L'Ancienne Mairie, Lafage

Bed & Breakfast and meals in the French countryside.
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Frankrijk vonden wij, met onze Engelse roots, altijd al heerlijk. Tijdens onze studies woonden we in verschillende delen van dit enorme land, en nadat we onze onderwijscarrières in Engeland gedag hadden gezegd, besloten we een bed&breakfast met table d'hôtes (maaltijden) te beginnen in Zuid-Frankrijk. We willen rust en ruimte creëren voor mensen die graag van het Franse plattelandsleven willen proeven. Maar er is nog meer te doen: met de auto ben je zo bij toeristische attracties als Carcassonne en Toulouse, of kun je genieten van de spectaculaire vergezichten van de Pyreneeën.

We waren meteen verliefd op dit huis. We zijn bezig om het op te knappen, met name de bovenverdieping, zodat we daar vanaf maart 2017 vier gastenkamers kunnen aanbieden. Beneden bevindt zich ons eigen appartement, maar ook de eetkamer voor ontbijt en avondeten. Die komt uit op de tuin met uitzicht op velden, heuvels en ons prachtige dorp Lafage. Voor de table d'hôtes gebruiken we trouwens zoveel mogelijk producten uit onze moestuin.

Het huis werd gebouwd in 1777, in opdracht van een aristocratische familie. Sinds de Franse revolutie (1789) deed het dienst als gemeentehuis (mairie). In de twintigste eeuw was ook de dorpsschool er gevestigd - onze eetkamer was het klaslokaal waar veel oudere dorpsgenoten les hebben gehad. De school werd tot 1964 gebruikt, het gemeentehuis bleef hier gevestigd tot 2010. In dat jaar kreeg Lafage een nieuw gemeentehuis met een feestzaal.

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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.

Free Wifi


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.

Road cycling


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.

Evening Meals

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.









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.

Around Lafage


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.

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"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)!