines and Fitou and Corbiere ‘appellations’.We can accommodate any special dietary requirements including vegan and gluten and dairy free.
We hope to welcome you to our very French home nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees.