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On the village square which gave its name to the highlands of Aveyron, this granite house imposes a somewhat harsh silhouette. In the middle of "this piece of bare and suddenly exposed continent", as Julien Gracq so happily put it, the property gives little away. Attracted to the interior by a profusion of unusual objects, vibrant colours, heavy fabrics, old wood, roughly sanded stones and patinated leather, visitors will find themselves immersed in a surprising universe where everything comes together in a warm and intimate atmosphere. Where travelers of the past found refuge, everyone can now travel the world by wandering from room to room, carried by their dreams of Arabian Nights. L’Annexe de l’Aubrac has a decidedly mischievous spirit.
In love and with young children, for many years we came to relax here during school holidays or on weekends. It was the lunar landscape of the Aubrac plateau that first enchanted us, the emptiness, the silence and the vastness. We had formed a close bond with this place that was known as the Comptoir d'Aubrac created by Catherine Painvin, the founder of the Tartine et chocolat brand. When she decided to part with it, we bought the house from her, renamed it, and after a few months of improvements L'annexe d'Aubrac opened its doors to guests in April 2013.
The four storey house is an old building from the 19th century. The walls are in granite stone and the roof in Lauze. It has a shaded garden. It is one of three large and unique buildings in the village square.
L'Annex d'Aubrac is its original name. The building was once an annex to the Grand Hotel d'Aubrac located opposite. There was a stable on the ground floor and a pigsty in the back garden. The hotel staff stayed here in the staff bedrooms on the upper floors. Aubrac is a small village that has become famous for its old monastery, La Domerie, which dates back to the beginning of the 12th century. For many centuries, the hospital was a godsend for travellers and the poor, and a refuge for pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela.
As keen globetrotters, we redesigned this guest house by drawing on different sources of aesthetic inspiration linked to our travels. The lounges, the living rooms and the five bedrooms showcase a variety of styles and worlds. It is an ideal place to relax, meditate, write or compose. We prepare local cuisine such as aligot and Aubrac meat on the spitroast in the fireplaces. In winter, we offer guided snowshoe walks or sled dog trips.
Le Buron de l'Aubrac and Le Buron de Born are two restaurants that serve delicious regional cuisine in authentic environments. The breeders of the Aubrac de Laguiole Cantonal Syndicate have opened the farm to visitors. At the end of May, the small villages of Aubrac emerge from their silence to celebrate transhumance (which means "to change land"). In other words the moving of herds to the mountain pastures. The Transhumance Festival is a popular, annual event that strongly expresses the identity of Aubrac. Mountain lunches showcase the gastronomy along with the Aubrac night life, a local fair and a farmers' market. The festival also features folk groups, traditional music and dances. The Soulages museum in Rodez is a must-see.
The four storey house and the 1000m2 garden can be rented in full for filming or photo shoots. Accommodation can be provided in the five bedrooms of the house as well as in all the other establishments in the village which include gites, hotels and guesthouses.