Bed & Breakfast
Rooms with a view...
Ideally situated in Puylaroque, a hill-top medieval village in SW France and with wonderful views,"Les Chimères" (means dreams & fantasies) offers a pleasant change from hotels due to Lisanne Ashton's artistic influence and helpful hospitality.
If 'en route', it's much more than a simple stopover and, if on holiday, it's an ideal base from which to visit Cahors, Montauban, Albi and Toulouse, as well as the many delightful Bastide villages.
Oh, forgot to mention...winner of "4 in a bed in France"!
The “Romantic” has a classical feel with Henry II furniture (copy circa 1900!) and a colour scheme ranging from damask rose to burgundy.
The bathroom has a roll top bath ….lion’s feet to boot!
The bedroom has a double bed and an adjacent small sitting room with a child's bed.
The “Rustic” has a more countrified feel with stone walls, rush matting and a vivid, yet harmonious, colour scheme. The bathroom includes his and hers washbasins and a bidet.
Entry for the rooms and gite
is by rue Béral, behind the house; you are independent
with your own keys and no time restrictions.
Street parking is available by the Mairie 100 yards away.
On arrival, you'll be directed to the rear entrance, where you can unload luggage before parking.
Breakfast is taken downstairs, reached via the 12th century
stone staircase that was the watchtower on the ramparts
during the hundred years’ war.
Homemade bread, brioche, yogurt, fruit compote, cakes, jams as well as locally produced honey and fresh fruit set you up for the day...
Both rooms have wineglasses & corkscrew and tea/coffee making facilities, and an electric blanket on the double bed in winter!
Each room has an iron and board, hairdryer, fan, dressing gowns, slippers, books, magazines
+ toiletries, madeleines & chocolates ...
Travel cot available on request.
Sorry, no animals in the rooms...2 dogs and 3 cats at Les Chimères!
THINGS TO DO
What a choice...
The village has shops including a baker, butcher, grocer, ironmonger, chemist and hairdresser,
(no candlestick maker sadly!) as well as a doctor, district nurse and library.
A café and 2 restaurants ensure a pleasant pause!
(a gastronomic: "Les Sens" 50 yards away and a traditional: "Le Vieux Moulin" 5 kms distant)
There are two chargers for electric cars by the Mairie. (need an application on mobile)
There’s a lot to visit and explore locally whether you are sporty (horse riding, canoeing, swimming, hiking, fishing, mountain biking....), tuned into culture (visiting museums, Romanesque churches, Bastide villages, Albi....) or more leisurely, enjoying the local Quercy wines and food;
perhaps savouring your purchases from the colourful local markets.
There are two vineyards near the village: Domaine de Merchien (who make traditional English ale as well!) and Domaine de Mazuc where you can have a tour and purchase wine/beer.
And why not just relax in the garden !
Rock-climbing, canoeing, paragliding or just gentle rambling: the choice is yours!
will love visiting Albi, Moissac, Toulouse or
St Antonin Noble Val
closer to home (where they filmed "Charlotte Grey" and "Hundred foot journey")...
The main markets are in the mornings
at Caussade on Monday and St Antonin on Sunday
"Booked on the day
Lisanne was a wonderful hostess.
Room fab and staying in December
it was a lovely touch to have an
electric blanket even though
the room was toasty.
An excellent place to stay."