Where to stay in Cantal: Auberge de Concasty

Posted on 02. Aug, 2012 by in Europe Travel, France, Press Trips, Reviews

During my recent trip in Cantal, I had the chance to stay at the beautiful Auberge de Concasty in Boisset. Just as I am not a big fan of hostels, I was never a big fan of B&Bs either.

I am NOT a ray of sunshine in the morning, and can barely put two sentences together in the hour after I wake up. So the whole idea of chatting up to the chipper owner while I eat? Not a good scenario for me. I’m complicated like that.

But boy did I have it wrong.

Nothing at Auberge de Concasty rubbed me the wrong way. Quite the opposite in fact. To say I was pleasantly surprised is the understatement of the year.

The hotel

The hotel is nestled in the Cantal valleys, with beautiful views overlooking the area. It’s a tranquil oasis in the middle of nature, and it’s perfect that way. The building is large, comfortable, rustic and typically French, just what visitors are looking for when booking a true Cantal experience. The hotel is equipped with a beautiful pool, an outdoor terrace and a very tasty dining experience. Best steak I’ve ever had (sorry vegans and cows).

Another major point for the Auberge: it’s owner, Martine. You know the rude, cold reputation French have abroad? Scratch that. Martine is entirely different. She is a genuinely nice, warm and welcoming person, who sincerely cares about your experience at her inn.

The rooms

The rooms at Auberge de Concasty are very large, rustic yet modern and well decorated. Fully equipped with ensuite bathrooms, cable TV, free wifi and lovely views over the domain. And honestly, the morning sun on the balcony alone is worth booking a stay!

In fact, I was so pleasantly surprised with the rooms that I completely forgot to take pictures of it! You’ll have to take my word for it, or check out the website.

The verdict

Everybody should visit Cantal - that’s a given. But if you happen to look for accommodation near Aurillac, then Auberge de Concasty is the perfect place to go, because it represents what Cantal is all about - great food, beautiful scenery, high quality service and welcoming locals.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Atout France and Tourisme Auvergne on this trip. As always, all opinions are my own.

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