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The Garden of Sals
Ranked #1 of 1 Sougraigne B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Me and my three children stayed for one night when we went to visit Renne-Le-Chateau and several ancient ruins in the area. The building is old and full of character. The spacious rooms are perfect, simple but luxurious and very romantic with views of the forested mountains surrounding the village. The little things are taken into account, like a hair dryer and an adjustable mirror in the bathroom. There is a swimming pool, an outside terrace as well as indoor room to eat dinner in and it is very tastefully presented and immaculately clean. No wifi in the rooms - only drawback, otherwise perfect. The dinner was delicious, but a set menu with no choices, one starter, one main and one desert - I have no problem with this, especially for the price which was 59 euros per person for the lovely room, dinner and hearty breakfast, very good value.
The hotel is very quiet and peaceful, as is the tiny village around it. No shops nearby so take everything you need with you. HOWEVER do not trust your sat nav to get you out of the area, my expensive Tomtom sent us on a route through the mountains to our first destination which started off as road but became nothing more than a horse track through the forest. It took us three hours to drive about ten miles. The kids had to get out and throw rocks out of the path of the car, and hold back branches. There was no turning back. I very nearly abandoned the car. I am amazed it survived. The area is very very beautiful, but isolated. You have been warned.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

This is one of those hard to find treasures in France. Its not modern but its very clean and quaint.

Its far away from the tourist haunts, its quiet and unspoilt but Its close to places to visit and (I believe) its a great spot for hiking and long walks in unspoilt areas. What ever you do, make sure your home for the evening meal, great french food with excellent presentation and with glorious views, then there is the simple breakfast with choice of homemade jams. fresh bread and good coffee, then your off for the day to do your own thing, It may be to rustic and away from it all, but for us It was just great.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed at this inn for four days in June and were very pleased with our choice. Our accommodations included two bedrooms (one of which we never used), a shower room, a toilet room, and a huge walk-in closet. There were four sinks in all! The décor was pleasantly austere – butter yellow washed walls, beautiful old stone sinks, no frills, spacious and comfortable. Food was good at breakfast and great at dinner. The demi-pension plan is excellent value and the owners offer creative use of chevre and vegetables for the first course and tasty mains. With an aperitif of Blanquette de Limoux and a nice local rose table wine we were satisfied each night. When possible, dining takes place on a large terrace. While there we enjoyed the pool and watched baby donkeys gambol about (yes, it’s that quiet!). Even though the inn is isolated in a tiny village, it is well situated for day trips by car throughout Cathar country and we took every advantage to explore the sights. We enjoyed lunch in Limoux, climbed Peyrepertuse, visited Montsegur and the Chateau d’Arques, attended a fair in Alet, and drove through Rennes-les-Bain often, each time looking for the path to the property in “Sepulchre.” For a souvenir, we purchased a small pottery salt cellar with local salt. We wish we could find a source for more of this wonderful salt but have failed in our attempts so far. I would highly recommend this hotel to others, but with a caution regarding the solitude, which might not be to everyone’s liking.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

I really loved this hotel and hope to return quickly. It is situated in a tiny village with a stunning view from rooms and restaurant. Very helpful ownership. Clean rooms. Great food - the dinner meny has four courses and costs 25 Euros, local wine included. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

This is a nice hotel in a small village with an interest story with the salt! You have to know ir, so take a question! Not far from the hotel there is a forest with salty water. The rooms are comfortable and charmig, The family who is the order of the hotel, sometimes not so kind, but they are working so hard, that is why we forgive it.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

After a long day of driving Cathar country, we were blessed to stay at this fantastic hotel. It is gloriously situated and so peaceful. On arrival we sat on the hotel terrace just soaking in the beatiful surroundings with a pre-dinner drink--redefining relaxing. We had a triple room, comprised of two large rooms, good bathroom and two terraces. We took advantage of their dinner on a half board plan which was excellent. Very delicious pintade. Totally homemade and excellent value. Breakfast was also excellent. Both were served outside with glorious views of the town and the countryside. Service was very friendly. We were sad to have only booked one night. I would highly recommend this little gem of a hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

Tucked away in the heart of Cathar Country this was the perfect place for a short break. We had four days with no TV, no internet, no newspapers and came home thoroughly refreshed.
Our room was in a converted barn just across the tiny street from reception - rough white painted walls and simple but spotless furnishings. We had the same delightful view from the terrace where most meals were served (cosy dining room when it was too cold one night.) Excellent regional food - half board extremely good value as others have said with full bottle of very drinkable local wine included between two. Lovely sunny swimming pool for cooling off at the end of the day.
Endless walks and driving tours nearby - do go up to the source of the Sals river (salt spring). Recommend the Sunflower guide for walks (their route to get to Carcassonne is spectacular.) For a bit of local colour Kate Mosse's 'Sepulchre' made great bedtime reading.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: | Le Village, 11190 Sougraigne, France (Formerly L'Ecluse au Soleil)
Location: France > Occitanie > Aude > Sougraigne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Sougraigne
Price Range: $81 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Garden of Sals 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome. The Garden of Sals is in the heart of lush greenery in the picturesque village of Sougraigne in High Valley of the Aude, Corbières Vertes territory. There is a wild and preserved nature and the starting point of many hiking trails. Nicole and François will welcome you in an old 15th century, with a warm, family and serene. ... more   less 
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