My bedroom has a stone fireplace that is big enough for six people to dance in. And as much as I love dancing, all I wish to do right now is lie on my canopied bed and marvel at its creation, or stare out of my shuttered windows to the layered medieval stone and wood houses that dot the garden behind.
I am staying in a traditional Chambres d’hôtes in medieval Figeac, two and a half hours by train from Toulouse. The 15th century, outer stoned walls are draped in a mass of flowering green vines that lead up to the terrace, which boasts views across terracotta roofs to the neighbouring hills. The two upper rooms, the ones above mine, are also blessed with medieval wonders, along with modern bathrooms and heated towel rails. They are simple and absolutely stunning.
The owners of Le Soleilho are Parisians who fled the chaos of the big city for the charm of this glorious town. Jean-Louis and Martine, along with the help of the amiable Wilma, ensure that my every need is looked after. When I mention that I am wheat intolerant, the ever-smiling Jean-Louis heads off to search for a solution. He returns with gluten free bread and biscuits so that I can enjoy the delights of Martine’s home made jams, which are a taste sensation.
And if you happen to be a pilgrim on the camino, then Le Soleilho has a fantastic, separate gite for six people downstairs.
If you love medieval, then this is the most authentic and welcoming place to stay in Figeac.