Thursday, March 26, 2009

Larkfield in Lodeve, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

The historic town of Lodeve, situated in the scenic Languedoc Roussillon region of southern France and only 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Montpellier, offers bed and breakfast travelers cultural attractions such as the Cathedral of St. Fulcran and the Musee Fleury, markets and numerous events, such as Bastille Day. The natural scenery around Lodeve offers much to see and do whether by car, on foot, bicycle or horseback. The beaches are half an hour away. The Lac du Salagou offers water sports of all kinds and there are several amazing caves and delightful vineyards. Nearby bed and breakfast travelers can explore many picturesque villages including St Guilhem le Desert, Lacoste and Soubes, and historic sites like the fortified village of La Couvertoirade, Le Prieure Saint-Michel de Grandmont, a monastery and Le Pont du Diable, the oldest medieval bridge in France.

Larkfield is a beautiful Chambres d'hôte built in the early nineties, just off of the main A75 toll free, motorway from Clermont Ferrand to Bezier (there is now a small toll for the viaduct at Millau but this is worth paying just for the experience let alone the time saved, it can be bypassed). The hotel is then very easy to find being between Soubes & the A75, less than a kilometre from the autoroute junction 52. The village is also under an hours drive from Montpellier International Airport with cheap flights from both Ryan Air (Stanstead) and FlyBe(Gatwick). Larkfield is only 2 motorway hours from the Spanish border where there is cheap shopping, just off the motorway. Larkfield is a good stop off point on a road trip to Spain. The same autoroute makes transit to the coast much quicker, the nearest beach is now just 35 minutes away.

For better amenities the historic town of Lodève is only 5 km away with supermarkets and petrol stations. The local area has much to offer and the nearby coast is one of the best anywhere. The innkeepers are happy to give advice when we know your interests. The accommodation is modern and comfortable.

The accommodation has a mix of twin and double rooms, if you have a preference please ask in advance. All bedrooms have wardrobes, dressing tables and bedside cabinets with reading lights. Toilet facilities are en suite, modern and comfortable. Some rooms are large enough for a third bed, if this is of interest please ask for triple occupancy price.

Complimentary tea, coffee & cold drinks are available in the downstairs kitchenette. In the winter gas central heating ensures your comfort.

Guide books are available to give further suggestions for your stay if you are not just passing through.

To respect other's comfort, smokers are requested to use the outside areas. There are suitable covered areas in case the weather is poor.

French television is provided in the TV lounge. Linen and towels are provided. Washing machines are available in the outside utility room, much quieter.

Being a Mediterranean climate bad days are not common but we do supply games, jigsaws and books just in case.

Optional English breakfasts, evening meals and packed lunches can be provided. In summer Larkfield can offer a barbecue either by the house or the pool.

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