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Maison Rives Rue St Denis, Montolieu, 11170 France (Show map)
7 Reviews
EUR 50 - EUR 70
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Montolieu is ideally situated just 15 km from Carcassonne and easily accessible by car. Maison Rives dates back to before the French Revolution and has a history as fascinating as Montolieu itself, which is known throughout France and Europe as 'the book village'. Whether your stay with us is for just one night, or longer, you can be assured of a warm, friendly welcome, a good night's sleep in one of our three comfortable and spacious room and a breakfast with organic and homemade products. Montolieu is the ideal base for exploring Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi and all the famous surrounding area and Cathar Castel. Nathalie and Stéphane, the owner, have also nearby Maison Rives : the bookshop "Ailleurs" and the "Salon d'Ici", restaurant-salon de thé. All our rooms have private en-suite shower rooms. The furnishings in all the rooms compliment perfectly the natural light pouring through the windows. Whether your view is over the bridge and the Alzeau Gorge or down the quiet Gardenstreet, all our rooms are spacious, light and airy. Enjoy breakfast or dinner downstairs in the salon, where we can help you plan your day or find your way if you wish. Internet connection is available for free. We also propose diner and organise thematic courses : - Innovative cooking classes with regional, organic produce with Nathalie - Walks and initiation in photography also with Nathalie (she publish Fotobook of the region) - Training in calligraphy with Stéphane in his bookshop Families with children are welcome. Each of our rooms has space for an extra bed(s) - supplement payable. Parking is easily accessible.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.4

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I bid you goodbye

5 on April 06, 2012

I just wanted to let you all know that Maison Rives will be under new ownership from 17th April 2012. Nathalie and Stephane will be continuing (and expanding) the Chambres d'hotes and we wish them all the very best for their new venture and future. We have had a wonderful 9 or so years at Maison Rives and will be sad to leave, however we have some very exciting times coming and new projects starting. We are sure that Nathalie and Stephane will offer a wonderful welcome and stay in Maison Rives so don't hesitate to book !!!! Cathy Gay.

Visit - Oct 2011

4.6 on October 26, 2011

Great visit in nice little town in a wonderful area of France. Our hostess, Cathy went "above and beyond" in helpfulness and service. Would not hesitate to return. Ingrid and Bob - Canada

Great place!

4.4 on October 02, 2011

We have one regret, we only stayed one night! Thank you Cathy for making us feel so welcome. Carool & Denis from Swellendam

Fantastic Hostess, Amazing Value!

4.8 on April 22, 2011

Staying at Maison Rives is a delight. From the moment you arrive, Cathy Gay makes you feel right at home. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and exceptionally well taken care of. Cathy's knowledge of the area, her willingness to go above and beyond for her guests, and her warm inviting nature made our stay in Montolieu exceptional. I would recommend Maison Rives and Cathy Gay without question!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I am so glad you had such a lovely stay and hope to see you again. Best wishes

A wonderful and welcoming stay

4.6 on April 11, 2011

My husband and I and our adult daughter stayed for 2 nights and enjoyed our stay immensely. Cathy was a very friendly and charming hostess and provided a lovely continental breakfast which more than met our needs. Both the rooms were lovely and the beds very marvellous, as were the showers. Thank you Cathy for welcomming us into your home. Jeanette & Ian, Tuross Head

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your lovely comments. Hopefully we will see you again sometime in the future!

fantastic B&B

4.4 on September 19, 2010

Maison Rives was a fantastic place to stay. The room with the balcony was lovely. The room was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast every morning was delicious with a great choice of food. Cathy was a fantastic host and couldnt have done any more to make our stay any more perfect. We can't wait to go and stay again.

Delightful B&B in a picturesque Languedoc village

4.8 on August 24, 2010

A delightfully cozy, spacious, and immaculately clean B&B. Cathy is a wonderful hostess and attentive innkeeper. Her B&B is a home away from home. The village - perched high amongst steeped wooded hills - is really picturesque and charming, too. There are well-over a dozen bookshops to visit during the day. We loved our stay with Cathy and highly recommend her B&B!

Innkeeper Response
What wonderful comments - thank you so much. It is always a pleasure to welcome people to Maison Rives and my hope is that people have a wonderful, comfortable stay with us. Due to many requests this season I shall be offering evening meals next year.

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Rooms & Rates

chambre 1 avec balcon

Belle chambre spacieuse et lumineuse avec balcon. Lit confortable 160 x 200 salle de bain et WC meublée avec des objets chinés et tableaux anciens

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: EUR 72 - EUR 72

Nightly Rate: EUR 72 - EUR 72

chambre 2

belle chambre lumineuse et confortable pour deux personnes. grande salle de bain avec douche et WC lit 160 x 200 wifi, linge fourni, sèche cheveux

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: EUR 67 - EUR 67

Nightly Rate: EUR 67 - EUR 67

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Location Type

Carcassonne, Cathar Castles, Abbaye de Fontfroide, Château de Lastours et de Saissac, Canal du Midi, Moulin à papier de Brousses, Narbonne, Leucate, Perpignan, Toulouse, Airport, Countryside, Lakefront, Village, Wine country


Toulouse, France (TLS-Blagnac) 9 miles

Directions to property:

Ideally situated just 15 minutes from Carcassonne, getting here couldn't be easier either by car, or we are on the bus route. Please do not hesitate to contact us for detailed directions if you need them.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Carcassonne - World Heritage Site, Canal Du Midi,Saissac, Narbonne, Gruissan, Toulouse, Revel, Abbaye de Villelongue, Châteaux de Lastours, Mirepoix, Fanjeaux, Castelnaudary, Abbaye de St Papoul, Abbaye de St Hilaire, Abbaye de Fontfroide, Leucate, la Franqui, Minerve, Caunes-Minervois, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Internet Service, Library, Private entrance , Possibilité de paniers repas, pic-nic et table d'hôtes sur réservation.

Room amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, cours de cuisine autour de produits de saison bio et locau avec Nathalie 
 Cours de photographie, Balade-Initiation à la photographie avec Nathalie
 Atelier de Calligraphie avec Stéphane, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 14
  • Check Out:: 11
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 30% d'arrhes.



Nathalie et Stéphane

Languages spoken

Néerlandais, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Cuisine, photographie, peinture, lecture, calligraphie, voyages, voyages...

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homemade products and organic

  • Time Served: de 8h30 à 10h
  • Serving Location: Librairie, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Repas gastronomiques
 Repas de fête,
 Cours de cuisine sur place, produits bio-locaux

Signature Dish

magret de canard aux pêches et pommes de terre
Magret de canard aux pêches à la sauce au Banuyls(fruits selon les saisons). Pommes de terre confites au romarin. Mousse d'aubergine et tuile au parmesan. Moëlleux au chocolat sauce à l'orange


Special Package

Week-end Littéraire

à partir d'une nuit dans la Maison Rives vous avez droit à une remise de 10% sur tous les livres de la Librairie "Ailleurs" Pour une réservation de 2 nuits en chambre d'hôtes nous vous offrons 10% de réduction.

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Maison Rives , Rue St Denis, Montolieu, 11170 France (Show map)

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