After a 5 hour drive from Uzes, this place couldn't have been a more welcome place to arrive to.
Alexandra & Arnaud are a young couple with 2 sweet daughters, the smallest just months old but very quiet and smiley! They have a pair of lovely hounds but are careful to always check that you are happy for the dogs to be let out before unleashing them, a spacious garden with chairs and sitting areas and a small pool, although, I'm not sure if this is for general use.
It is evident that the couple take great pride in everything they have achieved at Domaine l'Amourette, and rightly so too. Arnaud (who speaks excellent Spanish) has built everything himself and Alexandra (who speaks excellent English) has done all of the interior design and even the upholstery. We were shown the other rooms and although we loved staying in La Baucher (with a horse theme), the next time we come we are definitely going to stay in Le Kessel which has a huge wooden bath in the middle of the room and very romantic lighting in the original coves. For those keen on privacy, the open-plan bedroom/bathroom thing in each room (although some are on a mezzanine level) might be a bit off-putting but it is still very cleverly done. Arnaud built all the staircases himself and the main features of the ancient house have been maintained.
Our bed was very comfortable, breakfast was delicous, particularly Alexandra's almond and mirabelle cake, and Arnaud was armed with maps of the area and lots of local knowledge of where to visit, places to eat etc. Unfortunately, we went for a wedding so didn't have the opportunity to take him up on his offerings.
We will definitely go back again the next time we're in Bordeaux. The location is perfect for exploring the vineyards and Saint-Emilion, our hosts couldn't have been nicer. They were accommodating to everybody staying (fully booked, both nights we were there). And what a bargain - only 75EUR/night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect place to visit Bordeaux ' area and vineyards, an authentic, charming and unique bed and breakfast, real quality of services : Welcome to Domaine L'Amourette !10' only from Saint-Emilion, in a quiet countryside, you'll discover this old renovated mansion from the XVII th century and its beautifull suites in duplex with walls in white stones. After a peacefull rest, enjoy a great breakfast with homemade products. ... more less