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Aux Quatre Saisons
Ranked #1 of 3 Axat B&B and Inns
Australia
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Recently stayed @ the Aux Quatre Saisons after reading all the reviews for quirky French B&B,s in Southern France & could not fault the brilliant & friendly service that Paul provided. Plenty of home-cooked food , great wines , good company & witty repertoire the whole night - how Paul does this night after night with exceptional & professional service is a credit to him & his wife & their amazing character. Throw in a mixture of Aussie , English & other guests from all over the world plus Cartouche on each evening it is a recipe for disaster but Paul pulls it all together with a mixture of wit , excellent service , generous food & wine & great location. Axat is also a lovely village & great location to explore this part of Southern France area but to us this B&B definitely puts Axat on the Map for places to stay. We will be back.

Damian & Janelle from Wollongong Australia

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

A quick booking for an overnight stay and Paul and Val provided splendid service and offered a good price four course meal with plenty of wine and champagne. Very friendly indeed and would recommend to all. Pity I did not find out about this place earlier ! Thanks indeed!
Doug from Sydney, Austrslia.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Loopai
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Svedala, Sweden
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20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

After our second stay at Aux Quatre Saisións words are not enough.
Fantastic food, rooms and wine...and most of all marvelous people, first of all Paul end Val who makes you feel right at home, generous and fun. And then there´s the other guests and last but not least Cartouche who we remeber with great joy (Tess with even more)
Thank you for a wonderful stay! (We´ll be back!)

Peter, Catha and Tess

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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paris
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

Our first stay was last winter when we were searching the area for properties to purchase. The rooms are comfortable, clean and very well equipped with drinks and snacks. Breakfast has a wonderful selection of cheeses and croissants. Dinners are well worth the extra few euros.Paul is a skilled chef and he and Val create an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming.
He is also a local real estate agent who is knowledgable about the area yet not "pushy". We did purchase a property in the spring and stayed several days this fall at Aux Quatre Saisons while completing renovations on our new property. Paul and Val were like neighbours helping us find local services like the butcher, hardware store, how to pay taxes etc. Whether you are staying a few nights for business or personal travel this is definitely the place to stay.

Room Tip: if you have a family or require more living space book the upstairs apartment.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ParisCanuck
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Fairfax, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Stayed 7 October 2013

Prior to our visit, party of 4, I wondered how they achieved the rating of 105 / 106 reviews , Trip Advisor = Excellent. The remaining 1 was rated as very good. This became clear after visiting with these extremely generous, English speaking hosts, who work very hard to provide guests with a very comfortable stay. They are able to balance this very well with value for money.
We judged the stay here as the best value for money of our entire trip. Indeed, with the evening meal and room combined ( demi pension), this was a bargain . We found out that rates are kept low to accommodate many of their guests who are friends and family of local families. They accurately state that they aim to provide a high level of comfort, not necessarily luxury, and indeed they do. This would be the highest level of comfort one will obtain for the price.

Paul and Val are originally British. They are extremely responsive to e mail communication and I would definitely recommend making reservations with them directly through their web site. They have a very good knowledge of local resources, which is especially valuable when hiking.

LOCATION: A very easy, pleasant walk about 1/2 mile south of the center of town ( Mairie). Though the Sentier Cathare ( The Cathar Way) hiking trail enters and leaves through the northern part of this small town, it is definitely worth the short walk.

ROOMS: Up stairs in this recently renovated historical old building, in a very pleasant garden. Very well equipped fridge in each room, which includes free beer, wine and soft drinks. In addition, kettle with tea and coffee.
Our room with a view of mountains and historic railway viaduct, was small,but very comfortable, consistent with the age of the building. Bathroom en suite with shower, also small but very good for our needs.

THE MEAL!!! Paul provides an exceptional 4 course meal, actually amazing for Eu 20, and in the comfort of the home as well. Do not consider eating elsewhere, you would miss something very special. I learned that Ch. d’Hotes are strictly regulated in France as to the type of catering they may provide. Accordingly, they are unable to provide an a la carte menu. He and Val provide one meal, quite appropriately, as if you were staying in his home as visiting friends, and indeed that is the atmosphere created. As we were the only guests that evening, he was able to provide us with a magnificent meal which accommodated our medically required restricted diets, including soup, grilled trout, a remarkable melon and ginger desert and followed by a most ample cheese board.
ncluded were all drinks from aperitif, through appropriate wine with each course, and followed by Port. All excellent. As mentioned previously, amazing value for money.

THEY GO THE EXTRA MILE; We were hiking a portion of the Sentier Cathare, ending in Axat. We had planned to take one of the pretty infrequent buses to Quillan in order to get train transport to Carcassonne Airport. However, an urgent situation evolved due to SNCF Train strike and we needed to get to Quillan sooner than planned, in order to make alternative transport arrangements. Paul offered unhesitatingly to drive us the 11km to get there, and indeed the further 1.5 hours to Carcassonne if necessary. This solved our problem. He was able to get us to Quillan early in the morning which enabled us to arrange alternative transport to Carcassonne. He refused to accept any payment for this service which was very valuable for us.

Room Tip: Room overlooking the garden rather than the road
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Axat11140, Owner at Aux Quatre Saisons, responded to this review, 28 November 2013
Thank you very much for your kind review. We very much enjoyed your company and the conversation at dinner. It was a pleasure to assist with taking you to the station.

Thank you very much for staying with us.

Kind regards
Paul et Val
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Tampere, Finland
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18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

It was very nice to have a chance to discuss with other guests while having some glasses of "champagne". Cheers, santé or kippis as well as hölkyn kölkyn in Finnish.

We had great meals and all drinks suitable for food. I was very good atmosphere in this house with all nice people. I´ll recommend everyone to feel it. The experience was lovely.
Axat village is also beautiful and it is a good idea to walk to the "city centre" before dining.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ari L
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Axat11140, Owner at Aux Quatre Saisons, responded to this review, 28 November 2013
Hölkyn kölkyn indeed! It was a great evening and thank you for staying with us. It was a pleasure to meet you both.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

At first glance the surrounding are stunning. The B&B is tasteful and quirky. Lovely stone building. Room has all you need and free mini bar with all you need including alcohol. The owner Paul is very welcoming and can tell you all you need to know about the area. I would absolutely recommend eating dinner at the B&B. Paul cooks it all himself. Well presented and delicious. He takes extremely good care of his guest. So glad I choose to stay here for 5 days with my other half.
Cartouche gave it all a touch of home. It was a relaxing and perfect getaway!!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cocolily68
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Axat11140, Owner at Aux Quatre Saisons, responded to this review, 28 November 2013
It was a pleasure to meet you and thank you for spending the time with us. It was most enjoyable at table with you and you were great guests. Thank you.
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Additional Information about Aux Quatre Saisons

Property: Aux Quatre Saisons
Address: 101 route de Font Romeu, 11140 Axat, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Aude > Axat
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Axat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fully restored lovely old house with large garden in very quiet village location only minutes walk from the busy (and at times noisy!) Centre of the village. We serve our famous breakfast on the sun terrace in warmer weather and there are sun loungers and chairs to relax on in the garden as well. All our rooms are comfortable and have private bathrooms, toilets, televisions, fridges with complimentary drinks etc, air conditioning or ceiling fans and all rooms have lovely views. ... more   less 
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