We spent a two night break at the Auberge having bought a special deal on a 'deal' website. We went with few high expectations but were very pleasantly surprised. About a year ago the hotel was refurbished, extended and reopened after a three year closure. There are rooms in an annexe over a bridge over the pretty little River Durdent. Most there are suites - bedroom, bathroom and lounge with tv. It was perfect for us as we had been able to take our little dog. Just outside our room was a large outdoor spa/jacuzzi which we enjoyed under a starry sky. What bliss!
The decor is slightly bizarre - a modern Thai theme everywhere - and the bathrooms very well equipped with jacuzzi facilties but a poor designed use of space. (Thai meals are available by request) but everywhere is so clean and well maintained. Breakfast is a pretty basic, no frills affair, but adequate. Evening meals were of a high standard in terms of quality and cuisine and we enjoyed them very much. At first we thought the staff could have been a little more cheery and less formal but soon the proprietor showed his warmer and more welcoming side.His English is excellent.The young waiter/assistant was very correct and formal but more warmth would enhance the experience. Such formality does not suit the convivial and pretty surrounding. The area does not immediately offer much for the tourist to see. This was once the linen/flax area of France. It is still grown but the manufacturing side has all but died and with it the purpose of many of the towns and villages. But the coast, and especially Dieppe, are close enough with plenty to explore.
The main drawback we found was that we like to sleep with windows open but when the only airways are french doors this poses a safety problem - or at least its not so easy to be relaxed about it. It could be helped by having small safety chains fitted.
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