Romantic interiors evoke the charm of bygone days for visitors to Les Fleurs d’Olargues. International restaurateurs found their place in the French countryside—an oasis they share with those who come calling from near and far.
Once a resting spot for travelers aboard the stagecoach that ran between Castres and Montpelier, this auberge in the French village of Olargues languished for a time after the introduction of the railroad.
Joan Abrahamsson has maintained the feminine ambience of the six guestrooms at Les Fleurs d’Olargues—each named for a different blossom. Through her own sojourns, the innkeeper has realized that simple comforts, such as an ergonomic mattress, lovely keepsakes, and a quiet corner, often make a bigger impact than do modern amenities.
Above left: Joan’s 96-year-old neighbor has become her dearest friend. Above right: Long ago, breakfasts were prepared daily in this sunny kitchen, which still showcases its original tile flooring.
The Abrahamssons’ restaurant, positioned opposite the guesthouse, offers delectable fare amid views of the ancient city. Joan and Anders have passed their culinary talents to their son Kaspar, who works alongside his parents with his wife, Fe, and their children, Maya and Isabella.
To read more about Les Fleurs d’Olargues, see “Blooming Among the Roses” on page 43 of the French Cottage 2016 issue of Victoria.