I was attracted to Pardailhan by the photos, but after arriving, I realized the photos didn't do it justice; the property is nicer than the photos!
The bed was x-comfortable, the appliances were new, it was spotlessly clean. the wifi worked flawlessly... everything was perfect! There's a veranda with a table & chairs for eating, lounge chairs for... lounging :), a BBQ grill for outdoor cooking, and a hot tub!
The location is remote, and it's quiet, and this is exactly what I wanted. If you enjoy photography, there are many opportunities here. Twice I saw a sly old fox (le renard), and twice I missed my opportunity. If you enjoy cycling, there are many roads and trails to explore. Lots of interesting things to see and do that are a short drive: Carcassone, caves, wine-tasting galore, and numerous small villages to explore.
I'd recommend it to anyone that wants a holiday from masses of tourists, and a clean comfortable place to stay!
I spent 4 days on the boat a few days ago. Sitting out on the back deck area with a glass of wine watching the boats go by has been one of the most enjoyable and relaxing things I have ever done, and is definitely the highlight of a stay here. John checked in on me frequently when he wandered by, and was a tremendous help with information on the area. If you are nice to him, you might also get some of his delicious spelt bread, which I ate with some goat cheese on one of those afternoons on the deck.
The kitchen is well furnished and has all the plates, utensils, and appliances you could want. My only caveat on the boat is that you have to know what you are getting and be OK with that in advance. John has perfectly described the place. But read carefully - it is not for everyone. It does not have a large sitting area with a big TV, and the bathroom requires some manual operation. But if you enjoy life on the river, it is a delightful place. And it just short walk away from a couple of restaurants and a grocery store. Which makes it all the more convenient,
Thanks for everything, John!