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“Unique rest-cure at 5000 feet at Deux Abbesses”
Cottage 
La Grange 
Rural Loft: marble bathtub with a view
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Cottage 
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Rural Loft: marble bathtub with a view
View of the village on the hill
Large lighted building is Le Petit Couvent Cottage La Grange
Birchtree 4 poster bed
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84 reviews
Cottage 
La Grange 
Rural Loft: marble bathtub with a view
View of the village on the hill
Large lighted building is Le Petit Couvent
Cottage La Grange
Birchtree 4 poster bed
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Aerial view of the village of Saint Arcons d'Allier 
Far right: le Petit Couvent
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3 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Saint-Arcons-d Allier, Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes

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cardiff
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unique rest-cure at 5000 feet at Deux Abbesses”
Reviewed 16 June 2008 for a stay in May 2008
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This hotel is unique: it is a lovingly (partially-) restored castle in the Massif Central in a hilltop hamlet which was becoming depopulated and which the owners are painstakingly restoring. The hamlet has only 20 or so residents but the hotel has acquired and renovated about a dozen village cottages and converted them to charming bedrooms and suites with beautiful rural views. The drink on arrival was particularly welcome and reviving. The attention to detail of the staff at all levels was charming, never intrusive. The cuisine was of the highest standard - never precious as it can be, just meticulous and better than a number of Relais Gourmands visited on our trip. The use of carefully selected local produce - linen, objets in the rooms, food - evidenced a justified pride in the region. Also a great stop on the way to or from Provence via the Massif including the new Norman Foster bridge at Millau. Very peaceful sojourn.

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Liked best: Unique restored village houses as rooms/suites. Attention to detail. Shower.
Visit was for: Romantic getaway
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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RJMLondon
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Wonderful honeymoon at Les Deux Abbesses”
Reviewed 16 March 2008 for a stay in August 2005
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person found this review helpful

We had an amazing few days here on honeymoon. The village-as-hotel is a wonderful concept which they carry off with great style. A particular highlight was having breakfast each morning in the garden overlooking the gorgeous tree-covered valley below. Really a wonderful place to spend a few days.

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Visit was for: Honeymoon
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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English_I...
Valencian Country, Spain
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Not your standardised business hotel”
Reviewed 17 December 2007 for a stay in July 2007
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person found this review helpful

This place is just fab. We stayed there for 2 days and didn't want to leave. Its calm and the area is beautiful. We spent hours on a swing in the garden reading and listening to the rapids hundreds of meters below.
Much of the town is still a ruin – but this just adds to the charm. The rooms all vary and are quirky to say the least. English was spoken. The food was great (and inclusive) and we liked not having to choose (you get what you are given). It was like living on a liner, just one at the top of a steep hill. I normally I only like minimalist chic but I could live there forever.

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Liked best: Location and atmosphere
Visit was for: Romantic getaway
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Karen198
West Sussex, England
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing”
Reviewed 21 October 2007 for a stay in September 2007
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person found this review helpful

I chanced across the website for this hotel whilst looking for places to stay during a trip to France. It looked absolutely amazing and I can honestly say that it fully lived up to expectations. It is quite unlike anywhere we have stayed before. All the rooms are in restored houses within the tiny village in the hills of the Auvergne, whilst the reception, salon and dining room are in the main hotel building.

We stayed in the Atelier du Peintre - basically an attic room with a very comfortable four-poster bed and a huge bathroom. The views from the terrace (where breakfast would have been served had it not been unseasonably cold!) were spectacular. A five-course dinner was included in our package and was of the same high quality as the rest of our stay. There is also a swimming pool and massage service, which we unfortunately did not have time to take advantage of.

This is a luxury hotel and not cheap, but it's not at all stuffy and well worth the experience - even if you only stay for one night as we did.

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Liked best: Friendly luxury
Liked least: Nothing!
Visit was for: Romantic getaway
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Denis75Pa...
Paris
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent”
Reviewed 4 September 2007 for a stay in August 2007
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person found this review helpful

We have stayed at Les Deux Abbesses for 4 nights, in the so-called La Maison Blanche house.
This stay was excellent on all aspects. First of all, the charm of the village is outstanding and the surrounding view is astonishing. The whole village is eprfectly manucured and maintained, making it a pleasure to wander around, just like cruising the corridors of an in-house palace... but it is outdoors!
The decoration of the houses and the castle is great, with very nice details, yet restraint and fit with the rural background.
The level of service is excellent, from morning and breakfast to after dinner drinks in the salon. The food is gorgeous, with creativity (foie gras with scallop, eggs with cepes), yet respect for the local terroir.
The hotel also has itineraries to drive through the very beautiful landscapes of the surroundings. Many different things to discover.
I would definitely go there again and strongly recommend.

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Visit was for: Romantic getaway
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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