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Auberge de l'Etang Bleu

Auberge de l'Etang Bleu

Vieux-Mareuil, Dordogne

Small lakeside hotel in rural France, with woodland all around.

Double rooms from £ 62
11 rooms
Guest Rating: 7.8 / 10
Auberge de l'Etang Bleu, Dordogne

The woods and lakes of this little corner of rural France are a glorious setting for the Auberge de l'Etang Bleu hotel, run by husband and wife team Pierre and Anne Colas. Created by Pierre's father, the hotel and lakes started life as a leisure and holiday park; a seaside resort without the sea. Times change, and now, this 40 acre space in the forest is the peaceful setting for this eleven-room hotel. The hotel has received plenty of plaudits from all sorts of quarters. We think the accolades are well-deserved as this is simple but lovely and well-run accomodation in an excellent location in the much wider setting of Dordogne. All the guest rooms were renovated in 2007. Six of the rooms have a balcony and they all have en-suite bathrooms with bath or shower, telephone, satellite television with major European channels, and internet connection.

Bicycles are available to hire and 'no kill' fishing can be enjoyed alongside the lakes (equipment is not supplied). There are plenty of carp, perch, pike and roach awaiting the skilful angler.

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Lake View Room

The clue is in the name! The rooms have a balcony giving a view over the lake. The en-suite bathrooms have a bath or shower.

Country View Room

Comfortable rooms with double or twin beds and a shower in the en-suite bathroom.

Auberge de l'Etang Bleu is a member of the Euro-Toques chefs' organisation, ensuring the use of fresh produce and traditional culinary methods. The food is classic Périgord fare (Périgord is the old French province which pretty much corresponds to present-day Dordogne) - duck, salmon and veal dishes are amongst those found on the menu.
The restaurant is open every evening from 1 May to 4 November. Reduced days apply in the winter.

Aquatic Centre in Nontron (20 km)
18-hole golf course on the way into Périgueux (40 km)
Horse-riding in Verteillac (18 km)
Canoe/kayak hire in Brantôme (18 km
Villars cave

Places to visit:
Châteaux de Mareuil
Bourdeilles et Puyguilhem
Roman art tour in Verteillacois
Troglodyte church in Aubeterre
Byzantine cathedral in Périgueux
Roman cathedral in Angoulême

We thought the hotel was delightful, liked its old world charm and loved our room with wonderful views over the lake. We were slightly underwhelmed by the breakfast, but in the scheme of things this wasn't important.

We may not have as many reviews as some, but we do know their provenance. They have all been written by people who have visited this hotel after booking through Little Hotels. We publish all reviews, unedited, except for the occasional spelling correction.

Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Guestbook:

"An extraordinary place!"

"Seriously this is the best place I have ever stayed in France. Not super luxurious in decor, the bedrooms are small but the beautiful grounds, the peaceful setting and the dining room is formidable!"

"Pleasant traditional french auberge. Room and food was typical classical cuisine with a little modern twist. Position was lovely and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. We had a fantastic 2 days. The half board tariff we chose was superb. Anything for breakfast including superb omlettes, home made bread and croissants, well basically we could have anything we wanted. The half board menu consisted of the best of the A la Carte. No cheap substitutes here. However we still changed some dishes over our two meals without any problems. Even our 9 year-old daughter had anything she wanted from the main menu (and still we were only charged just 13 Euros- the three course children's menu price)."

Guest Rating: 7.8 / 10
This rating has been calculated by combining data from various websites which publish ratings for Auberge de l'Etang Bleu.

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In the hotel
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Gardens
  • Fishing in the 'blue lake' (equipment not supplied)
  • Car park (closed at night)

In your room
  • Satellite television
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Balcony (Lake View rooms only)
  • En‑suite bathroom
  • Heating

We Say

What a Dordogne destination! The Colas family have been in the business long enough to know how to do things just right. Eating out on the shady terrace amongst the well-cared-for plants is a particular pleasure.

A Word From the Owner

All the of the hotel and the owners Anne and Pierre Colas will find it a joy to welcome you in a relaxed atmosphere, in order to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

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