We just spent 3 nights at the Deux Ponts and were completely delighted by our choice. This is a small, pretty hotel about 3 miles from the stunning little town of Vezelay - in the quiet countryside (it's on a road, but there's little traffic). It's beautifully run - Marianne and her staff are absolutely professional and warmly welcoming and friendly and don't put a foot wrong.
Our room - number 6 - had a lovely view of the Basilica on the hill at Vezelay in the distance and was spacious enough for us to spread out there. This combined with a very comfortable bed and good linens and an excellent bathroom meant we were very happy indeed with it.
The dining room is pleasant and the service is charming, relaxed and completely skilled - all at the same time. But the weather was good, so we ate breakfasts and dinners out on the terrace which is treed and candle-lit in the evenings and so pretty. The food itself is just sublime - modern and imaginative without being tricksy and pretentious and incredibly reasonable for food of this extraordinary quality and presentation (for example, the beetroot mousse and cucumber sorbet, presented like a great full-blown pink rose was just glorious!) The only tiny negative for some people might be there's no wifi in the bedrooms - but it's good and strong on the terrace so there's no problem still being connected.
There are interesting things to do around in the area (apart from the glories of Vezelay itself) but it isn't over-developed and theme-parky. We specially enjoyed walking by the beautiful Nivernais Canal at Mailly-le-Ville, the gem of a church in St Pere and the Fontaines Salees archaelogical site only a mile from the hotel itself. We really, really loved this place (can you tell from my enthusiasm?!) and very much hope to return before too long. It's added now to our list of Firm Favourites, France at its best - the kind of place we'll dream of on a cold rainy winter day in the UK!
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