18th century B&B close to Mirepoix

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Place de l'Église, Sonnac-sur-l'Hers, Languedoc-Roussillon 11230, France
Carolyn

Centuries old B&B on the village square in southern France. Beautifully presented rooms with antique furnishings and super comfy beds. Dinner served every evening. Close to beautiful, medieval Mirepoix, easy access Carcassonne, Toulouse & Spain.

Your host, Carolyn
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Centuries old B&B on the village square in southern France. Beautifully presented rooms with antique furnishings and super comfy beds. Dinner served every evening. Close to beautiful, medieval Mirepoix, easy access Carcassonne, Toulouse & Spain.

The Space

Centuries old, rambling bed and breakfast in southern France, tucked into the hills south of Carcassonne; winding staircases, ancient stone walls and beams, parquet floors - open your shutters each morning onto the lovely old square and feel like time really has stood still for the past 50 years. Our rooms are a lovely mix of old and new; antique French furnishings, white linens, super comfy beds and modern bathroom fittings. Bath products, hairdryer and magazines in all rooms. Complimentary tea and coffee, high speed WiFi & lots of free parking. We offer cyclist and family friendly accommodation, baby equipment on request.

La Grange ~ € 68 per night (€ 78 July / August)
Spacious double room with en-suite shower room at the back of the house so cooler in summer. Parquet floors, sleigh bed and a tiny balcony overlooking the terrace and old churchyard to the fields and hills. This room is listed separately:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/556184

Chambre 1~ € 68 per night (€ 78 July / August)
Double room with views of the square & church. Wool rugs on parquet floors, antique French bed & crisp white linens ~ the mix of old and new is delightful. The room has an adjoining room with 2 single beds, great for families & friends (€ 34 pp).

Lovely private bathroom (down 3 steps) with claw foot bath, rain shower and dual sinks, "...the bathroom was bigger than our apartment in Rome".

Chambre 2 ~ € 68 per night (€ 78 July / August)
Twin room with views of the square & church, antique French armoire, old fireplace and chateuesque mirror. Private bathroom (down 3 steps) with claw foot bath, rain shower and dual sinks.

Larger parties may also be accommodated in the self catering cottage next door, please see my other listings, thank you.

Breakfast € 6, dinner € 25 for 4 delicious courses and a choice of quality regional wines.

Dinner is served each evening, in the summer on the candlelit terrace to the sound of the cowbells or on the square by the church. In cooler months the ancient stone walls of the dining room provide a lovely ambiance. Nick is cordon bleu trained and can accommodate special diets including vegan and dairy and gluten free, just ask. His food has great reviews, traditional French home cooking with a fine dining twist. We grow much of our own produce organically on the potager where our hens scratch around, fluffy omelettes for breakfast are a house speciality.

Surrounded by wildflower meadows, mountains and lakes, the walking, cycling, mountain biking, bird watching, all from the back door, are fabulous. 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. Wild swimming in the lakes and river is a treat. The water is warm in the lakes in summer, Montbel is 5km, Puivert, 11km where you can 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. Some lovely, family ski resorts are about 40mins.

Guest Access

Comfy guest's salon with books, DVDs, games, and in the winter, a roaring log fire. Lots of outdoor spaces for dining - the square, the roof terrace, and the bar which opens onto the terrace. Comfy loungers on the terrace, drinks available all day, dinner served every evening.

Interaction with Guests

Always available for advice on what to do, maps to lend, help with planning walking & cycling routes, bike hire and restaurant reservations. Best places for visiting and secret places to explore.

Getting around

A car is recommended though we can pick you up from the train station or airport if you wish to walk or cycle - bike hire is available locally, from 15 euros per day delivered to your door.

Other Things to Note

The house is quirky with changes in levels and 1 or 2 places where you must mind your head. However, with a bit of care, even the very young and the very elderly have survived their holiday!

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $48 / night after 2 guests
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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  • This was our second time at Chez Maison Bleu and we enjoyed it very much again. Carolyn and Nick are great hosts. We felt very welcome and are still mesmerized by the little square. The area is so lovely and relaxing and I highly recommend it to people who want to get away from the city for a few days like us.

    June 2014
    Carolyn
    Response from Carolyn:

    Melanie, how lovely to see you again and hope to welcome you back very soon, perhaps with even more of your family. xx

    June 2014
  • We spent a week staying with Nick and Carolyn in Sonnac in June. They were welcoming and very helpful hosts who knew the local area well. They had suggestions about where to go, we did several local walks which we would really recommend. The walking trials were well marked and mostly deserted, some along an old railway track, we were lent a map. Our room was traditionally furnished in French style, the bed was comfortable. The house had been fully renovated over several years. We particularly liked having a bathroom with both a shower and a bath after a days walking. Breakfast was taken on the terrace when warm enough and consisted of coffee, tea, fresh fruit, croisants, bread, preserves and fruit juice, timing for breakfast was flexible, there was a focus on local, seasonal incredients. We stayed for dinner on our fist night and enjoyed Nick's cooking. Wine and beers etc were available to buy. Wifi was availble. As well as rooms in their house Nick and Carolyn also have a gite for hire which we viewed, it looked lovely, maybe next time!

    June 2014
  • We had a very pleasant stay here for 2 nights. The B&B was very clean, comfortable and on a beautiful quiet location. Carolyn and Nick are very friendly and welcoming and we can highly recommend this place to you.

    May 2014
    Carolyn
    Response from Carolyn:

    Thank you Reinier, very happy you enjoyed our lovely location and your visits to Montsegur and the Cathar sites. Until the next time, Carolyn & Nick

    May 2014
  • We live in the bubbly city of Barcelona and sometimes the noise can get a bit too much. My husband was taking pictures at a wedding in the area so I decided to go with him and relax in La Douce France with our greyhound Bertley. La Maison Bleu was everything we hoped for and the area is absolutely stunning. Carolyn and Nick took very good care of us, the food was delicious, the room very peaceful and the village very charming. Definitely also a big plus that they are so dog friendly. I can't wait to go back.

    September 2013
  • Nick and Carolyn are very warm and welcoming hosts who made our stay most enjoyable. The house has been well renovated, whilst retaining old French country character. Our bedroom was large, with a very comfortable bed, and views over the tiny village square. The neighboring church bells were cheerful, but don't ring at night so did not disturb our sleep. The bathroom was huge, and very well fitted, with good towels and toiletries, both a shower and a bath and plenty of hot water.

    Nick and Carolyn offer optional meals-family style. We enjoyed sharing their meals ( fresh, well cooked and thoughful menus) and local wines, as well as the interesting conversations with other guests and the hosts. If you do not wish to take up this option you will have to drive out, as there are no restaurants, bars or cafes in Sonnac. This also means that the village is a perfectly calm and peaceful place to be.

    Parking is easy and safe, close to the accommodation.

    There are lots of good walks from Sonnac, but for other activities you will need to drive or cycle out. We found the local roads to be very quiet and safe, even though they look wriggly on the maps!

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Sonnac, and highly recommend Maison Bleue, as long as it is peace and quiet you are seeking.

    September 2013
  • We really enjoyed our stay with Carolyn and Nic, who went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The location of the B&B allowed us to explore the beautiful Pyrénées mountains and nearby Cathar castles. We were also invited to the annual village fest, which proved to be a joyous and memorable occasion. The parking arrangements could be better though, but in all fairness this seems to be a problem throughout Europe.

    August 2013
    Carolyn
    Response from Carolyn:

    So glad you enjoyed your stay at our B&B. The parking issues arose because the village was en fete so there were many more people than normal, usually parking is not an issue at all. Very sorry if you were inconvenienced in any way.

    August 2013
  • What a beautiful location and house! Tiny square next to a church in a quintessential French village. Our double bedroom and our daughters room were large and furnished tastefully with antiques. The bathroom was lovely with a shower and roll top bath, and everything you might need but have forgotten to bring ! We decided to eat out and were directed to Mirepoix which was an amazing small market town, fantastic old buildings and square with lovely shops it had a festival on ,definitely worth a visit. Carolyn and Nick were extremely friendly and welcoming and we will definitely be back for a longer visit soon.

    August 2013
  • A very nice b&b in a spectacular setting. Nick made us dinnner and breakfast on the terrace , with nothing but the sound of cowbells in the background. Room was comfortable and well decorated. Carolyn and Nick were very gracious hosts. I would recommend a stay here.

    July 2013
  • My family really enjoyed our stay at Nick & Carolyn's welcoming B&B!
    They made us feel like old friends coming for a visit. The area surrounding is beautiful. It is a nice location from which you can take day trips...only wish we'd had more time! They were helpful and knowledgeable of the area and culture. We enjoyed many delicious meals from an attentive chef! We especially liked the emphasis on using fresh local ingredients, as they are in abundance in the summer in southern France. We also liked Nick's willingness to prepare certain foods and even adapt his cooking for our needs. Nick & Carolyn are great hosts! As far as the accommodations, everything was very clean and nicely decorated, which we appreciated very much. We were in rooms 1&2 and the only things we would change would be to add a small fan in each room for the hotter summer months. As well as some lighter curtains in room one (which is near a street light) during summer so as to block out at least some of the light while allowing the window to be open for some air. These are small things in the overall wonderful experience that we think would have helped us to sleep a little better. We would definitely return to stay with Nick & Carolyn and we would recommend their charming B&B!

    July 2013
  • We loved Carolyn and Nick's! The B & B is at once spacious and cozy with a very comfortable sitting room and terrace. The rooms are very nicely appointed with nice views and comfortable beds. We enjoyed dining on the terrace and getting to know the other guests. Our stay was short but thoroughly enjoyable. Next time, we will have to stay longer. I would recommend Carolyn and Nick's B&B to anyone.

    July 2013
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Workington Grammar School, Open University
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Chez Maison Bleue, Languedoc, France
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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.
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