L'Ancienne Mairie, Lafage
Bed & Breakfast and meals in the French countryside.
Francia nos encanta de siempre y hemos vivido en varias regiones del país. Decidimos poner fin a nuestras carreras en Enseñanza Nacional de Gran Bretaña y abrir una case de huéspedes (“chambre d'hôte”) en el sur de Francia. Queríamos apropiarnos un lugar pacífico donde disfrutar de la vida francesa cerca de lugares encantadores como Carcassonne, Toulouse o los Pirineos.
Los dos nos enamoramos de la casa y del pueblo al descubrirlos y estamos renovando el primer piso para crear cuatro habitaciones con baño adjunto; en la planta baja se encuentran el comedor y nuestro apartamento. Las puertas del comedor se dan al jardín con vista sobre campos y cerros al sur del pueblo. Gozamos tambien un huerto donde cultivamos hortaliza para la comidas caseras que proponemos a nuestros huéspedes.
La casa fue construida en 1777 por un “rico” del pueblo y, poco después de la Revolución, sirvió de ayuntamiento. El siglo pasado la casa fue también la escuela y aún quedan vecinos del pueblo que atendieron clases en la sala convertida hoy en comedor. La escuela cerró en 1964 pero la casa siguió de ayuntamiento hasta 2010 en que se construyó el nuevo ayuntamiento y la sala de fiestas.
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)!