Stayed 7 October 2013
Prior to our visit, party of 4, I wondered how they achieved the rating of 105 / 106 reviews , Trip Advisor = Excellent. The remaining 1 was rated as very good. This became clear after visiting with these extremely generous, English speaking hosts, who work very hard to provide guests with a very comfortable stay. They are able to balance this very well with value for money.
We judged the stay here as the best value for money of our entire trip. Indeed, with the evening meal and room combined ( demi pension), this was a bargain . We found out that rates are kept low to accommodate many of their guests who are friends and family of local families. They accurately state that they aim to provide a high level of comfort, not necessarily luxury, and indeed they do. This would be the highest level of comfort one will obtain for the price.
Paul and Val are originally British. They are extremely responsive to e mail communication and I would definitely recommend making reservations with them directly through their web site. They have a very good knowledge of local resources, which is especially valuable when hiking.
LOCATION: A very easy, pleasant walk about 1/2 mile south of the center of town ( Mairie). Though the Sentier Cathare ( The Cathar Way) hiking trail enters and leaves through the northern part of this small town, it is definitely worth the short walk.
ROOMS: Up stairs in this recently renovated historical old building, in a very pleasant garden. Very well equipped fridge in each room, which includes free beer, wine and soft drinks. In addition, kettle with tea and coffee.
Our room with a view of mountains and historic railway viaduct, was small,but very comfortable, consistent with the age of the building. Bathroom en suite with shower, also small but very good for our needs.
THE MEAL!!! Paul provides an exceptional 4 course meal, actually amazing for Eu 20, and in the comfort of the home as well. Do not consider eating elsewhere, you would miss something very special. I learned that Ch. d’Hotes are strictly regulated in France as to the type of catering they may provide. Accordingly, they are unable to provide an a la carte menu. He and Val provide one meal, quite appropriately, as if you were staying in his home as visiting friends, and indeed that is the atmosphere created. As we were the only guests that evening, he was able to provide us with a magnificent meal which accommodated our medically required restricted diets, including soup, grilled trout, a remarkable melon and ginger desert and followed by a most ample cheese board.
ncluded were all drinks from aperitif, through appropriate wine with each course, and followed by Port. All excellent. As mentioned previously, amazing value for money.
THEY GO THE EXTRA MILE; We were hiking a portion of the Sentier Cathare, ending in Axat. We had planned to take one of the pretty infrequent buses to Quillan in order to get train transport to Carcassonne Airport. However, an urgent situation evolved due to SNCF Train strike and we needed to get to Quillan sooner than planned, in order to make alternative transport arrangements. Paul offered unhesitatingly to drive us the 11km to get there, and indeed the further 1.5 hours to Carcassonne if necessary. This solved our problem. He was able to get us to Quillan early in the morning which enabled us to arrange alternative transport to Carcassonne. He refused to accept any payment for this service which was very valuable for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fully restored lovely old house with large garden in very quiet village location only minutes walk from the busy (and at times noisy!) Centre of the village. We serve our famous breakfast on the sun terrace in warmer weather and there are sun loungers and chairs to relax on in the garden as well. All our rooms are comfortable and have private bathrooms, toilets, televisions, fridges with complimentary drinks etc, air conditioning or ceiling fans and all rooms have lovely views. ... more less
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