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Bed & Breakfast

La Forge de Montolieu - Bed & Breakfast in Aude

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Hameau de Franc, 11170 Montolieu, Aude
Languedoc - Roussillon, France

Charles Cowen

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+33 (0)4 68 76 60 53(landline)

A relaxed vibe flows in this historic forge, where the only sounds are waterfalls and tweeting in the trees. Dinners feature organic veg

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Napoleonic cannonballs were once fashioned in this striking country forge, in a secluded valley where flowers and bird-filled forests give way to waterfalls and trout-rich pools. Later, textiles emerged from its creamy walls... Now home to a charming Franco-American family, it's a wonderful renovation project with four country-pretty bedrooms, new Italian showers and a kitchenette in the guest wing. Charles' photos hint at their passion for the place, and you'll learn more over a lazy brunch, a family supper or five-course dinner – organic with seasonal veg. Walk the dogs through a pocket of woods to book-happy Montolieu.

Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Charles Cowen:

Local points of interest from
Charles Cowen:

  • The house is located at the foothills of La Montagne Noir (Close to Mazamet and Castres) and is nestled just outside of the village of Montolieu - a village dedicated to books: boasting a museum, 15 bookshops, and various artists of all kinds.
  • On the way to Carcassonne and its markets, music, and history (15 minutes away), one crosses the village of Moussellens known for its truffle fair in January.
  • Whether searching good food and wine in the various wineries growing in reputation and starred restaurants or just grabbing a bite to eat on the Canal of the Midi, one can but wonder at the Cathares country and what it has to offer...
  • Proximity to Castelnaudary (the birthplace of the cassoulet) as well as Limoux (birthplace of the bubble in wine). Wine regions of the Corbiers, Minervois, and Cabardes (among others
  • The Revel market (recognized nationally).
  • A region filled with monasteries and chapels and such as Fontfroide, etc..., or castles such as Lastours, etc - fun for the whole family...
Points of interest

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"We booked this lovely b&b for one night and ended up staying four! The rooms are large and well appointed, very comfortable bed, and fabulous bathroom. We had a view of a waterfall from the bathroom window! Charles and Laure are a super couple and make you very welcome. It was a little cool whilst we were there and they made sure the wood burner was on for us in the sitting room and were there to offer advice on where to go to make the best of our trip. Laure bought fresh croissants every morning for our breakfast and Charles made us a great meal one evening. Would strongly recommend a stay. "

Linda - St Margarets, Dover, United Kingdom

May 2016
"Laure and Charles are two of the most welcoming hosts that we encountered on our recent drive through Southwest France. In 4 short years they have transformed La Forge into a premier B & B with comfortable well appointed rooms and beautiful grounds. Upon request Charles will provide an evening meal from local, fresh ingredients with the herbs coming from his extensive garden close to the kitchen. While Charles served our meal, Laure ate with us and we all enjoyed conversation about personal experiences and their life at La Forge and the adjacent village of Montolieu, known as French book town."
May 2013

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  • 2 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin
  • , 1 Triple
Price:(i) 88 to100 per night

Extra bed/sofabed available €22 per person per night.

Booking info:

2 self-caterings for 4-6 available.


Cooked breakfast €5. Dinner €18-€30. Wine from €4-€25. Guest kitchenette. Restaurant 2km.




Hameau de Franc, 11170 Montolieu, Aude

B&B 2 Double rooms
Price: (i) 100 to 100 per night
B&B 1 Twin room
Price: (i) 88 to 88 per night
B&B 1 Triple room
Price: (i) 100 to 100 per night

Charles Cowen

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+33 (0)4 68 76 60 53(landline)