Le Colombier de Cyrano et Roxane in Bergerac, France
Le Colombier guest house rating by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 4,8 out of 5.
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Le Colombier de Cyrano et Roxanne means the ‘dovecote of Cyrano and Roxana’. Yes, in the morning you can see pigeons on the ledges, but not a bunch of them, rather 1-2, enough to please your ears with their cooing. This is not a hotel, but a guest house. There are as many as you want in the Bordeaux region and honestly, I recommend them as an option more than hotels, because it immerses you in the local atmosphere better and you can enjoy the individual sense of style in the interior of the owners and is somehow more cozy. A guest house in France means you have a separate room and bathroom, but on the ground floor there are common areas for dining, cooking and gathering together with the other guests. If you’re a whole company, it’s great because you have a great time together. If you are with other people, even better – you meet other guests.
…. Very old house, with joist, dating from the 17th century, very beautiful, with blue shutters and slightly sloping on one side;
Yes, that’s right, the house is really sloping to the side, even inside the floor on the 1st and 2nd floor is sloping. I asked the owners if it was inspected periodically. They said no, but the underground it was reinforced with a concrete column.
…. Lots of decorations, bits and bobs of antique things dotted every corner, on the verge of kitsch, but just as much as it’s fun and very interesting to look at them;
…. The room on the 2nd floor is just like an attic – as soon as you enter you meet a beam that you have to cross over to enter. However, somehow, it does not irritate, but creates a sense of authenticity and .. playfulness. There is even a small terrace, very sweet and romantic, with a bottle of wonderful wine from the area, quiet music and a loved one makes a real Zen experience.
…. The room on the 1st floor has a closet, fireplace, cute antique painted cabinet, it is large and comfortable, with separate bathroom and separate toilet, which is quite common in the region, instead of a bathroom with toilet together;
…. In general, the rooms are a bit dark because of the small windows, but still, when the house was designed, apparently this was the way to protect from heat and cold, because this is the historic center of the city and all the houses around are like that.
…. The owners and the person who served us breakfast in the morning were very nice people, except that they chided us a bit about calibrating the rheostat for the heating and put them in extra electricity costs. We met all their other requirements – to take off our shoes in the hallway, to walk in socks or slippers around the house, to turn off all the lights, not to bring glasses and food in the living room, but the fact that we had raised the temperature to from 18-22 degrees, before going to bed, just because it was very cold, was obviously a problem. That’s why half a heart dropped out, because you can’t expect your guests to freeze when it’s 6-10 degrees outside.
…. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need – microwave, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, there were even 3 coffee machines – for Americano, espresso and manual Pavoni, for the greatest connoisseurs and fans of espresso. When asked if they use the Pavoni, I was told that it was for decoration, but I think that they just do not want to touch it because it was an expensive machine, and it was also difficult to handle – it required real dedication and great respect for espresso to toil to produce even a single coffee. At breakfast, I asked if they could serve me an espresso from a regular machine instead of an Americano, but that didn’t happen either. Another half a heart fell from here.
However, in the mornings, when we refused breakfast at the house and there was no one, we made our own espresso, as there were still capsules left for the guests of the house.
Otherwise, the dining room easily accommodates 6-8 people, you can have a nice dinner with company if you buy local cheeses, wine and baguettes. We did so the first night – after the 2nd flight to Bordeaux and the uncertainty catching restaurants open when we arrive in the evening to Bergerac, we decided to take advantage of the common room and had a great party.
…. In 2 or 3 days the rooms are cleaned, sheets are changed, but if you want the towels to be changed, you should probably put them on the floor, because ours had remained unchanged. How to guess on which day to throw them on the floor, we were not sure. You better ask when this act takes place.
…. There’s a Marshal speaker in the living room, and if you know how to pair it with your phone, you can play music;
…. If your room is on the first floor, you can hear people moving upstairs, because the wooden floor creaks a lot, but this is part of the charm of the old house. I do not record it as a disadvantage since it is just part of the whole experience and it is inevitable. Also, if you have a fixed hour for leaving the house with the rest of the people there, when those upstairs get up, you also wake up and sync the start of your sightseeing tours.
Movie watching time: 3:12 min.
…. At breakfast there are several types of fragrant jam and homemade honey that smell great. Combined with the aroma of freshly baked croissants and fresh coffee it becomes a gourmet’s dream;
…. There was liquid soap in the bathroom, scented with homemade soap, and a citrus-scented shower gel for bathing;
…. If you buy some nice cheeses, especially the ones that smell quite strong, when you put them in the fridge, you have to be prepared that the more times you open it, the more times the whole parterre will smell like them – but that’s up-to-you and no one will reprimand you here for your pretentious choice.
…. The breakfast that is offered is freshly baked chocolatins and croissants, baguettes, jam, honey, butter, orange juice, coffee.
Chocolatins are like croissants with pieces of chocolate. Croissant is a multi-leaf muffin with butter, without filling and glaze. So, if you want to buy a croissant with chocolate, look for chocolatin.
This type of sweet and very rich in carbohydrates breakfast was typical of this region. I don’t know how they do it, but I haven’t seen fat French men and women around. If you bought jambon or other sausages or cheeses, you can add whatever you want.
Jambon is like Italian prosciutto. It is available in a version of fresh ham, like the one I prefer, but also aged like the crudo version, which I can’t stand because it doesn‘t smell good to me.
Why me and some other people do not like that smell, you can find out in my post WHY PORK CHOPS CAN SMELL UNPLEASANT?
…. You can easily buy wine, store it in the fridge and drink it with your friends, and even play French chansons on the speaker, but the wine can only be drunk in the dining room, since the owners require not to bring it to the living room where the music is.
How to get to Le Colombier de Cyrano et Roxane in Bergerac?
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A: 17 Rue du Grand Moulin, 24100 Bergerac, France
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