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“It took an English couple to restore our faith in French Food”

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Auberge de Chassignolles
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“It took an English couple to restore our faith in French Food”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

This was an overnight stay on way down to Spain but I would have gladly stayed on for much longer and am looking forward to our return. The welcome was excellent with drinks on the terrace, the dinner was superb starting with a selection of local cured meats followed by rabbit in mustard sauce followed by local cheeses and pudding, washed down with a lovely red wine from the region recommended by Harry, can't remember the name. Rooms are clean and bright with all you need. The location is remote and very tranquil, in the centre of a forest with sufficient altitude to make the evenings cool, no need of air-con. There are no superlatives to describe the quality of this establishment, we enjoyed it more than most 5 star hotels at a fraction of the price. Breakfast was equally good with local foods, meats, cheese and pastries. This is a must visit for anybody who enjoys proper cooking...

Room Tip: Room 1 was good for us, church clocks wakes you at 7 am...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

My partner and I only spent one night here but I think about this place more often than most hotels we've stayed in for weeks. It's beautifully hidden away, evening walks around the countryside are really special and our meal at the end of the night was something we both still talk about. Just don't make the same mistake we made and leave the next day! We'd thoroughly recommend 3 nights minimum and not to miss this wonderful hotel and family.

Room Tip: We overlooked the village church / square and this was especially nice.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

The fact that we were recommended this place by the cheesemakers at Neal's Yard and the fact that the proprietor of the Auberge used to cook at the Anchor and Hope in The Cut, which was were my wife and I went for our first formal date, gave us to expect that the food would be something we would enjoy. We weren't wrong.

As I saw in an earlier review, "nothing fancy schmancy" about AdeC.

5 course set meal, with flexibility for the fussy eaters amongst us (wifey is a pescatarian;-) Eur25 and the food is GREAT!!

Breakfasts were also super but dinner is the star. Wine list is sourced from far and wide with a strong bias towards organic but Harry will talk you through it and we thought it was excellent.

Rooms are basic but very clean. Area is very quiet but made for hiking and biking (AdeC has bikes to borrow), both literally from the back door. The area, if you explore a little, is beautiful.

Overall, this was an incredibly relaxing weekend with the enormous bonus of truly memorable food to enjoy. I have no hesitation in recommending AdeC to anyone who likes a quiet weekend away with great food.

Room Tip: We had a double overlooking the square with a great view. Good choice.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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preston
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

we arrived really late at night due to the car over heating and the satnav not working properly we had booked in for evening meal so wasnt really expecting anything, we were greeted by the staff and the owner who were charming nothing was too much trouble, we were offered drinks and after showing us our room to freshen up we were given the most beautiful four course meal with wine and a friendly atmosphere. our room was lovely overlooking the square and the bed really comfortable the Auberge was a beautiful french experience after a long day we will definitely be returning next year on our trvels and hopefully arrive in time to increase the lovely experience. value for money was also comendable as whilst you can buy good produce which they obviously have but hospitality of that standard is very genuine

Room Tip: i think they would all be lovely as the decor was rustic and shabby chic all through which added to...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

This is a dream of a place, touched with genius. Harry Lester and Ali Johnson have created something really special - a perfect recreation of a small and remote French inn, comfortable and relaxed and using superlative local produce to cook the most wonderful meals. By chance the weekend we were there they had organised a fete du vin. A group of passionate growers and makers of natural wines from across Europe took their places at a stand in the square and dispensed endless samples throughout the hot afternoon. The Auberge produced a lunch of home-made hot-dogs, an enormous vat of tripe soup, salad, bread, cheese. Then the musicians started playing - jazzy Auvergnois tunes. In the evening several hundred people arrived for the 'repas des vignerons', cramming themselves on long tables to work their way through five delicious courses as the vignerons put bottle after bottle before them. The musicians played on. Children and dogs wandered about. It was magic. One of our fellow guests, the wine writer Fiona Beckett, has pictures on her blog: http://winemadenaturally.blogspot.fr/2012/08/fete-du-vin-chassignolles-small-but.html Downsides? Well, it's only open in summer. And it's slightly too perfectly placed as a stopover for Brits heading south to their second homes.So there is a slight north-London dinner party feel to the conversation: I think we were the only guests unable to open the bidding with: "We're on way to our house in the Languedoc..." But, hey, who cares when you're in a place as smashing as this.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

We stayed as a couple, as part of a party of eleven. The Auberge is in an almost incredible location, a genuinely tiny village in rural France surrounded by woodland. There is not even anything like a town within walking distance - rather, the village square is visited by a mobile butcher on Saturdays and a mobile bakery on Sundays. Quite possibly a mobile Tabac comes Thursday, we didn't stay a full week ; )

The dinners are generous and delicious (as is the wine), and we couldn't believe how little the four-night stay had cost us considering what we had. We also appreciated the library room, well-stocked with various kinds of books.

The rooms are simple but lovely. There are no TVs and like another reviewer we appreciated this. But it's worth mentioning.

Cons? The charming Church just across the small square (which is justifiably proud of its original 12th Century madonna-and-child figurine) sounds the hour, twice every hour from 7am til late evening and gets ringing at what felt like random intervals in between. You get used to it quickly, but we thought it was going to drive us mad on the first night.

The dining area suffers from summer flies at breakfast time (best to bring your food onto the veranda).

Shops are a significant distance away, especially if you're on foot, but that's part of the charm. If you're a smoker pack cigarettes and you'll probably be a hit with some of the other guests straight away!

None of those things spoiled our stay to any degree. This was a lovely experience at an exceptionally good rate.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Arundel
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

The auberge is in a very pretty village in a beautiful area with spectacular views. The atmosphere is convivial and relaxed, making it feel like you're staying with friends who have some other guests. It is very comfortable but not smart. We were there for one night, and enjoyed a wonderful 5 course meall and wine. Harry is knowledgeable about wine, and has an interesting selection. Breakfast was excellent - home made jams and yoghurt with lovely bread and other options of cereal, fruit etc.
We used one of the walk maps provided to stroll round the countryside.
All in all most enjoyable and extremely good value.

Room Tip: Our room was at the front - lovely and light with spectacular views.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Auberge de Chassignolles
Address: le Bourg, 43440 Chassignolles, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Loire > Chassignolles
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Chassignolles
Number of rooms: 8

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