Colours of Pays Cathare

1 rue du Sol 11250 Verzeille , Carcassonne, 11250 France (Show map)


A colourful old 'maison de charme' in a typical wine village close to the stunning Cité of Carcassonne and Canal du Midi in beautiful Pays Cathare. Comfortable individually styled rooms, with large lounge and perfumed garden where you can relax after a busy day. Well positioned to explore this beautiful area, with its medieval villages, abbeys and chateaux and lots to do for all the family - walk through the vineyards, horseriding, white water sports in the mountains. Your host, a lover of art and local history, can help you plan your days here. Vineyard tours can be arranged.

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Innkeepers: Jan Riordan



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Charming B&B in a peaceful village

4.6 on July 23, 2014

Jan offered us some excellent information about the area and she was a very welcoming host. The B&B is located in a very charming, peaceful village - I am glad that we had the car so that we could explore the wider area too.

Wonderful place to stay outside of Carcassonne!

4.8 on June 03, 2014

I stayed here for 3 nights with a friend back at the beginning of April. Jan was a wonderful host and have us ample information about the region. The rooms were very comfortable and had a lot of charm. Jan also provided a great and filling breakfast. Plus, there are two adorable cats! What's not to love?! I would highly recommend staying here if you are in the region.

Wonderful place to stay!

4.8 on August 24, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Colours of Pays Cathare and really enjoyed our time there. Jan was so welcoming and made us feel very comfortable in her home.


4.2 on August 13, 2011

My family and I stayed twice at Jan (2010 e2011). The B & B is close to Carcasonne and easy to reach, the rooms are comfortable and clean. The welcome and the availability of Jan are delizioio as well as his breakfast. In addition, it is able to provide detailed information for trips pleasant. The site is very nice and detailed. Absolutely recommended. ITALIANO La mia famiglia ed io abbiamo soggiornato per due volte presso Jan (2010 e 2011). Il B&B è vicino a Carcasonne e comodissimo da raggiungere, le camere sono confortevoli e pulite. Il benvenuto e la disponibilità di Jan sono delizioio così come le sue colazioni. Inoltre, è in grado di fornire informazioni dettagliate per gite gradevoli. Il sito è molto curato e dettagliato. Assolutamente consigliato.

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Rooms & Rates

Art Nouveau Room

A spacious (4.3x4M) romantic room, cool in grey white and violet, voile draped window facing south over the garden. A canopied, king-size sprung bed and traditional French quilt. Timbered ceiling, decorative chimney, antique marble top dressing table with mirror, painted chest, table and chairs and Art Nouveau prints. Colour-matched linen, towels, lamps and accessories complete the ambience. For 3 days enjoy a monogrammed, linen sheet on your bed (on demand only). Dressing area leading to modern tiled shower room with inset wash hand basin, large mirror, WC and window overlooking park

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: EUR 73 - EUR 78

Medieval Room

A large bright room (4.5 x 3.5 M) in white, green and cream, south facing over garden. Verdigris effect fireplace with painted angels, mirrored armoire, marble topped drawers, hand decorated bedside tables and chair. Comfortable sprung double bed and single bed with modesty curtain. Fully carpeted. Colour matched linen, towels, and accessories complete the decor. Adjoining midnight blue tiled shower room, with wc, antique walnut dresser with inset whb and wall mirror. For friends and family, there is a room available with two or three single beds (or wide double) to share the bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: EUR 98 - EUR 103

Occitan Room

Cosy in red, gold and cream, with twin beds (together a 180 cm wide double bed). Traditional French furniture with marbled side tables, country armoire, oak writing table. Rich chenille bedcovers (or a quilted French Boutis), embroidered silk Japanese obi draped above the beds, old family photos and painting, colour matched linen, towels, lamps and accessories complete the comfortable atmosphere. Window. 3.8 x 3.5 M Adjoining fully tiled bathroom in rose and cream, enamel bath with shower over, marble topped traditional dresser with inset wash hand basin, WC, and window.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: EUR 68 - EUR 78

Cathare Room

Available only for friends and family to share shower room with Medieval Room (there is a 2nd door opening on to the corridor opposite) or the Occitan Room directly opposite which has an internal bathroom. Large hessian carpeted room in blues and greens, with twin beds (possible a third) French mirrored armoire and dresser and voile curtains. Suitable for well behaved children 8 alone.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: EUR 45 - EUR 50

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Location Type

8 miles from Carcassonne airport, half an hour to the mountains, 9 miles from Limoux, Toulouse is the nearest city, 1 hour from the Mediterranean sea, Airport, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Village, Wine country


Toulouse, France (TLS-Blagnac) 69 miles

Directions to property:

Full directions on my website. From Carcassonne W and Airport take D118 to Limoux, turning right after Rouffiac over the new bridge to Pomas and St Hilaire, 2 miles at T junction turn left to Verzeille, take 3rd Rt into village (road of plane trees and large round lamps), **2nd left after hedge between houses and park in the square. From the east of Carcassonne follow signs to Limoux and St Hilaire, turning left onto the D204 after the Hospital, passing the golf club through villages of Cavanac and Leuc, and take the 1st left into Verzeille then ** above. If you get lost ask for Jan, l'anglaise avec le gite. For your GPS 43˚648" N 2˚19'6" E

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Cathare chateaux in the mountains, Ancient abbeys - 9th Century St Hilaire, Medieval Villages ... Lagrasse, Vineyards, beautiful landscape and mountains, UNESCO site: medieval Cite of Carcassonne, UNESCO site: Canal du Midi, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Ruins, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Board games, Fireplace, Library , Garden with table for picnics, Tourist information

Room amenities

Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Vineyards wine tasting, Vineyards wine tasting, Vineyards wine tasting, Vineyards wine tasting, Vineyards wine tasting, Vineyards wine tasting, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 1600 earliest
  • Check Out:: by 11.00
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only For the comfort of all guests, and smoke detectors in lounge
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Quiet well behaved children are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No House and garden not ideal for active noisy children
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No I have 2 cats who are not allowed in bedrooms
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights minimum. May accept last minute 1 nighters.
  • Accepted payments Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 25% deposit, or the equivalent of one night, whichever is the higher, in euros, within 10 days of booking.
  • Cancellations: The deposit may be forfeited for late cancellation or non-arrival unless I am able to re-let the room/s, so please give plenty of notice if you have to cancel your booking.



Jan Riordan

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

My primary interests are art and local history, and of course French cuisine and culture. I have created an English style Mediterranean garden here which is at its best April to early July. I also love to take photos, paint furniture and decorative art, which you can see throughout the house.

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croissants, patisseries, fruit and yoghurts

  • Time Served: 8.30 - 10.00
  • Serving Location: Garden Terrace, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

, request special diet