The difference is palpable when you check into a family run hotel. Here at La Croix d’Or, there is a sense of pride in their history involving three generations and a tradition of hospitality for travellers dating from the 17th century that they have carried on in the same spirit. For La Croix d’Or was an important coaching inn then and it still serves as a comfortable staging post for tourists and business people as they journey across France.
The rooms are clean, though rather dark. Some are on the ground floor overlooking the garden with a path running by, so ask specifically if you would prefer to be on the floor above.
The restaurant and bar are delightfully set out and decorated with fresh flowers, pottery and several unusual, shining cooking utensils made in the nearby town of Villedieu-les-Poêles.
Dinner was very good, carefully managed and paced so that those on business who wanted a simple dinner, went through more quickly than those who wanted to relax and enjoy the delicious cooking.
We began with a brochette de lotte (monkfish), followed respectively by well cooked and presented sole and bar, finishing our meal with refreshing sorbets.
The hotel has private parking, always a plus when travelling with cases.
NB Just as well to be on the lookout along the pathway to the restaurant from the rear of the hotel as there is a slightly worrying step, which, though lit, could be missed after a good meal! Some sort of warning of this could be useful, as could a notice asking guests to think of other guests and keep their voices down as they walk along the path.
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