Centuries old stone house on the pedestrianised village square in southern France. Beautifully presented rooms with antique furnishings and super comfy beds. Dinner served every evening, please reserve in advance. Close to beautiful, medieval Mirepoix, easy access Carcassonne, Toulouse & Spain.
Open June - October, centuries old, rambling bed and breakfast, tucked into the hills south of Carcassonne; winding staircases, ancient stone walls and beams, parquet floors - open your shutters each morning to the lovely old square and feel like time really has stood still for 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, good WiFi and free parking around the village. We offer cyclist and family friendly accommodation, baby equipment on request.
Prices are € 78 for 2 people in a double or twin room. Continental breakfast of fresh local and homemade produce available € 7. A cot can fit in all our rooms at no extra charge.
The Barn Room
Spacious double height room in the original barn at the back of the house so a bit cooler in summer. With en-suite shower room, parquet floors, vintage wooden bed with comfy mattress and feather filled quilts and pillows. A tiny balcony overlooking the terrace and old churchyard to the fields and hills. I also have this room listed separately.
A double room with antique French bed and views of the square & church. Shuttered windows, wool rugs on parquet floors ~ the mix of old and new is delightful. Separate large, lovely private bathroom (down 3 steps) with claw foot bath, rain shower and dual sinks, "...the bathroom was bigger than our apartment in Rome".
With 2 single beds and views of the quiet village square & church, antique French armoire, old fireplace and chateau style mirror. Separate large, lovely private bathroom (down 3 steps) with claw foot bath, rain shower and dual sinks. Rooms 1 & 2 are inter-connecting and are fabulous for families and friends.
Larger parties, up to 6, may also be accommodated in the self catering cottage next door which I have listed separately.
Dinner is served each evening, € 30 for 4 delicious courses and a choice of quality regional wines; please be sure to reserve in advance. Served 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, please 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.
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 each Wednesday in July / August. Carcassonne Plage is about an hour and 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 local markets - Mirepoix is 15 minutes drive and hosts the best farmers market on Monday mornings. The Prehistoric Park, Tarascon, butterfly farm and dinosaur museum are great for kids.
Comfy guest's salon with books and board games and beautiful views of the square. Lots of outdoor spaces for dining - the square, the roof terrace, and the covered porch opening onto the terrace with comfy loungers. "Honesty bar" open all day, dinner served every evening, please reserve in advance.
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!
Have a lovely holiday in our traditional, French country bed and breakfast, enjoy the natural beauty of our region, and all it has to offer - and sample Nick's cooking, that's all!
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.
We have owned our house in the South of France for 10 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 catering in our 3 bedroom 18th century cottage or bed and breakfast accommodation. We are informal yet attentive hosts who enjoy meeting fellow travellers and making connections around the world.
Nick is cordon bleu trained but doesn’t mess with the food too much - it 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. Please ask if you would like vegan or gluten / dairy free.
We hope to welcome you to our very French home nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees.