La Demeure d'Hortense

Catherine and Philippe Gauthier were seduced by Vichy ! During the past 15 years, we split our working life between Paris and Auvergne. Auvergne appealed to us. It is still “authentic”. It is also well situated and the climate well illustrates the four seasons. We are both animated by architecture and human interaction.


2010 was life changing for us when, in the heart of the wonderful and surprising city of Vichy, we found ‘ la Demeure d’Hortense’, a beautiful end of the 19th century townhouse. La Demeure d’Hortense is now our Guest House.


City lovers that we are, we invite you to a city enriched by 13 hectares of parkland, landscaped in the English style bordering the ‘lac d’Allier’; a stunning variety of architecture reflecting the immense diversity of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries; dynamic cultural appreciation and a variety of sporting activities which includes 2 golf courses. For relaxation and ‘detente’ Vichy the ‘cité thermale’ is home to the largest Spa d’Europe. Last but not least, the shopping is 7/7!


Our motivation : to share our happiness and enthusiasm for discovering Vichy and its countryside. Our Guest House: a quiet haven situated 150 metres from the superb recently renovated Napoleon III railway station ( 2h 50 mins direct from Paris), Vichy is easily discovered by foot or by bicycle.


Your ‘time out’ in our peaceful haven will begin with Catherine’s delicious French breakfast, comfortably installed in the elegant salon overlooking the gardens or, on the sunny patio.


You will enjoy the restaurants with their terraces close to ‘La Demeure d’Hortense’


Our Guest House is classified « City Break Luxury » by Gites de France