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Le Jardin de la Sals
Ranked #1 of 2 Sougraigne B&B and Inns
Reviewed 1 August 2011

Tucked away in the heart of Cathar Country this was the perfect place for a short break. We had four days with no TV, no internet, no newspapers and came home thoroughly refreshed.
Our room was in a converted barn just across the tiny street from reception - rough white painted walls and simple but spotless furnishings. We had the same delightful view from the terrace where most meals were served (cosy dining room when it was too cold one night.) Excellent regional food - half board extremely good value as others have said with full bottle of very drinkable local wine included between two. Lovely sunny swimming pool for cooling off at the end of the day.
Endless walks and driving tours nearby - do go up to the source of the Sals river (salt spring). Recommend the Sunflower guide for walks (their route to get to Carcassonne is spectacular.) For a bit of local colour Kate Mosse's 'Sepulchre' made great bedtime reading.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank LMW45
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Reviewed 17 October 2010

Sougraigne has a population of 90, yet sustains a marvelous B&B with an outstanding dinner service. The owners are extremely nice. When my bike broke down 10k away, they came to pick me up, without complaint. The room was quaint, and larger than most we've had in France (though that still means small). The dinner prepared was superb, and they were able to accommodate my wife's pescatarian needs without trouble. A reasonably good house wine is included with the meal (a nice gesture, since they could squeeze tourists here without much trouble). They even offered to pack nus a picnic the following day, for our next bike ride. We went in October--a bit cool to sit outside--but the patio looks marvelous for warmer months. Like many Logis places, it might be challenging for non-French speakers to communicate. (FYI: no internet access here, except through the owners)

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 1 December 2009

Auberge Ecluse au Soleile is set in Sougraine, a tiny village in the Aude in the Cathar hills. It is a in a delightful setting and the auberge itself is charming, run by a very pleasant couple. Be warned, however, that Sougraine consists only of a small number of residential houses and that there is nothing there other than the auberge, beautiful views of the Salz valley from the restaurant and an old church. I would say it was tailored for those who have had an active day exploring and just come back for a quick dip in the pool before dinner as there is nothing to do there in the evening except dine. There is lots of walking you can do in the surrounding area and some of the drives over the mountains are spectacular. Our room in the auberge was set up in the eaves, was consequently very dark but was comfortable with a small roof terrace – although you had to stand and stretch to see over the roof up to the views. Good beds, bed linen and towels with a very nice bathroom. In fact, it was really a sort of suite (without the sitting room) in that there was another adjoining twin bedded room which shared the bathroom. There was no air conditioning as it is a rustic auberge. The hotel had a tennis court, boules pitch and a pleasant swimming pool which was bracing, despite the 34 degrees temperature. You can get drinks from the auberge and it provided an excellent dinner menu for 25 euros (which you preferably need to book in advance because they are popular) based on good local ingredients and excellent cooking by Madame. The hotel is popular with touring French, cyclists and walkers. Although I've said I would recommend it to a friend, it would only be one who was looking for a very quiet location.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2009

A rambling Logis in an interesting old hillside village with simple but very adequate accommodation, polite hosts, and lots to do for outdoor types. Set four course dinners are very flavoursome, carefully cooked and presented and served with good local wines. Remarkable value for money. We loved it, and the surrounding area.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank KeithStanhope
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Reviewed 13 September 2008

This place is a gem!!! My mom and I stayed there one night recently. My Mom had stayed there last year with her friends. It peaceful, beautiful and special. The owners are wonderful and the meal was excellent. I can't say enough good things about this place. We are going back next year for sure.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank geriz1
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Reviewed 6 September 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Paul M
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Additional Information about Le Jardin de la Sals

Address: Le Village | Le Village, 11190 Sougraigne, France (Formerly L'Ecluse au Soleil)
Region: France > Occitanie > Aude > Sougraigne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Sougraigne
Price Range: £58 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Le Jardin de la Sals 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
welcome The Garden of Sals is in the heart of lush greenery in the picturesque village of Sougraigne in High Valley of the Aude, Corbières Vertes territory. There is a wild and preserved nature and the starting point of many hiking trails. Nicole and François will welcome you in an old 15th century, with a warm, family and serene. ... more   less 
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