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“A gem of a place”
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Le Vieux Relais
Ranked #1 of 2 Pepieux B&B and Inns
Guildford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“A gem of a place”
Reviewed 1 August 2013

This is a great discovery for us - Val and Mike gave us such a warm welcome and were the perfect hosts. We had a spacious, light and airy room looking over the garden with a large bathroom, and we really appreciated the swimming pool at the end of each day. Val and Mike's knowledge of the area is invaluable, as they can suggest many interesting places to visit and can recommend restaurants for the evening - which they will book for you as well. We were lucky enough to have a delicious dinner cooked for us by them one night too. Nothing is too much trouble for these two and we would heartily recommend the Vieux Relais - we will definitely be returning!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Once again we had a most enjoyable few days with Val and Mike who are the perfect hosts and nothing is too much trouble, from watching the rugby and lovely afternoon tea and cake(s) to a bottle of champagne as a surprise gift for our anniversary. They also cooked several enjoyable suppers / dinner depending on our itinerary during the day and made reservations at local restaurants on our behalf. Nothing was too much trouble and we're looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stcokport
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

We travel round France staying at chambre d'hotes as the best way to enjoy France.
Here we were treated to the best.
The room (suite) was spacious and bathroom a huge wetroom with super shower. The bed was really comfortable and we both slept well every night. There is even a lovely garden to relax in with a book. A delightful area to stay in and a pool to refresh you at the end of the day.
Val and Mike do everything to make your stay enjoyable. Mike make breakfast and Val will do evening meals.
This is a couple who know what hospitality is all about. Tips on where to go, what to see, where to park etc, Recommendations on local restaurants (and bookings)
The small village of Homps on the Canal du Midi is just down the road and this abounds with good eating places. There is also a small swimming lake about a mile away.
Val and Mike have really high standards which make everything that little bit special.
Le Vieux Relais is now on our list of Special Places to stay.

Room Tip: All rooms are good but overlooking the garden is marginally quieter although there is little noise.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London UK
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

Valerie and Michael are excellent hosts. Their 18th century former coach house has been well restored and our room was comfortable and spacious. They are well informed about the local area and were able to make good suggestions even for a rainy day! This was an area we had not visited before and will certainly consider returning to see all the things we had missed. Hopefully, Valerie's lemon drizzle cake will be as good as her Dutch apple cake!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We stayed here for three nights in October. Val and Mike normally would have closed the pool but kept it open knowing my son would have liked to swim. That was lovely. We ended up not swimming,... We had in our previous B&B near Uzes but the weather was a touch colder here. Val had recently had a knee operation and this didn't stop her continuing to work hard to provide great service. Thankyou for the load of washing - it is not normally something that is offered we know. Like some of the other reviewers I find the lack of front door key disconcerting and the security system that means that Val and Mike know where you are in the public araes of the house To Val and Mike they prefer to welcome guests as they return and they will see this as providing a high level of aervice - and it does. but it was different to our French Chambre D'Hote experiences and possibly more English but I felt a little watched. There is a balance here I appreciate and I understand Val and Mike's view. They are very professional hosts.

Their knowledge of the area is good and they referred us to a great boat ride on Canal du Midi that we would not have found without them. Unfortunately the colder weather affected my impression of the area and in retrospect we should have stayed just one night in Carcassone, ticked it off the list and moved to Villefranche de Conflent for ore time. This is not a reflection on this B&B. The village itself has no particular charm but it's not ugly. We knew that also when we booked...I had searched for ages for a value for money B&B with availability and family space close to . At the time I was looking i found this area particularly expensive compared to some other areas we stayed. I found the prices here reasonable.

I haven't mentioned the room. We had the two roomed upstairs family room and it was perfect. The bathroom is in between the two rooms but we knew that when we booked. A separate room allowed our soon to have a good sleep which makes for a pleasant day for everyone. The rooms are spacious. We did not find the church bells annoying...they don't go all night...and this IS France. Breakfasts are great and we enjoyed our evening meal on the first night.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Limerick, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

Le Vieux Relais is a beautiful house located in the heart of the languedoc wine region.It is owned by an English couple who were very welcoming and catered for our every need. The rooms were big and spacious with very nice decor. We also had the option of an evening meal which was served in the enclosed walled garden and was very relaxing and delicious. They have a great knowledge of the area and their recommendations re places of interest, wine chateaux and restaurants to visit were invaluable. The nearby lake is an excellent amenity for swimming, sunbathing and windsurfing. We were very impressed with the guest house and the area and will definitely be making a return visit.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dublin
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

We stayed here in Aug 2012 for 2 weeks with our 5-year-old and 19-month-old. We had such an amazing time. Everyday, we did something different. Somedays we went back and did the same thing because, we enjoyed it so much, like cycling along Canal du Midi. Val and Mike were so helpful, I really think that we couldn't have had as much fun if it weren't for them. For example, when we went cycling, Val called the bike shop ahead of time so, the bikes were ready for us when we got there. She told us which way to go from the bike shop so that we'll be cycling under the trees in the shade and where to find a playground. These were valuable information to us because, neither of us speak French and the woman who runs the bike shop doesn't speak any English. and it always helps to be well prepared when traveling with young children. We went to 3 different lakes nearby and a beach near Bezier which was about an hour away. Val and Mike packed a picnic for us which was tasty and convenient.
We stayed in the big suite downstairs which was perfect for us. It fit the 4 of us comfortably with lots of space leftover. Our kids loved splashing in the pool with the giant inflatable turtle and Orca. It was so nice to come back to a clean and comfortable room after a fun filled day.
It was also nice to have dinner with Val and Mike and the other guests. Mike's lamb and Val's tarte tatin are to die for!!
Traveling with young children are never easy, but Val and Mike made it a lot easier for us. They were wonderful with out kids. So much so that our 5-year-old still asks about them. They really care about helping the guests have a wonderful holiday. I would recommend this B&B to any family.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Le Vieux Relais
Address: 1 rue de l Etang | Aude, 11700 Pepieux, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Aude > Pepieux
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Pepieux
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Le Vieux Relais as seen from the village square. In the 18th century Le Vieux Relais was a coaching station situated on the corner of the village square. Today it is a well situated relaxing oasis that affords a unique insight into French village life. ... more   less 

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