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“An unique and mystical place”
Cottage 
La Grange 
Rural Loft: marble bathtub with a view
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Rural Loft: marble bathtub with a view
View of the village on the hill
Large lighted building is Le Petit Couvent Cottage La Grange
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84 reviews
Cottage 
La Grange 
Rural Loft: marble bathtub with a view
View of the village on the hill
Large lighted building is Le Petit Couvent
Cottage La Grange
Birchtree 4 poster bed
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Aerial view of the village of Saint Arcons d'Allier 
Far right: le Petit Couvent
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Saint-Arcons-d Allier, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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New York, New York
Level 6 Contributor
339 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“An unique and mystical place”
Reviewed 14 July 2009 for a stay in July 2009
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Les Deux Abbesses is a great and unusual hotel in a beautiful location. The owner’s vision and attention to detail is evident throughout. We spent 3 nights here and had a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Each of the rooms is an individual cottage within a historical village perched on top of a hill. Some of the village houses have been restored while others are in a charming state of dereliction. The guest cottages are very clean, comfortable with sitting areas (inside and out), equipped with individual CD players (including CD’s for every taste), as well as local maps outlining scenic and historical drives. The bathrooms are spacious and appointed with Molton Brown toiletries. The cottages do not have TV, and internet access is only available in the hotel lobby. This should not deter you from exploring this property and enjoying the beautiful rolling hills, peaceful and lazy days and great food.

Breakfast was served in the garden overlooking a valley. Aperitifs were served in the garden while lounging on comfortable adirondack double chairs, with the sounds of cow bells in the distance. A different five course dinner (set menu, no options) is served each night in the great hall, again the attention to detail is impeccable from the bow-wrapped menus to the beautiful tableware and the imaginative and refined cuisine. (Notify hotel with any special requests or allergies in advance.)

The pool, while small, has a comfortable sitting area with lavender bushes and an amazing view down in the valley where an ancient river flows. The days are long in the summer with sunrise around 5:00 am and sunset after 10:00 pm, this allows plenty of time for relaxation, exploration (Lafayette’s birth place is 20 min away) and simple enjoyment of the idyllic surrounding hills. This beautiful hotel is well worth a visit for its unique lodging experience, peaceful location and great service.

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Visit was for: Leisure
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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billymax
London
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“The good the bad and the ugly”
Reviewed 2 October 2008 for a stay in September 2008
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people found this review helpful

We were really excited about this hotel and left it two days later feeling somewhat bewildered and a bit disappointed.

The hotel sits in a fantastic location in the middle of absolutely nowhere - the area has terrific driving roads and the most gorgeous unspoilt scenery.

A car is a must and you do really need an excellent map reader or Sat Nav if you and your partner are going to be on speaking terms by the time you arrive at the hotel as its miles off the motorway. Our Sat Nav was brilliant and we arrived in good spirits.

The hotel concept with very comfortable interesting rooms and suites strung out along the hamlet is really amazing but for us the two day experience was just one day too many as it really was too chilly to enjoy the very nice pool and lovely gardens - and moving from the room to the hotel reception and lounge or dining room along the dark cobbled streets was less than comfortable. Had we enjoyed sunny days and balmy nights it would no doubt have been a very different experience.

For us, the food in the restaurant was OK .Oher guests that we spoke to agreed it was far too fancy and the presentation far too fussy. This can make the guests feel uncomfortable - in our opinion the Hotel seems to try much too hard and fails as a result.

The restaurant staff seemed very stiff and nervous of the owner and were always terribly apologetic if anything was slightly wrong or out of place.

We joked that it really was a bit too Mrs Bucket - having an international water bottle menu these days is laughable as tap water or locally bottled stuff is more than acceptable. Why offer Norwegian water in the middle of very rural France ?

The hotel and its surroundings are rustic (but very well manicured rustic )and the restaurant should (in our opinion) have reflected this and been similarly rustic and relaxed- albeit top quality rustic.

Even if the weather had been better we felt we simply couldn't have faced a 3rd night of fussy pretentious gourmet cooking - and there lies the problem its a food inclusive hotel in the middle of nowhere - so you are captive and its difficult to fully relax.

Having said that (and although there is no choice) the kitchen will (if told in advance) cater to anyones food hell and substitute it with what they hope is food heaven .

What made us feel really unconfortable though was that it seemed that every loose item in the hotel was for sale - and there was a lot of toot everywhere.

It is a very expensive hotel and either they 've have had problems with guests pilfering (as there were signs in the rooms warning guests that the management knew of every last item in the room which would be charged for if missing - a bit insulting really ) or the owner was a simply paranoid.

Having read the Tripadvisor reviews and the web site we were disappointed with Les Deux Abbesses but others may not be. It is expensive and we've no problem with that as it sells itself on both privacy and exclusivity which we were seeking.

The setting is magnificent and the concept is really interesting and very different . With good weather maybe the bits that irritated us would have gone largely unnoticed.

This hotel could be really tremendous and deserves to be better.

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Visit was for: Romantic getaway
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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ghwalker
St.Albans, UK
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A nice piece of heaven in the middle of France”
Reviewed 6 September 2008 for a stay in June 2008
2
people found this review helpful

We stayed here for 3 days on a SE to W tour of France. This was the nicest place we stayed and is probably one of the best hotels I have been to. It is quite pricey but everything is included in the price, from nice and authentic breakfast, through to tea and cake (mmm have as much as you like) and very well put together dinners. One note of caution, since there is no menu, be sure to be clear on what you don't like - and prepare to have a few things multiple times if you are fussy. They will always accomodate dislikes (very good attention to detail), but tend to replace dishes with similar things on multiple occassions. But frankly, the food is exellent, authentic, imaginative and well put together, set in the old dining room. Wines are reasonable and the sommelier is very attentive. The setting of the 'hotel' is fantastic - right at the top of a hill looking over two rivers and the gardens are perfect for sitting and looking out. We didn't leave the hotel for the 3 days. There really was no reason. The pool is small, not too plush but absolutely great for relaxing. View again is perfect. Staff are fabulous. Probably the best balance of friendly and sincere and helpful I have come across. We stayed in the Maison Pelon room - large, comfortable, imaginative, quiet - more of a cottage than a room. This is one of the unique features of this hotel - it has all the benefits of a hotel with the privacy of small cottages. It really is a different experience and there is evident pride in how the team run this place. One note; it will take a while to get here from the motorway along winding roads.

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Liked best: Location and views, relaxed ambience, gorgeous gardens, lovely food
Liked least: Leaving
Visit was for: Romantic getaway
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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cardiff
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unique rest-cure at 5000 feet at Deux Abbesses”
Reviewed 16 June 2008 for a stay in May 2008
1
person found this review helpful

This hotel is unique: it is a lovingly (partially-) restored castle in the Massif Central in a hilltop hamlet which was becoming depopulated and which the owners are painstakingly restoring. The hamlet has only 20 or so residents but the hotel has acquired and renovated about a dozen village cottages and converted them to charming bedrooms and suites with beautiful rural views. The drink on arrival was particularly welcome and reviving. The attention to detail of the staff at all levels was charming, never intrusive. The cuisine was of the highest standard - never precious as it can be, just meticulous and better than a number of Relais Gourmands visited on our trip. The use of carefully selected local produce - linen, objets in the rooms, food - evidenced a justified pride in the region. Also a great stop on the way to or from Provence via the Massif including the new Norman Foster bridge at Millau. Very peaceful sojourn.

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Liked best: Unique restored village houses as rooms/suites. Attention to detail. Shower.
Visit was for: Romantic getaway
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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RJMLondon
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Wonderful honeymoon at Les Deux Abbesses”
Reviewed 15 March 2008 for a stay in August 2005
1
person found this review helpful

We had an amazing few days here on honeymoon. The village-as-hotel is a wonderful concept which they carry off with great style. A particular highlight was having breakfast each morning in the garden overlooking the gorgeous tree-covered valley below. Really a wonderful place to spend a few days.

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Visit was for: Honeymoon
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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