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“Tailor made luxury - this place is a slice of heaven.”

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Metairie Montplaisir
Reviewed 28 August 2013

We have been lucky enough to stay at Métairie Montplaisir twice this year: for 9 nights in total. We stayed in the main building and also in the Atelier, which has its own kitchen and lounge. (Both wonderful.) I have two small children so we were keen not to stay at an impersonal hotel but also wanted to avoid the endless supermarket shops and cleaning up needed for a self catering holiday.
On arrival the gates open to reveal the most wonderfully luxurious and stylish setting. A large pool, an elegant building, restored with charm and character, and the most wonderful garden surrounded by a beautiful bank of large trees. The next thing you will notice is the wonderful smell from the kitchen which, throughout our stay, seemed to constantly waft out of the doors. You soon realise that this place is a slice of heaven.
But - rather than continue to rave... I thought it more helpful to other travelers if I make some points that may help the endless decision making that seems to accompany holiday bookings:

1) The house and gardens are very impressive. Every room has a spectacular decor and with particular attention to luxurious bathrooms, space, light and comfy beds. The salt water pool is also really well done. You can see the family have invested in the restoration of this house as everything is done to a very high standard. It emits style, sophistication and relaxation. For a couple of days during our holiday we did not even leave the grounds. Having said that I strongly recommend the area – lots to do and some fantastic scenery. Albi and Carcassonne are well well worth seeing but the surrounding villages are also very special places to visit.
2) Atmosphere – as they only have 5 rooms in the whole building the atmosphere is always extremely relaxed and never feels crowded (we went at peak time so all the rooms were full yet we still were the only ones at the pool for most of our stay). The calm way that Amelie (the owner) and her family and team run Métairie Montplaisir really contributes to its charm. Nothing is too much trouble, they never seem stressed and along with the youngest member of their family - little Carlota (aged 3) they emit an infectious sense of wellbeing and happiness. To add to the sense of luxury and switching off the cleaners had a knack of quietly tiding up around us.... without us even noticing.
3) The food and wine at Métairie Montplaisir is really exceptional. Amelie’s Mum, Françoise was awarded a Michelin fork in her previous restaurant and it’s not hard to see why. What is more, both her and Amelie will serve you breakfast (fresh, homemade and seasonal) when you get up (as long as it’s after 9am) so we often enjoyed long lazy brunches with the kids. Françoise also cooked fantastic food for our small children for lunch and during the evenings.
I really could go on – staying at Métairie Montplaisir was the best decision we made this year and the first time since I have had the children that I have felt totally relaxed and pampered for 9 whole blissful days. We will be back.

Room Tip: All rooms are great - very hard to choose between them as all have a very individual style - and ar...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

I love this chambre d'hote! The food is fantastic, the rooms so stylish and the welcome so warm. Amelie and her lovely family make this a very special holiday. My husband, son and I stayed in 3 of the 5 rooms and still can't decide which we loved the most. We slept every night listening to the river it was heavenly. Every night the meal was amazing, I still dream of the Panna cotta! Looking forward to returning very soon!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I don't often review places online, but this place is one of those charming and wonderful places that deserves a shout out. For people looking for a quintessential French-Languedoc experience, with out-of-this-world food, look no further. Amelie (the wonderful proprietor and hostess) was a successful international marketing executive who, a few years ago, turned her energy to her passion, running a Bed and Breakfast. And her enthusiasm and "customer orientation" really makes the difference. This is why you choose a BnB over a standard corporate hotel. She renovated an old metairie into a charming BnB with spacious, modern rooms with individual bathrooms, lovely common areas, a beautiful terrasse where we ate all our meals and an inviting pool area. The place is quiet and peaceful, with a large stream running nearby providing this unbelievably idyllic background noise. ...and yet it is within 15 min of Carcassonne and close to many of Languedoc's attractions. And the food is absolutely fantastic. We had planned to explore a number of restaurants, but quickly realized we could not do better in quality of food or setting than what we could have at Metairie Montplaisir. We spent a week there and look forward to when we can return.

Room Tip: All the rooms are gorgeous and spacious with wonderful views. Each has their own bathroom. They'...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

We spent a wonderful week at this idyllic place in July. The location is stunning, beside the river, with delightful gardens and the swimming pool to cool down in. Our room (we stayed in 'Rosalie' ) was superbly comfortable and peaceful, with a communal salon to relax in if desired. The wonderful breakfasts were served outside and were absolutely delicious . We'd initially only booked to have dinner the first two nights, but the food was so good, we ended up 'eating in' all but one night! A true foodie haven - both Amelie and Francoise willing to share tips on recipes, local wines etc. From the warm welcome we received on arrival, throughout our stay, Amelie and her family went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. A wonderful venue to use as a base to explore Carcassonne and the Cathar country. We definitely aim to return!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Our family of five with three girls ages 11, 9 and 7 spent a wonderful week in Amelie's care in July, 2013. We stayed in Atelier very happily and ate on site almost every night. We saw no reason to eat elsewhere with Amelie and her mother feeding us and our children in such style. Breakfast is a fond memory already. Homemade yogurt!

The property and rooms are beautiful and clean, furnished with love and care by Amelie. She is exacting and generous in her expectations and you can see it everywhere.

Conques sur Orbiel was a great base to explore Carcassonne and Languedoc. Amelie helped us with restaurant and activity recommendations locally and even made our dinner reservations in Barcelona after we left her loving arms.

We hope to return someday soon though there is no way it can be soon enough.

Room Tip: All the rooms are big and beautiful. We had five of us in Atelier and it was cozy but fine because w...
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We stayed for three days in July and loved every minute. We were spoiled by the warm welcome from Amelie and her family and the delicious food in a delightful old house - beautifully restored and charming in every exquisite detail. The guest rooms (and there are only three) are in a separate wing of the house. There is also a self contained apartment in the grounds.

Breakfasts are all that you could wish for - homemade yoghurt and preserves, fresh fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice, pastries, eggs - and beautiful coffee. We were very impressed by our own Nespresso machine in our room which by the way was beautiful - full of light and colour. We also had dinner there each evening and Amelie's mum who cooks most of the food has a Michelin fork and ran a restaurant for 25 years before joining Amelie at the Metairie Montplaisir.

Amelie organised a wine tasting session for us with a local producer and we rented bikes from her and had a day on the Canal du Midi - there is so much to do in the region though we also enjoyed relaxing by the pool. We will certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Viv870
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Metairie Montplaisir in February. While the weather was not great, Amelie's and her parent's warm hospitality plus the vibrant atmosphere of our bedroom made up for it. We dined there on 2 occasions and the food was always delicious. We liked it so much that we came back another time and we still enjoyed it very much. We stayed in Rooms Rosalie and Segur and they are both very nice and stylish. Rosalie is quieter and Segur has a spacious and beautiful bathroom.

Room Tip: Latin American cheerful colors mixed with French flair in all rooms. Carlota suite is very sunny and...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Metairie Montplaisir

Address: 2 avenue Rene Cassin, 11600, Conques-sur-Orbiel, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Aude > Conques-sur-Orbiel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Conques-sur-Orbiel
Price Range: £107 - £185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Conques sur Orbiel, 9kms from Carcassonne, La Metairie Montplaisir is a luxury escape away from crowd and noise, where you will enjoy a fine and home cooking. ... more   less 
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