3.4 on April 28, 2016
Peter and Felicity were welcoming and friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home. The lounge area and kitchen that was available to us were spacious with a homely feel. The bedrooms were rather small with only double beds, and the bathrooms were separate to the bedrooms and down the hall, which can be a bit daunting in the middle of the night. The church bells right outside our window rang every hour with two rounds of bells, so if you are a light sleeper you may wish to reconsider. It didn't bother my husband and I, but our friends couldn't sleep. The location is lovely, in a sleepy little town but you need to travel to another town to obtain a nightly meal. Breakfast was extensive, fresh and delicious. If you want a typical French experience in an old building which has charm and history, then the Pharmacie may be for you.
We are glad you liked our old house. The church bells have rung at night in this part of France since the Middle Ages ( before the days when workers in the fields had watches!) and the older villagers would be bereft without them . We love them too and many of our guests say the same. However last autumn we replaced our old windows with oak double glazed ones and with these and the shutters the peals are much more muted although light sleepers will still hear them ! There are good restaurants in two nearby villages ( each 5 kms away) and a wider selection within a 15 minute drive. We provide dressing gowns in our rooms due to the bathrooms not being en suite and leave a low light on in the corridor . We do have a twin bedded room but you requested double beds! We are glad you enjoyed our breakfast with fresh local fruit, organic bread and ( non organic!) delicious croissants! We hope to welcome you to Montlaur again.
- Felicity Collier (innkeeper)
4.8 on November 24, 2014
We stayed with Felicity and Peter a couple of years ago and enjoyed ourselves so much we have been back. The B&B is in the middle of the village and the village is surrounded by (mostly) vineyards. We like walking and there are good walks through the surrounding hills and fields. My partner, who is a New Zealander, likes running - she found some good runs. But to get the most out of the location you do need a car. Carcassonne is certainly worth a visit but there are numerous villages, old castles and monasteries in the district. All of which seem to have good restaurants! We loved the long table breakfasts: fresh croissants (from the village baker -and this can include choclatines as well), good healthy fresh fruit and cereals and toast and preserves and you-name-it and it was on the table. But the nicest thing was that other guests and your hosts sit down to breakfast with you. We swapped trip stories and went places we would not have thought of – and, we were lucky, we were there in the autumn and Felicity and Peter arranged for us to pick grapes at one of the local vineyards. Now that was fun! The facilities in the house were spotless and well-cared for, the Wifi worked everywhere, you could sit in the garden in the shade and sip a little cold wine and watch the raspberries grow whilst catching up on your emails. Very relaxing. We will visit again when we are in Europe.
5 on October 23, 2014
This review of our stay at ‘L’Ancienne Pharmacie’ is long overdue, especially considering how much we enjoyed our two evenings with Felicity and Peter. They were consummate hosts that couldn’t do enough to make our stay enjoyable and memorable. We stayed here because we liked the on-line reviews, which were universally positive and well-deserved. One word of caution and that is to make sure you get directions and keep them with you. We printed the directions and promptly forgot them. We had a GPS, so why worry? We lost the signal as we got to Montlaur! Once we found the B&B, our hosts were wonderful. We made arrangements to have dinner at the B&B that first evening - what a stroke of genius. We had a meal worthy of a Michelin star and enjoyed the wonderful conversations with our hosts. The boeuf bourguignon would have made Julia Child proud. It was accompanied by delightful vegetables, salad, bread and cheese and dessert. Did I mention the aperitif and two kinds of wonderful local wines? Book at least one dinner while staying here. The B&B itself was very nice and charming. The breakfasts were the equal of the dinner: fresh croissants, excellent coffee and tea, muesli cereal and fresh fruit and juice. The bedroom was very well-appointed. We had a private bathroom down the hallway with an excellent shower. The wi-fi was good and we quickly got the iPad and cell phones connected. We were concerned initially with the proximity of the church, which was across a canal, and the tolling of the church bells. There’s no getting around that the church bells would go off regularly, but we found that it really did not disturb our sleep. In closing, do not hesitate booking a room here. It is a wonderful stay and the hosts are just so nice. They provided us with great advice on things to do in the area and went out of their way to make us feel good. We look forward to seeing them again at some future date and taking advantage of their beautiful B&B and warm hospitality.
4.4 on September 29, 2014
Really enjoyed our stay here. Very congenial hosts who are happy to share their extensive knowledge of the local area. They are English but speak French fluently and Spanish. Lovely to have breakfast around the large table with the other couple staying and the hosts. You do need a car but with wheels you can access the beautiful local countryside with vineyards and restaurants galore. Carcasonne is an easy drive away but there are many more sightseeing gems as well. Highly recommend this place.
3.4 on September 23, 2014
Seule surprise avec ce B & B, c'est l'église située juste à coté qui sonne les cloches à toutes les 30 minutes, 24/24
5 on November 20, 2013
After a long train ride on a winter’s evening, we arrived to a warm welcome from our hosts’ Peter and Felicity. Their unique B & B is located in a renovated, former pharmacy in the heart of a small village a short drive from Carcassonne. Sitting in the comfortable salon around a wood fire, we chatted over an aperitif. The ambience was calm, warm and engaging, as if we had long been firm friends and were preparing to head-off to an evening at the local theatre. Our double bedroom was located in a private wing of the home. It was spacious yet cosy - featuring both period and modern touches – and it had everything we needed. The view of the village church was a bonus. The spotless, new bathroom was decorated tastefully giving a bright and happy feel. My wife’s appreciation soared further when she discovered a hair dryer! Felicity provides quality linen. This, combined with a very good bed, gave us the most comfortable night’s sleep of our three-month trip in France. Breakfast was offered in the light and airy dining room. We enjoyed the quality of Felicity’s selections; these included excellent muesli and terrific fresh fruit salad. Montlaur is a genuine, quiet French village surrounded by local vineyards, small river gorges and wild highland country. Guided by Peter, we enjoyed all the local drives and walks. Afterwards, we headed off to see several other local villages and the fortified chateau at Carcassonne. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Peter and Felicity’s B&B in the ‘L’ Ancienne Pharmacie’ at Montlaur. It’s a home away from home in southern France. We are planning our next stay!
4.6 on November 14, 2013
Delightful home, lovely hosts and great dinner and breakfast. Probably the best value of our 6 week trip. Excellent! Only problem, which would bother light sleepers like us, is the ringing of the parish church bells on the hour every hour which meant we had to close the windows and shutters which made it a bit stuffy. A shame really.
5 on September 09, 2013
...not to mention the owners! The rooms are very nicely furnished and well equipped, as well as the bathrooms. Amazing breakfast. The village is so quiet, and the surroundings simply beautiful. I will definetekly suggest everyone to spend at least one night there!
5 on July 06, 2013
Good accommodation and friendly people, parking was good, and there is a local bakery not far from the house, good access to Carcassonne, Lagrasse and the beaches of Narbonne and Gruissan. The local vineyards were refreshing and enjoyed eating in the the Monze 11 restaurant among others. Fantastic week and really enjoyed ourselves. Breakfast superb!
4.6 on August 25, 2012
Ce sont des hôtes à recommander les yeux fermés! On s'est senti comme chez nous et ils sont d'une gentillesse et d'une serviabilité hors pair! Le petit déjeuner est royal: un point d'honneur est mit sur les produits locaux. Les chambres sont très cocoon et propres, de même que pour la salle de bain. Que du bonheur! Encore un grand merci pour tout à Felicity et Peter. PS: le vin que vous nous avez conseillé est délicieux et on l'a bu à votre santé! Greetings from Belgium, the Rossi family.
4.4 on July 25, 2012
We're a couple from Spain.We have had a good time in this house.It's a beaudiful old typical house of field. The owners are so friendly and also the dog is kindly. If you speak only english, no problem, owners are english. If you don't speak english the owners make efforts for understand you and help you.The breakfast is rich of products of high quality(included croissant français) and profuse.The village is close to Carcassonne, you can also enjoy the mountains and valleys, many abbeys and castles and good cuisine.Everything you need for good holiday. We've had a very good time! Jose y Luisa Las Palmas (Canarias, Spain)
4.4 on July 25, 2012
Si quieres hospedarte fuera de la ciudad, este es un sitio ideal, cerca de Carcassonne (te puedes perder por los valles, todo es bonito). Los dueños son ingleses pero hacen muchos esfuerzos por hacerse entender y hablar otros idiomas. Es una casa muy bonita, antigua y los dueños te esperan para desayunar, te sientes como si fueses a visitar a unos amigos al campo en Francia.El desayuno con productos de calidad y abundante.Incluso el perro (Border Collie, también inglés) es muy bueno.Enfin una estancia muy agradable. Jose, Las Palmas (Canarias).Spain
5 on June 16, 2012
I spent four days at l'ancienne pharmacie and it truly felt like home. Peter and Felicity were warm and accomodating (even making me an omelet dinner when I was too tired to go out my first night1). I was doing quite a bit of exploring in the region and Peter helped me with planning an itinerary, giving me maps and tips on back roads. My room was spacious and comfy and I looked forward to returning every evening. There were several restaurants within a 15-20 minute drive as well as lovely walks along the vineyards. I highly recommend this B&B.
5 on October 17, 2011
Acabamos de pasar un fin de semana para celebrar nuestro aniversario de boda con nuestros niños pequeños. La casa es muy grande i acogedora, todo de muy alta calidad. Y afortunadamente había muchos juguetes para niños debajo de la escalera para entretenerles. Desayunamos en el patio del jardin y paseamos por el precioso pueblecito de Montlaur donde todos te saludan diciendo "Bonjour". Cada pueblo cercano es una aventura y tiene su propio encanto. Muy recomendable, seguro que volvemos. Angel Lucas Serra (Barcelona)
5 on October 06, 2011
Thank you Felicity and Peter for a wonderful reception, lovely breakfast (healthy and indulgent in one ) and having us as guests in your beautiful home. Mont Laur is a peaceful, friendly village in rural France surrounded by great places to visit, swim , eat and relax on route to Spain and the southern french beaches. We'd recommend this B&B , child friendly, accessible and clean. Tres Bon !
4.0 on October 06, 2011
We've just had a lovely few days at Montlaur. What a lovely home, right in the middle of the village, but so peaceful, and what an interesting building. Our room was very comfortable and beautifully clean. Felicity's breakfasts were superb - really freshly-baked croissants straight from the local bakery, and lots of fresh fruit including their own fresh figs, as well as yogurts, cereals, etc. - all we needed. The walks from the village were wonderful, safe and easy, and we hope to be back to explore some more. Thank you Peter and Felicty for making our stay so pleasant.