Friday, 31 July 2015

Hotel Le Troubadour, Belveyre, near Rocamadour, France

  1. Secluded, quiet and boasting extensive grounds overlooking rolling countryside, Hotel Le Troubadour is both comfortable and well-equipped. Next to the original farmhouse, which dates from the 18th-century, is a relatively new, but sympathetic, two-storey block with a tall slate roof. Built in stone and wood in keeping with local architecture, this well-designed block has a large terrace, ideal for watching the sun set, and houses ten en-suite guest rooms. Although they aren't very spacious, these rooms are both tasteful and robust. They have oak floors, solid furniture, WiFi access, good showers and overlook the heated outdoor swimming pool. In the grounds, you'll find a barn converted into apartments and another ancient farm building, now hosting a pool table, alongside its original bread oven. 

An excellent continental breakfast is served in the old farmhouse. It features large and fresh croissants and baguettes, plentiful and decent coffee, served with warm milk, plus appealing cold meats and cheeses. There is also an array of tempting pastries, cakes, yoghurts, fresh fruit, fruit compote and orange juice. A well-run and well-kept establishment, Hotel Le Troubadour makes a good base for exploring nearby Rocamadour (a mile or two away) and the picturesque countryside in this part of the Dordogne.  8/10