About this listing
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.
Open March - September, 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:
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 € 30 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.
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.
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!
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!