We were delighted to welcome James Martin and his TV crew to stay with us here at Le Vieux Relais in August 2016!
As we did for James, we can create a package ‘just for you’ at our beautifully renovated 18c Coaching Inn, so whether you’re thinking of taking the whole family away for a special occasion or just to relax together and spend some quality time, look no further. The house and gardens are flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of different family combinations so please let us know what works best for you and we’ll do our best to make it happen.
There are 5 large and airy bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and seating areas to allow everyone their own space and privacy. The family suite has an extra interconnecting children’s room complete with toys and books to keep children entertained. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor for guests with reduced mobility or those with babies as the room is garden facing and offers a bath and plenty of room for a cot and/or child’s bed in addition to the beds for 12 already available in house, so that's 12 plus 2 small children. The large dining room seats 12 around a large table, the elegant sitting room has a TV with English satellite channels and DVD player. The large kitchen is extremely well equipped with 2 ovens, a 5 burner hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, there are 2 additional fridges, one in the house and another in the outside dining area. If you don't feel like cooking all the time, despite the attractions of all the local fresh ingredients, we can offer a very reasonably priced meal service where we shop and cook for you from just once to several times during your stay. Just let us know if you are interested and we can provide sample menus and prices.
Outside you will find the walled courtyard garden and the private, secure swimming pool with sun loungers, a real sun trap. The pool is completely fenced in with access only via the lockable gate making it ideal for families with younger children.
The garden leads to the covered living/dining area created from the old stable block, which is light and airy and provides plenty of space for children to play and adults to relax out of the sun whilst maintaining the feel of being ‘outside’. We have 2 large wooden dining tables and comfortable dining/lounging chairs with a fridge and large barbecue and also a table tennis table for more energetic guests!
The house has a wi-fi Internet connection and upstairs, tucked away at the back of the first floor, you will find a library with a wide variety of books a desk and wireless printer which can be used as an office if needed.
The village has a small supermarket, bakery, post office, tabac, pharmacy and a pizza restaurant which also does take-away. Most days of the week vans can be found in the square selling everything from vegetables to meat and charcuterie.
One of the biggest treats is the Minervois wine from the local cave or one of the many highly regarded and in several cases, internationally known, wine domains. Guests who enjoy a good stroll can find themselves at the tasting rooms of more than one without the need to drive, always a bonus!
Pepieux is the perfect place to stay in the region as we are central to everything with the Black Mountains, the Haut Languedoc National Park and facilities for walking, fishing, wine tasting, tennis, lake swimming (life-guarded in high season) and boating/canoeing practically on the doorstep. The medieval Cité at Carcassonne and the fortified village of Minerve are within half an hour. Narbonne, Beziers and the Mediterranean coast with its fabulous beaches are all within 45 mins drive, as are the lagoons of Bages and Leucate, offering wind and kite surfing. Montpellier, Toulouse and the Spanish border are all no more than ninety minutes away. We are also in Cathar country with numerous sites of special historical interest to history buffs, Lastours being the nearest and Montsegur the furthest away.