Well, we were absolutely bowled over by La Cortanela. First of all we received the most lovely welcome by Tricia and Ben the dog. After a very long day we arrived mid evening time and were shown our lovely room and ensuite facilities and of course the delightful pool area. We were given a very much needed glass of wine and a cold beer and left to sit and soak in the peaceful suroundings. The views from the terrace outside the room are just wonderful and Ben pops round to make sure you are ok and to come and have a bit of love. There is wine and beer on tap at just 1 euro per glass, who could ask for more. I took a much needed cool off in the pool, though it was an amazing 27 degrees warm but so refreshing and surrounded by wonderful smelling lavendar, butterflies and of course even more gorgeous views. We had bought ourselves some tomatoes, cucumber, cold meats and cheeses and local bread and settled down to a wonderful relaxed evening of wine, simple food and the most stunning sunset - simple perfect. Limoux itself is a lovely town with lots to see and do and of course we had to visit Carcossanne which was just fabulous. It rained the day we visited Carcossanne but it was no problem as every restaurant and bar have ample tables under umbrellas and covers; we were so pleased it was alot cooler that day as we had Cassoulet and it was just so delicious. Breakfast was so beautifully presented every morning with local bread, croissants, jams, cheeses, meat, cereals, yoghurt, fruits and delicious fresh coffee and orange juice; on the terrace on a sunny day and in Tricia's dinning room on colder days. We also had a meal cooked for us by Tricia and she joined us for the evening, the food was lovely, gorgeous grilled vegetables and mozarella, just delicous and a wonderful lemon tart dessert; again the attention to detail and the presentation was wonderful, but most of all we so enjoyed Tricia's company. It is such a shame we missed Chris but we did meet Tom their son and admired his photographic work. I feel we have made some new friends and were made to feel so wonderfully welcome and didnt want to leave; but I know we will be back. Thank you so much Tricia, Ben and Tom for making our time with you so special. Merci beaucoup et bientot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Cortanela provides the opportunity to stay in a luxury Bed and Breakfast. You will be staying in the guest room of our beautiful new home situated 2kms from Limoux (Aude) set up high, with a commanding view of The Pyrenees. Start your day with breakfast in the courtyard (homemade bread and jams) before you go off to explore the lovely countryside, the Cite of Carcassonne and the Cathar Castles. ... more less