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Petit Illyria
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Reviewed July 27, 2009

We stayed six nights and could not fault the welcome altough one felt that Gary was always on sometihng of a short fuse.

The location of St James does mean that there are quite long drives to places of interest and, after the evening meal, not v much to entertain you, particularly as all the reception rooms are very dark and not v welcoming.

The breakfasts were average with limited slection of cereals, juices etc. No nice baguettes or croissants just sliced bread toasted and some home made pastries.

Obviously some of the visitors reviews encouraged us to book but a couple of nights would be enough.

Sorry folks, I know you're trying hard but you need to to switch some lights on and make the place feel more welcoming

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank colmac80
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Reviewed July 26, 2009

This place has a decidedly chilly atmosphere and in no way does it live up to promise which is to pamper and care for the traveller. The place is totally silent and one feels that you are staying in the house of an elderly and ill relative. No keys are given and one has to be let in and out of the place. The rooms are well furnished and nicely presented but with no TV or radio the atmosphere is uncomfortable and sitting in the lovely garden one has the feeling of being watched from behind the lace curtains by the hosts who seem to be able to conduct all transactions with a minimum of input. The promised cordon bleu dining is very average and served in a dreary conservatory on strange marble tables similair to a transport cafe again with a minimum of conversation.
The location is a lovely town with a couple of nice hotels which are much better value and more welcoming. Strange because this couple are from the UK!!

  • Stayed: June 2009
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4  Thank BEE-EM
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Reviewed July 8, 2009

Slightly confusing set up really. For a b&b it was very strange to have to ring the bell every time you want to return, as no key was given. It was almost like staying in someone's house. Very antiquated setting, and not a comfortable chair in sight!

The room was very clean, however, there were no curtains, only small nets, and with a view over the garden, curtains would have been appreciated for dressing purposes when people are in the garden. The adjoining bunk room also was without curtains, and had children been staying in this room, they would have been disturbed by the street light outside the window.

Bathroom was small but clean.

We had an evening meal there once, which was very nice, but quite expensive.

All in all, we were disappointed, as we didn't find the place very comfortable or welcoming. We felt awkward sitting in the garden despite being told that we could, we felt as if we were being watched whilst drinking our own drinks. It was almost as if it was expected that you would buy drinks from the b&b.

Also, website pictures only show the view from the rear of the property, which doesn't make it so easy to find from the front.

Not for us, wouldn't return or recommend, however, whilst we were there, there was a couple who were staying for 2 weeks, who were there for their 3rd visit, so there obviously is appeal to some people. Ideally located if you want to get to Mt St Michel.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank harriturtle
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Reviewed November 7, 2008

We really liked staying at the Petit Illyria (named after one of the owners' favorite places). The location was just what we wanted: near Mont St. Michel but away from any hustle and bustle. St. James, France, where it is located, is a nice, quaint French town with an American WWII cemetery that was moving to go to. The town is very close to a major highway that we drove to go to Caen. Mont St. Michel is a nice, easy 20 minute drive.

The bedroom was very spacious, as they gave us the family rooms with bath that was also spacious and very clean. The bed was most comfortable. There are two parlors for guests to chill out in and in the back is a sun room and a great garden (yard) to walk around in. They grow most of their own vegetables and herbs.

Oh, and did I mention that Gary and Jeanne (owners) are gourmet chefs who prepare the most exquisite, delicious meals. Truly, in France we never ate anything that wasn't good. But at this B&B, we had the most wonderful, delicious food of our whole trip! I yearn for some of the dishes they prepared! Marinated duck breasts, fried pork chops with sauce, etc etc etc. Yum!

Talking with Gary & Jeanne was a real treat and we came away with great insights into life in England and in France. We still talk about all we learned and enjoyed at our stay here. Thanks Gary & Jeanne for a great stay!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank gocajuns
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Reviewed July 21, 2008

Just spent a night at Petit Illyria on the way back home from the Dordogne. The hotel lived up to our expectations, it was immaculate, comfortable and the food was excellent. My son has allergies and I am veggie so the menu had to be adjusted to suit us, this was no problem for Jean and Gary who are very accomplished cooks and go to great lengths to make sure thier guests feel special. The hotel is furnished to compliment the age and style of the beautiful building and the rooms are very comfortable and very clean. We had the family suite, which consisted of two very large rooms, one with twin beds and an en suite shower room - which was large and very clean with ultra modern fitments, our room was down a few steps from the kids room and could be completely separated by two doors.
I would not hesitate to go back, in fact was sorry we were staying for just one night.
If you are going to France and are looking for style, comfort and like excellent food prepared by people who obviously take great pride in what they do, look no further than Petit Illria, it was FAB !

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank Purplelinky
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