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Repos a Riberac
Ranked #1 of 9 Riberac B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 10, 2011

Have used this delightful B&B in Riberac a couple of times now as it has been very useful whilst dealing with the purchase of a scond home a couple of miles away.
A warm welcome and very clean rooms.
Evening meals available which are very good quality.
Will be using again at Easter.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 2, 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights having evening meals each night which were well prepared by Lesley but we would suggest that more communication in advance of what the meals are, would avoid waste and disappointment. Some people are allergic to certain things. Paul has quite an extensive wine list to offer guests.

The rooms are comfortable with wooden floors, nice bathroom but need some kind of individual heating as one night is was quite cool due to the thermostat downstairs switching off the heating in the room.

One night more guests arrived whilst we were having dinner and came through the dining room so we felt like we were sitting in a tunnel, being easy going people we spoke the to new guests but did feel somewhat embarrassed to carry on with our meal.

The dining room has a log fire and a TV and DVD player which came in handy for our young daughter. The weather during our stay was wet and cold so the log fire was very welcome. The property sits on the main road which can be noisy at night and did keep us awake so avoid this if you want a quiet traffic free night. Parking may be be issue although for us Paul did move his car to allow ours to stay parked in the drive which was very nice of him.

The town of Riberac is a 5 minute walk but for us held no interest and seemed quite run down, major roadworks also did nothing to enhance the town. We used it as a base to look for property before moving to other areas which to be honest were much prettier towns.

Lesley and Paul do offer a very nice welcome and try to ensure your stay is enjoyable, some times things do go wrong which is not their fault. We would not recommend to families as there is no outside space we know of for children to play.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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reposriberac, Owner at Repos a Riberac, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2011

We’re sorry that this couple from Lincoln, UK, found so little joy on their recent trip to Ribérac in general, and to our chambres d’hôtes in particular. We only hope that they have managed to find the property they were looking for in one of the “much prettier towns” than Ribérac, which they seem to have found “quite run down” and which seems to have left them cold.
It being February and this being SW France it is only to be expected that at this time of year it is still winter and therefore not an appropriate time to be wearing T shirts but because we and Ribérac were unable to provide weather equivalent to the Cyprus this couple had recently left , this seems to have somewhat prejudiced their views on their time spent here.
The chambres dhôtes is fully insulated and centrally heated with town gas. It is thermostatically controlled 24 hours a day to maintain comfort levels. For added comfort we make a point of having a blazing log fire in the dining room during the cold season; most of our guests seem to find it warm enough in their rooms to turn their individual radiators, every one of which has its own thermostat, down from the setting they find it on when they first enter. This couple had been sitting in front of the fire, T-shirt attired, before going up to their room and finding a difference in temperature, but it was certainly not cold and in the event we did provide them with an extra heater when they requested it.
We are totally in agreement about prior communication; that is why we asked well in advance when our evening meal was booked by this couple for 3 nights, if they had any particular foods they would rather avoid. As no response was forthcoming in this respect we believed therefore there was nothing to be avoided; we are not mindreaders. Having provided a meal on their first night which consisted of a base of tomatoes, it transpired on the second night (when a starter containing tomatoes was proffered) that one of the couple was allergic to tomatoes – had this been brought to our attention the previous evening we would have been able to do something different (in the event we provided a cheese based starter in lieu) but as the first night’s tomato-based meal had been eaten without complaint we had no way of knowing that tomatoes posed a problem. When we were asked , after the tomato incident, what we had “lined up” for the next meal and a Chicken Cordon Bleu (chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese in a Bechamel and white wine sauce) was suggested, it again transpired that ham, cheese and Bechamel sauce were once more, not to be tolerated and we were requested to cook the chicken without these ingredients as the couple just liked “plain chicken”; that didn’t leave much to play around with - a chicken breast cooked on its own without adornment does sound a little boring, particularly as we are in France where food is taken seriously and we pride ourselves (and the many positive comments in our livre d’or from guests from all around the world - America, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Holland, France, Japan, Martinique and Portugal - are evidence of this) on the fresh, local, seasonal ingredients we use, mostly bought from our local Ribérac market (the largest in the Dordogne). This couple had told us that they had “done the Champagne trail” some years back but when we asked them to keep their cutlery from the starter course to carry onto the main course (a normal part of the French culture) they seemed to know nothing about this and asked us if we were economising with the washing up! They didn’t seem to understand the concept of a chambres d’hôtes and table d’hôtes. Of course other guests would come into the dining room as they had just as much right to be there as this couple, but it seems not only did this couple think we were a restaurant (but without having to pay restaurant prices!) but that they had sole rights over the entire house.
It does seem strange to book 3 nights table d’hôtes in advance and not bring to the hosts’ attention the fact that certain foods cannot be eaten, particularly when you have been asked the question well in advance. Perhaps had they been a touch more adventurous and walked the short 5 minutes into the town centre where all the restaurants - Creole, French, Moroccan, Thai, Vietmanese, as well as 3 different pizza eateries, can be found, they may have discovered something to suit their particular needs. It seems strange why they chose to continue taking their meals with us for 3 consecutive nights if what we were providing was so unacceptable to them.
We are a small family run chambres d’hôtes and we are, as advertised, in the town centre. This is exactly what some people want, to be near the shops, banks, bars, cafes and restaurants. We do not have a garden but our courtyard is open for all our guests to use, albeit without kiddy paraphernalia. All this is described clearly on our website. Had this couple not wanted the liveliness of the town there are many other chambres d’hôtes in the surrounding countryside, or indeed, away from Ribérac, which after all, “held no interest” for this couple (so why, one asks did they not check out after the first night?). Again, it seems strange why, if we and Ribérac were so unacceptable for this couple, they chose to remain here for 3 days and nights.
For us, we feel privileged to be living in such a lively and varied community with so many interesting things to do and different people to meet. The current roadworks in Ribérac bringing the sewage and water works into the 21st century (causing traffic diversions) is only a sign that this is a prosperous and forward-looking town with a future. It is a diverse and evolving place and not a two-horse town as so many are.

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Reviewed January 23, 2011

A truly warm welcome awaits the lucky traveller who happens to end up on this rather delightful doorstep. This is a cosy B&B, with all the friendly warmth that you would expect from a couple that seem devoted to keeping you well informed, comfortable, and happy. Evening meals were a joy, with a good selection of local wines to enjoy - Lesley & Paul are wonderful cooks and perfect hosts! I would recommend this establishment to anyone fortunate enough to be passing this way.
J.Hicky. UK.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2017
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Room Tip: La parte de atrás está genial para dormir sin ruido
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  • Stayed: June 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 24, 2016
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  • Stayed: May 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2014
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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013
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Room Tip: Demander les chambres sur la cour
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 36 rue Jean Moulin, 24600, Riberac, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Dordogne > Riberac
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Riberac
Price Range: $70 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Repos a Riberac, a mid 19th-century townhouse B&B/chambres d'hotes has been officially classified as a "Batiment de Caractère". Tastefully refurbished throughout to include modern en-suite facilities and central heating. Located in the heart of the town of Ribérac, five minutes walk from local bars, cafés, restaurants and shops, it is ideally placed to visit Bordeaux, St Emilion, Périgueux, Bergerac and Sarlat as well as many grand chateaux. We are open all year round. ... more   less 
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