My wife and I spent 5 nights at Residence Versailles. Had we known what a special place this was to be we would have stayed longer, unfortunately we had committed ourselves to other chambre d'hotes in our 3 french destination holiday.
A warm welcome was received on our late arrival after a 10 hour long wet and miserable car journey from Caen, Normandy.
The accommodation is situated on the first floor with access at the side of the house up stone steps on to a verandah and through a door to a carpeted corridor where 5 Rooms are found. Each room has a coloured theme (Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, Raspberry)
Our double room (Blue) with ensuite and seperate toilet was clean, bright and comfortable. It had ample wardrobe space, a powerful shower with constant hot water, towels and flannels.
Breakfast is served from 8am, the Breakfast/Dining room is accessed by a connecting door which is unlocked and open only for this occasion for residents from the first floor corridor downstairs and inside the main house.
The room is magnificent and tastfully furnished. A long table with places laid out for all its guests in a style normally only found in the best hotels. And the breakfast itself lovingly prepared, with many home-made products plus others from the local area.
The two-star Hotel Bonnet is very simple, with a friendly and helpful staff. We had read about it in two guides, Cadogans and Rick Steves, and it looked lovely so we stopped here. It was the perfect spot with lovely views and one of those groovy deep bathtubs.
There's a beautiful deck overlooking the river, and two lovely dining rooms as well.
Little stone building that has been converted into a charming house/apartment next door to the landlords home. It is one bedroom. The comfortable beds can be made up as a queen or as two single beds. It has a bathroom with shower (no bath) and a separate toilet room that included a washing machine. The kitchen is fully equipped with high end appliances. Unobstructed views from the apartment are to the south overlooking the Dordogne River. There are two easy chairs and a marble topped table with four chairs. There is WiFi in the apartment but I do not think it was broadband due to slow speed but the connectivity was good. The patio is covered with grape vines growing on a trellis and get major afternoon sun. There is a table with chairs and two steamer chairs on the patio - there are cushions for the steamer chairs inside the apartment. It is on the side of the hill about half-way between the river and the castle. Many walkers pass on the road in front of and below the apartment - there is no conflict with privacy. Many people stop and take pictures of this building and the landlord's home next door because they are so beautiful and typical of the region. There are shutters available on the windows to block afternoon sun. There is a supplied parking space up the hill about 50 meters. This is a steep hill - look at the pictures - but doable. I actually reached a point where I could do it without stopping. There is a small store and bakery in town and a large supermarket about 6 km to the west in St. Cyprien. I am actually going to make two postings because 5 pictures is not enough to capture this place.
The whole thing just oozes charm. It is a very nice property in a unique setting. The landlords are very nice. They do not speak English. They have a sweet kitty named Leah who loves to rest on the wall enclosing the garden. She must be the most photographed kitty in town judging by the number of people taking pictures of her. The view is spectacular.
This is a continuation of my above review. There simply were too many pictures that needed to be shown to capture the great and unique qualities of this place.
We did not stay here but if the accomodations are anything like the restaurant, I am greatful we did not. Our Dinner was terrible. The food was average and far below what would be expected for the price, but the service was even worse. When the waitstaff was not studiously ignoring us, they were forgetful, dilatory, and surly. An unforgettable experience, but all in the wrong direction.
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