The approach, through what amounts to an uninspiring housing estate, is not auspicious. Our anxiety grew until we spotted the large pillars and the manoir itself, set above and apart from its modern neighbours in a large garden. Our room was also large and the en suite bathroom, too, with bath and strong shower - and loads of hot water. Everywhere was immaculately clean and the bed warm and comfortable. It's obvious that the owners have personally put in a lot of hard graft to make this house into a quality B&B and they have succeeded. It's not a 4-star hotel, so there's no pool and no satellite TV in the rooms, but there is a good wi-fi connection, tea/coffee/kettle/hairdryer and, being out of the town itself, ample free parking. Breakfast is served in what is definitely the best room in the house: very ancestral with beams, a huge dining table and even huger inglenook. Breakfast is of course French: croissants and pain chocolat (plural), baguette, jams, yoghurt. Most importantly the owners set out to be helpful. When we asked about walking to town - which seemed a long way - Frances immediately marked out a route on a map that was considerably shorter. When we had to abandon this because it was too darned wet to walk (it rained practically the whole time), she told us where to park for free (Intermarche, so off road and safe) and then walk into the centre. When we returned, literally dripping, Frances put our jeans and jackets in the boiler room to dry. We were there for four nights for the accordion festival and fabulous fun it was. Most guests are apparently French but on the first night we shared a very tasty table d'hote meal (18 euros for two courses inc aperitif and wine) with another couple of Brits with whom we got on famously. The evening ended particularly well when - and joined by our hosts - we helped them down their bottle of champagne and we reciprocated with some Armagnac (I had to buy another to bring home!). We plan to be back next year for the accordions and I can't think why we would bother looking for somewhere different to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manoir XV - probably the oldest and most beautiful privately owned property in Tulle, is also a stunning Chambres d'hotes. Fully renovated and centrally heated, offering 2 lovely double bedrooms, 1 twin and 1 single - free WIFI it boats an impressive 550 year old history, and an intriguing association with King Louis XV. Just 3 minutes from the Town centre on the north periphery, enjoying a countryside position set in 3H of gardens and parkland with space for ample free - private parking. Correze is an ideal base to explore SW France and borders the regions of the Dordogne, Lot, Cantal and Puy de dome. Ian & Frances Black welcome you to Manoir XV - The oldest and most beautiful privately owned property in Tulle, is also a stunning Chambres & Tables d'hotes. Fully renovated and centrally heated, offering 4 lovely double bedrooms - it boasts an impressive 550 year old history, and an intriguing association with King Louis XV. Just 3 minutes from the Town centre on the north periphery, enjoying a countryside position set in 3H of gardens and parkland with space for ample free - private parking. Correze is an ideal base to explore SW France and borders the regions of the Dordogne, Lot, Cantal and Puy de dome. ... more less
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- Manoir XV Domaine De Peyrafort France/Tulle