When Villa Kumquats in Béziers opens its gate for you, the sight of the beautiful, natural garden immediately releases all stress from your shoulders. This lush oasis invites you to sit back and relax, even before you have checked in to your room. Once you enter the inviting Bed and Breakfast, run by Robert Mauchamp, you will be surrounded by style. Clearly, Villa Kumquats celebrates all good things in life!
After travelling the world as a hotelier, Robert discovered Béziers by coincidence. He immediately fell for this urban town and charming region and decided to create a new home with his partner. They fell in love with Villa Kumquats, an elegant manor house from 1890 with a garden, situated between the Arena and town centre. In only seven months, the abandoned villa underwent a huge head to toe make-over.
King or queen
And now, Villa Kumquats houses four tastefully decorated double bedrooms, each with private bathrooms. Every room has its own unique theme, reflecting the interests of the owners or the history of the town. For example, the Rachmaninov room, which feels like a cocoon and has a tranquil view of the garden. Chéri and I were in the Toro room, where the expressive wall art is a nod to Béziers Arena. The set-up of all the rooms is spacious, the beds are very comfortable, and you will feel like a king or queen staying here.
Eye for detail
Robert has an incredible eye for detail, which shows in the appealing interior design. Beautiful pieces of art and furniture combine with handmade accessories and tailor-made home fragrances, all of which create a personalized and luxurious feeling. Even the common rooms, like the kitchen and the conservatory, are part of the experience. During your stay, it is also possible to attend a cooking class led by various chefs, such as the English chef Miranda Godfrey. The large kitchen table is designed to make and share meals that you’ve cooked together!
If you don’t feel like cooking, you can also sit down to the excellent table d’hôtes. In three courses, Robert shares his gastronomic passion through a homecooked meal. Béziers and its region host many local delicacies that are just waiting to be savoured. And, after a good night’s rest, let the new day begin with a delicious breakfast, different every day depending on Robert’s inspiration. Villa Kumquats definitely understands the art of sharing with finesse!