My boyfriend took me to stay at Aux Quatre Saisons for a few days over Valentine's Day and his birthday on a recommendation. We had not stayed in chambre d'hote-type accommodation before and it was such a lovely experience that we have already decided to go back next year.
Paul and Val's helpfulness and warmth was apparent before we even arrived with a host of recommendations by email (spa in Perpignan, walks around the local area, securing a rose for me V day!) as well as things to be careful of on arrival (speed policeman hiding between trees trying to catch you out!).
Greeted by Paul in full pinny regalia (he is a fantastic cook), Cartoushe the dog and Lucy and Chance the cats, we entered the warm house to find a roaring log fire and instant offer of wine and nibbles to help us relax after our journey from Toulouse via Carcassone. After a few enjoyable hours of exchaning stories of travels, food and wine with Paul and Val, we realised we hadn't even seen our room (which was beautifully decorated in country-chic style and with a fantastic view over the mountains and aquaduct) and it was time for supper at the village restaurant (which had been pre-booked by Paul).
We spent three fantastic days exploring, eating and drinking our way around the area, visiting the many nearby villages, Perpignan for the spa, Esperaza for the Sunday market and Coullieure for the seaside - each day coming back to the offer of joining Paul and Val for a glass of wine. When we'd failed to find anywhere open for lunch on a Sunday, they provided bread and wine to go with some cheese we'd bought at market and were kind enough to chill some champers and glasses for the birthday celebrations. We left feeling totally relaxed and can't wait to go back to share Paul and Val's hospitality and beautiful house again.
- 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