For the traveler disenchanted with standard touring vacations, the Inn at Cheval d’Oc is an escape to beauty, luxury and timelessness. Situated in a small village, which dates back to Roman antiquity, the Inn is nestled in the beautiful Languedoc region in southern France, and is an extraordinary vacation destination. One of the most enticing parts of the country, with remote villages, ancient monasteries, little-travelled byways and rolling hills covered in vines and olive groves stretching on forever...Discover the vanishing French rural culture.
Comprised of two houses—side by side—built in 1824 and subsequently merged together, the outstanding Inn at Cheval d’Oc features a bright, airy dining room, a sumptuous relaxing drawing room, a theatre space doubling as a private aviation museum, and two exquisite and very large guest rooms. The Inn is the owner’s second passion. His first is aviation.
“When we decided to come back to my home village to establish the Inn at Cheval d’Oc, it was my mission to provide an exclusive, personalized vacation experience,” the owner notes. “We have just two distinctive suites accommodating a maximum of four guests, which means each visitor enjoys customized attentive service, while relaxing and living at a more relaxed pace in rural France.”
A pilot of 27 years, an executive and an entrepreneur, the owner and his family have created this retreat, not just for guests, but also in recognition of his family’s history in the area. His great-grandmother was born in this French small village in 1887, but his ancestry in the Languedoc region dates back to before 1850.
The Inn is elegantly furnished with rich fabrics, and leather, intricate wood floors, wooden beamed ceilings, and a beautiful and impressive stone fireplace. The outdoor space is private, with a small, but lush garden that incorporates a stone fountain. Originally built in 1840 in Provence, the fountain was brought to Cheval d’Oc, and turned into a splash pool to offer guests a perfect relaxing retreat.
With his American wife Andrea, the owners offer more than just a unique experience: it’s a rare opportunity to transform into a local villager—if only for a week. This is the chance for the savvy traveler to get a view into the beautiful, and largely untouched Languedoc region of southern France, less than two hours driving from Toulouse.
The owner’s greatest desire is to provide personalized service, which includes private transportation to and from the Toulouse airport, and to all points of interest around the area during your stay. There is a broad selection of places to see and things to do, and the owner’s customize itineraries fit any guest’s desires. Outings are fascinating and range from tours of local vineyards and a privately owned olive grove, to a leisurely drive to the nearby UNESCO world heritage site of Carcassonne. Other options include trips to surrounding villages with either a 12th century Cathar fort or an 8th century Benedictine Abby. There is also a wide array of old monuments and towns to peruse, as well as local daily markets. The guests are also able to spend one full day in Spain, at Port Lligat near Cadaques or visit Barcelona a two-hour train ride away.
The Inn at Cheval d’Oc is open from May to September. The rest of the year, the owners live near Chicago in the USA...
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