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Swim in a long pool beneath the orange trees and enjoy wonderful food in this tranquil and harmonious hotel, rated as a Three Star Sustainable Restaurant by the SRA since September 2012, achieving annual well deserved accolades.

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Rooms: 15 : 9 doubles or 6 twins, 2 singles, 4 suites
Price:

room overlooking the village €115

Meals: 3 course dinner: €32.50
Open: Year round
Address: 12 Avenue du Docteur Dupont, Lussac les Châteaux, Poitou-Charentes/Vienne, 86320
Tel: +44 (0)549840707
 
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Why we've chosen Les Orangeries

The long cool pool beneath the orange trees, which give this amazing spot its name, will confirm that the owners here have the finest sense of how to relish and preserve an old house and its surroundings.

Tranquillity and harmony are acheived here through the trees, oasis of a pool, extensive wooden deck, rustic stone walls, giant flower baskets, orange trees, candles at night. The young owners (The Gautiers, an architect and his wife) fell in love with the place and used all their talent to blend 18th-century elegance with contemporary charm.

Stripped oak doors, exposed stone walls, cool stone floors glow with loving care, like valued old friends. Olivia has given each bedroom its own sense of uncluttered harmony, those facing the main road are double-glazed (earplugs could come in handy, too), the split-level suites are a delight. The Gautiers' passions include the old-fashioned games they have resuscitated for their guests to enjoy: croquet and skittles under the trees, two kinds of billiards, backgammon and mahjong. Olivia speaks English and her enthusiasm for the house, garden and guests is catching. Food is delicious, local, organic:  breakfast, in the garden in summer, is all you'd hope for the price.

>> Read more about this property in a blog about review trips.

Review by Lucy Symons
"If you need a sophisticated oasis in the centre of France, head for Les Orangeries – it’s a great stop off point if you are travelling further south, but honestly should be a destination in and of itself.  You could while away happy hours here, lolloping about in the garden, splashing in the pool, or stuffing your chops with imaginative grub from the restaurant. "

>> Read Lucy's full review of Les Orangeries

Top Green Features at Les Orangeries:

 
  • Walls insulated with hemp, double glazing throughout

  • Bioclimatic architecture for natural light

  • Wood boiler planned, using green vegetable fuel

  • Own organic vegetable garden and orchard

  • First hotel in France to gain the European Ecolabel

  • Solar hot-water for the restaurant kitchen

  • Electric contract with a 100% renewable energy supply

  • Solar lamps in the garden

  • 8000 liter tank for rain water reused in the restaurant toilets, gardens etc

  • Electric vehicle for guests to borrow

 

Location

 
Les Orangeries, Poitou-Charentes, France
Nearest train station: Lussac les Châteaux
via Paris then Poitiers

Directions from station:
Take the train direct from Paris to Poitiers, change to the regional train to Lussac les Châteaux's train station. From the station at Lussac les Châteaux, it is just a 5 minute walk, or your hosts would be delighted to meet you at the train station.