Old romantic Hotel in France
Hotel Ranc or Hotel du Parc
Built in 1926, l'Hotel du Parc experienced its great era in the 30s , when the rich families came from Cannes, Nice and Marseille to enjoy the fresh and healthy air of La Bastide-Puylaurent ( at an altitude of 1024m ) to escape the summer heat of the Cote d'Azur , taking the direct train "Le Cevenol" to the highest station in the moutains of Lozere fishing for trout in the Allier river, picking mushrooms in the woods surrounding the Abbey of Notre Dame des Neiges and to walk in this unique village of summer residences, family hotels and stylish week-end houses of the wealthy years.
The architecture of the old Hotel Ranc is really well conceived; stylish, spacious, pleasant, luminous, airy, and comfortable and with magnificent grounds bordering the Allier river, the limit between the department of Lozere (Languedoc-Roussillon) and Ardeche (Rhone-Alpes), further north joining the Loire river. The Allier rises about 14 km away at the top of the Moure de la Gardille on the water divide near Chasserades . The GR7 passes by the source before leading on to the Cevennes and the Pyrenees.
Since 1991, Philippe Papadimitriou has been sailing in the adventure of converting the hotel into a comfortable guesthouse. Hikers come in large numbers to discover the region along the GR7, GR72, GR70 Stevenson Trail, GR700 Regordane way, the Margeride, Roujanel, Montagne Ardechoise, Tanargue and Cevenol hiking circuits.
It’s an ideal spot for a relaxing stay; a number of short hikes and biking tours and many interesting sites to discover such as the medieval village of La Garde-Guerin, Notre Dame des Neiges Abbey, the fortified village of Pradelles, the spa of St Laurent les Bains, Thines, Puylaurent, Loubaresse, Montselgues, les Vans, Le Puy en Velay. The Borne river and the Gorges of Chassezac are a paradise for swimming.
The atmosphere in L'Etoile is restful, relaxing and homely. A piano tune, a blaze in the fireplace, a good Belgian beer, the smell of homemade bread and a few comfortable basket chairs for discussion or reading. Unless you are charmed by the lovely weather , you can sit in the grounds under the shade of the lime tree, and listen to the song of the Allier. In the evening, a large veranda allows you to savour the last sunbeams before the dinner. Dinner is served together ( "en tables d'hotes" ) at one sitting around 7h30pm , and breakfast from 7h00am to 9h30am.
Old romantic Hotel, L'Etoile Guest-House is a mountain retreat in the South of France. With a beautiful park along the Allier River, L'Etoile Guesthouse is located in La Bastide-Puylaurent between Lozere, Ardeche and Cevennes. Many hiking trails like GR7, GR70 Stevenson trail, GR72, GR700 Regordane way, Cevenol, Allier river, Roujanel, Margeride, Gevaudan. Many hiking loops around L'Etoile Guesthouse. The right place to relax.