The Artist's Studio
La Grange d'Art or The Art Barn is home to Garth, an artist who works across various mediums from painting, sculpture, light installations and photography. Situated in a charming village, Roquetaillade is perched on the edge of a rocky ridge on one side, and rolling hills the other, and overlooked by an 11th century castle.
Garth has lovingly converted these old farm buildings into an unusual space filled with his paintings, furniture, light sculptures and old curios collected along the way from France and India. The house extends into a garden full of lavender, rosemary and bamboo with areas for relaxing with a book, playing petanque, eating and reclining in hammocks.
There are two double bedrooms with additional beds available upon request in the mezzanine and second living room.
Bedroom I offers complete privacy with it's own bathroom including luxurious shower and sunken bath, and bedroom II has a comfortable shared bathroom with shower.
Towels and basic toiletries are available.
Extra beds/mattresses are available upon request at an additional cost.
We offer a daily continental breakfast consisting of a choice of pastries, bread and jam, cereals, muesli, yogurts, juice and hot drinks at a time that can be arranged for your convenience.
Breakfast is served in the main living room / dining room or in the garden, depending on weather conditions.
The Amenities & Facilities
Guests have access to a spacious living room / lounge area and the garden. The kitchen is also available for making drinks and on occasion can be used for cooking if so desired.
Our fridge is also available for guest use to store provisions.
A Japanese styled hot tub is also available in the garden for a small additional fee.
Wireless internet access is available.
Bicycles are available for guest use to explore the stunning countryside and neighbouring villages.
Roquetaillade is a pleasant little medieval village of 200 inhabitants in the Aude department in southern France.
Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region in the eastern foothills of the Pyrénées, we are surrounded by beautiful hills, oak forest and vineyards.
About ten minutes by car is the nearest town of Limoux. Famous for it's Blanquette (the first ever recorded sparkling wine, pre-dating Champagne), a large choice of restaurants, cafe's and shops.
Limoux lies on the river Aude about 30 km (19 mi) due south of Carcassonne. The town is perhaps best known for its Winter festival - Carnaval de Limoux.
Blanquette de Limoux, Blanquette méthode ancestrale, Crémant de Limoux and Limoux, the first three of which are sparkling wines and dominate the production around Limoux. The main grape of the region is the Mauzac, locally known as Blanquette, followed by Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Local wine historians believe that the world's first sparkling wine was produced in this region in 1531, by the monks at the abbey in Saint-Hilaire.
The wine Festival "Toques et Clochers" is held in Limoux every spring.
The Aude department has a climate that is typical to that of the Mediterranean - long hot summers with temperatures sometimes reaching over 30 degrees C and short, mild winters. It is often rainy in spring and autumn with strong Mistral winds and summer storms. The inland hills are colder in winter and the Pyrénées have thick snow cover.
If you're a foodie, you must sample the local delicacies and go to a wine tasting! We are happy to recommend a wine expert/educator to take you on a tasting journey in the region.
There is usually a minimum number needed for this, or you can join a preexisting group.
If you love the outdoors and nature, this region is perfect for you. We will gladly recommend some of our favourite spots in the area - natural hot springs, stunning lakes, great treks, canoeing and horse-riding.
The Events & Festivals
July and August are the best months for festivals in Aude. The lively fêtes locales invariably feature live music and dancing, and are a good opportunity to pick up country produce; several have colourful (if not always accurate) medieval re-enactments. The biggest festival is Carcassonne’s Bastille Day - a huge firework display in the medieval city.
Mid-January to Easter
• Limoux: Carnival. An extended celebration featuring vividly costumed dancers in the old town squares. Three sets of performances (11am, 4pm & 10pm) on Saturdays and Sundays.
• Carcassonne: Festival de Carcassonne de la Cité & Festival de la Bastide. Month-long festival of dance, music and theatre with nightly performances in the castle’s amphitheatre and free performances in the squares of the cité. The highpoint is the Bastille Day (July 14) celebration, which culminates in a giant fireworks display.
Bed and Breakfast (August 2012) at Meliana and Garth is like heaven on earth. An open house, a lot of creativity, humor and charm. M trying new recipes in the kitchen, G designs new furniture. What we really liked: the varied breakfast. What we did not like: the fact that the world is going on 21/12/2012, said M and G. Unless you hike to the top of the mountain Bugarach and find the Holy Grail:-) Then we would be redeemed. We found him! So we live on and visit again M and G in RocknRoll Village Roquetaillade!
Sylke and Thomas, Osnabrück, Germany
I have known Meliana for 10 years and have been to their B&B for about a week last year for the Holidays. We had the loveliest time walking around, trekking up in the hills and down valleys, dipping in hot springs, sampling Limoux's famous wines and just hanging out at their wonderful place. Good food, good music, beautiful and unique house, inspiring garden, charming village, loads of fun and lots of love. We would be privileged to go back. And Meliana has become quite the cook, merci very much! People, just don't hesitate and GO!