L'Ecluse au soleil
Auberge en Pays Cathare
An odd shaped old building with some additions exactly as I had pictured from the website.
We were greeted by a young woman, Mme Dumas who took us through a very wide, low solid oak door, via an uneven staircase to our room. There is another wider staircase which leads to a rear entrance and the car park - I never quite worked out the geography of the building!
At the top of the stairs there was a very large lounge with a huge stone fireplace, sofas and a large dining table, books and games ( I think a table tennis table too) and a TV.
Our room was at the other end of the house down a long corridor. It was large and presented in a subtle style that suited the thick stone walls and low ceilings - simple firnishings,rugs and decoration.
There was a handbasin in an alcove with a "vanity " shelf that looked as though it had been crafted "in situ" from the rockface behind the house.
We were given the family suite and adjacent to our room was another bedroom with 3 single beds, a shower room, separate wc, and another wash room. The Bathroom was at the end of the corridor near the lounge.
We were glad that we had accepted the offer of a dinner, bed and breakfast deal - as the mist was descending rapidly and we would not have fancied searching for a restaurant that night.
Dinner was served by Mme.at 7.30 in the room at the bottom of the stairs and through THE Door.
We learned that in a previous existence this, not very large room, had been the village bar.
We were the only guests in the hotel on this gloomy night but a log fire was blazing in the huge fireplace, the lights were low and some Mozart could be heard through concealed speakers.
The meal was a set three course meal with cheese and coffee, an aperitif - a local sweetish wine and a bottle of local red were included.
Home made pate and toast, chicken in a cream sauce with vegetables from the garden, a fruit mousse and some very nice local cheese. A basket of home made bread too!
We slept like logs - there was not a sound to be heard.
Breakfast was served in the same room as dinner - several different loaves of home made bread to cut from, boiled eggs if you wanted them, cheese and ham and a choice of 6 or more home made preserves. With coffee , of course.
Our hopes of exploring the village and looking into the Church before leaving were thwarted by the truly awful weather.
We had a long chat with M. Dumas who told us the population of the village was only 72. Their "season " does not really start until after Easter when walkers, riders and people who want to enjoy the mountains and the peace of the area come for holidays.
For warmer weather there is a swimming pool there too.
It must be idyllic.
For this out of season D.B&B we paid about 72 euros.
Unbelievable, and in spite of the weather a very memorable experiece.
Directions: At entrance to the village, clearly sign posted.
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