Chambres d’Hôtes Lavaldieu
Lavaldieu is a partially restored hamlet, surrounded by 51 hectares of land, with organic gardens and orchards, horses, pastures full of wild flowers and butterflies (over 80 species here and in the immediate area) and deciduous woodland. It is a bird refuge and hunting is prohibited.
Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with superb views of the Pic Bugarach, Lavaldieu is between the enigmatic village of Rennes le Chateau (5km) and the thermal spa of Rennes le Bains (7km), 45km south of Carcassonne in the Languedoc, close to the Pyrénnées and the mediterranean (1h15).
The guest house, dated 1774 and group space surround a grassy courtyard looking out at mount Bugarach and the ruined castle of Bezu.
There are three pleasant and comfortable bedrooms for 2 or 3 people with shared bathroom facilities. We also have a family room for 4 people.
The dining room, with beautiful wooden tables, has an ancient paved stone floor and as most of the house original oak beams.
Breakfast is served with homemade bread and jams, fruit juice, fruits, muesli, yoghurt and a variety of hotdrinks. There are always options for those who have an allergy.
All meals are vegetarian and 90% organic, using a lot of our own organic vegetables and cooked by Patricia, who has been a vegetarian cook for 25 years.
Numerous local sights are accessible from Lavaldieu, including the Devil’s Armchair, the source of the Madeleine and the “Fontaine des Amours” and also the ruined Templar castle of Bezu, the “Pic de Bugarach” (1231m) or the nature walk around Lavaldieu itself plus the refreshing rock pools at La Ferrière (2km). We can help you organise your walks. (and why not ask for a picnic)
We´ve lived around horses for 30 years and after selling our small herd of milking cows we concentrated on breeding them for leisure and sport (especially endurance riding).
Learn to take care of and get close to our horses and ponies that we breed here. A real contact with these beautiful animals.
62 species of birds have been observed at Lavaldieu including recently the Black Vulture. So don’t forget your binoculars. We also envisage shortly a nature trail through Lavaldieu to enable people to have a wider experience of the richness of the wild-life here.