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“A private suite” 4 of 5 stars
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La Ferme de la Fosse Dionne
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11 rue de la Fosse Dionne, 89700 Tonnerre, France   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Tonnerre B&B and Inns
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“A private suite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

This bed and breakfast has recently been upgraded and is just by an old spring pool.It is conveniently located but a lot of the buildings in the road are in desperate need of repair. As we were cycling it was good to find the hotel had a large secure shed for them to stay in overnight. The hotel has a pleasant outside sitting area to have a drink. The rooms were like a small suite with a separate bedroom and bathroom as well as a reception room come additional bedroom particularly suitable for a family. The owners were helpful. Breakfast was limited in choice particularly as two of our party needed a wheat free diet .

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

As we checked out we thought: "caveat emptor" - let the buyer beware, (and perhaps also: "don't believe everything you read on Trip Advisor"). Yes, the Fosse (natural spring, located right in front) itself is amazing, (but look up and you'll see that a third of the surrounding houses have been derelict for years). Tonnerre is a town of immense historical importance, boasting a portfolio of superb buildings up to and including the Hôtel Dieu (the dry-run for the Hospices de Beaune) but it is in a terrible state today. Pastime include dodging the doggy-poo on the pavements; viewing street after street of derelict houses and churches of high architectural merit (including a deserted confectionary shop on the main drag with jars of mouldy sweets visable through the broken and cobwebbed windows). The population is reduced and appears to be deeply (economically, mentally) depressed Think Miss Havisham, think Detroit, even, perhaps "28 Days Later".

Alas, the general down-at-mouth attitude is very evident at the Fosse (hotel and guest house). A lot of money evidently went into renovations; our room was actually a suite, and very nicely fitted with good, antique furniture. Unfortunately there were hairs in the bathroom, a profound smell of mould in the living room and our mattress was encased in a plastic incontinence cover which crunched and squeaked with every turn in bed. The "welcome" is gruff; after 3 days the ice melts a little-teeny-bit, but you need to work at it. Food is OK, but the microwave going "PING" 30 seconds before it arrives at the table is a bummer, and gives the game away unnecessarily. The WLAN only works in the restaurant, but you are chucked out unceremoniously as soon as breakfast or dinner is finished; the TV room is locked up just when you might think of going in there in the evening.

This place is absolutely fine if you are on a long-distance cycle trip, arrive hungry and depart rapidly, but for a romantic holiday the ambience of economic gloom and doom is - I'm afraid - a real downer. Try Chablis, or perhaps Auxerre, or even Les Riceys, instead?

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

I'd go to a lot of trouble to go back to La Ferme, and in fact to Tonnerre in general. First it has the most extraordinary location. I'd post a link, but nothing currently on the web does justice to La Fosse Dionne. It's really special, and La Ferme literally overlooks it. And Tonnerre is the same - a strange mix of fascinating and cared-for rural France, with broken-down rural France just a street away. Fascinating. La Ferme is a beautiful, reburbished wreck with pleasantly austere rooms at terrific prices, and a restaurant that turned out simply terrific food at similar prices. Ham champenois that was close to perfection, and cod in a parsley sauce that was actually perfection. So much so that I completely forgave the proprietor for flatly declining to open the damn place when we arrived at four in the afternoon! Just go there - this is why you came to France.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

Our party of 2 families were cycling the Burgundy Canal and were finishing a long day with 4 kids under 12, all exhausted so we were really ready to get to the hotel, which is set in a tiny road next to the spring under the cathedral. Great facia. Great to look at. Unfortunately they lost our reservation, after confirming 2 times each by phone and email and sending a deposit of Euros 80. To say we were unhappy was an understatement, especially as we were made to feel it was our problem, not theirs. Having copies of the email confirmation certainly helped our case. They had given away our rooms and there was no room at the inn. I think they were truly embarrassed to silence by this and said it had never happened before. Luckily, Gilles, one of the owners, found us rooms at a nearby chambre d'Hote called Caroline's which was equally nice, so all ended well. To top it off, La Ferme put on one of the best meals we had in two weeks in France. No menu, just what they serve you which was superb, accompanied by excellent recommendations on wine selection. So I can't say anything about the hotel, only that I will give it another chance next time we go as the grounds looked great and we heard wonderful things about it.

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Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

Stunning location, the house built into the foot of a steep cliff with a church looming almost overhead, at the top of scrambling climb. A stone's throw away is the ancient spring, where you can gaze down into the mouth of the cave through blue-green water.
The room was more like a little flat (with kitchen facilities) and we were so tired that we just ate in after a few beers on the stunning medieval balcony. The bathroom and bedroom were immaculate.
Fantastic breakfast, very friendly service and all for 40 Euros. Amazing value for money.

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  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 11 rue de la Fosse Dionne, 89700 Tonnerre, France
Location: France > Burgundy > Yonne > Tonnerre
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Tonnerre
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Tonnerre's historic centre lies this ancient farm. It's ideally located between the beautiful church of St Pierre and the spectacular spring that is la Fosse Dionne. The farm has been entirely and sympathetically renovated and now offers quiet and comfortable guestrooms and a small shop selling regional specialities. ... more   less 

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