- Style Boutique bed and breakfast
- Setting Rural Pyrenean foothills
A boutique bed and breakfast with just five elegant rooms, Le Trésor offers the warmest welcome in the heart of the Aude. A vintage maison de maître on the edge of Sonnac-sur-l’Hers, the little hotel has beautiful terrace gardens to while away hammock-swaying afternoons, and home-from-home comforts in one of France’s most unspoilt wine regions.
Need to know
- Rooms Four, including one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $128.64 (€93), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (from €5). You can rent the whole house on a self-catering basis.
- Facilities Library, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi in the central area (rooms 1–3), laundry (€8 a wash). In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, White Company linen, L’Occitane toiletries.
- Check–out Midday, but guests can linger longer in the house itself if they wish.
Children Kids older than two cost €20 a night. La Trésor is best suited to babies – there’s a steriliser, changing mats and a cot available (request in advance). Rooms 1 and 5 have separate bedrooms suitable for children. Baby monitors work in all rooms.
- Hotel closed January–March (but you can book the whole house during this period).
- Eco‐friendly Food is locally sourced and largely organic. Everything that can be is recycled and the hotel composts plant matter where possible.
- Also An in-house massage therapist is at hand from mid July to September to soothe and relax guests using a range of organic essential oils. Rubdowns start at €35.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Room 1, the two-bedroom suite, is the hotel’s largest, with a generous main bedroom and a baby blue sofa bed for sleepy kids or cosy DVD-fuelled evenings. It’s the only room with Sky TV (the others are DVD player-only), and also the only one with a freestanding roll-top bath. Room 2 is the smallest, but it’s bright and airy, with cool terracotta tiles, a gorgeous marble fireplace and an addictive leather armchair, ideal for thumbing through a novel. Room 4, a large double, overlooks the sleepy village square. In the oldest part of the house, the new Cottage Suite boasts romantic views across the hills.
- Packing tips Bring your skiing gear if you’re visiting in winter – the slopes of the Pyrenees are just half an hour away.
- Also Le Trésor is an ideal base for weekend hen parties, and runs a variety of activity programmes, from the strenuous to the soporific, including husky riding, skiing, rafting, and beauty treatments.
Food and drink at Le Trésor
- Hotel restaurant Breakfast is particularly special, with fresh fruits, yoghurts, muesli and warm, fluffy croissants from the village boulangerie. At the weekend, Tilly the owner can prepare delightful dinners with a day's notice – on Sunday too.
- Dress code Loose and leisurely.
- Top table Breakfast alfresco at one of the bistro tables in Le Trésor’s lush and leafy terraced gardens.
- Last orders Breakfast is served until 11am every day.
- Hotel bar The honesty bar in the lounge is packed with local vintages, soft drinks and spirits. There’s plenty of books and magazines to leaf through, and a pool table on hand too.