My partner and I are spending our first night back in our little house in England and are seriously missing the luxury and atmosphere of Les Marguerites.
When looking for a relaxing week away from our busy lives, we thought the South of France was well beyond our reach at such short notice. After the short Ryanair hop from Liverpool to Carcassonne we were picked up from the airport by Keith and delivered to this grand maison, not knowing what to expect.
What we discovered was a warm (a beautiful wood burner in the kitchen sees to that) and welcoming family home with the luxury and comfort of an expensive boutique hotel. From the moment we set foot through the door we felt at home and were treated like honoured guests. Keith and Antoinette create a lovely mix whereby you can see them get on with family life with their wonderful children at the same time as giving you the space to enjoy the amazing house and the surrounding area. Antoinette is a goldmine of knowledge about the local area and how to get to places of interest.
From the first beef stew we had for lunch on arrival, the food at Les Marguerites was not only delicious but in plentiful supply, mainly due to Antoinette's committment to buying fresh ingredients daily and being a very good cook. I would recommend the Table d'hote to any guests and can testify that we chose to eat at the house rather than spend our money eating out. The wine is never in short supply and is always well matched to the menu.
The bedrooms are decorated to the highest standard with comfortable beds and wonderful locally sourced furniture and accessories. We both commented that it takes more than the mattress and duck-down duvet to give an amazing night's sleep but combined with window shutters and the peace, Les Marguerites creates an environment where sleep comes naturally and lingers beyond the alarm clock.
We visited the new and medieval cities of Carcassonne, Narbonne up the coast and the seaside port of Sete, all within easy reach by road. The rest of the time we were able to relax in the house, whether in the pleasant sitting room or chatting with the family in the homeley kitchen. I even got the opportunity to work off some energy chopping firewood for the burner.
We would both eagerly recommend a stay at Les Marguerites and to discuss what you are looking for with Keith and Antoinette - they will bend over backwards make your stay enjoyable. We are already looking forward to returning before the winter is out and wish we were still there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the Languedoc, in the medieval village of Alet Les Bains, we offer you all year round luxury bed and breakfast accommodation with the choice of evening meals. Surrounded by tree lined mountains this idyllic rural setting is an ideal base to unwind and savour the many delights of France! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Marguerites Hotel Alet Les Bains