Tim & Ingrid fell in Love with the Auvergne, the Livradois Forest and the historic Auberge de Chabanettes on their first visit in June 2014. Less than a year later, they had bought this historic and much loved hotel with a desire to create something special. They are both passionate about the great outdoors, have a strong connection with nature and a particular love of the mountains. Whilst in the UK, they both regularly enjoyed hiking the Lake District peaks, and Tim has also climbed Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc for children’s charities. The unspoiled setting and spectacular mountains of Puy-de-Dome, Puy-de-Sancy and the Livradois-Forez were a key reason that they chose to relocate to the Auvergne.
Tim has been in the hospitality business for all of his professional life and has managed large hotels across the UK, receiving accolades, awards and recognition for his commitment to quality, service and also green tourism. He has brought these principles with him to France, and along with Ingrid, they wish to make Auberge de Chabanettes stand out in its field and to give their customers a great experience.
Ingrid previously worked in Sales and Marketing for various UK and European companies, but never gave up on her dream to own and run her own small hotel in her home country of France. The family business is completed by their young son, Lorenzo, who loves to come and meet the customers, especially those who arrive on Motorbikes (which he is particularly fond of). The Auberge de Chabanettes is a truly “family” business, with a desire to embrace the colourful history of this hotel, be an integral part of this close, loving community and re-establish Auberge de Chabanettes as one of the best hotels in the Auvergne and Puy-de-Dome.
The name of “Auberge de Chabanettes” has a long and colourful history, and has been a familiar landmark in this beautiful part of rural France for over 150 years. In bygone years, it has also served as a butchers, an abattoir and a petrol station, but has never lost its core function to provide good food and lodging for the travellers who pass through the region, as well as warm and welcoming place of refreshment for the community. After a devastating fire in the 1980’s, the Auberge was sadly left for ruin for many years until it was completely re-built & renovated in 2004.
Some original features remain, but the Auberge now enjoys all the benefits of a modern, boutique hotel, whilst still embracing its past. The descendants of the “Palasse” family who originally built the Auberge are still residents of Auzelles and are proud to see the business back to its original use and blossoming once more. Today, the hotel now offers all the benefits for the modern traveller, and embraces its responsibility to its community and the environment with a strong emphasis on sustainable tourism and corporate, social responsibility, supporting charities, conservation and commitment to carbon reduction.