What is(are) your name(s)?
Patricia and Pierre Laederich
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
Pierre's grand parents used to live in L'Ormet, and we decided in 1982 to leave Paris and to move with our children in that house, with all this preserved nature around. The l'Ormet Chambres d'Hotes was established in 2000. References to L'Ormet can be found from the beginning of the 16th century, around 1510. At that time the Veauce castle, situated below the estate, 15 minutes away by foot, was one of the greatest fortresses of the region. A permanent garrison was set up there. The Veauce castle was at that time a Bourbon stronghold and was located on the boundary of the territory of the Counts of Auvergne and of the Dukes of Bourbon, who were regularly in conflict with each other. From the Veauce castle and its watchtower the whole district to the south and to the east could be surveyed and for a great distance. But to the north, the edge of the Naves plateau obscured the possible arrival of enemy troops (or bands of brigands, numerous then in times of famine).
Around 1510, the estate of L'Ormet was granted by the Lord of Veauce to one of his officers. From that time the beneficiary adopted the name of the estate as his own. L'Ormet served as the forward watch post for the castle at Veauce. Indeed, from L'Ormet you could see as far to the north as to the east. What could be simpler than sending a runner down to the Veauce castle, or even easier sounding an alarm; just a bell could be heard.
L'Ormet was then an important agricultural estate (it would remain so up to the 19th century), extending from the heights of Veauce to the village of Valignat. In the 16th century the Wars of Religion between Catholic and Protestant forces also harmed the region, as did the civil unrest of the Fronde in the 17th century. After that conflicts between provinces or just landowners diminished. The kingdom of France stabilized and the importance of fortified castles and other buildings faded. L'Ormet no longer had a reason to exist as a forward watch post.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
The nature is everywhere, with trees, fields, birds, butterflies, and so on. But the specialty of l'Ormet are its trains! Little garden trains which run every evening in summer.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Pierre's passion for trains I think, You cannot find any other guest house in France with such trains!
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
We have four rooms each for two people on the first and second floor.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
Salon at the second floor with tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerator. Books and guides.
Which room is your personal favorite?
The Maps room: so sunny!
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Fruit juice, hot beverage, yogurts, cereals, bread and croissants, home made marmalade and jams. Fresh fruits from the garden.
When and where is breakfast served?
From 9 to 10 in the morning.
Do you serve other meals?
Do you accept pets?
What is your smoking policy?
Smoking outside only.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Parking in the property, far away from the road.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
No sorry. You have to take the stairs to go to the rooms.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
In order that the house can be thoroughly prepared, guests are requested not to arrive before 17.00, or to phone to agree about your arrival time.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
By phone or e-mail.
What types of payment do you accept?
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?