The Michelin Guide is fairly dismissive of Sarlat, but we found it charming and full of medieval gems. It also had a ring of authenticity which some other medieval towns in the Dordogne definitely lack. The farmers market on Wednesday, when the narrow pedestrian streets of the old town are thronged with people, dogs, and stallholders is a chaotic delight.
We had wanted to stay close to the town itself, but were genuinely surprised when we found that our internet booking of the Cote Jardin had brought us to within a few yards of the town centre. The hotel is almost hidden away, but just off the town centre car park at the Place Pasteur. It has no car parking of its own, and careful timing is required to make use of the pay-to-stay car park without penalty charges. But this, and the fact that payment by VISA proved impossible, were the only downsides.
The hotel (more accurately a "Chambre d'Hote") nestles within a secluded garden, with the guest accommodation in outbuildings and a pine chalet, all with views over the charming garden and terrace. The accommodation and facilities were spotless, tasteful, and thoughtful. Even a box of cotton buds was provided in the bathroom. Tables in the garden courtyard provide a relaxed spot for reading, or a glass of wine, or simply watching the garden birds attracted to the foliage.
Michelle, our host, could not have been more helpful and considerate. As we arrived a little weary, she insisted on bringing coffee out to the garden to revive us, and we were greeted not as strangers, but as friends, and certainly felt treated as such throughout our stay. Breakfast, taken in the charming dining room of the main house, was among the best we have had in France, and very good value.
This hotel is a real hidden treasure.
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