I was entranced by this hotel many many years ago when I first saw the details in a hotel guide. When we tour Europe in early summer we never stay in a new hotel for more than one night. If we like it we go back, if we don't then we don't. For this I broke the rule and for the first year booked 2 nights. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we stayed three nights the next year, four nights in 2012 and are now returning for 5 nights in September 2012.
The hotel is beautifully situated on the River Dronne just below the weir, and with the wonderful backdrop of the old town, the caves and the Benedictine Abbey built by Charlemagne in 769, with the later 11th century belfry. It is a site of unbelievable charm and beauty.
We normally choose Relais and Chateaux Hotels as you know that the standard is always going to be good. This hotel does not disappoint, the rooms have been redecorated at the start of this season, the staff are mostly young (as is the manager) but all very helpful, and almost everyone speaks English.
However what makes this a great hotel is the Chef and his team. Jean Sevegnes has worked at a high level in numerous 3 Michelin star restaurants including Le Gindreau near Cahors which specialises in truffles (1 Michelin); the now closed Spoon restaurant in the 5 star Sanderson hotel in London; Restaurant Helène Darroze in Paris (1 Michelin); Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV in Monaco (3 Michelin); L’Ambroisie in Paris (3 Michelin); Chateau Les Crayères in Reims (now 2 Michelin and one of the finest gastronomic experiences in France under original creator and 3 star holder Gérard Boyer); Alain Ducasse in New York (1 Michelin).
If you want a true gastronomic experience then throw the menu away and ask that the Chef prepares you a three or four course meal. He loves to feed people who love food, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
Room 1 looks over the weir, and has the best view of the town. Room 4 overlooks the river and the t...
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