Domaine d'Auriac

Rte. de St-Hilaire, 4 km (2½ miles) southwest of Carcassonne, Carcassonne, 11000, France

Minutes away from Carcassonne, this seriously elegant 19th-century manor has one of the best restaurants in the region, and the entire building oozes grace and old-world charm; rooms vary in size, with the largest of them offering views over a magnificent park and vineyards. Next to a terrace planted with mulberry trees, a Michelin-starred chef prepares superlative regional cuisine, which is served in a Provençal-style salon festooned with copper pots. Here you can savor truffled pigeon, John Dory in blueberry wine, and game dishes (in season), accompanied by rare regional vintages. If you need a break from formality, dine in the casual Bistrot D'Auriac.

PROS

  • excellent 18-hole golf course
  • personalized service
  • stately interiors

CONS

  • a few miles from Carcassonne's center
  • classic French luxury may grate on guests seeking a low-key ambience

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -04–68–25–72–22

HOTEL DETAILS

19 rooms, 5 suites
Rate Includes: Closed Jan., 2nd wk of Feb., and 2nd wk of Nov.; Oct.–Apr No meals

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