En arrivant à la Maison du Chevalier des Huttes à Vic sur Cère (Auvergne, Cantal, France), les hôtes sont accueillis avec cœur ; ce symbole est d’ailleurs représenté devant la porte d’entrée grâce aux talents des maçons clermontois ayant réalisé la calade de galets séparant la maison du jardin.

Our PHILOSOPHY

 

Let me introduce myself ...

 

I am Karine, your host.

I was born near Paris; after my business school studies in Strasbourg and Rome, I moved to Luxembourg.

After 23 years working in Italian, Japonese and Deutsch banks, I had to break free and found my way to a new life which led me to the Cantal region.

Today I can welcome you thanks to Angelo, 20 years older than me, who devoted himself body and soul to the restructuring of the House.

I can speak French, English, Italian and Spanish.

As a nutrition passionate, I am particularly keen on gastronomy and cooking and I give priority to human relations as well as I promote a healthy life style.

I now provide a sort of ‘mother hen’s style butler service’ to my guests, taking much care to make their stay in Cantal be a unique moment of flavours and memories.

... And what about you?

Do you have the urge to explore, to share experiences and to engage with a regions culture while on holidays in a locale that is the perfect mix of the urban and the rural?

Do you like to wake up at the break of dawn to take advantage of all that the day has to offer?

Are you a passionate gourmet who seeks out new culinary experiences?

Does the idea of disconnecting from all your electronic devices to socialize and to connect with real people appeal to you?

Do you enjoy a family atmosphere, imbued with warmth and conviviality?

Do you enjoy the idea of discovering the cultural heritage, nature and wildlife of your holiday destination?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, and no matter if you live halfway around the world or just down the street in our beautiful village …

… We would like to welcome you to the ‘Maison du Chevalier des Huttes’ !

 

Once upon a time at the Maison du Chevalier des Huttes

The House is not a hotel, it is a family house where guests are living together and get along with each other, in line with the House lifestyle and with respect for everyone’s privacy.

Located in the very heart of the village, the House is buzzing during summer (comings and goings, garden crops, local celebrations, hike returns, sightseeing tours, …). The House hence calms down in winter for the warmest cocooning. Should you prefer a quiet and even more gourmet stay, you will choose spring or autumn to come to us.

Your day will be punctuated by the following: a good breakfast before leaving for your daily activities; coming back for tea time or dinner (you will enjoy having tea under the hornbeam tree, taking the most of a shiatsu or Swedish massage with Catherine (corpscoeurconscience.com) when she is at Vic (she comes for you at the House) ; or you will go for the garden daily crops and discuss with the new guests); the dinner around the family table (exchanging on the last discoveries, thinking about the plans for tomorrow, enjoying the friendly atmosphere); a quiet evening before having a comfortable night

The House is the ideal place for your holidays, for stays in the frame of your professional activities (business trips; team building sessions; …), or to celebrate personal events (honey moon, birthdays or anniversaries, …), or simply to enjoy a unique and gourmet break (for instance for a long weekend) in the heart of Cantal, …

Let us take care of your stay in our exceptional manor …

 

Let's eat together !!



The kitchen is at the heart of the home life, it is the main room, the House forum.
You can pass through your bedroom but you will always go back to the kitchen to come to me, to meet the others, to chat together, to have a drink, to read or to have breakfast or dinner …

A shared guest table is the basis of conviviality.
Hence, booking a room entails that you will share the guests table automatically in the evening (please refer to ‘The Arrangements’ for more details).

I wish I could share great moments around a gourmet table, like the tables served at the time of Monet, taking the most of a good, healthy and essentially organic food, ,… I wish I could reinvent the local with forgotten products and eat meals my grand parents used to cook, … But I keep being inspired by today’s tastes and dietary habits ...

 

Being ecoresponsible

Adopting an eco-responsible approach inside a historical and listed building dated 1598 could be seen as very challenging.

However, beyond the premises and their arrangement, we work for the respect of the environment in the day-to-day life, through iterative behaviours and simple convictions. Here, we promote waste sorting, we switch off the light when going out from a room, we save electrical heating, we use LED lights as much as possible, all bathrooms are equipped with water saving systems, we support reasonable laundry management, we use basic cleaning products and organic soaps, …

Also, our approach mostly arises from passion for health and nutrition. You cannot respect the others and the environment without respecting yourself first.

Based on the above, the nature and quality of our meals will remain absolutely essential at the House.

The garden is quite unusual, teeming with insects and birds, and offers at its own discretion (as we only let nature do its job) its vegetables, fruits and aromatic herbs. Other products, mostly local and organic, become source of our inspired homemade table. Eating at the House is choosing a healthy but greedy and balanced nutrition.

And the moments of conviviality, together around this table, make the human dimension of this experience.