Having just finished a feast of gazpacho, rounds of bread and chèvre put under the broiler, duck breast, risotto with chanterelles and onions, homemade bread, homemade chutney, assorted cheeses, rhubarb cream and fresh madeleines from Charles who is serving the food as he prepares the plates and Laure hands them around, this charming couple has brought us into their lovely property like family members. Obviously this is no ordinary B&B. This was really a factory before it's transformation. The two waterfalls across from the front of the building are lit at night and with the river on the building's other side have a magical effect that may lull you to sleep. And once you find it, it is only 15 minutes by car from Montolieu. Laure is French and Charles American. My French isn't all that good, but it imagine I can almost completely understand their French. Must be part of the magic of this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the village of Montolieu (15 min. From Carcasssonne), a gorgeous ancient industrial site shaped by a napoleonic forge, and textile mill; at road's end, alongside a steep sided river with wild nature as sole neighbour. East-west orientation guarantees, from morning to dusk, that every room of the house has its share of light and shade. The newly renovated bedrooms offer a sober, but colourful elegance, along with their pretty individual en-suite bathrooms. The domain is less than five minutes from the village, and at close proximity to all that the area has to offer... The hosts, Charles Cowen, photographer, gardener and musician, and Laure, book dealer at Montolieu - "Village du Livre", greet their guests with a warm welcome, in a relaxing and family-oriented surroundings. Charles Cowen devotes his culinary talents to his guests, preparing refined and flowery meals with fresh organic local ingredients. Guests who love books as much as good food can also wander through Montolieu to load up their book bags at Laure's store, "La Lettre volee", or at the fourteen other book stores of the village... ... more less
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