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Amphitryon
Edinburgh
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“Just the best!”
Reviewed 13 September 2012

My road biking partner and I stayed here in September as the first overnight stop on our cost to cost road biking trip and I cant recommend the place enough. Its set in the beautiful old part of town and the property itself is lovely, with the most charming rooms and the comunal areas and dining room are beautiful and very welcoming. We stayed in a twin room at the very top of the peoperty which was lovely with really comfortable beds, great shower and a beautiful view of the little square.

As for the hosts, you could not have asked more more charming, welcoming and helpful people and we spent the evening in their company as they prepared an amazing 5-6 course meal for us. The food was generous and very tasty and all served with generous helpings of the local wine. For breakfast we were fed a prober bikers breakfast that would keep us going for hours and also given some chocolate treats for the journey.

All in all we had a great stay at the the Amphitryon and would love to come back there, so much so that I would even consider traversing the Pyrenees on a bike again just to justify going back for another stay.

Very highly recomended.

Gunilla & Andy- September 2012

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

This was the one stop on our trip that we were somewhat unsure about, and it ended up being the most memorable. The accommodations were incredibly clean. The rooms were great size (more than enough room to sleep three guys), and the property was in a great location for exploring the city. Patrick and Corinne were extremely accommodating. The total combined French vocabulary of our group was probably limited to less than 10 words, and they made us feel extremely comfortable with their impeccable English, and friendly attitudes. The home made traditional French meal (prepared with all local food/ingredients) was fantastic, and is a must. They take the time to explain the relevance of each item to the area. The morning of our departure, we were headed to Pamplona, Spain. Patrick spent at least 30 minutes noting on a map for us, the most scenic route to take, including must see hikes and towns. We could not have asked for a more pleasant place to stay. Thank you Patrick and Corinne for a having such a wonderful bed and breakfast! I look forward to my return.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Guernsey
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

The perfect base for rides into the Pyrenees on our motorbike and walks into Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Our room was very spacious, clean and comfortable. Relaxing evenings, beginning with aperitifs in the garden, were shared with other guests and our hosts, Corinne and Patrick, who prepared delicious meals between them. Corinne and Patrick made everyone very welcome and we would certainly recommend the Amphitryon to anybody visiting the area.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Excellent in every way. Clean,comfortable accommodation with lovely evening meal shared with hosts Corinne & Patrick.Would be fine for lone travellers too as hosts are so welcoming & take care all guests are included in conversation at the table.Wonderful location for touring with motorbike. Would definately return to the area & to Amphitryon particularly.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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STOKE MANDEVILLE
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

Great location, easy access to the mountains and Spain.Then after a hard days touring to return to an evening with Patrick, Corinne and guests is so relaxing. Try speaking some French, or not as the hosts speak perfect English, but do join in at least once on your stay.
Patrick cooks the mains and Corinne specialises in the desserts. Good French cuisine.

We would like to return just to stay with Patrick and Corinne again let alone to revisit the stunning scenery in the area.
Merci beaucoup Patrick et Corinne, pour un sejour agreable.
Gary and viv

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo
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Reviewed 10 May 2012

(stayed late April 2012)
Patrick and Corine - a lovely couple who cares for their guests well. Great advice is provided also for sightseeing around town and driving routes. They were sweet to accommodate our early morning (breakfast from before the usual 0800 hour) as we need to head to golf in Pau (about 30 minutes' drive from Oloron St Marie.)

We had a communication breakdown as PC broke down at their side in the last finalisation stage of arrangement but glad that the Oloron tourism office also helped with confirming our mails correspondences and put us back on track. They waited for us upon arrival - French election day.

We enjoyed the homely atmosphere, meeting with other guests during dinner time - couples from Italy, other French towns and a pilgrim gentleman on his way to Santiago de Comspostella. The area is a very quiet area. There is a grocery shop 'across' the street for water, fruits and other basic needs, if needed to.

Location: Great area to be in to explore Vallee d'Aspe and other routes towards Peyrenees
Amenities: hair dryer, hand soap, towels
Room: cleaned every 2 days, warm, homely with nice design
Meals: Magnificently homely and organic, not to mention, above all delicious. Dinner time begins from 2030 hour. Brief introduction to local cheese and wines are also. Juracon wines are good.

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すごく優しいなご夫婦です。 食事は家庭ふうで、とても美味しい、健康です。 夕飯は夜の8時半からです。 一匹猫と一匹犬もいます。すごくおとなしいです。 できたら、9月ごろのほうが もっといい観光の月です。

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

Whilst researching Oloron-Saint-Marie, we came across l'Amphitryon Chambers & Table d'Hotes on the web. Whilst all the reviews of the property we could find were in French we decided after consulting our French/English dictionary, to take a chance on the opportunity to stay somewhere we could also enjoy local cuisine with the host/s. We booked for Saturday 14 Jan 2012. Well, what a find!! we are still talking about our stay now we are back in Australia - it is one of the stand out memories and evening meal of our month in France. Patrick and Corrine are exceptional hosts. Full of information and very easy to ask questions of and both are fantastic cooks. The meal of brushetta type entree, pan fried canard and seasonal vegetables and local style pie accompanied by regional wines and finished with a wonderful sheep's cheese. We went to bed feeling satisfied but not full. We will surely be back next time we are in France and Patrick will probably have to put up with our presence for a week!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Amphitryon

Property: Amphitryon
Address: 23 Place Saint Pierre, 64400, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Pyrenees-Atlantiques > Bearn-Basque Country > Bearn > Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our guest house is an ancient presbytery situated in the medieval quarter of OLORON STE MARIE. Possibility to relax in the parish priest'garden and to savour the fresh organic food ! Five rooms hight confort for a nice stay ... ... more   less 
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