If you ever thought of doing the famous pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela or if you simply would like to escape ordinary life, this place in the South of France is the “rest place” to be. Situated in the middle of the Pyrenees mountains, located at the cross roads of the pilgrimage, Catherine Painvin opened hotel Aubrac. Having been there myself and having talked to the owner of this sacred place, I understood why famous artists like Johnny Depp, or even sportsmen like Zidane come all the way to stay here. Catherine Painvin found this place 12 years ago and fell in love with the surroundings and the energy of Aubrac. Being a real artist/business woman (founder of the famous clothing-line Tartine et Chocolat) she sometimes felt like escaping from her busy working hours and embracing total peace and rest. The surroundings of Aubrac inspired her, a lot of creativity and new ideas were born and she found herself decorating the hotel in different atmospheres.
You can find rooms coming from the inspiration of the “Himalaya” or ” Out of Africa”; with a big “Moroccan” lounge where guests are free to read, interact or sit next to the fireplace during winter times.
Lounge ‘Out of Africa’
Everything the hotels offers is “home-made” from the decorated rooms ( including the beds, the furniture and the food). They even organize dinners inside ” trees ” you get served in your own tree (see the picture underneath) and you get the feeling that you eat in the middle of the forest.
Dinner in “tree”
Tip: if you would like to taste the best cakes of the Province, go downstairs ” Chez Germaine” cause she serves the best pies ( prawns, strawberries, chocolate, apple-crumble, you name it) and in a size I have never seen before. One piece of this cake is enough for three persons, at least this is how we shared it, but it’s worth “a gouter” like the French say!
The ‘Love room’
The hunter room ( favourite room of Johnny Depp )
Even for the toilets you need to go into the forest
The “CHANEL” room
Room ” Himalaya”
Address; Hotel Aubrac, St-Chely d’Aubrac 12470
Phone number; 0033- 0565487884
Website: www.catherinepainvincouture.com ( still under construction for the moment)
” Pays d’espace et de lumière…
Terre d’ accueil,
l’Aubrac est un pays ou l’ esprit des lieux
souffle plus fort qu’ailleurs..”