The village of Le Bec-Hellouin is a sleepy, but charming hamlet based around an important abbey that was established as early as the 13th century. The village and abbey itself is worth a visit. The only accommodations in town is this small auberge that is situated on the pretty main road through town across from a nice patch of grass and old church.
This was a return trip after being away for 18 years and fortunately the village didn't change but unfortunately to my taste the auberge did. It is a nice place and totally acceptable, but it had been updated and expanded and lacked the warmth of an old roadside auberge. It seems that they tried to modern it up, but it never gets there. The rooms are comfortable but not cozy. The kitchen also seems to have moved away from an old-fashioned french kitchen to a more nouvelle-style in their presentation and portion size. Again, its good but it misses the mark.
Perhaps the worse part was the lack of attentive service. Not unfriendly, just not service minded. Probably would try to find someplace in another village next time and just come to Le Bec Hellouin to listen to vespers (6pm) at the Abbey -- worth a visit
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