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Cuq en Terrasses
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cuq Toulza
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 May 2011

This was to be our last trip to France, and we wanted a special experience, which Phillippe and Andonis provided--and then some. Phillippe greeted us warmly and helped us see the place and get settled. He's my definition of what an innkeeper should be. We are former B&B owners ourselves, so we know what goes into providing a great experience.

The hotel is small--eight rooms--and spills down the hillside in a tiny hamlet. Beautifully landscaped terraces were in full bloom when we arrived. Both owners speak excellent English, which is kind of a relief after I struggled along on my less-than-adequate French for most of the trip.

Our room was the Lauragais room, which was a great size with its own little terrace onto the garden, comfortable bed, well-appointed private bath. We didn't see the other rooms because it was pretty busy while we were there. The room was very quiet.

Andonis is a really fine chef. French cuisine is changing and becoming (in my opinion) overly fussy and kind of silly. Andonis gives you the wonderful old cuisine, but lighter and fresher, using ingredients from their own gardens. It was imaginative, delicious, and served by Phillippe with flair. Then--and I know this would not be for everybody--Andonis comes out of the kitchen, sits down at the player piano, and leads everyone in singing lots of old favorites--from Cole Porter to Les Miserables. He always begins with "Happy Birthday" for anyone who's having one, and there were lots while we were there. (He said he was getting sick of that song!). It was fun to see the French guests joining in (most of the songs were American).

Both Phillippe and Andonis love their region and are extremely helpful about what to see. Carcassonne of course (not worth it) Albi (very worth it), Toulouse, the Black Mountain, and lots of small towns and markets. They tell you how to go, when to go, what to avoid, and try to fit the holiday to you. I'd love to spend a whole week there, not just three days, but by all means consider making it your base of operations for that area.

What did we not like about Cuq en Terrasses? Nothing that I can think of . But given how expensive France is, it was the incredibly reasonable, and the best value of our trip. Absolutely the opposite of an impersonal hotel--welcoming, warm, and the kind of place only owners who love what they do can manage.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2011

The owner/chef partnership works very well here. Hotel is stunningly beautiful, grounds are perfectly groomed and invite walking tours. Pool area is private and inviting. They grow their own stuff and prepare their meals with care for the environment and attention to every culinary detail. (The breakfast eggs are from their own chickens). We stayed in the area for 4 days and were provided with excellent itineraries for local visits to Toulouse, Carcassonne, daily markets and the Midi Canal. We were sad to leave, and were provided with precise directions to our next destination that only locals could know. If you want to imerse yourself in French Culture while being pampered, go there.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

If you want to discover the beautiful Toulouse-Albi-Carcassonne region and the Canal du Midi, the village of Cuq is a good choice, ideally situated in the middle of this triangle.

The chambre d'hôtes Cuq-en-terrasses is situated a bit outside of Cuq-Toulza village, perched on a hill with only the church and the castle as neighbours. From the rooms, the gardens and terrass you have a wonderful view over the valley and the snowy Pyrénées.

We stayed in april 2011 in the Lauragais room: very spacious and airy with tiled floor and tasteful antique furniture. Cannot think of a service or comfort we missed: queen size bed, walk-in shower and bath, seperate toilet, delicious toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, I-pod station, tv with DVD... From the room there is direct access to the gardens, built in terrassess with tables and lounge chairs on every level. We normally do a maximum of sightseeing and hiking when on holiday, but in a special place as this we were keen to retrun by 5-5:30 p.m. to enjoy some reading and tea in the gardens, whilst listening to the woodpecker drilling the trees or housecat Duchesse purring on our lap.

During our stay we dined three times at Cuq-en-terrasses and do not regret: everything, with no exception, was refined and savoury (e.g. home made foie gras, asparragus and morels with cod fish, confit de canard with gratin dauphinois and green beens, crème brûlée with raspberries). A lot of ingredients come from the kitchen garden. Dinner menu is fixed but you can communicate likes and dislikes on the forehand. Three courses preceeded by some amuse-bouches made we never tried the cheese. We also tasted some excellent red wines, reasonably priced around 20 euros.

Breakfast is also a treat with homemade bread, pudding, croissants and marmelade, fresh orange juice, fruit salad, locally made yoghurt, ham and cheese and good coffee.

As already said this is not a hotel but a chambre d'hôtes with a homey atmosphere. There is no such thing as a reception desk or a concierge but who cares if you have a cosy living room with a huge library full of novels, travel guides, strips, music, videos... Hikers and bikers will find maps with itineraries for excursions (all distances and levels): they come in a plastic pouch in order to take them with you for the day: very handy!

For the englishspeaking travellers it is nice to know that the hosts english is excellent, a rarity in France. They are very interesting gentlemen with broad cultural intrests and a rare talent for hosting in a laid-back style. Our stay with them was a "moment suprême": no downside we can think of. Hence, highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

charming property that commands stunning views, tastefully decorated, very homely , great food and wine and also entertainment with a sing song after dinner. friendly hosts and a great dog and cat! what more can you ask for? je le recommande vivement!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 October 2010

We went to Cuq en Terrasses with high expectations, based on reviews we read and our general positive experiences with the network of sites including Inns of France. Our expectations were exceeded in every possible way. Our room had great charm and comfort. The grounds and gardens were outstanding even at the end of September. The view from the terrace as we sat, drank pastis, and watched the sun set each evening was truly memorable. But those are just the physical details; it was the people who truly made it so outstanding. (well, not just “people”; Noaimie added her own charm as well) Philippe and Adonis may be the most friendly and thoughtful hosts we’ve ever encountered (and largely due to my work, we’ve been able to do a lot of international travel). From the casual welcome, through daily chats about what we’d done that day, might plan for the next, and what wine to match with dinner, to what was a parting with friends rather than a “checkout” we always felt we were dealing with people who wanted us to get the most possible out of our time with them. Plus every meal was outstanding in creativity, preparation, and presentation. And the singing after dinner was a vehicle to not just be friends with the hosts, but make friends with the international spectrum of guests who have also sought out this very special place. The question for us is not if we’ll be back, but how soon we can fit it into our schedules.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

This tastefully decorated and refurbished old farmhouse is set on a hillside with a fabulous view of the surrounding farmland. Dinner on the terrace at sunset is a particular delight. The pair of owners, two men of Greek origin, are friendly, competent and helpful. They have, for example, prepared an excellent set of maps laying out walks and hikes in the neighboring countryside. The cuisine, a bit overly fussy by my taste, is best described as continental or perhaps Balkan rather than French. Wifi is available.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2010

From its beautiful position in a tiny hilltop hamlet with stunning views, to the comfortable rooms, good food and genial hosts, it all adds up to close to perfection.

Previous reviewers have said pretty much everything there is to say about Cuq en Terrasse. I would add that there are few places as comfortable as this in a very rural and unspoilt area of France, yet close enough to Albi and Toulouse for some sightseeing if required.

One point is that the house is on the side of a steep hill, so if you are elderly or have walking problems, you may find getting to the pool and the gardens a little tricky. Should this be the case, you would be perfectly happy sitting on the terrace and looking at the glorious view!

There are few hotels we would ever consider returning to, but this is certainly one.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: le Chateau de la Vernede, 81470 Cuq Toulza, France
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Region: France > Occitanie > Tarn > Cuq Toulza
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cuq Toulza
Price Range: £111 - £176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cuq en Terrasses 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An 18th century presbitary turned into charming accomodation with restaurant, pool and gardens. Set in a 6 acres park in peaceful surroundings, Cuq is ideally located between Carcassonne, Toulouse and Albi and is an great base to explore the region and enjoy gourmet dinners and breakfasts ... more   less 
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