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“Pepieux is perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Vieux Relais

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Le Vieux Relais
Ranked #1 of 2 Pepieux B&B and Inns
Murmansk Oblast, Russia
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“Pepieux is perfect!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2011

We spent 8 nights with Val and Mike in their haven near the Canal du Midi and had a perfect time. They really know how to spoil their guests and the only regret we have is that we didn´t spend the other 6 nights of our tour round France with them. The room was ideal for us, they make excellent meals using the finest ingredients and wines, the location allows guests to visit lots of interesting places or enjoy activities to suit lost tastes, they go out of their way to cater for guests wishes and are always ready to offer useful advice or tips on what´s to or where to go, and also reserve places for you if asked.
We are definitely planning to go back again there next year!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2011

What a great place le Vieux Relais is, owned by great hosts, Mike and Val Slowther. Super bedroom, super home cooked evening meals and excellent breakfasts. Nothing was too much trouble for this great couple, from taking us on a tour of Narbonne, to helping us in many ways with a house we have just bought in the village.

Mike and Val mare a mine of information and great fun, they will become firm friends from here on in.

We would thoroughly recommend a stay of any length at their cosy and supremely comfortable establishment. I would find it hard for anyone to have a negative comment about le Vieux Relais.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2010

We had a wonderful time at Le Vieux Relais. Val and Mike couldn’t have made us feel more welcome and relaxed. They have oodles of information about the area, which was readily shared with enthusiasm. Nothing was too much trouble, whether it was organising bikes for the Canal du Midi or lending us a parasol and chairs for the beach. Eating dinner with the other guests was a lot of fun, with great food and wine. I highly recommend it - and I say that as someone who is wary of any kind of communal activity. On top of all that, everything was excellent value. Our room was spotlessly clean, our bed large and comfortable, and the bathroom huge. The area's not overrun with tourists, even in August. We took the back roads to the Cathar castles. Both the drive and the castles were unforgettable.When we left, we felt like we were leaving old friends

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2010

We were recommended to stay at Le Vieux Relais whilst in the area for a vineyard tour and even though we had high expectations, because of previous trip advisor reviews, we were certainly not dissappointed. The quality of the accomodation combined with Mike and Val's excellent hospitality provided us with a great base from which to explore this beautiful region, only sorry we didn't stay longer ! Don't worry if you forget your guide book because Val's local knowledge is second to none !

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2010

If you're looking for a place to stay as a base to explore the Minervois, with side trips to Carcassonne and Narbonne, this is an excellent choice, where I've stayed a few times. Comfortable and smartly done up, it's by the church (no bells normally) and on the edge of the vineyards, just inside the characterful small town of Pepieux. The bilingual (English & French) owners have been here some years and offer good advice for day trips and meals out, as well as the best of local cuisine at their own table d'hôte. It also has a nice courtyard swimming pool.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2010

Standard of accommadation was excellent. Our room was beautifully furnished and in keeping with the character of the building. The friendliness and helpfulness of Valerie and Mike added to the pleasure of our stay. The breakfasts were always fresh and delicious. The location of the B&B was perfect, right in the centre of village, making it ideal for access to some of the other villages and nearby towns.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2010

We were recommended Le Vieux Relais by friends and we were not disappointed. Val and Mike are wonderfully welcoming hosts, happy to help you with things to do and see in the area (and there are plenty - medieval Carcassonne, Cathar castles, beaches, lakes, vineyards....).
We ate with them on 3 evenings and thoroughly enjoyed the table d'hote experience sharing with other guests. There is plenty of choice of restaurants in the surrounding area also and they are happy to recommend (or otherwise) those they have tried out themselves.
Our room was large, spotlessly clean and comfortable. There is a pool which is great to dip in when you have had a day touring the countryside in the August heat!
We will definitely return here.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Le Vieux Relais
Address: 1 rue de l Etang | Aude, 11700 Pepieux, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Aude > Pepieux
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Pepieux
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Vieux Relais as seen from the village square. In the 18th century Le Vieux Relais was a coaching station situated on the corner of the village square. Today it is a well situated relaxing oasis that affords a unique insight into French village life. ... more   less 

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