Published by Lyn on 9 May 2016
Jacqui Brown stayed at Hotel La Barque in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe when she rode La Sarthe à vélo. Here's her critique.
Situated on the V44 cycle route in the centre of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, Hotel La Barque provided a comfortable night for our bikes and us.
5 things we liked
1. Bike storage. The bikes were stored in the locked garage at the back of the hotel.
2. Our room. We had a collection of small rooms with warm radiators and a bath. The first room, with kettle, desk and sofa bed was perfect for spreading out all our gear and was the best room for internet connectivity. This led to the bedroom with double bed and TV that led into the small bathroom, with bath and hairdryer.
3. The restaurant. Downstairs was a large restaurant where we ate that evening and a bar area, where breakfast was served. We had one of their local menus at €25 where specialities of the area were abundant and it even included two glasses of the local wine that came from the vineyard we had visited earlier in the week. The filo pastry parcel with baked Camembert and apples was perfectly crisp, cheesy and fruity. The Loué chicken in a Calvados sauce was delicious and I don’t think I’ve ever had so many apples crammed into an apple tart that was served warm and dusted with icing sugar. Presentation was obviously important, but I couldn’t fault the flavours either.
4. Breakfast. This was a generous buffet with meats, cheeses, cereals, breads and mini croissants, pains aux raisin and pains au chocolat, served warm (especially if you are there at 7am like we were).
5. It’s an accueil vélo hotel so it’s used to welcoming cyclists.
Beaumont-sur-Sarthe is a very pretty place and worth a stroll, even if you are just staying overnight and eating at the hotel’s restaurant. A short walk up to the new bridge will give beautiful views over the river including the old stone bridge that the V44 cycle route from Le Mans brings you in over.