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A house of healing in the serenity, light and warmth of the Pyrenees Aude region of France, near the beautiful cities of Carcassonne and Toulouse. This small yet spacious haven of peace has been recently reinvented into a joyous bespoke wellbeing retreat for physical, emotional and spiritual recovery.

With an innocent, old-fashioned charm, this is a laidback hideaway hotel with a touch of magic. A horse whisperer lives in the village, the sky is Pyrenees pure, the air smells of jasmine and the fresh aroma of herbs. There’s buried treasure in the garden and warm sacred thermal springs merge in the well.

“Maison ila is a place of visions, dreams, forgiveness, expansion. The air is energising, the earth undisturbed, the people kind. To be here is to rediscover open skies, the sun, the soft spirit of an ancient land. Nature is unreservedly herself and happy. When we tap into this energy we start to feel better. That’s healing”.

Denise Leicester, owner of Maison ila


Built in 1791, Maison ila is a vintage green-shuttered Maison de Maitre which sits in a pretty church square on the edge of Sonnac-sur-l’Hers, a village of only about 130 residents.  For years it was a smart and much-loved Bed & Breakfast, Le Tresor, before being bought in 2020 by Denise and John Leicester who have repurposed it into a tranquil and intimate bespoke wellbeing retreat.

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