Built in 1865 the Ancienne Auberge has benefited from 2 ‘extensions’ and, more recently, extensive renovations to bring it into the 21 st Century. Originally with a dormitory beneath the roof to provide an auberge, or hostel, for the workers in the nearby phosphate ‘mines’ – phosphatieres – it is now re-inventing itself to provide chambres d’hotes in the heart of the ancient village of Concots, 10km from St Cirq Lapopie.
The 19th century workers ate in the dining room cum kitchen where there was a large open fire for cooking with a ‘grease cupboard’ beside it. The fireplace and the cupboard remain but neither for their original purpose! The floor levels changed and the loft . . . . is now a loft!
The renovations mean that there are now a sitting room, a kitchen diner, a small suite for the ‘hostess’, and 2 independent rooms for guests each with a shower room. There is a balcony facing full south with 180 degree views of the garden and the surrounding countryside where breakfast can be taken before the sun moves around.
Parking is freely available in front of the house. There are 2 restaurants, a bar/café and a boulangerie/epicerie in the village.
There is a vibrant Sunday market selling many local products and 2 market stalls (meat/cheese/veg) on a Thursday morning and pizzas Thursday evening. There are mini-markets (or not so mini!) at nearby Limogne and Lalbenque with fuel available in both villages.