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A l'Ombre du Fort
Poynton, cheshire
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“We didn't want to leave”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

We knew we had chosen well as soon as we arrived, and saw our names on the welcome board. The purpose of visiting Villefranche was to take the litle yellow train into the mountains. We were not disappointed by that journey, but neither were we disappointed with our accommodation. The room was large, decorated in traditional French style, and with great views over the pool and the mountains.
Breakfast (including wonderful croissants and brioche) was taken around a large family table, and we had some interesting conversations with people of many different nationalities.
The hospitality was second to none. There was always someone around to ask about trains, restaurants etc. and we were often asked if we would like to join our hosts for a drink.
We would have no hesitation in recommending a l'Ombre du Fort to our friends. We arrived as starngers and were greeted and treated as friends

Room Tip: Our room faced the railway and was very quiet. The trains don't start too early. We saw all 4 ro...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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A l'Ombre d, Owner at A l'Ombre du Fort, responded to this review, October 13, 2012
Thank you so much for this review. We believe it is important that there is always someone around to answer any question. We love to help people in preparing their trip. This is a rich area for doing and seeing things. We are glad you enyoied your stay and keep some beautiful memories. Take care!
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Somerset, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

I have never stayed anywhere quite like L'Ombre du Fort. It is unique in its setting and the hospitality shown by Linda and Robert is amazing. They are so friendly and helpful. Ygor the dog is great and they have quite a menagerie of animals. The location is perfect for the train station (either to Perpignan or to take Train Jaune) and also for the village which is a 15 minute walk away along the river. The garden is also beautiful and the perfect place to sit and have a beer with Linda and Robert. I would love to come back here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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A l'Ombre d, Owner at A l'Ombre du Fort, responded to this review, September 8, 2012
It is only a week ago that we said good bye. We loved it to have you as our guests. Good conversations over a glass of something :-).
Thank you so much for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us.
Maybe we 'll meet again somewhere in the future.
Wishing you all the best!
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scarborough
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

After wrestling with web sites for the train and trying to book for hours when we arrived Roger explained all, you can only book on the day of travel and in person and always ask for 'the next train' Marvellous advice! and only a short stroll to the station. We found this lovely place on trip advisor so, thanks!The great welcome really starts with the dog in the garden and then moves to the lovely house and the very hospitable humans. They were so kind and accomodating . Restaurant advice, booking, and directions , an invitation to a drink, meeting the live stock you were kindness itself. Old fashioned charm and service, trust and care in abundance. We loved our stay. Thank you.Although you should be in charge of SNCF, the yellow train bookings and schedule it would be a great loss to the hospitality industry.

Room Tip: It was a heatwave and August so the ones with two windows are good.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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A l'Ombre d, Owner at A l'Ombre du Fort, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
What a beautifull review, thank you very much. We are glad to have you as our guests. We loved the conversations and exchange of ideas. I will write to the SNCF and apply for a job but only off season hahaha.... It is good you enjoyed your stay and to help you planning your holiday. Au revoir!
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Following time in Paris for the first time, taking a 5 star cruise for the first time, we opted for a
another first experience in chosing a B&B in a more remote area to finish our trip. What a wonder this place is! Robert and Linda run a relaxed and friendly business, with spacious, clean and comfortable rooms and great breakfast. We loved that we could walk to the major attractions and transport and then return to our lovely retreat and the peaceful garden to relax. Linda was such a gracious hostess and we recommend A l'Ombre du Fort B&B wholeheartedly to all travellers and friends. You should not miss this tiny part of the world.

Room Tip: If you do not like to climb too many stairs, ask for a first floor room.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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A l'Ombre d, Owner at A l'Ombre du Fort, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
What a wonderful review you wrote. Thank you very much. You are right it is more convenient to have a room on the first floor but we only have five rooms and unfortunately you were the last to book for that periode. The advantage of the 2nd floor is that you have much more space than just a room with the bathroom ensuite. We loved it to have you as a guest at our place and we hope we added something good to your holiday.
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Groningen
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

We spent only one night at the beautiful located B&B of Linda and Rob de Beer on our travel from the Netherlands onwards to Spain. We were welcomed by there lovely and friendly dog Ygor who accompanied us from our car at the parking lot to the entrance of the B&B where we were welcomed with an outstanding hospitality. Linda and Rob are truly passioned about there business and providing there guests the best service and comfort you can think of. The only advice I can give to travelers is to spent more time at this location as it is really an exceptional positive experience in a beautiful scenery with all the comfort you can wish for at a good price.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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A l'Ombre d, Owner at A l'Ombre du Fort, responded to this review, August 14, 2012
You are right, it was a pitty you could not stay a little longer. We had a good time, nice conversations and a lauch or two. As far as we could follow you through the social media we know you had a marvelous stay at your next etappe. Say hi to your wife and children and thank you very much for this wonderful review. Take care.
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Hampstead, London
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

A beautiful house in a dramatic valley right by Villefranche de Conflent station and five minutes stroll from the village, where you will be looked after by Ygor the dog and his two partners Linda and Robert de Beer. And looked after beautifully. You very soon forget you're not in a friend's home. Actually you very soon find that you are with new friends as Linda and Robert take care of your comfort and wellbeing with much warmth and generosity. Having eaten wonderfully at restaurant La Senyera (recommended by Linda) I came home to sit outside in the warm night air and chat over a couple of beers with Robert and Linda (Ygor can't be bothered with beer, apparently) and two young guests/relatives. These latter two had just finished a musical theatre course and I'm an actor, so we had a lot in common. I went to bed with a smile on my face and slept like a log.
Next morning breakfast was perfect -- the freshest of bread, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee. And a delightful request from a young member of the family (who, being shy, deputed dad to ask me) that "the famous actor"(!) should sign her tee-shirt. I only hope that she'll forgive me when she realises that I'm completely unknown!
I left with considerable reluctance to catch Le P'tit Train Jaune, and waved goodbye to Ygor, having had a completely delightful stay. I'm determined that I shall be back one day.

Room Tip: Just go, relax and enjoy
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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A l'Ombre d, Owner at A l'Ombre du Fort, responded to this review, August 14, 2012
Thank you so much for your review and your postcard. Such a lot of nice words about your stay at our place and Ygor. He still misses you. We are happy you enjoyed your stay and maybe we will meet again. Take care!!
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dungarvan
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

We stayed two nights in early May at this B&B. We received a warm welcome and helpful advice. The room was very comfortable, very spacious and clean. The B&B is very close to the train station and a short walk to Villefranche. The atmosphere is very relaxed, inclusive without being intrusive and Robert, Linda and family (and Igor) are very hospitable hosts. I would definitely recommend this B&B.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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A_l_Ombre_Du_Fort, Owner at A l'Ombre du Fort, responded to this review, June 4, 2012
Thank you so much for your review on Tripadvisor. We remember you as wonderful guests. Maybe we'll meet again somewhere in the future. Take care, Robert
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Property: A l'Ombre du Fort
Address: 2 Lieu Dit Sainte Eulalie, 66500 Villefranche-de-Conflent, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Pyrenees-Orientales > Villefranche-de-Conflent
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Villefranche-de-Conflent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the edge of Villefranche de Conflent, a 11th century Medieval Village, a charming riverside property is situated on the river Têt. 35 Minutes from the Mediterranean Sea, with its beautiful beaches and 90 minutes from Girona and Carcassonne Airports. The surroundings offer superb possibilities for activities or relaxation. There are many ways to fill your days, active, biking, running, walking, canyoning, caving etc. or just with a book next to the pool or beach. ... more   less 

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