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.
How to Get There
A hidden place, both hotel and a first class restaurant, ran by the 5th generation of the owner family, all this within a valley surrounded by large cliffs and gardens. Great hospitality and service, highly recommended !
Firstly this hotel is in a beautiful setting, and gorgeous inside. Another positive is the majority of staff were delightful, in particular Marie the receptionist and the wine waiter. That’s where the positives end for us. I ordered a mushroom terrine followed by the fish. The terrine was slimy in texture and swimming in what looked like a pile of vomit. The fish.......honestly.... is the worst plate of fish I have ever experienced. The flaccid fillet was sitting on a purée the colour of unwashed socks, and served with puréed potato. Suitable maybe for someone with no teeth, not a texture anywhere. I tried, but failed to eat this revolting dish, as did a woman behind me. When the head waiter asked if everything was alright I politely explained that I was disappointed, the texture too soft and the purée unappetising. This ridiculous man becomes aggressive at the table causing a scene for all his diners to witness, crack on I thought, you making a fool of yourself, finally he stomped off shaking his head and muttering through his audience. I thought that’s the end of that, I guess they are not going to waiver the cost of at least the fish, let’s enjoy the remainder of the evening. We asked the wine waiter if we could move to the bar with our drinks, he was more than happy to help, as we walked through with our drinks a scene which I can only describe as from Faulty Towers unfolds - honestly I’m not making this up! Head waiter comes out looking like he’s taken some speed eyes bulging and tries to grab - yes grab - my drink out of my hands attempting to drag me to the kitchen to ‘face’ (his words) the chef which turns out to be his brother. The restaurant diners are now enthralled with this exciting piece of theatre playing out. My husband is now moving in to calm down the rage of the Rottweiler waiter. To be fair his brother was not so aggressive, he exuded more wounded petulance, he has been cooking perfect fish for 40 years. I could only repeat that I found the meal disappointing, thinking I’m not quite sure where we were heading with the conversation he says he cooks to perfection, it’s his house, and if I didn’t like the fish I can get out. I did say to him that he had an audience of diners who were all watching this to which he relied his house his rules. Charming. We didn’t leave, and had no intention of doing so, we enjoyed more wine and the brilliant service of the wine waiter, and had a good night sleep in a beautiful room too. So, if you want to witness comedic faulty towers behaviour from the two brothers, eat crap food in a beautiful setting and pay a small fortune for it then this is the perfect place for you. However if it’s outstanding food you are after head down the road to La Terrace in Meyronne now they truly know how to cook a perfect piece of fish.
I knew I was looking forward to staying in this hotel as part of our walking holiday but was blown away by the beautiful setting by the river and collapsed old bridge with a kingfisher flying up and down.
Our welcome was warm and enthusiastic. This is a true family run establishment . Our room was spacious and comfortable with a balcony. Our dinner in the restaurant was superb with wine recommended by the sommelier.
If you can, stay here. Enjoy the atmosphere, gardens, terrace, pool. I cannot recommend staying here enough. Or just come and eat.