La Corne d’Or
If you are coming over or under La Manche for a quick weekend, or en route for a skiing holiday or for a sun-drenched summer vacation, or following in a relative’s footsteps on the WW1 Battlefields, or seeking some culture in numerous museums or simply cruising around the countryside, where else to base yourself, but in Arras, the pivot of the Nord-Pas de Calais region – and stay of course in the Maison d’Hotes – La Corne d’Or situated in the historical centre.
La Corne d’Or is an elegant C18th town house that has a lot to offer; it has survived intact despite centuries of battles in a war-torn region, including of course WW1 and WW2, and its interior proudly retains features of the past; the original wooden and tiled floors, lofty ceilings, stained glass windows, carved marble fireplaces…and thankfully all the bedrooms and suites have comfortable and modern en suite bathrooms. One of the previous owners has stated that the La Corne d’Or is a concentrated history of Arras itself, as the building is supported by granite foundations and limestone cellars created from stone quarries dating from the C13th.
The 2 main market squares are only a hundred meters away with a bounty of boutiques, bars, and restaurants. The extensive Grand Place and the Place des Héroes with its gilded town hall and UNESCO-listed belfry should be the start of your visit, plus of course numerous other sites listed under French National Heritage (‘Monuments Historiques’) or by UNESCO: the Cathedral and the Abbey, now the Fine Arts Museum currently presenting an impressive exhibition about Napoleon from the archives of the Chateau de Versailles. A little further afield you can visit the Citadelle, a fort built by the engineer Vauban under the orders of Louis XIV, once he had taken over Flanders as part of his kingdom. For those interested in WW1 history, the Wellington Quarry is a must experience; explore part of underground barracks created by New Zealand tunnellers to house 24,000 British Army soldiers for a surprise attack on the enemy front line only a few meters away.
If you feel like some passive tourism, take the free electric ‘citadine’ bus at a stop in front of La Corne d’Or, which will whisk you around the city stopping at all the sites above – and including the noble British Memorial and cemetery – and then drop you off at the front door.
Back at ‘home’ after a tiring day exploring Arras and the region, enjoy the experience of C18th splendour, browsing in the library or relaxing in the cobbled courtyard and preparing yourself for a night on the town at one of the nearby restaurants where you can admire again the flamboyant Flemish facades.
Stay in the fascinating city of Arras and in a fascinating mansion house La Corne d’Or. Like Arras itself, La Corne d’Or has its own hidden treasures such as the Heritage-listed Salon des Quatre Saisons or 4 stories of limestone cellars; ask the owner to show you around.
1 Place Guy Mollet, 62000 Arras, France
Tel : +33 3 21 58 85 94 ; +33 6 86 59 67 37 Email : [email protected]