Received 2 night Cheque Cadeau present within Relais et Chateax collection and chose to stay there - inspired decision! A bit out of our way and the pictures on the website looked a bit of a fantasy but worth it, the reality does match up. Style laid back - had to go looking for someone to check-in but our welcome by Thierry who came to reception was friendly, efficient and helpful and the room we were shown into was spacious, attractive with bathroom and toilet concealed behind doors shelved as bookcases. No lift but only 1 floor up. Bed comfortable - only downside no air-con but there was a fan in the room which we used. The grounds are well laid out to cater for children not just adults with play areas as well as table tennis, tennis court and swimming pool where we chilled out for the intervening day. Car parking within hotel grounds.
We would love to return in the autumn/winter as the public rooms looked really comfortable but we really only passed through them. Not sure what to do in the area round and about though.
A key factor in choosing the Hostellerie was that it mentioned its chef (not that we knew his name) in the guidebook which we took to be a good sign food-wise. We dined off the residents' menu - 6 entrees, 6 mains and 6 deserts (+ cheese course and coffee) so plenty of choice - and several intervening tasters, amuse-bouche whatever! And a different wine with every course. The food itself was absolutely wonderful - arguably the best meals my wife and I have ever eaten anywhere (the same Thierry is the chef). First night we were candle-lit on the terrace the second inside as a thunderstorm was looming. Both beautiful settings and the service was as good as the food, plus friendly and unfussy. Breakfast very smartly presented and baking also done on the premises. So much to eat that we missed out lunch to ensure we could do justice to dinner on the second night!
Everything about the hotel was pleasing but the food was exceptional - if you'rea foodie then go!
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- Hostellerie Saint-Jacques Hotel Saint-Saud-Lacoussiere