One of the most beautiful medieval village in France is Vezelay, where Benedictines build a beautiful abbey in 10-11 century. The second and third crusades started in this small picturesque place. There are a few hotels in and nearby but Val En Sel B/B is a very special place. It is located at the end of a small beautiful village St Pere which is not far from Vezelay. BB itself is a 18-19 century small chateau surrounded by two beautiful gardens.
One is a French formal garden and another is a former vegetable garden or "potage" converted by Dominique, the owner of B&B, into a flower garden. This flower garden, semi-formal and semi-overgrown, adds to the whole place a fantastic fairytale feeling of a sleeping beauty, where time is slows and you enjoy every instance of it.
We stayed in the Yellow room which had windows to both sides of the building: one was opening to the inner courtyard and another was directly above the second garden. It is truly difficult to find a more beautiful room with a view. Our yellow room was spacious, light, comfortable and had large bathroom with shower.
The owner of the place Dominique, whose ancestors build this place, is an embodiment of hospitality. Upon our arrival we were offered wine, while making acquaintance and discussing plans, and then a bottle of Burgundy wine for our improvised dinner. In the mornings we were given fantastic breakfasts with fresh croissants, ham, cheese, yogurt, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and the most delicious raspberry jam we tried in France. Dominique assisted us with our travel plans, giving us advices what to see, when to see at the best light of the day and how to reach our destination. Besides Vezelay, to where you can actually walk, B& B is perfectly located for touring Burgundian villages and some chateaus. It is also very convenient for investigating Morvan however we unfortunately did not have enough time for it. Three days that we spend in Val En Sel last September were absolutely unforgettable, especially seating in lounge chairs in one of the flower garden with a glass of local wine after a pleasant day of sightseeing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 2 km from Vezelay, Val Sel is a charming eighteenth century manor surrounded by extensive gardens listed among the most luxury private gardens of France.In the quiet wing, reserved for guests, the 3 rooms and 2 family suite are decorated with antique furniture, a beautiful collection of engravings and antiques that create an atmosphere authentic and refined ... more less