The compact village of Montolieu is almost unique. It has 15 bookshops, 15 art galleries and 5 restaurants covering a wide gastronomic range. Five minutes’ walk from the centre, and passing several of the booksellers along the way, is the riverside Maison de Textile.
The owners Derek and his delightful wife Monique have embedded themselves into the village and its artistic life. They have converted their cavernous cellar into a small cinema club and theatre venue featuring music, especially jazz, and exhibitions hugely popular with the locals. They are most engaging and helpful in guiding their guests to the village’s attractions. Monique’s flair for interior design has given a genuine atmosphere to the French provincial decor scattered with antiques and a touch of Art Nouveau.
If peace and quite is what you’re looking for, the location cannot be bettered. A little garden by the bridge looks across the smalll river to another much larger garden left to Nature. An afternoon in the garden with a baguette, Brie and a bottle of a good local wine is sheer Heaven. In short, I can think of only two words: utterly charming!
Another cracking stay for a week at this marvellous home, this time to enjoy the beautiful spring sunshine in the south of France with a couple of friends. Plenty to see and do (and wines to drink), hosted helpfully and in the usually friendly fashion by Derek and Monique who are always full of suggestions if that's what you'd like for things to keep you occupied out and about in this beautiful part of the world.
Superb is the only way to describe the guest apartment in the Maison de Textile. 3 large en-suite bedrooms, beautifully furnished and decorated with lovely fabrics so appropriate for an old textile factory, a huge sitting-room, dining-room and very well equipped kitchen. Monique and Derek Wright are terrific hosts and Montolieu is a gorgeous village with fascinating alleys full of bookshops.
There is only one problem with this place - leaving it!
Well, I said that I was coming back and this time Amanda was able to join me. We hired a car at the airport this time, on Derek's recommendation, and were able to enjoy trips further afield. Montolieu continues to delight, however, and we spent a very enjoyable week there, with Derek and Monique proving marvellous hosts once again.
Okay, so for those of you that like a touch of class look no further.
Set in the commune of Montolieu, which is in the Aude department in southern France, this beautifully refurbished textile mill is an escape worth running to. Not so much of a commune as in the 60's, but rather a quiet, very unspoiled village on the rocky ridge between two gorges just before the rivers meet. You can open the window from the room that we took to hear the river running over the rocks below you before it flows along under the stone built bridge. Monique and Derek have put heart and soul into refurbishing this massively built stone mill. In the process they have uncovered a wealth of history, and working with the older generation of the locals met people that have given them insight as to what has happened there over the years. If you ask nicely Derek may also show you the "Cave".
This is not just a one stop and you've seen it place either. While we were there we went to the beach for a swim. There is a great freshwater lake about 15 minutes away by car with its own real sand beach and watersports activites. This was a real treat on a hot sunny day when we had wandered around in the old town of Carcassonne getting quite dry. In Carcassonne there is also lots to see and do, check out what concerts are on and who's playing.
Higher up in Montolieu there are at least 15 book shops interspersed with art galleries plus excellent places to eat. With Maison de Textile as your base you will not be disappointed apart from have to leave when the time comes.
Monique and Derek are wonderful hosts who will made our stay idyllic.
Amazing apartment in the beautiful town of Montolieu. Stayed as group of 7 plus baby and had plenty of room with multiple large communal areas including kitchen, dining room and lounge. Rooms were beautifully furnished with quirky reclaimed furniture and the welcome baskets were a lovely extra touch. Derek and Monique were incredible hosts with plenty of knowledge and advice on what to do in the surrounding areas including the historic city of Carcassonne a short drive away. Would highly recommend for couples, families and groups, a must visit!
Just returned from a few days stay at "Maison Du Textiles" this place is amazing !
Luxury and every thought has gone into the decor and accommodation so you will want for nothing whilst you stay here .
Well equipped kitchen including iron and ironing board , washing machine and tumble dryer even! a home from home with such warm hosts as Derek and Monique this is a win win destination.
Both have restored this old disused textile mill tastefully reflecting the textiles history.
The rooms are huge and light and airy with every mod con you need for a stay abroad everything has been thought of and catered for .
Do not pass this place by without a stay here .
Set on the river Dure that runs beside the Mill its a little piece of tranquillity and calm.
Derek and Monique won best B&B award for their previous B&B in Seddelcombe UK near Hastings , well deserved and have transferred the same excellence here to France.
Lucky France and lucky us for staying here , thank you Derek and Monique , perfection personified !