Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Le Trésor

Rates from (ex tax)$140.06

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR125.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Boutique bed and breakfast


Rural Pyrenean foothills

Named for the treasure once rumored to be buried somewhere in this vintage Aude countryside maison de maître near Mirepoix, hotel Le Trésor could be turned upside down and reveal nothing but airy rooms, crisp linens and rustic furnishings. But the real gem of this little boutique property might be the tree-shaded terrace garden in one of France’s most unspoilt wine regions.

Smith Extra

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A glass of sparkling Blanquette de Limoux wine for each guest


Photos Le Trésor facilities

Need to know


Four, including one suite.


11am, but guests can linger longer in the house itself if they wish. Check-in is 3pm.


Double rooms from $140.06 (€114), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR113.64), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates for all rooms (except for self-catered cottage La Petite Maison) include Continental breakfast. You can rent the whole house on a self-catering basis.


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-sledding, skiing, rafting, and beauty treatments.

Hotel closed

January–March (but you can book the whole house during this period).

At the hotel

Library, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi in the central area (rooms 1–3), laundry (€8 a wash). In rooms: Egyptian cotton linens, L'Occitane toiletries. A TV and DVD player can be added to rooms on request.

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.


In-room massages are available but must be booked in advance.


Kids older than two can stay on in Room 1 (€25 a night). Le Trésor is best suited to babies – there’s a steriliser, changing mats and a baby cot can be added free to rooms 1, 3, 4 and 5 (request in advance). Baby monitors work in all rooms.


Food is locally sourced and largely organic. Everything that can be is recycled and the hotel composts plant matter where possible.

Food and Drink

Photos Le Trésor food and drink

Top Table

Breakfast alfresco at one of the bistro tables in Le Trésor’s lush and leafy terraced gardens.

Dress Code

Loose and leisurely.

Hotel restaurant

Breakfast is particularly special, with fresh fruits, yoghurts, muesli and warm, fluffy croissants from the village boulangerie. Three evenings a week, Jules the owner prepares delightful three-course dinners; this depends on how many guests are dining so a day's notice is advised. Dishes are usually Mediterranean in style, with a little British influence; the menu changes frequetly, but previous meals have included smoked trout with mustard dressing, home-made pea and mint soup and wild mushroom risotto with parmesan crisps. At guests' behest, grazing boards piled with local delicacies can be rustled up in the evenings, and in summer the owners will happily lend their Lotus grill to guests – with a supply of meat, two salads, potatoes and a dessert – for a barbecue.

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.

Last orders

Breakfast runs from 9.30am to 10.30am, and dinner from around 7.30pm to 8.30pm; however, both times are flexible and the owners will try to accommodate late and early diners.


Photos Le Trésor location
Le Trésor
20 Place de l'Eglise


The closest airport is Carcassonne, 50 minutes from the hotel; Toulouse is an hour and 15 minutes away.


The closest train stations are Limoux (25 minutes) and Carcassonne (50 minutes). For information on trains in France, SNCF ( has times and ticket prices.


The hotel is in the village of Sonnac-sur-l’Hers. From Montpellier or Toulouse, take the A61 (from Montpellier, you’ll start on the A9), exiting at Bram onto the D4. At Pruille, take the D119 4km to Fanjeaux, where you will need to take the Chemin du Moulin, continuing south for almost 30km before you reach the D16 (head east), which will take you to Sonnac-sur-l’Hers after 1.5km. There’s free parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

The medieval city of Carcassonne is about 50 minutes away and a day exploring its fortified walls and pointed towers can be eye-opening. Also mediaeval, but much smaller in scale, the beautiful village of Camon is just 10 minutes from Sonnac-sur-l-Hers, and its Celtic neighbour, Mirepoix, is well worth an afternoon wander. An English couple own the vineyard at Domaine Begude, which produces some fine whites and rosés. Tastings can be arranged. The owners can help you arrange white water rafting, canoeing, canyoning – even sky-diving– in the nearby area, and there are two freshwater lakes less than 10 minutes' walk away that are great wild-swimming spots.

Local restaurants

Sonnac-sur-l'Hers is a tiny place, so gourmets are best taking the trip to Limoux, Mirepoix, or Carcassonne for restaurant dining. 12th-century Mirepoix is laden with birstros serving local specialities such as duck confit and cassoulet, and the Relais Royale hotel on rue Maréchasl Clauzel offers particularly scrumptious French inventions. In Limoux, you can sample the world's first sparkling wine, Blanquette de Limoux at the Hotel de Moderne et Pigeon on place du Général Leclerc, which also does divine south-eastern French cuisine in what was once a Carmelite monastery. Michelin-starred Le Parc Franck Putelat in Carcassone is an ever-reliable lunch spot. At Domaine Gayda, near Limoux, you can hire your own hut and have a barbecue for you in the middle of a vineyard.


Photos Le Trésor reviews
Jake Knowles

Anonymous review

The roads are deserted: no evidence of a soul – not a single car or face behind twitching shutter. We’re ambling through parasol tree-lined roads, precarious winding mountain bends and deafeningly silent hamlets toward Le Trésor in Sonnac-sur-l’Hers, Languedoc-Roussillon. The sun beats through the roof and, for a few moments, we are Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot, the song is ‘On Days Like These’ and the car a convertible Mercedes Pagoda.

Sonnac-sur-l’Hers is a spellbinding village with just 128 residents. Hidden from the prying eyes of passing cars is a bijou church square. As we cross this charming stone timewarp to the hotel, a green-shuttered maître de maison spanning a row of houses that comprises one side of the thoroughfare, an old man who is possibly the last living member of the Resistance stares out at us from behind an antique doorframe.  

Classic, enormous and very smart, Le Trésor is a luxury boutique B&B that’s imbued with traditional French character: all white walls, polished dark wood and faithful antique pieces. A tall, cheery thirtysomething Englishman strides round the corner and shakes my hand. ‘Hullo I’m Will,’ he says. ‘My wife Tilly is in the kitchen feeding our son.’ The pair moved from London to pursue the Gallic dream in 2005 and their Year in Provence became a lifetime.

Will shows us up to our suite – the largest of Le Trésor’s four guest dwellings – where the living room alone is bigger than our London apartment. ‘The ceilings are so high that they probably have to change the light bulbs from the floor above!’ Mrs Smith remarks. We walk past the living room with its ethereal Florence Broadhurst-style floral prints and original marble fireplace, into the second bedroom-cum-dressing room with its old-school desk overlooking the square and through a third set of double doors to the largest space of all – the master bedroom, where the light casts a halo onto the room’s centrepiece: a giant freestanding bath in all its glory. Mrs Smith squeals and runs around the walk-in-wardrobe giggling, clearly trying to figure out where to put all two pairs of shoes. It’s a crisp, clean vision of rustic elegance with views extending over the village to the hills.

After a well-deserved siesta (when in the South of France, eh), Will shows us the dining room and the comely honesty bar. You just have to remember to jot down how many bottles of native Languedoc Rose you have consumed. Easier said than done…

We are offered dinner in the garden. Manicured and experimental with a fresh herb garden and a young vine weaving through the fairy lights, overgrown trees shadow the sun loungers and a hammock swings under ancient branches shielding the mountain horizon. Everything feels magically old. A lone table is set in this private nirvana for a mesmeric four-course organic dinner courtesy of domestic goddess Tilly, rich with the heady flavours of L’Occitan and infused with herbs from Le Trésor’s garden.

Mountain walks in the surrounding Pyrenees lie just half an hour’s drive away (during winter you can ski right into the square) and each July the Tour de France whistles by the house. The next morning’s breakfast is pitch perfect. We feast on valley-fresh figs and sliced peaches, yoghurt, honey, pressed apple juice, baskets of croissants and granite-strong black coffee. If that doesn’t wake you up, the chiming of the church bells should.

We drive to Chalabre, a picturesque village with a castle and obligatory Provençals in blue, who drink pastis and carry long baguettes. It holds a dolls’ house-like market whose mainstay seems to be the local tablecloth. Round another precarious bend we see the stretching blue calm of Lake Montbel. Locals sun themselves and children splash in the waters. We sit at a café to shield ourselves from the blistering sun, and realise that if we were cleverer, or indeed even more romantic, we would have purchased a picnic at the village and one of those blessed tablecloths, and spent the afternoon lolling by the lake.

Instead we head for nearby Mirepoix. Driving has never been more glorious: the only other vehicle a huge combine harvester that refuses to notice us, sending us swerving into the sunflower field. Thankfully, staring into the faces of a thousand ochre blooms reaching for the scorching sun is a fun detour.

Arriving at Mirepoix, we turn the corner into the square and can’t believe our eyes. All the buildings, wooden and mediaeval; rows of stalls selling marionettes colour the paths and the place is heaving with sunblushed hippies smoking roll-ups. We have, as Mrs Smith proclaims, ‘the best moules-frites ever’ as we watch this enchanting world go by.

That night, Mrs Smith sleepily announces that the bed is too small and in a room this size it should be much bigger. It should, in fact, be large enough for 10 people. Sweet dreams ensue.

And then, all too soon, the morning sun peeks through the aged shutters and we realise it is time to leave for the fairytale castle town of nearby Carcassonne. The breakfast slows us down and we revel in the Sunday morning stillness.

Will and Tilly join us to say goodbye and it seems as if we have been here for a week. Before we set off, Mrs Smith asks, ‘Why Le Trésor?’ There is a local myth, Will says, of a treasure hidden during World War II somewhere in the house. Indeed, much like this entrepreneurial pair, we feel that in finding Le Trésor we have struck gold.

This review refers to the hotel's former owners, Will and Tilly.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Le Trésor’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The history, style and decor of the house and the friendliness of the owners; the lovely setting within tiny village square; hiring bikes and cycling to the nearby medieval village. Mirepoix is a lovely medieval town about 15 mins away with stunning architecture and great places to eat. We tried Le Commerce and Le Saint Maurice – both excellent. Hire bikes from Le Tresor and cycle along the disused railway – which is now perfect for walking and cycling – past fields of corn and sunflowers. Lots more to explore than we had time for.

Don’t expect

Nightlife – this is somewhere to really escape.


Stayed on 17 Aug 2017

We loved

Our room (room 5) was spacious and beautifully decorated, the garden was lovely (it even had glow-worms at night!) and the location was perfect for discovering this part of France (you'll need a car). We had a grazing board on our first night which was delicious, and loved the restaurants recommended by Jules and John (Le Tresor's owners) – L'Autre Jardin in Mirepoix and Domaine Gayda in Brugairolles. Speaking of Jules and John, they were so friendly and helpful! Would thoroughly recommend Le Tresor – it is indeed a treasure!

Don’t expect

To want to leave.


Stayed on 24 Jul 2017

We loved

Beautiful interiors, incredible hosts and delicious food. Wine tasting and lunch at Gayda is definitely worth the visit!

Don’t expect

To be able to do much without a car, this area is quite remote.


Stayed on 23 Jul 2017

We loved

The excellent customer service and attention to detail; the honesty bar; the delicious breakfasts with home baking; the tasteful and uncluttered decor; and the garden with relaxing seats. Lunch or dinner at Domaine Gayda vineyard. Visit Abbaye de Fontfroid.


Stayed on 30 May 2017

We loved

Imaginative "shabby chic" decor; huge bedroom; great breakfast on village square; wonderful scenery; helpful and welcoming owner (Jules). Mirepoix - 15 minute drive away is delightful and has good restaurants.

Don’t expect

Restaurants, bars, shops, nightlife, etc all at least 15 minute drive away; parking is "anywhere you can find in the village".


Stayed on 23 Aug 2016

We loved

The rooms and hotel are very well decorated making them feel light and airy. The hosts are very chatty and helpful passing on their tips on the local area on where to eat and explore. It is very much a friendly and homely bed and breakfast. Go and eat at the Gaya Vineyard, great wine, foods and views.

Don’t expect

It is not a full service hotel, so don't expect room service or meals on demand.


Stayed on 2 Aug 2016

We loved

Beautiful decor throughout the house and very helpful hosts

Don’t expect

Buzzing nightlife, lots of local eateries


Stayed on 24 Jul 2016

We loved

The beautiful area, the exquisite house, garden and rooms, and the wonderful hosts who made us feel thoroughly welcome, comfortable and relaxed during our fabulous stay. Get a car, explore the area, and soak up the peace and beauty. Recommend visiting L'Abbaye-Chateau de Camon - what a treat.

Don’t expect

Loud and lively. 


Stayed on 11 Jul 2016

We loved

The Jules and John were fantastic, providing us with a great meal on our first night after our long drive and then recommending a beautiful meal on our second. The room was very comfortable. There is a walking route close by on a disused railway track. We went to The Abbey in Canon one night for dinner which was great.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 19 Jun 2016

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