Located half-way between Bordeaux and Toulouse in the Lot-et-Garonne department, the three-star Hotel des Chênes is a perfect off-the-beaten-track destination for those looking to get away from it all, wherever the “it”.
Perched on a hillside above the market town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, L’Hotel des Chênes*** is superbly placed for visitors seeking a welcoming home base from which to visit this lovely area. With its back to an old oak (chêne) wood, the superb views take in both the hillcrest bastide of Pujols (500m away) and a swooping panorama down the valley to the horizon.
Your hosts, Patricia and Philippe Gout, provide the sort of welcome international visitors are so keen to find here: smiling, informative, and simply happy to have you, whether for a night or a fortnight.
The Hotel is a model of hospitality and comfort, and a haven of peace, with tastefully decorated bedrooms, well-thought out common spaces and a swimming pool. Contemporary luxuries include wireless Internet access*, Modem connection*, and the inevitable TV.
Eating, but seeing and doing as well! Adjacent to the hotel, which only provides breakfasts, is an excellent restaurant, La Toque Blanche. The two establishments propose special Gourmet Weekend breaks (see below).
Nearby Pujols also offers good eating places, particularly the Villa Smeralda and the Auberge Lou Calel. This is the heart of France’s “market garden” , so good food and the culinary arts are part of the region’s multiple charms
Patricia speaks good English, while both she and Philippe are happy to vaunt the merits of all that’s worth seeing, tasting and doing in and around the Lot-et-Garonne départment (county).