BnB: French chic in Bel Aspect château

Location: Bel Aspect, 11410 Salles-sur-l’Hers, France

It’s easy to find this castle despite the remote location which is half an hour driving from Toulouse or Carcassonne. The place is just perfect for a laid-back getaway. There are no disturbing highway or any noise near this property.

+ The calm and relaxing atmosphere I like the most

+ the room and facilities are furnished according to the chic French-style what you would expect

+ there is plenty of space at the dining area and lounge of the orangerie, so you can freely decide to have the breakfast on your own or if you would like to have the company of other guests

+ the garden and surrounding nature is romantic also with chickens and there is also a pool at the backgraden

– on Sundays or on bank holidays the supermarket or restaurant is 20 minutes driving from this place. Plan your meal beforehand!

As a side note regarding the renovation work and interior: I was lucky to get some insight about the renewal work from the owner. There were still ongoing interior work last April. All new materials have high-end luxury quality selected with care. Muriel was talking about the new marble flooring in the dining hall and she has had a story about every new item, like the bath tub in the suite for honeymoon or the leather couch in one of the main rooms. My experience with the BnB is based on the wonderful long-weekend I spent in the orangerie room, I haven’t stayed in the castle though.

The orangerie is a smaller modern building attached to the castle. It has had several rooms on the ground floor with windows facing to the garden. I haven’t used the blinds in the en-suite bathroom when I was relaxing in a hot bath and it was still a private place where noone could see me.

Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 En-suite in the orangerie
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 En-suite bathroom in the orangerie
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 Dining area in the orangerie
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 The garden
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11854575 Main en-suite room in the castle

Real wood

Selecting the fitting material for our design is not trivial. I’ve made a DIY project recently when I worked with wooden parts and assembled a simple shoe cabinet.

The purpose of sharing these images is not to showcase a unique piece of furniture. It’s rather to put this good experience in my diary and serve as an inspiration for You! In the end of the day, anything which have your fingerprint on it, will be unique 🙂

I kept the design simple in order to be able to make it with the basic tools I have. As a result, I’ve got a well functioning shoe stand which is quite hidden in a wall niche. For the joints, I could use screws which are hidden by the wall but of course not suitable for a freestanding cabinet.

Unfortunately, with such basic tools, I won’t be able to maintain the required precision. This would have changed the design at the beginning to avoid that one shoe holder stick gets shorter than the other and make it difficult to assemble.

It was a good fun to work on it and switch off the laptop for a short while 🙂