Whilst on a business trip to Toulouse, I had a few days spare and fancied going somewhere a little bit different. Beizers was recommended to me as was Maison de Lorb. My friend smiled when he told me about this place and would say no more. He knows I am quite particular about where I stay, but he also has a sense of humour. So with some trepidation I called at very short notice and booked a room for a couple of days.
My first surprise was the booking process, a very helpful (I do not know who I spoke to and forgot to ask) man was very accommodating and made me feel welcome before I had even finished the phone call.
My Second surprise was the welcome I received when I arrived, Mark and Ben made me feel like an honoured guest and I was shown to a very pretty room overlooking the garden.
The room had fresh flowers, plasama tv (which in the end I had very little time to watch) and a hospitality tray with a range of teas and coffees.
The bathroom was a little small, but perfectly adequate with toiletries provided.
Because I arrived quite late I opted to eat there and found myself presented with a 4 course home cooked meal, I accepted the wine suggested by Mark and found it complimented the food well. This was followed by a complimentary whiskey!
I awoke the next morning and wandered down for breakfast, what a spread, cereals, breads, pastries, jams, meats, cheeses, a wide range that you could help yourself to.
I asked Ben about sightseeing and he helpfully planned my day for me, which to be honest I didnt follow all the way. A trip down to the beach (10-15 minutes) for a brisk walk, which was a little chilly but not as cold as the UK, followed by a trip back into town and a meander around the centre. A proliferation of rustic shops and bars greeted me. I found a great little restaurant (I did not note the name!!) where I had lunch and rather too much wine
Late afternoon saw me heading back to Maison de Lorb, and I settled down with one of the books from the reading room and dozed off for an hour. In the evening I went out for a late evening meal and investigated some of the bars. Beizers is an interesting place, it has a cathederal and an interesting canal tunnel called the Malpas tunnel. I spent far more time looking around than visiting bars (unusual for me).
Chez Toi, Chez Moi is the place I chose to eat, it was a chilly evening and I managed to get a seat close to the raging log fire! 14 euros for a two course meal sounded good and it was excellent fare, the duck pate was , I assume, local and sampled with the house red, made a good start to the evening.
Arriving rather late, I found myself back on a very comfortable bed and slept quite soundly.
Two days was not enough, I shall be returning again, hopefully in September.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Absolute comfort and contemporary French chic. South west facing and en-suite rooms with a fresh and light barefoot beach ambience. Fresh bed linen, bespoke fabrics, original tile flooring and all the elements expected of a boutique bolt hole. Sunbathe in the private garden overlooking the river l’orb and breakfast in the beam exposed dining room on an array of pastries, granola, homemade preserves, meats, cheese and fresh fruit. Welcome to Maison De L’Orb. ... more less
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