La Bergerie comments
Family from the Blue Mountains, Australia 10th September to 19th September
Thank you to Steve and Marilyn for our wonderful stay at La Bergerie. It's a great house to say in with
its cool and leafy garden - perfect for families.
There are many interesting places to visit including watching the canal locks at Puicheric.
An amazing dinner was had at Hotel d'Albert for our daughter's 16th.
Couple from Queenscliff, Sydney - 17th August -September 7th 2014
"I had a dream", that one day my wife and I would spend time in a medieval village in the south of France - partaking in as much local
produce as possible, ie baguettes,cheese, cold meats etc. Then of course those beautiful local wines, hic!
Long lunches in the late afternoon,sat outside in the street, with the locals gossiping - Albert comes to mind!
The dream was realised when we met Steve and Marilyn marketing their beautifully renovated homes in Trausse. The rest is now history!
Great hosts, great walking buddies, wonderfully informative, making it a ghradual sliding effect into village life.
Memories for a lifetime!
Thank you Steve and Marilyn so much. Merci and Au Revoir
Thank you Marilyn for taking time out with Jeanette to the doctor.
My sister Wyn & brother in law Ken (who stayed a week) send their love.
Couple from Adelaide, Australia 24th August - 5th September
Thank you so much for a terrific time Marilyn and Steve for your wonderful hospitality. It's been a great 2 weeks. Such a beautiful place, lovely house, clean.
Very relaxing, such lovely people. So many beautiful places to see and lovely markets and eating places.
Was lovely to spend time with my brother and sister in law from Sydney, and my sister and brother in law from m/c in the UK.
Family from Bristol, UK 03/08/2014 to 17/08/2014
La Bergerie has been a wonderful place to stay and we are sorry to be going home. We have had a lazy time, but managed to fit in visits to Caunes, Narbonne, Minerve, Mazamet and Mirepoix.
Purchases have included leather products, some jewellery and some 'artisan' food products.
We really enjoyed a wine tour to Domaine Gayda, organised by Marilyn and also the festival of St Roch - a Trausse festival which saw all of
us (villagers and visitors) walk up to the chapel and enjoy a service of blessing for the animals and farmers.
Many thanks to Marilyn and Steve for their hospitality and the aperitifs that we enjoyed with them and their other guests.
Needless to say, we will be back soon!
Couple from Southland, New Zealand June 29th - July 6th 2014
Our second stay in Trausse (8 years apart!)
In 2006 it was world cup time. La Bergerie was only a barn with a courtyard then. What a transformation and beautifully done.
The thing that sets this apart is the generous hospitality and drawing together of community that Steve and Marilyn work so hard to create, Merci beaucoup.
We have loved - swimming at Lac des Jourres and Leucate Plage.
-Dining at Hotel de Albert - Caunes and especially being taken to see the vines of Jean Baptiste, so we could better understand the growing
process and his determination to use traditional methods to grow and produce wine and magic. Enchant�
Couple from Berry, NSW - June 21st -27th 2014
We loved La Bergerie - so comfortable and very easy to live in. No wonder other guests stay for long periods. We enjoyed a lunch and dinner at La Table des Vignerons and also lunch at Lo Cagorol Aigne - only 25 mins away.
Thank you Steve and Marilyn (friends for 30+ years) - your hospitality ad help was so appreciated and was the reason we came to Trausse.
See you in Sydney. A bientot.
A lady from Texas, USA 4th - 10th May 2014
Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality. We love your home and your village.
You are a delightful hostess and, of course your parties are the greatest! Hoping to see you again.
Another lady from Texas, USA 4th - 10th May 2014
Thank you Marilyn. The restoration on your houses is superb and we enjoyed spending time with you.
Sorry to have missed Steve but must save somethiing for the next time.
A lady from Auckland May 4th to May 10th 2014
Thanks to my dear friend Erin I was able to have a taste of French life in a most interesting and beautiful place.
We love the house and surrounding village.
Thank you Marilyn and Steve.
Couple from Edgecliff, Sydney - May 4th -10th 2014
The preparation and organisation Marilyn and Steve made for our stay was meticulous, but more importantly, their hospitality during the whole of our visit was warm and generous in the extreme.
We stayed in this beautiful house, a real labour of love, and we have never been so comfortably rustic in our
lives; not a single detail out of place, yet the house, as all can see, is chocka with charm. An experience to treasure.
Couple from Seaforth, Australia August 4th - October 27th 2013
3 months is a record! Thank you Steve and Marilyn for your hospitality, advice and information. The Fete de St Roch our first week was
a nice intro to the village and people. 'La Bergerie' a great house and was put to the test when we had 8 there one weekend! (Thanks for the roll-away)
We had three different family groups here, from Suisse and Aust. So the BBQ was very handy. The Utile at Homps is a
lifesaver when all else is closed. Minor village irritations were the lack of phone/internet service(for 3 months), no laundry dryer and the animal droppings, But it was all outweighed by our "French immersion".
We enjoyed 'degustation' at the Trausse Vignerons (The favourite was 'L'armourier) Unfortunately we can't recommend
L'Amandier restaurant. Hard to know when open. Ate there once and it was not good. We have not tried Table des Vignerons - menu a bit rich for us. Enjoyed birthday dinner at La Table d'Emilie (Caunes).
Favourite restaurant is La Cagarol in Aigne (Snail town) Good food and value especially Monday and Tueday Lunch. I n Rieux 'La Bella Volta' is worth a try,
slightly Italian but well done. Good seafood and Poisonnerie at Trebes by the canal.
Best market was Mirepoix (Mon) and town charming. We went to Barcelona 3 times to pick up and deliver at the airport.
Had excellent private tour with 'Barcelona Day Tours'. Also one time stayed at Roses near Figueres for a bit of Costa Brava without the hassle.
Enjoyed trip to Viaduc de Millau. On the way backstopped at the medieval village of La Couvertoirade. Most interesting. We travelled a lot - Paris, Spain, Switzerland, so La Bergerie was a great base. Thanks again, a Bientot!
Must mention that we were very happy with Corrinne's hairdressing. Both of us and our daughter had our hair cut.
Family from Coogee, NSW 30th June - 14th July 2013
Second visit to La Bergerie as wonderful as our first visit 2 years back - thank you so much Marilyn and Steve for introducing us to an area that we have grown to love.
Your house is so beautiful and we so appreciate your hositality and care. Hope to see you for the 3rd timesoon!
Love Laurie and family
Couple from Mosman June 2013
We travelled all the way from Australia to see our neighbours' "perfect French village". We've loved the sound of church bells, the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the excellent local food and wine.
We highly recommend the Cappers' lovely homes to any of our friends and we hope to return ourselves!
With best wishes
A lady from Rockley and a lady from Wollongong, Australia June 2013
We have enjoyed the house greatly, relaxing and hospitable with comfy beds!
The wine tour with Marcel was great, educational (for wines) though 12 hours from door to door was a little tiring.
The tranquil surrounds of the village made it perfect to unwind. Small disappointment in lack of in-house WIFI and English TV or Sky.
Thank you Marilyn for your care.
Couple from Argentina May 2013
We enjoyed nice days in La Bergerie. The house is really comfortable and warm. Each detail seems to be carefully chosen.
Steve and Marilyn you are very good hosts and make people feel really happy.
Thank you for all.
Couple from Cremorne, Australia 5th - 19th May 2013
Nora and I have greatly enjoyed our time at La Bergerie. The house is a pleasure to occupy with every little detail being perfect.
The local knowledge of Steve and Marilyn that has been captured over time makes living there easy. I will recommend any visitor to Trausse with even a small taste of goodlife to stay in Trausse with S&M.
Couple from Surrey BC Canada, 15th to 22nd October 2012
Thank you for a beautiful stay in the French countryside. Your sheep barn is amazing and you really have sheep barn doors complete with gnaw marks from the sheep's tooth! Just like my barn door at home!
Marilyn and Steve you have done a great job decorating and designing your house and it was a real pleasure to stay here.
Trausse is enchanting with so much to discover. We ate at L'Amandier and Les Vignerons du Table in the village and they were lovely.
We had many adventures into the countryside including Olonzac markets, Esperaza and markets, Mazamet, Minerve, La Cite Carcassonne and the city of Carcassonne and all the lovely shops, Alet les Bains and lunch at the Bishop's Palace, Hostellerie du l'Everche, Rieux, Peyriac and Caunes Minervois.
We also went on Wendy's wine tour which we highly recommend. Also enjoyed the beautiful rustic garden near the church and picked some wild thyme, rosemary and fennel to add to our dinner.
We hope to be back one day soon. Thank you for all the work you have done to make our stay so much like home.
Couple from London UK, 15th to 22nd October 2012
Well, Barbi & Gordon have said it all! We really enjoyed our stay in La Bergerie - you have put a great deal of thought into your guests'comfort. It is our first visit to the Languedoc and we will certainly return. A big thank you to Wendy for her superb wine tour. G'day! & thank you.
Two ladies from Sydney, Australia - 4th September 2011 to 16th October 2011
Steve and Marilyn, We are overwhelmed by the beautiful house, far beyond expectations. Thanks for all the detail. You must have enjoyed searching for the eclectic furniture. All perfect!
Only just arrived so looking forward to meeting you. Have looked thru' the books and cannot wait to begin the adventures locally.
Thank you for all your efforts. It is much appreciated and I hope to come back some day. Locals very friendly! The others will add the local "must haves".
Highlights! Olonzac markets, Grotte du Niaux, the Cathedral at Albi, Mirepoix, Aix les Thermes (Spa), Castres, cycling alongside the Canal du Midi, Chateau du Peyrepetuese, Wendy's wine tour, Collioure, Narbonne beaches, Carcassonne, Girona Costa Brava,Figueres
One of the friends of a lady from Sydney, Australia � 18/09/2011
A unique experience living the French life for two weeks. Loved everything about it, the house, the people, the wonderful food and wine.
Thanks so much for a fabulous stay!
Two ladies from Sydney, Australia � 15/10/2011
Tess and I have really enjoyed our time at La Bergerie and it has given us a taste of the true French lifestyle. The countryside (and wine and food) are beautiful as are the people. Loved Mirepoix and Minerve.
Thanks also to Marilyn and Steve for all the comforts in La Bergerie and for the tips about Girona, loved that too.
Wish all who stay here as happy and memorable time as we have had.
Couple from Auckland, New Zealand - October 23rd 2011
Hi Steve and Marilyn � Thank you so much for the opportunity to stay at La Bergerie. If not for the enquiry from you originally I guess this would never have happened.
The weather was kind to us. Beautiful days and a bit cooler at night.
Your No. 1 walk was very much enjoyed today. It took us a leisurely 3 hours. Tonight we are attending a jazz concert at Caunes in the Abbey.
Wendy�s tour was wonderful and to be recommended and we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Aigne "Lo Cagarol" with our friends from Ireland who joined us for a few days.
Your information booklet was indispensible.
Thank you for everything � we would love to return sometime.
P.S. The young man at the local store was very helpful and friendly. The food and bread there was as good and as reasonable as anywhere. Oh & NZ plays France Rugby World Cup
tomorrow...could be awkward watching in a Bar in France!!!
Couple from Dublin, Ireland � October 2011
Lovely house and interesting town and good walking up the hill. We are guests of our NZ friends and have had a great week.
Family from Sydney Australia,
Length of stay 1 week - 21st December to 28th December 2008
Arrived on Marcus' 21st for a wonderful dinner arranged by Marilyn in the local restaurant (l'Amandier). My brother's family were in 45 Rue des Remparts. Christmas lunch we used the fabulous La Bergerie kitchen to cook fresh geese and ducks bought in Carcassonne - and woke Boxing Day morning to the village covered in snow. Loved the wine tastings in the local vineyard and the Christmas markets and ice-skating in Carcassonne. All in all - a wonderful family holiday.
Family of 8 from Sydney Australia,
Length of stay 2 weeks - 10th to 24th May 2009
We have enjoyed a wonderful 2 weeks with our family in Trausse. After a long day travelling, it was a delight to arrive at La Bergerie to the warm & inviting atmospere of such a well presented house. There have been so many highlights that it's difficult to give a shortlist, but those of particular note were: Carcassonne - particularly the old city, the Canal du Midi - cruise from Homps, picnic at the locks at Puicheric and le Somail, Chateau de Peryrepertuse and Minerve. We also enjoyed the degustations with Luc & Sebastien. Our day trip to Gerona and return via the coastal route was also particularly interesting. To counter the busy "touristy" activities we also enjoyed the leisurely days walking & cycling around Trausse and just enjoying lounging in the sun-filled back garden. Thanks again Marilyn & Steve for your warm hospitality and our pleasant stay in Trausse.
Two couples - 1 from Canberra ACT & 1 from Sydney Australia,
Length of stay 4 weeks - 2nd to 30th August 2009
We arrived in Trausse for a four week stay wondering if there were enough things to do and see in this period of time. We are now leaving after a wonderful month, with plenty more to do on another visit. We were able to go far afield to places such as Toulouse (Albert 1st, Rue Rivals is a good two star hotel right in the centre of Toulouse), Millau, Collioure and Albi, as well as visiting the many far flung Cathar Castles. It was always a joy to return to the warmth and beauty of La Bergerie - a real home away from home. We were also fortunate to be in residence at the same time as Marilyn and Steve who proved to be wonderful hosts, jovial and caring! Thank you Marilyn and Steve for such a memorable experience - so many wines - so little time!! We also enjoyed joining in the local festivities and meeting the locals - all very charming. For Peta and Ian, the walks with the Cappers and friends were truly memorable.
Three couples from Auckland, Lower Hutt & Wellington New Zealand,
Length of stay 1 week - 13th September to 20th September 2009
A delightful house, crafted with vision & charm. Our stay was all too brief with so many places of interest to visit. Highlights were Alet-les-Bains and La Cite at Carcassonne, also an unexpectedly good meal at The Pizzeria in Caunes-Minervois - the name is misleading.
A visit to the Cathedral & Toulouse Lautrec Museum at Albi was another highlight - a "must visit". Enjoyed the Domaine Tour Trencavel wines & "discovered" Toulouse Sausicce (sausage). Special thanks to Steve & Marilyn for your friendliness, hospitality & assistance. This visit will live long in our memory.
One week was not nearly long enough for us having a great interest in, a love for, and an appreciation of fine wine. We cannot believe that in our time here we did not visit one vineyard. A visit to Cathedral of St. Cecile and a step from the 20th Century Square into the deep spirituality of bygone centuries was truly impressive. We shall recommend Trausse & its area to our friends. Thanks to Marilyn & Steve.
Couple from Melbourne Vic Australia,
Length of stay 3 weeks - 20th September to 11th October 2009
Our 3rd visit to Trausse & 3 weeks was not sufficient! Priviledged to have stayed in La Bergerie to both celebrate our special "O" birthdays. Sincere thanks to Steve & Marilyn for their energetic hospitality & enthusiasm all "things" Trausse! The village continues to charm us with its ambience & very friendly locals & brilliant accommodation!
Highlights include: Collioure - lunch at Amphytrier restaurant on outside terrace overlooking the Med & feast of local anchovies & amazing fresh seafood with a local bottle of Rose. Wine tour with Wendy - (brochure in La Bergerie or ask Marilyn & Steve) local wineries & very informative (great lunch) & you don't have to drive!
Dinner at d'Alibert Hotel in Caunes-Minervois (host Frederic is a hoot!).
Fantastic local markets - Mirepoix (Mon), Olonzac (Tues), Lez-Corbieres (Wed), Carcassonne (Sat).
Three ladies from Newcastle NSW Australia,
Length of stay 1 week - 17th to 26th October 2009
After a long drive, we settled into La Bergerie with great ease. We loved the house, the decor & appreciated the original features left in the house. We found the village quiet but friendly. We are envious of the people who were here when Steve and Marilyn were present as it seemed to add an extra
dimension to their stay. We visited a number of villages close by as well as Carcassonne & although quiet we appreciated the lack of other tourists which made sight-seeing a pleasure. A week was far too short to experience all the area has to offer. Next time we'd like to stay longer & go further afield.
Couple from Naremburn, Sydney August 2008
Dear Steve and Marilyn, we are now back in Sydney and would like to tell
you how much we enjoyed our stay in Trausse last August. Your delightful cottage,
La Bergerie, was clean, comfortable and provided just the right blend for the four of us,
from dining in after our regular forays to the markets in the district, to eating at local restaurants in nearby villages on other nights.
Facilities in 'our' tastefully refurbished house were ideal, from the large well equipped kitchen to
the private back garden, where we relaxed at the end of each day, often making good use of the BBQ.
The village suited our purpose, being quiet and unadorned, located as it was in the
middle of the vineyards. The locals were very friendly too. Surrounding villages were far
enough away to provide us with a decent morning walk to collect the daily newspaper and baguette.
We would be very happy to recommend La Bergerie as a place to
stay in the real French countryside. And the local wine is good.