Published by Lyn on 25 January 2016
Hilde Morris stayed at Le Jardin d'Homps in the village of Homps when she cycled the Canal du Midi. Here's her review.
** UPDATE **
We stayed here at the end of the 2015 season. The B&B has since changed hands, but we're told it's as bike-frienldy as always.
When we stopped for refreshment at one of the little 'bistros' situated by a lock gate, the patron enquired where we would be spending the night at Homps. When we told him we were booked into Le Jardin d'Homps, he assured us we would love it. It was a good omen, and it proved to be true.
The B&B is set in an ancient townhouse with a spacious hall and a magnificent stairway up to the rooms, plus we had a wonderfully warm welcome from the owner, Guy, who runs the B&B with his partner, Nina.
It's a lovely, peaceful place, with a superb garden and beautiful decor.
5 things we liked
1. The tranquil beauty of the place after a busy, interesting day on the bikes. The bedrooms are beautiful, and each have different colours and moods.
2. The garden – a real oasis full of exotic trees and little pathways and a pool! (Which, sadly, we declined to use as our visit was late in the season).
3. The breakfast! We always look forward to our French breakfasts when we are on our velo-jaunts and this was a particularly good one.
4. The bike shed – it's across the road from the B&B and it's spacious and locked so we had no worries at all about out bike sbeing safe.
5. The location: Close to the Canal, there's a little supermarket, plus wine bars on the quay and the wonderful restaurant Le Foudre is just 5 minutes' walk up the road. Le Foudre was a real highlight of this stopover for us, and we ate there both nights. It's just on the edge of the village, with a small menu of local food – I'm pretty fussy – especially after a day's cycling – and this was some of the best food I have ever eaten anywhere.