As you explore the vast Southwest region of France, you might want a couple of days to just relax, absorb your surroundings and wander about the countryside. A friend recently discovered an ideal B & B that ‘fits the bill’ in every way – La Ancienne Cave. Located in a tiny farming village – Serres, your retreat overlooks vineyards at the foot of Pech Cardou on the northern edge of the Pyrenees and is only 40 minutes from Carcassone.
Reminiscent of traditional French ‘gîtes’, La Ancienne offers guests three appealing first-floor, en suite rooms; while the owners live on the second floor. Serres simply represents your base; as you explore the village park or take advantage of a weekend entertainment program between March and November, hike across the old 17th century bridge or cycle to the intriguing village – Rennes-le-Château, some 8 kilometers from your base. The latter garnered the unusual headline in The Telegraph: “Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code in tiny French village”.
Indeed, the village lies at the center of Dan Brown’s novel “The Da Vinci Code” and has received up to 100,000 tourists since the advent of the bestselling book and popular movie. King Solomon’s gold? The Holy Grail? Don’t count on discovering these elusive elements, but do embrace the spectacular countryside and warm hospitality of L’Ancienne Cave’s hosts!