Rodney (who is as Australian as a meat pie with a French sauce) and his partner, Phillipe bought this heritage listed magnificent house several years ago and have restored it to its former glory. The problem with heritage listed houses is that there are limitations as to what you can do, so the place has some quirks (including a shower over bath that is nearly three feet high to climb over!) Rodney kindly offered a stool should I need it, but I envisioned crashing off the stool, only to be found dead on the floor when they wondered why I had not appeared for breakfast! All that said, I took the Regina Suite, which gave me extra room and every night was a lovely relaxing review of my WW1 Battlefields Tour.
Rodney et Phillipe were wonderful hosts; I felt I was staying with friends (especially as I had to find a laundromat and do a load of laundry after sunny and sweaty Battlefields' tours. I couldn't dry my stuff as they are "no dryer" clothes, so angel Rodney whisked out a clothes hoist and moved it around the courtyard as the sun moved. For that, Rodney, I am eternally grateful.
Breakfast is a typical French affair, commencing at 7.30 - 9 am, with fresh pastries, freshly squeezed juice and, for Aussies, Vegemite (bless them). To be polite, it is a good idea to let Rodney know if or whether you will be coming to breakfast as cher Phillipe heads to la marché ridiculously early every morning to make sure that he has sufficient pastries, fruits and that the guests' needs are met. Home made jams, muesli avec yoghurt ou lait. Whatever you choose will sustain you till almost dinner. Rodney et Phillipe live behind La Corne D'or, but I felt uncomfortable disturbing them during the day - it's a B&B, after all. All that said, I was comfortable, my hosts were unbelievably hospitable and the suites were very comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the centre of the historic city of Arras, experience the charm of an original 18th century home with all of the conveniences of the 21st Century. Tastefully renovated, "La Maison d'Hotes - La Corne d'Or" features 5 rooms and 2 guest lounges. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom, TV and CD player. Art exhibits adorn our guest home and add to your cultural experience! Read the reviews for first-hand accounts! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Maison d`Hotes - La Corne d`Or Hotel Arras