Domaine de Cambelong
If you are looking for charm in the French countryside of Aveyron, make a reservation at the four star Domaine de Cambelong, a former water mill situated in a key on the “Chemis de Saint Jacques de Compostelle” or “Way of Saint James.” Surrounded by beautiful scenery and perched next to the Dourdor River, in the hotel’s former life, the water mill was used to press walnuts and hazel nuts into oil. Around 1985 the mill burnt down and was transformed into an Auberge. Lucky for us, Chef Herve Busset and his wife Dominique bought the former mill in 1999 and began renovating the entire property.
From mill to contemporary hotel
Inspired by French artist Pierre Soulages, Domaine de Cambelong’s rooms feature contemporary furniture, combined with period materials of stone and wood, to create a relaxing environment in the country. Eight spacious bedrooms and one junior suite are located on two floors. My room, #12, with a private balcony overlooking the River Dourdor, rented for 250 Euros in the high season (June 15-September 15) and 200 Euros in the low season, with 20 additional Euros for breakfast. Check the hotel website for current prices and specials.
Fine Dining at Herve Busset
Young chef Herve Busset and his wife Dominique own Domaine de Cambelong, as well as running the restaurant that bears his name. After a day of discovering the charming village of Conques, registered as a world heritage site by UNESCO, you may relax by the swimming pool or watch the blue herons and ducks that live by the Dourdou River. Make a dinner reservation at the 25 seat Herve Busset restaurant and prepare to have your taste buds wowed by Busset’s innovative creations utilizing local bounty.
I was pleasantly surprised that Domaine de Cambelong offered complimentary wifi on the property and in the bedrooms. If you have trouble negotiating stairs, be warned that Domaine de Cambelong does not have an elevator. You’ll want to request a room on the first floor.
If You Go:
12320 Conques, France
Article written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Domaine de Cambelong.