We had a lovely six night break in Domaine de Rasigous and were warmly welcomed by front-of-house man Hank. The main building is a beautiful two story creeper-clad old house (it's actually three story, the owners live on the top floor, but we didn't see them at all during our stay).
We were assigned a two story annex across the driveway from the main hotel. The apartment had a very comfortable living area downstairs, with mini-bar and CD player. Upstairs, the bedroom had a large and very comfortable king sized bed with washroom (twin basins), a nice powerful shower and toilet all en-suite. there was a large TV with DVD player and an iPod dock/alarm clock.
We were told that the owners are huge music and film fanatics and guests are encouraged to visit the wonderful library and browse at their leisure.
The lounge area in the main building was a lovely place to gather both before and after dinner - interesting art, large sofas, jazz music and low lighting. The dining area was a bit of a disappointment and lacked any real charm - one central chandelier really didn't do the quirky art collection justice. Food on the whole was good and was a fixed menu, so as long as you liked everything that was put in front of you, all was OK - vegetarians were catered for without any fuss at all. We would have liked to have seen some wonderful French cheeses on the menu from time to time, but alas none were forthcoming.
The only real gripe was the WiFi - the hotel advertises state-of -the-art WiFi in every room, this however was not the case and it point blank refused to recognise any Apple product anywhere in the hotel. We were told that the quality of the WiFi reception varies with the humidity, this is simply not good enough in this age of constant communication.
The swimming pool, spa and gym were not open during our stay (last week of June), so can't comment. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Again, lots of quirky art installations hidden around the place (the owners seem to have a fascination with lady's bottoms!).
Overall we had a very enjoyable stay and Hank did everything he could to make our stay a pleasant one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Calm and a relaxing natural context await you for a refreshing stay at this charming and artfully decorated house. An ideal place to spend your holidays, close to all centers of interest here in South West France, and yet secluded, somewhere peace and quiet invite you to take it easy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Domaine De Rasigous France/Saint-Affrique-Les-Montagnes