L'Ancienne Mairie, Lafage
Bed & Breakfast and meals in the French countryside.
We are looking ahead to what will hopefully be a better year than last. We have just welcomed our first guest of the year and expect many more once the weather warms up. Please get in touch with us for booking requests for this summer.
We have moved our site to a new provider and changed the layout. We hope you like the revamped look. Please let us know any thoughts or bugs that might need sorting out via the contact form.
We are in the midst of another period of lockdown in France but we are using our time to make sure the rooms and house is spotless for the first guests in the new year. Please get in touch for booking enquires for next year, we will of course be more flexible with any bookings depending on how the situation develops over the next few months.
We have now been at l'Ancienne Mairie for four years, 2020 was not the easiest but we have still enjoyed welcoming a variety of guests. We hope that next year will bring more guests from further afield and we will be able to remain open for most of the year.
Nick has recently published his third cycling climbs book "Cycling Climbs of the Aude" which looks at ascents across the department. We hope to welcome cyclists attempting to tackle some of these climbs in the near future but in the mean time order the book on Amazon below and plan your next adventure.
We have three double rooms with en-suite shower rooms and views over the rolling countryside to the south of the village. There is also a small fourth room with a bunk bed that can be let with one of the doubles for a family/group.
Home-made bread and pastries are served daily from 8-9:30am either in our dining area or outside overlooking the hills behind the house.
There is a good internet connection throughout the property to allow you to keep in touch with the outside world and post pictures of your wonderful trip.
In summer you can enjoy our outside seating area as well as the possibility of breakfast and evening meals in the garden.
The area is perfect to explore by bike and Nick offers guided rides as well as route suggestions. Nick's books on local climbs are available to purchase on site.
Three course evening meals with aperitifs and wine are available on request for only 25 euros per person.
Walks and hiking
There are plenty of walking opportunities from the doorstep, or borrow our maps of the Pyrenees for a more serious hike.
THINGS TO DO
One of the must see sites not just of the area but in the whole of France. The spectacular Cité de Carcassone needs to be seen to be believed. Carcassonne is around 40 minutes drive from Lafage and as well as the medieval walled old town there are many other things to see in do in and around the city.
If you walk the short distance up the hill from the house to the hamlet of Fage you can see the spectacular mountain chain of the Pyrenees to the south of the village. The mountains dominate the views wherever you go and it is well worth taking a closer look, especially if you enjoy cycling or walking.
Closer to Lafage is the medieval town of Mirepoix. The town is a mere ten minutes drive south of Lafage and as well as a beautiful square and cathedral there are a large number of souvenir shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in this tourist hotspot. On Mondays the town hosts a huge market with plenty of local delicacies and crafts.
Capital of the Ariege department, this city is well worth a visit. Around 40 minutes drive from Lafage, Foix is set in the foothills of the Pyrenees and boasts a spectacular castle that towers of the town as well as pretty streets full of cafes and restaurants.
In the other direction to Carcassonne is the magnificent pink city of Toulouse. As well as the beautiful architecture there are plenty of churches, museums and galleries to enjoy and an abundance of restaurants, shops and cafes. The centre of Toulouse is around an hour away from Lafage and the city deserves at least a whole day to be fully appreciated.
The rural area around Lafage is perfect for walking and/or cycling with hundreds of tracks, paths and roads that are often deserted. Please ask us about the best local routes for walking and the hills to seek out (or avoid) for cyclists.
"I had a great stay - situated in tranquil countryside but only a short drive to Carcassonne and many other smaller towns - including one with an excellent local micro brewery! The house is a beautiful old building and the bedrooms are comfortable and well kept. Also - the food was delicious (and filling)!