Built in 1926, the Hotel du Parc experienced its heyday during the 1930s when wealthy families from Cannes, Nice, and Marseille would come to breathe in the fresh and healthy air of La Bastide-Puylaurent at an altitude of 1024 meters. They would escape the summer heat of the French Riviera and take the direct train, "le Cévenol," to this first mountain station in Lozere. They would go trout fishing in the Allier River, pick mushrooms in the surrounding woods of the Notre Dame des Neiges Abbey, and stroll through this unique village that vividly recalls the holiday resorts, boarding houses, and chic second homes of prosperous times.
The former Ranc Hotel has truly well-designed architecture; this charming inn is spacious, pleasant, bright, airy, comfortable, and has a garden overlooking the Allier River that borders Lozère (Occitanie) and Ardèche (Rhône-Alpes). The sources of the Allier are located 14km away on the summit of Moure de la Gardille near Chasserades on the watershed line. Since 1991, Philippe Papadimitriou has embarked on the adventure of converting the hotel into a guesthouse equipped with spacious and comfortable rooms. It is an ideal place for a relaxing stay.
The atmosphere at L'Etoile is peaceful, laid-back, and friendly. The sound of a piano, a fire in the fireplace, a good Belgian beer, the smell of homemade bread, and a few comfortable wicker chairs for conversation or reading in the large dining room. Unless the good weather attracts you to the terrace or the park under the shade of the linden tree, where you can hear the flow of the Allier. An expansive veranda dating back to that time allows you to enjoy the last rays of sunshine before dinner in the evening.
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 GR®7, GR®70 Stevenson trail, GR®72, GR®700 Regordane way, Cevenol, GR®470 Allier river, Margeride. Many hiking loops. The right place to relax.
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