We stayed for a week in summer with our 2 teenage daughters. Gallery House is in a great central location within easy reach of local cafes, historic sites and just minutes away the river which is dam-ed during summer - providing a great swimming spot for kids and adults.
The property combines period fixtures with modern touches like the metal balcony and walkway. The theme of mixing old with new continues inside with the eclectic mix of furniture and range of books.
The courtyard was a great place to escape the heat while the top floor terrace would be perfect for any ardent sun-worshippers. We mainly used the kitchen for breakfasts, coffee-making and lunchtime snacking but it was fully equipped and had everything we needed throughout our stay.
Hannah met us promptly, showed us around the property and couldn't have tried harder to make us feel at home. She suggested local sites and recommended which of the local bars and restaurants to try and which ones to book (as they were busy in the evenings). Hannah also explained that we needed to unload our luggage outside the house and where to leave the hire car (couple of hundred metres away) as the street is too narrow for parking.
All in all, a great, relaxing stay in a beautiful, historic town.
We stayed at the Gallery House in May 2017 and had a beautiful week in a part of France we hadn't discovered until then. The scenic route from Carcasonne took about 45mins on quiet roads so we're pleased we hired from the airport. Hannah and Barry made us so welcome when we arrived and we quickly realised we'd made the right choice of location and property. The place was immaculate and, given the heat of each day, lovely and cool too which at the end of a hot day out, was really appreciated. The kitchen is very well equipped and the bathroom was beautifully designed (all by Barry). There's even a private open-air brass shower at the back which we took advantage of. The bedrooms were clean and cool but what impressed us most was the array of photography literature so if you're a lover of the Arts there's loads of evening reading there. The only niggly thing we noticed was that the cooker is fine for general etc. but not so when you want to use the preferred coffee peculator because the electric hob keeps going out - though there is a cafetière. A hairdryer would also be useful. This is a great house to stay in, not just because of the medieval history but also that Lagrasse - as one of the most picturesque villages in France - is a community that responds to its visitors which is definitely not the case elsewhere in France where you feel detached. The Saturday market is when it really comes alive. Tell anyone that you're staying with Hannah and Barry and a smile usually ensues. The furthest we drove was the coast beyond Narbonne but we usually stuck to ridge walks and river swims nearby. We'd definitely go again because we haven't explored enough of the area, especially those hill top castles.
The Gallery House is an absolute delight and perfectly positioned just a short stroll from the tranquilly and beauty of the river and the centre of the village. The Bar overlooking the river and Abbey is a great place to stop by after an evening swim( bliss) - although we loved being in the house so much, we very often chose to cook at home. The house has retained enough of its medieval roots so make you feel touched by history, but has been so sympathetically and stylishly modernised that you also revel in the light airy spaces and the general flow of the house. Couldn't recommend it enough and will definitely be visiting again.