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Aux Jardins des Thevenets
Ranked #2 of 7 Vichy B&B and Inns
UK
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33 reviews
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“Almost Perfect”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Lynn and Olivier are exceptionally warm hosts and their South African and French styles marry beautifully together in the house's decor.

Renovations of further outbuildings are planned I gather and if the stylish pool and self-contained restored pigeonnier are anything to go by, will be exceptional.

Our room 'Blanche' was large and comfortable (apart from lumpy pillows) with a slipper bath in its en suite. Unusual these days not to have some sort of smellies in your bathroom such as shower gel/bubble bath/shampoo/shower cap...even in B&B's not this 'up-market'. It would also have been nice to have glasses and perhaps a carafe of water.

Breakfast was jolly as it is taken with other guests so lots of happy chatting over warm croissants and great jams! We were sorry not to sample Lynn's cooking, which everyone was raving about, but she recommended an excellent restaurant in Vichy, which is just minutes away.

Their is a resident cat...just a word of warning if you are allergic as it does like to visit the bedrooms. And keep your windows closed if you don't want to be inundated with moths!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

As always we make a stop on our way to the south of France. This year we stayed one night in this restbathing place and it was the best stop we ever made.
Lynn and Olivier make you feel right at ease by simply being themselves.
The garden that surrounds the restored buildings is full of wildflowers which gives the whole even more charm.
This is a place I will tell all my friends about.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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West Sussex
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

We have only recently returned to England after a wonderful trip through France and Spain. We visited Aux Jardins des Thevenets on our way through and it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The location is exceptional and the house and grounds look beautiful after being lovingly and artistically restored by Lynn and Olivier. We had a really warm welcome and immediately felt at home in this beautiful old house. We stayed in the Rouge room which was fabulous with a very comfortable bed and lovely bathroom. We were really lucky as Lynn cooked the most amazing meal that evening which we shared with other guests, the food, wine and the company were terrific, Lynn and Olivier are wonderful hosts. We had to move on the next day, sadly, but we have some lovely memories of a perfect stay including a delicious breakfast to send us on our way. Thank you both very much, you are exceptional hosts and it is so good to read the other reviews showing how much all your guests have appreciated the time and work that you put into making their stay so enjoyable. Also, Lynn, a very big thank you once again for finding and returning my purse, I am so very grateful to you for all your help.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

We had a fantastic night here. Beautiful location and a really special place full of fascinating and quirky artworks in a wonderfully restored home. We were in the Rouge room which was peaceful and really comfortable. But what made our stay so memorable was Lynn and Olivier's warmth, charm and hospitality. The food was delicious and the wine copious! Our breakfast was the best we had on our entire holiday and we met some really fun and interesting people.
Despite being on crutches I was also able to sample the delights of the lovely pool.
Without doubt this was the best stay of our holiday and we'll be back.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

This is our second visit to this wonderful place. Lynn and Olivier are the most genuine people and made us feel so welcome. Their home has a lovely feeling to it and tastefully decorated.
Lynn creates delicious dinner and great breakfast. All the guests were entertained with pre-dinner drinks and we have thoroughly enjoyed each others company.
We will be going back to our house in South of France in September and cannot wait to visit
Aux Jardins des Thevenets. Merci Beaucoup Lynn et Olivier.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

We had a very special 'last night' in France with Lynn and Olivier. The weather was awful outside (in May!) but we had a delicious dinner by the open fire and were looked after so well, we forgot about the rain! The rooms are beautifully furnished and the beds so comfortable! We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have already booked to return again in August...and this time stay for long enough to explore more of the local area...hopefully in more clement weather. We really can't recommend this place more highly!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Staplehurst, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2013

A long drive from Calais to Barcelona was broken with an idyllic overnight stop at this fantastic property. Lynn and Olivier were so welcoming!! The house is extremely comfortable, furnished with love and full of really interesting arty bits and pieces. The highlight of the stay was the hospitality - pre-dinner drinks and fabulous homemade nibbles with the other guests outside the wisteria clad farmhouse - followed by a wonderful 4 course dinner cooked by Lynn. English, German, French guests plus the owners found bits of forgotten language to discuss everything and nothing! It was a genuinely memorable evening. Of course, breakfast the next morning was equally high quality with the best croissants I've ever tasted. THIS PLACE IS A GEM. Cannot recommend highly enough.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Aux Jardins des Thevenets
Address: Chemin des Thevenets | Espinasse-Vozelle, 03110 Vichy, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Allier > Vichy
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Vichy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The renovation of this 17th and 19th century homestead allowed for the installation of five bedrooms each with on-suite bathrooms. All rooms are tastefully decorated with a mixture of old and new. The walls are doted with numerous South African and French artists and in summer we exhibit artist in our house and around the pool. One of the outbuildings that housed horse-drawn carriages in the 19th century, today is home to a beautiful pool. This all, surrounded by 9 ha of woods and fields conducted organically, will allow you to spent a quiet relaxed moment not even 10 minutes from the spa town of Vichy.Your total wellbeing is our aim. ... more   less 
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