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« La Halte du Temps »
A charming 17th century guest house located in the department of the Haute-Garonne
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MICHELIN COUPS DE CŒUR GUIDE (Hotels of character guide) Midi-Pyrénées region :
« A charming courtyard in the forefront of this XVIIth century grand house in the very heart of town… The façade is unremarkable but the interior of the house has some outstanding features: staircases, floors, furniture, everything is genuinely antique. The bedrooms decorated with taste and the bathrooms nestling in alcoves are truly splendid. The beautiful dining room with its huge fireplace is as much a feast for the eyes as is the delicious cooking for the taste buds.”
GUIDE DU ROUTARD (years 1999 to 2009) :
“In the splendid XVIIth century ancestral home of the Marquis de la Loubère, the old squire of Montesquieu… No need to go further in your quest for a charming stopover, you have indeed found it. Everything here is beautiful, from the splendid Louis XIII staircase leading to the bedrooms, all different and decorated with much refinement to the imposing fireplace of the common room…Napoleon III, Louis XIII and Louis XIV period furniture…A talented fresco artist, Dominique has added his personal touch to the decoration of the bedrooms and bathrooms. Marie-Andrée, when required, exercises her culinary savoir-faire on her superb table d’hôte, served with a well selected Saint-Emilion wine chosen among others. Cooking-pot dishes, traditional fare but also exotic recipes which she has brought back from her sailing days in faraway lands. A magnificent garden (with pool) behind the house…They are truly perfects hosts who can always be relied on to give the best advice on sightseeing visits to the surrounding region.”
L’ESPRIT DU SUD-OUEST (Maisons d’hôte special and n°18 issue) :
«Many people and generations have come and gone and the styles and periods have mingled quite happily…In the garden outbuilding, the woodwork still bears witness to the blue hue of the pastel stocked there in days gone by…The unique fireplaces, the timeworn staircases, the unimposing statues, the gilded mirrors, the ample sideboards and arched doors combine to produce a very private history of France with a human and family dimension.”
LE POINT n° 1662 – page XIII :
“Marie-Andrée Garcin has transformed this XVIIth century grand house which is her home into a delightful guesthouse. Large bedroom suites decorated with style…A warm welcome and excellent food.”
PLAISIRS n° 3 – page 76:
“Unobtrusive yet always very welcoming, this house has managed to retain its role of a family home away from the storms of history…Marie-Andrée and Dominique welcome you  in the true tradition of hospitality and charm of yesteryears”
La Halte du Temps – 72, rue Mage – 31310 Montesquieu-Volvestre – Tél. : 05 61 97 56 10 – lahaltedutemps@free.fr
Webmaster Charles-Henri PLOQUIN – Photography by Philippe PLOQUIN et Françoise PEURIOT – Translation Marie-Françoise MUDRY SCARLETT