Cuq en Terrasses
A complimentary glass of champagne.
PERCHED ON A ROCKY SLOPE in the midst of a triangle formed by Toulouse, Carcassonne and Albi, Cuq en Terrasses exudes hospitable warmth and welcome. You're in glorious countryside here, surrounded by woods and pastureland with nothing to spoil the view in any direction. While it took us a while to find the right road from the airport, you're less than an hour from Toulouse.
Nooks and crannies abound inside this tall stone house with its painted shutters and flagstone floors. Hand-finished plastered walls and terracotta-tiled floors are set off by glazed ceramics, woven rugs, crisp cottons, antique beds and varnished wood. The garden is a blaze of colour, and there’s an inviting pool for days when you need to beat the heat.
Owners Philippe and Andonis have made Cuq en Terrasses an utterly fetching place to stay. Bedrooms look out across the hillside while others face the little village square and church. Antiques, original art, beams and individual decor lend the rooms warmth and character.
The troglodyte- style Terrace room has its own Roman shower, while the Terracotta room – our favourite – is filled with provençal art and sculpture. Honeymooners should make a beeline for the ultra private Poolside suite (it's actually big enough for four) – a former dovecote that makes a ravishing retreat perfect for midnight dips. Rooms come with robes and fluffy towels, candles and aromatic bath essences for indulgent soaking.
The icing on the cake at Cuq en Terrasses is the panoramic hillside terrace overlooking sunflower fields – perfect for evening aperitifs and a great start-the-day breakfast. House dog Noemi (who is huge and gentle) may well be snoozing in the sun there.
Cooking at Cuq en Terrasses is a highlight: dishes have a Mediterranean flavour and you might dine on veal tagine or quail fillets with a honey and cranberry sauce, rounded off, perhaps, with a wicked white chocolate cheesecake. Andonis is a great character who loves sitting at the piano after dinner. We had a highly entertaining hour or two in the lounge while he sang and played some of our favourite numbers.
Walks start from the front door, from the tiny village Cuq Toulza. Local markets offer scope for endless grazing and browsing.
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Cuq en Terrasses was reviewed for Room for Romance by Judy Neillands