L'Ancienne Pharmacie

3, avenue de malbec , Montlaur Nr Carcassonee, 11220 France (Show map)


Enjoy bed and breakfast in our delightful old house, formerly a maison de vigneron and the village pharmacy, or in one of our two village gites, in the centre of the medieval illage of Montlaur in the heart of the Corbieres. L’Ancienne Pharmacie, is a lovely old house in with blue shutters and mellowed stone walls, a rambling vine over the front door and a private walled garden. The house is well known to the older residents of the village as their former village pharmacy. It was also a maison de vigneron (wine producer’s house) and still has many of its original features. We are delighted to share our comfortable home with our bed and breakfast visitors, many of whom have stayed a number of times. Sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms in L'Ancienne Pharmacie(one with twin beds) each with private separate bathroom or shower room. An additional twin bedroom is available. Wifi throughout house. Breakfast with fresh local produce is served on the sun drenched terrace or in the dining room. Near the beautiful village of Lagrasse and only 20 minutes from La Cite, famous medieval fortress, at Carcassonne and the Canale du Midi, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Ideal central location to explore the Cathar Castles in this region which is steeped in history.

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Innkeepers: Felicity and Peter Collier



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.6

A quintessential French B and B

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.

Innkeeper Response
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)

The Best of the South West

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.

Hidden Gem

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.

Will definately be back

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.

B & B, OK

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

A Home-Away-From-Home in Southern France

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!

Delightful, home, lovely hosts and great dinner and breakfast.

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.

Superb and relaxing house..

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!

Enjoyed our stay

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!

Vacances exceptionnels à Montlaur!

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.

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Rooms & Rates

Chambre creme

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

Nightly Rate: EUR 60 - EUR 70

Chambre bleue

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

Nightly Rate: EUR 55 - EUR 65

Chambre violeta

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

Nightly Rate: EUR 60 - EUR 65

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Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Mountains, Wine country


Toulouse, France (TLS-Blagnac)

Directions to property:

Follow the D3 through Fontiès-d’Aude, Monze, Pradelles-en Val. 16.5 kms from joining this road you approach a right-hand bend with a traffic island, signposted Montlaur to the left. Take this and the village is 2 kms. Follow the road into the village and keep on this road. In the village the Hotel de ville and the school are on your left – both in a large very old classical building, followed by the church after a few more metres on the left. Carry on over the small bridge. Immediately after the first building on the left, a tall brown shuttered house on the corner, there is a small entrance on the left. This is our entrance and it has high walls on each side. Black iron gates face you and you can park in front of these to unload.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Mediterranean 50 mins, Ski resorts 1..25hrs, Horse riding in village, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Ruins, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Washer/dryer , Laundry facilities of fridge; Lounge with satellite English and French TV; Tea and Coffee making facilites in kitchen; Many guide books; Library and games; Pretty walled garden and terrace

Room amenities

Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Boating, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Swimming in local lakes and rivers, Horse riding and trekking in village, Village festivals during summer, Village on walking routes, Numerous Cathar castles and historic abbeys to visit., Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 16.00
  • Check Out:: 10.30
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Travel cots= for baby, highchair, some toys
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required We have a border collie so dogs must be friendly
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two nights unless on walking or cycle holiday
  • Accepted payments Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 25% or 50 euros whichever is more. To be paid by bank transfer
  • Cancellations: Cheques only accepted if cleared in advance. Balance can be paid in cash on arrival. Cancellation 60 days in advance deposit refunded less 50 euros . Less than 60 days deposit retained



Felicity and Peter Collier

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Back in 2006 we were walking through the old town of Carcassonne towards the castle when we caught sight of L’Ancienne Pharmacie in an estate agent’s window - it looked stunning and we loved the blue shutters and the old stone walls It was a lovely sunny day with the high blue sky so characteristic of Southern France - and as we approached Montlaur through the rolling hills of the Corbières, we were enchanted. The house was wonderful and we made an instant decision and have never looked back!

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  • Time Served: 8.30-10am earlier if needed
  • Serving Location: Terrace, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian Childrens meals