L'Etoile Guest House in France
Accommodation and services provided
L'Etoile Guesthouse is a comfortable mountain retreat in the South of France. L'Etoile offers stays in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Former resort Hotel built in 1926 in the architectural style typical of the "Roaring Twenties", it is very quiet. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable.
Big veranda, terraces, balcony, dining room with fire-place, piano and bar. Large garden along the Allier river.
Training courses (Tai Chi Chuan, music, writing, drawing, painting, etc..). Meeting room, Private parking lot. Garage for bicycles.
The dinner is served at 7h30 pm. at one sitting (tables d'hote) and consists of soup, assorted salads, main course, cheese from Luc & Le Thort and dessert. The 5 course meal is accompanied by wine from Saint Dezery, spring water and home made bread. Verbena tea from Le Puy en Velay or coffee.
Breakfast is served from 7 am. till 9.30 am and consists of orange juice, coffee, tea, cocoa, milk, home made bread, yoghurt, a variety of jams, butter, honey and cereal.
Many loop-trails from 3,4 to 26km are proposed around L'Etoile Guest House. A file with maps and explanations is at your disposal.
L'Etoile Guest-House also offers an International Innkeepers Exchange.
"Back to L'Etoile after two years it is a pleasure for Georges and I to find the gite and Philippe as always, nice and relaxed. The food is even better (and it was already very good). We were many and yet everything ran smoothly. Even the most feminist of us were happy to help out. In this atmosphere helping to clear the tables is a pleasure, not a chore.....thank you Philippe until next time !" Sol Villaceque, Nîmes, France
"There are some places that are difficult to leave..... where on certain mornings the scent of warm bread lingers .... places , quite simply, where you feel good. I return to the gite L'Etoile after a week of hiking , creativity and napping in the fields of Lozere ! I return to the gite L'Etoile where each morning the sun pierces the windows ( even on rainy days! ), where each evening there is good humour and well being. It is a magical place : to rest ; succulent meals; friendliness. Thank you Philippe and also to all those wonderful people with whom I shared these few days. I look forward to some words / a text / a page ??? on this site from the " captain of the ship" who can tell us more about his gite better than anyone ... And if during your stay the weather is fine and you have the chance to sleep in the small cabin by the river, do not hesitate, you fall asleep with the sound of the water... and you wake up with the song of the birds. After, you are willing to face the world ! Me, I will return one day !" Sandra, Romont, Switzerland
"Hello everyone. We spent 4 days at L'Etoile, a starting point for several very pleasant rambles. These are a few lines to describe our feelings on departing. As many reflect on this site we not only appreciate the welcome given by the "master of the house" but also the serenity and conviviality which emerges every evening when all known and unknown come together, whether after walking 25km, a journey into the causses with the car or a round trip by train to Langogne etc. Of course everyone is somewhat responsible for this, but Philippe knows very well how to create the conditions for dialogue with a little music or song taking place after a convivial meal. We would like to share with everyone two aspects we have perceived from this "one man show"; Philippe is a true entrepreneur, in the economic sense, and in addition has this gift of empathy towards his "clients" who in no time at all become like the people of "his" house, embraced by his very direct contact, his apparent joie de vivre and ease of communication, did you not get this feeling, and with the ease and calmness that he runs this gite irrespective of the number of guests. Of course we are on holiday, but frankly, Philippe you impressed us by your ability to organise so efficiently all aspects of "your business", that others should see you at work and maybe make some changes in their own lives. Secondly, you told us that your goal as a foreigner in this area was to be respected ( not necessarily integrated) by the inhabitants, traders , administrations etc. We believe that not only have you established yourself, but also, proved that integration is not a necessity , in order to succeed in your activities in this region, and that many could benefit from this line of approach . "Hats off to you". Thank you for such an energising holiday in every way. Michel and Christine, who exchanged ideas with you about their proposed bed & breakfast in Paris." Michel et Christine Froissard, Paris, France
"My teenage sons and I had three days before joining our adventure holiday in the Ardeche, so I looked on the internet for place to stay in the French countryside. The quick response from L'Etoile and telephone call with Philippe assured me we had found the right place ! Our stay at L'Etoile then exceeded expectations. The boys (and myself) loved the home-cooked wholesome food, served in ample portions for hungry trekkers and cyclists. During evening meals we practiced our French in conversation with the other guests, who also practiced their English on us. We fully endorse the comments made by others regarding the special atmosphere at L'Etoile - the perfect antidote to commercialised, plastic 'holiday accommodation'. Philippe has created an environment based on trust and respect where you can enjoy humanity again - set in an idyllic area of natural beauty. Very highly recommended." Brian, Damien and Aaron, London, United Kingdom
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, Margeride, Gevaudan. Many hiking loops around L'Etoile Guesthouse. The right place to relax.