Where to start? The minute you walk through the huge archway into the hotel courtyard you know this place is going to be something special. As the weather was warm the courtyard was being used for the lunch service but there were also some people just having a leisurely glass of wine. The building is typically old French - very high ceilings, huge French doors, tiled floors, shutters, etc. - and just exudes style and sophistication. Our room was huge with double aspect windows and one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in.
The hotel also boasts a restaurant (see separate review), a bar (which serves tapas), the "old kitchen" where you can lounge in a sofa while enjoying one of Ben's brilliant cocktails as well as a swimming pool.
The staff were wonderful and the hosts (Emma and Karl) so very welcoming. We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Relais de Mirepoix is a boutique hotel, restaurant and cocktail bar just off the lively square of the popular bastide town of Mirepoix, Ariege, France. Behind the impressive gates and walls we have a south facing courtyard, swimming pool, beautifully appointed dining room and a small and intimate cocktail, wine and tapas bar. The Relais de Mirepoix is a 3* hotel offering a luxury service to all our guests. The hotel is family run and privately owned business. The Relais de Mirepoix is a centuries old significant manor house which combines a sympathetic, respectful restoration with elegantly appointed furnishings and sophisticated refreshing luxuriously updated bathrooms, bedrooms and suites. Our five bedrooms and three suites, which offer you a separate lounge area, are decorated embracing the features of this stunning 400 year old building, including timber framed walls, antique fabric wall coverings, fireplaces, elegant windows and original tiled floors throughout. We have ensured there are all the amenities you would expect in a boutique hotel including a lift to all floors, wi-fi and air conditioning in the rooms. Both restaurant and bar service are of exceptional quality with locally sourced produce. Each day Karl offers you two or three seasonal choices for each course. « Food is best served when kept simple. My passion is creating menus using world influences using the best quality, seasonal produce of our region. » Karl Lashford ... more less
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