Le Pont de l’Ouysse
What We Love
- A traditional riverside hotel with Michelin-starred dining, at the foot of a clifftop castleThe setting in Lacave, at the confluence of the Ouysse and Dordogne valleys
- Savoring Michelin-starred cuisine on the gorgeous riverside terrace
- Spending balmy days relaxing on sun loungers by the lovely outdoor pool
What To Know
- This farmhouse hotel has manicured gardens, an outdoor pool and sunny riverside terrace
- Reserve a table at the award-winning restaurant
- Free WiFi
For gourmands and wine lovers craving a relaxing stay in southern France’s Midi-Pyrénées region, this charming farmhouse-turned-boutique hotel is ideal. Le Pont de l’Ouysse’s location is simply stunning; you’ll be right by the beautiful river in the rural village of Lacave, beneath the clifftop Belcastel Castle, with the Ouysse and Dordogne valleys on your doorstep.
What started as a hotel-café in 1886, when a stone bridge was built over the River Ouysse, is now a sleek family operation run by chef Daniel Chambon and his son, Stéphane. There are gorgeous gardens, a lovely outdoor pool and hot tub, a sublime riverside terrace, and 14 unique guest rooms with traditional French décor, ultra-comfy beds and all the mod cons you’ll need.
Spend your days drinking in the spectacular countryside views, checking out the fascinating caves, and visiting the nearby villages of Rocamadour, Loubressac, and Carennac. Post-sightseeing, head to the property’s buzzed-about Michelin-starred restaurant to sample the owner-chef’s reliably satisfying gourmet cuisine, paired with remarkable French wines.
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We stayed one night and had an outstanding dinner in the evening, with great wine recommendations. All the staff were first class with special mention to the Sommelier. Rooms were spotlessly clean, location is quiet and we had a splendid time with a swim in the pool before dinner!
A wonderful hotel and the restaurant is outstanding. This hotel gets better and better the more we visit year upon year. We have visited more than 15 times and will most certainly be back for another stay in the future.
We have been to the Lot et Garonne and Dordogne regions a few times to visit friends, but this was our first stay here.
We were there for three nights and ate in the restaurant twice.
It is a special place in a very pretty location, especially by the old bridge that was destroyed decades ago.
Our bedroom was very quaint and accessed by some external stairs.
We used the pool mid-afternoon on all three days, after having visited a number of local towns / tourist spots each day. It was great and well serviced by the hotel staff with plenty of towels.
The meals in the restaurant were very good as was the service by the young polite & helpful French staff. In fact all staff were very friendly and helpful.
It is an excellent place to stay and use as a base to visit the area.
Would go back again.
Absolutely unexpected, on the road to nowhere. The best you can imagine in Perigord! By the river, just below one of the numerois fortified castles of the area. Friendly service, local produce and mastery of the chef.
This is a very special hotel which is located on the banks of the prettiest of rivers, the L'Ouysse, just by a stone bridge which was swept away in 1966. The modern road bridge is now 100 yds away so it has left this hotel with no traffic going past. The broken bridge is quite a feature but the hotel has also developed gardens along the banks. There is a decent sized outdoor swimming-pool. Our room was large and beautifully decorated in quite a feminine style but not overdone. The bathroom was also quite spacious. The room next to ours was done in totally different decor. The dinner here is quite something as the hotel has a Michelin starred chef. I chose the chocolate sphere on the first evening: my eyes opened wide as the waiter poured very hot chocolate over the sphere and it melted to reveal the inner goody. Breakfast was taken in the bar area and to my delight there was a cook-it-yourself boiled egg machine. I'm sure the H&S Police would ban them in the UK! The choice of breads etc at breakfast was excellent as you would expect of this hotel. All the crockery appeared to be hand-painted with flowers, dragonflies, butterflies etc as though the river location had inspired it. We did see a kingfisher by the new bridge!
The staff were excellent and very professional but with a sense of humour.