Do yourself a favour and visit the no less than amazing La Souqueto. If you want to experience a wonderful, magical, unique piece of France, then this is the place for you!! Where do I start???
Why did I choose La Souqueto? My partner and I wanted to immerse ourself in the culture of a little, quaint town in France. We didn't want touristy, we wanted simple, rustic, genuine French culture and I wanted to take some cooking lessons. I jumped on Trip Advisor and searched for B&B's in the Languedoc. La Souqueto had nothing but amazing reviews, particularly about its owner Petra and her infectious offsider - the singing, whistling Robert. Since I had found Trip Advisor to be very reliable in the past I emailed Petra and made a booking straight away - it sounded too good to be true and we didn't want to miss out! We weren't disappointed with our week at La Souqueto.
Petra, the owner - what an extraordinarily charming, intelligent, vivacious woman. We instantly fell in love with her. It felt like we were at home and part of the family, but we were also given our privacy too. Petra has such great knowledge of the surrounding area - she was always recommending places to visit and would sit with us to organise our day trips. She had plenty of entertaining stories too!
The B&B - We felt like we were staying at one of those places you see in magazines - picture perfect. Our room was simple, yet so beautifully decorated - quintessentially French! Our room was very spacious and it had an ensuite. Everything was impeccably clean (a huge plus) and each afternoon when we returned from our day out, our room looked brand new again. Another huge plus was the comfort of our bed - a rare find when on holiday! All amenities one could need were all available.
The Food - for a foodie you couldn't find any better than this. Petra and Robert provided the most delicious breakfasts each day. Home made jams, local cheeses and meats, fresh fruit and smoothies. And I can't forget the warm, freshly baked baguettes and croissants that Robert went to collect every morning from the little shop around the corner.
Another reason we chose La Souqueto was for the cooking demonstrations/classes that Petra offers. She is remarkable in the kitchen. We were taught how to make many classic dishes and we always had a glass of local bubbles in our hand. The interactive cooking classes suited all sorts - beginners to wannabe chefs (like me). Petra is a wonderful teacher and we were taught how to be creative in the kitchen and more importantly, how to work with what you've got.
As part of the cooking demonstration package Petra took us shopping for our fresh produce in the markets in nearby Narbonne - I was in heaven. It would have to be one of the best food markets I have ever been too. Another side trip took us to a local goat farm where we were able to watch the goats be milked, including getting to try some warm, fresh goat milk. I scan still taste the sticky sweetness on my lips. We tried many types of goats cheese and were given a thorough explanation of the working's of a goat farm from the lovely owners.
A highlight for me, by far, was our cruise along the Canal du Midi, (which was also included in the cooking demonstration package). The weather was perfect, warm and sunny with a slight breeze. We meandered along the canal, passing under the canopy of the Plane tress and through the canal locks. What topped off this day was the sumptuous picnic that Petra prepared for our group. Once we hopped off the boat, the picnic was awaiting us. The food was to die for and there were bottomless glasses of lovely, local rose, white and red wine for us to enjoy on the bank of the canal. Once again, we were all entertained by Petra and her stories.
Stumbling upon La Souqueto was a blessing and we truly feel enriched by the whole experience. Its very rare to find something that exceeds all your expectations. We booked for 7 nights, begged and managed to stay 8, and wanted to stay another 3 when we heard some of the Gypsy Kings were coming to stay at La Souqueto the day we were leaving. But alas, it was fully booked for weeks to come. Despite being sad when we had to leave, the upside was that we knew we would return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stylish B&B in an ancient, sensitively restored and renovated village house. Center village, yet only a few minutes walk from river, lake and Canal du Midi. Daily-changing breakfast includes fresh fruit, smoothies, yoghurts with home-made compotes, croissants and fresh bread, home-made preserves and spectacular honeys as well as freshly made ground coffee and tea. At guests' disposal: a large and bright artist studio, library and WiFi (printer attached for printing out boarding passes). ... more less
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