Auberge de Chassignolles

Chassignolles, Haute-Loire
+33 (0)4 71 76 32 36
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€55 - €105
per night

A pretty, stylish and comfortable restaurant with rooms in a sleepy, view-filled village. Fabulous food - breakfast, dinners, picnics....


9 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

€55 - €105 per night

The Experience

The 1930s inn sits opposite the medieval church and next to the ruins of a 13th-century castle, its bar happily occupied by friendly locals. At 950 metres, the village has lovely views over fields and forests, stretching to the peaks of the Auvergne and Le Mont-Dore. You’ll find pure mountain air, a slow pace, and a place to stay with a slice of pizzazz thanks to owner Peter.

It hums with unpretentious good looks, young staff, seriously delicious, locally-sourced food with homegrown vegetables and natural wines – the only sort served here. Upstairs, tall windows light old parquet, white walls and warm old furniture in plain simple rooms. One room above the restaurant is a library/sitting room and there’s a meadow with farmyard animals and fruit trees over the road.

Borrow bikes, ask for a picnic and head for a swimming lake (25 minutes), explore Brioude, or Ambert (45-minute drive) for weekly produce markets.

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We think you'll love

  • The wonderful food and natural wines
  • Immersing yourselves in an unspoilt, back-of-beyond, rural French village
  • Walking or cycling the fabulous surrounding countryside
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You should know

  • No shops or other places to eat in the village - so once you're here it makes sense to have your evening meal in
  • Mobile networks are a tad unreliable


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from €55
Singles €55-€70.
6 Doubles
From €55
1 Twin
2 Family rooms for 4
From €75


Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 9.30am
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast €8.50. Sunday Lunch, 4 courses, €25; 5 courses (including cheese), €28 (other days on request). Dinner, 4 courses, €27; 5 courses, €30 (except Mon). Wine €10-€80.


We stayed for just one night to break our journey from Caen to the south coast, and this was the perfect stay. The village was pretty, and the auberge looked like a very typical French auberge. The room was fairly basic but comfortable (but very reasonably priced). But the food was amazing; everything on the fixed menu was delicious. The staff were great, and we had very good advice on what wine to choose. Breakfast was wonderful too; fresh fruit, great bread, home made jams, good honey etc etc. Great value for the quality of food.

Yvonne, Bristol

At the Auberge de Chassignolles quality comes naturally, in every sense of the word. Delicious food, exceptional wines, unfussy service, all in a totally unspoilt mid-mountain village in the heart of rural France. Take a drive to local towns and villages, revel in the magnificent countryside, or just kick off your shoes and relax... it's the perfect place to get away from it all.

Liz, Sawday's Inspector

We spent a delightful two nights here. Your description is very accurate. The village itself is very tranquil and beautiful (although the church bells do ring from 7am, so no alarm clock needed!). We were able to take a lovely walk around the countryside with a walk map provided by Peter. The provenance of the food is clearly of importance and, together with the wine list made up principally of local wines, the set menu dinner was joyeous.

Carey, Aldbourne, Marlborough

We were offered an apartment adjacent to the hotel. Very clean and charmingly rustic albeit a little basic. The evening meal in the hotel was fantastic, as was breakfast all made from locally sourced produce. The hosts were charming and very welcoming. A delightful, authentic and friendly hotel; we will definitely be returning.


This Auberge is almost a British fanstasy of idyllic rural France! Busy and vibrant and a real focal point for the surrounding community. The hosts and staff are charming, with excellent value rooms, great dinner, and stupendous wines. If only I had more room for the utterly delicious unpasteurised milk, yoghurt and butter on offer at breakfast....


Our 2nd brief stay at the Auberge. It's hard to imagine a more tranquil setting. Harry has moved on, but the ethos of the place hasn't changed and the food is possibly even better than before. See you again next year.


Great location; great food; many thanks for a wonderful stay.


Loved it. Great little hotel. Great welcome. Great food and wine. Amazing setting. Can't recommend it highly enough. We'll definitely be back.


After a long drive though the Ardeche, this hamlet in the forest was special. The little hotel is simple and characterful, while the setting, with a medieval ruin, romanesque church and distant views offered a quiet background to the life in the Auberge. This is the "town center": it was filled with local residents in the tiny Bar/Lobby and then in the Dining Room where we ate well and copiously. We could stray only one night but others will enjoy the outdoor activities of the area with more time to spend.


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The neighbourhood

This really is the back of beyond. The Auberge looks over a nicely renovated village square directly opposite an ancient church and the whole commune has probably less than a hundred residents. Roads are very quiet and wind through fields and forests - so ideal for walkers and cyclists. Cattle graze and wildlife is abundant: birds of prey, badgers, deer and shy wild boar.

Local points of interest from Peter Taylor

  • There's a swimming lake within 10 minutes drive, or 25 minutes on bikes, which we can lend. It's suitable for kids, with 'beaches' & grassy areas to picnic and shallow areas for them to swim. However there is also a pier for diving & deeper water swimming.
  • There are nearby towns within a 45 minute drive, such as Brioude, Ambert and Langeac that hold weekly produce markets. You can buy locally made Charcuterie and Auvergne cheeses such as Saint Nectaire, Cantal & Fourme d'Ambert from the producers themselves.
  • River swimming can be enjoyed at Lavoute-Chilhac just 45 minutes drive away. We can provide towels.
  • Beautiful historic churches and abbeys are to be found in the town of La Chaise Dieu and the medieval village of Lavaudieu.


Peter Taylor

Peter has some thirty years experience in the restaurant business. His aim is for this sleepy little Auberge to be a beacon for good things done really well. Food is based on great local and regional ingredients - much of it homegrown, wine is natural and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly.