Had a lovely time at Altamica, which was our base for exploring the Puy-de-Dome area. The hosts were very accommodating of our later-than-typical-French schedule. Catherine was also very observant of our preferences--for example, she thoughtfully brought more homemade rhubarb jam when she saw that we decimated it the prior morning. She was very patient with my basic French, and generally interesting to chat with. The rooms are nicely updated with trendy decor, and guests have access to a small exercise room as well as the shared breakfast room. For some reason, we did not find the bed to be very comfortable. Also, we found it awkward that the toilet room was so far away from the sink/shower room (this is odd for most Americans). The small town of Cournon d'Auvergne is very sleepy at night, but it is easily accessible to Clermont-Ferrand if one seeks more dining/culture options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Altamica is a bed and breakfast in Cournon d'Auvergne, city close Clermont Ferrand, capital of Auvergne. 45 Minutes drive from le puy de Sancy, highest mountain of Auvergne, 10 minutes from the zenith, the big hall. Several buildings constitute this wine grower's ancient house, in the old village, around a quiet and discreet inner courtyard. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Altamica Auvergne, France