“La Corne d’Or” is an elegant 18th century mansion built on the foundations and immense cellars of a previous 13th century house; it has since been renovated meticulously over the past few years and is now a stylish ’boutique hotel’ with an excellent reputation.
The house is strategically placed in the historical centre of Arras and is close to the 2 main city squares – le Grand’ Place and Place des Héros – surrounded by buildings with flamboyant Flemish facades housing numerous restaurants, cafés and bars. The station is a few minutes away and so are the main tourist attractions; the majestic town hall (with the tourist office on the ground floor) and the Church of St John the Baptist with an original painting by Rubens. Nearby is the cathedral and the Abbey of Saint Vaast now the Fine Arts Museum with an impressive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions in partnership with the Chateau de Versailles. Further afield are numerous WW1 sites such as the National Canadian Memorial at Vimy, the Wellington Quarry, British Memorial, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette and the Ring of Remembrance, the Museum and Memorials in Bullecourt…The WW1 battlefields in the Somme Region and further north to Fromelles with its recently-constructed Museum and Cemetery, and to Ypres in Belgium, are only a 45 minutes drive.
“La Corne d’Or” has 5 rooms for its guests; 2 bedrooms, 2 suites with sitting rooms, and a large loft, all of which have comfortable modern bathrooms en suite with either showers or bath/showers – and the Suite Nature has a large spa bath. All guest rooms have flat-screen satellite TV sets, radio/CD player, and free Wi-Fi access.
The original features of the house have been retained and enhanced ; marble fireplaces, gilded mirrors, wooden panelling, original wooden and tiled flooring, stained glass windows…Each room has its own style and ambiance. Walls throughout the house have been painted or wall-papered in classic or contemporary tones underlined with Flemish grey or carbon black. Antique and modern furniture, objets d’art and paintings decorate all the rooms including the drawing room and the dining room on the ground floor, which are exclusively for the use of the guests. However, the decoration is not always to be taken too seriously; here and there are some whimsical and quirky touches!
Whatever your reason for coming to Arras ; for WW1 Battlefield tours, for a wedding or a family reunion, for business or for cultural visits to local or regional museums such as the Louvre satellite museum at nearby Lens, your hosts, Rodney and Philippe would like you to enjoy the experience of staying in historical surroundings, close to the 2 main squares of the city which are classified by UNESCO as well as numerous features of “La Corne d’Or” are listed by the French National Trust (‘Monuments Historiques’); the wrought-iron staircase with its carved wooden head of a lion (the symbol of Flanders), the facades, the roofing and the ‘Salon of the Quatre Saisons’ (Four Seasons).