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Auberge du Bon Fermier
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Valenciennes
Certificate of Excellence
London England
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85 reviews
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“Good Stop Over”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We were looking for a stopover on our way south and Valenciennes seemed as good a spot as any and the Auberge Du Bon Fermier looked intriguing being a period building.
The accommodation was a good size and the building certainly had character but because it is a period building you do not get bags of luxury not that we expected it. We had a very pleasant meal, even picking up an idea for a dish to try when we got home. Parking in the area was difficult to find but the hotel does offer secure parking on request. Overall a good overnight stop.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Visited for Easter 2014, and found the hotel exceeded expectations.

Family run premises and that comes through from every member of staff. Very atttentive and always willing to help/offer advice.

The room was very nicely decorated and large in size. Beautiful separate bathroom and very comfortable bed.

But the highlight of the trip had to be the restaurant and the food. The Roast pork is one of the specialities of the restaurant which I would highly recommend but other options on the menu come highly recommended as well.

I can't talk highly enough of the whole experience - highly recommend

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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bonfermier, Propriétaire at Auberge du Bon Fermier, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
thank you for your pleasant testimony that encourages all staff to persevere
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

After reading reviews I had high hopes for this place. The building itself is lovely and somewhat of an oasis in Valenciennes and the restaurant is in a great room with a lovely atmosphere. Our bedroom was adequate but poorly decorated and needed a general make over. The food was at best average, it reminded me of school dinners which was very disappointing but was accompanied by a good bottle of wine. Breakfast was cold croissants and various other things but again could be so much better.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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reigate
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

having travelled extensively in France over the last 40 years the selection and quality of the food must rank amongst the best food we have had anywhere in France.The staff were all very helpfull and nothing appeared too much trouble.The hotel has reserved spaces in secure car park just over the road.The 17th century building is quite superb,the dining room is I am sure quite unique with its cobbled floor and the bedrooms give you a feeling of times gone by with a modern touch.We will definitely return

Room Tip: our room at the rear of the building looked out over the park and was very quiet
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We booked here for last June, but have waited to review until now for two reasons. Firstly we wanted to write when we were not so angry, and secondly we had hoped that the owner may have contacted us as was promised by the night staff.

The decor and cleanliness of this place cannot be faulted. However, we booked two rooms, one smelled of stagnant water. The facilities in the rooms are tatty and tired to say the least. There was no hot water before dinner, but we did not complain and headed off for what proved to be the most disappointing meal we have ever endured. The staff were rude and clearly could not be bothered with us. The food was just awful. All four meals ordered were un imaginative, poorly cooked and badly presented.

Returning to our room for a bath and an early night, we still had no hot water. Now it was time to complain! There were only three rooms in the hotel booked and two of them we know had no hot water. The owner/manager made excuses and promised hot water, it never came! There was never an apology.

We thought it could not get worse. The noise in the village was awful and we could not sleep. Eventually things outside boiled over to the point that there were vandals throwing things at the hotel and smashing up the street.

Our car was parked outside the hotel as the hotel had been unable to provide the garage booked when we made our reservation. We immediately went to reception to discover the night staff had all the doors locked and refused to let us out. He clearly was also scared. We were told not to worry, but the police were coming. Beyond the responsibility of the hotel? We would have thought so until the night staff told us "it is always the same!" We left at 3am, feeling that it was the only way to ensure the safety of ourselves and our property. If bad service, cold water, rudeness and no sleep warrant a good hotel, then this place would be excellent! Don't be fooled by the super photos and great window boxes. The basics are missing!

Room Tip: Based on our experience, there is no good room!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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bonfermier, Propriétaire at Auberge du Bon Fermier, responded to this review, 28 August 2013
Google Translation
madame, monsieur, le réel problème vous concernant, c'est que votre superbe voiture toute neuve avec sa galerie qui dépassait 2.10m ne pouvait rentrer dans le parking qui vous était bien réservé. Le 21 juin, en France, c'est la fête de la musique avec tous les avantages et les désagréments d'une telle fête, beaucoup de monde autour de votre véhicule, garé pour vous être agréable devant l'hôtel avec le réceptionniste de nuit pour la surveiller.
Vous êtes vous même propriétaire de gîtes en Suisse, comme vous nous l'avez dit. Merci pour ces commentaires élogieux (de la part d'un collègue compréhensif ) qui arrivent sur le net deux mois et demi après votre passage. J'ai bien compris que le caractère authentique de cette vieille bâtisse ne vous a pas séduit, de même que les remises pour la gène du bruit occasionné par la fête de la musique.
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

When several of our approved "corporate" hotels were unable to accommodate me in Valenciennes, I decided to give Auberge du Bon Fermier a try. I had eaten at their restaurant (which is among the best in the region), and loved the feeling of being transported back in time. The property once served as an inn, a place where stage coaches and travellers would spend the night, rest and feed their horses, and delight in a warm hearty meal by the fireplace.

I was given "Room F" on the floor immediately above the restaurant. The rooms were clean, very spacious, and arranged as it might have been 400 years ago. Creaky, hardwood floors, tiled ceramic bathroom, antique furniture, and modest decorations, all added to the sense of authenticity. The staff, which is the same folks that run the restaurant, were very helpful and friendly. At 89€ nite, the stay is well worth the stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

The Auberge du Bon Fermier is a very small hotel, so you are treated as a person (we asked for advice about where to buy cheese, and a special phone call was made to find the name of a local farmer.) The rooms are large and very comfortable, with wonderful wooden ceilings and the original windows and fireplaces. The restaurant is so good that we ate there for the three nights we stayed: the prices are average for the town, and they use local produce. You can watch them cooking the sucking pig on a spit in front of the fire and grilling their beef, but they also serve the finest kidneys I have eaten in France, and the freshest scallops. If you want a sense of what Europe was like at the time of the first US colonies the rooms and the courtyard of this Auberge give you that feel, the staff speak excellent English, and even if you are just looking for a superb meal at a half of New York or London prices, this is the place. And the wine list is outstanding, not too long to exhaust the reader, but every bottle chosen with care by people who care about quality, and don't ask an arm and a leg for the pleasure of serving it to their guests.

Room Tip: On the street side a light sleeper can hear traffic, though it is a small one way street. Otherwise...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Auberge du Bon Fermier
Address: 64 rue de Famars, 59300, Valenciennes, France
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Region: France > Hauts-de-France > Nord > Valenciennes
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Valenciennes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfortably established after four hundred years of existence.All spruced up, it offers its Henry IV style, interpreted with regional inspiration in its proportions, harmoniously decorated in total respect for the region and its history.When Louis XIV made his “joyful return” to Valenciennes in August 1680, the Auberge was called “A la Ville de Troyes”. A souvenir of the great fairs of Champagne, with the travellers, salesmen and drapers stopping in our town to rest and restore their strength.in the hearth, there would be capons and haunches of meat roasting with a stew bubbling in fat jugs, swaying with the bawdy songs which barely covered the sounds of horses and their hooves on the round paving stones in the courtyard.The inn had a great reputation; Jacques Fontaine managed the establishment until 1701 and its successors’ were still roasting in the fireplace in 1789. ... more   less 
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