First off, I must say I went there on business, during the deader, colder & wetter season of November, unfortunately not having had the time to read up on it first!
I had no idea the place was part of the Orford National Park and so remote from populated areas, result: I had a hard time locating the right place once arrived at the main intersection (given that there are 2 main buidings, 1 very narrow dirt road leading to the right to the 'Petite Auberge', and once I discovered that it was closed with nobody to direct me, I concluded that it must not be the wrong place and proceeded to painfully back up all the way out since too narrow to turn around, to then head towards the other dirt road to the left, on which the only clear signs order you to park immediately there, since it is forbidden to drive your car any further, not even to drop off all of your luggage; no, you need to grab it and lug it by yourself through the mud, no help service whatsoever offered, other than a smirk remark by an attendant in a golf cart to the effect that that was the way it went, whether one liked or not!); equally as remote from the modern ways of staying connected to the world, such as cell phone and landlines service, wifi internet (other than at the reception building) & TV, which could be alright on a voluntary retreat, but quite the nuisance on a business trip!!!
I was lodged in one of the small detached cabins on the property, with great quaint potential with a wood-stove (although I had to ask for the supply of wood, kindling and lighting tools) as well as a decent qeen mattress, but definitely lacking in the decoration and layout department with drab 'quétaine' colours and a bathroom with a door that kept shutting to corner you in and all but an unlit pocket-size mirror to take care of your image...
The food, although far from gourmet & all served buffet style, was quite impressively fresh and decent and unlike elsewhere, the service was excellent in the dining room area, with the caveat that, when I asked about a warmer spot to sit at given the chilly temperature, a lovely lady suggested sitting in front of the gas fireplace, however it just so happened that it was out of order...
Would I personally want to return there? Well, although I am an outdoorsy person and the grounds and lake are beautiful, with a preference for simplicity, I think I might still try the 'petite Auberge', exclusively for adults and which I heard its table enjoying a good reputation, but not really at the Centre de villégiature which is more for groups or family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jouvence is located on a 194-acre site on the shores of Lake Stukely in Mont-Orford National Park. Known for its warm hospitality and excellent food, Jouvence has been an Eastern Townships treasure for over 35 years. Offering an all-inclusive formula to its guests, which includes overnight stays, meals, and access to outdoor activities, equipment, and facilities, this site will both win you over and help you completely unwind. Our 125 cosy rooms, a number of which have wood stoves, are located in small cabins, large pavilions, and a charming inn. Prefer something more bucolic? Our two rustic cabins located a few minutes of hiking away will provide you with an unparalleled experience in nature.After all, as our signature says, this is a different kind of hotel! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jouvence, Centre De Villegiature Orford, Quebec, Canada