Maison D’Hôtes La Vallée is located in Kuttolsheim, in the rural region of the Kochersberg in Alsace. Here, we are approximately 20 km west of Strasbourg, which is in fact an ideal place to enjoy the traditional backdrop of a typical Alsatian village whilst being within easy reach of the big city.
The B&B La Vallée is a charming, renovated property recently acquired by Caroline and Patrick. Caroline, who is of Swiss/British origins and multilingual, having lived as an expat in various parts of the world, has always dreamt of running a B&B and of welcoming guests to her home from all over the world. It was she who was actually looking for somewhere to stay a year and a half ago when she came across this property just up for sale, so she and her partner Patrick, of Alsatian origins himself, went to meet the owners ad instantly fell for the property. This ancient, tastefully renovated Alsatian farm was being sold as a B&B business as well so they both jumped at the opportunity. A few months later, they were moving in…
I personally understand why they seized the opportunity and fell under the charm of this special place: we are talking about a traditional Alsatian farm building, with an attractive big courtyard, beautiful wooden beam constructions and its annexes. The type of place that I absolutely love!
My Room at La Vallée
Maison D’hôtes La Vallée offers three small, independent cottages for guests to stay in: it’s a bit of a mix between the B&B and the Gîte concept here. There are no facilities or equipment for cooking but the cottages are bigger than a simple room ad they offer a small living area with a table and chairs as well as an individual patio with own sitting area, overlooking the main courtyard. The three cottages are quite different in style: one is ideal for couples, the other for 3-4 adults or a family of 4 and the third one is perfect for a family of 4-5. There is a baby bed and high chair and I am told well-behaved dogs are also welcome!
Each cottage is tastefully decorated, in a pretty simplistic style with some delicate touches to be found everywhere. In them, you will easily find a cosy corner to suggle up to your favourite book, whilst sipping a cup of tea and nibbling at the tempting biscuits in the glass jars provided by Caroline in the rooms… Please note that the cottages are on two floors with some pretty steep staircases: so they are’t all ideal for those people with disabilities.
The beds are extremely comfortable and the location is peaceful. The bathrooms are not enormous but reasonable in size, and you will also find a nice range of toiletries for your personal use. Towels and bathrobes are also available.
This is not always on offer, and it really depends on your hosts’ availability. I was lucky enough to be able to test the food and I can tell you it was quite delicious. The menu changes according to what’s on offer in the seasons and according to the ‘chef’ of the day (both owners enjoy cooking and entertaining) but what I had was a tartare of salmon with grated apple followed by a beef stroganoff with noodles and a homemade apple strudel. with custard of vanilla ice cream from the local ice cream makers (Glacier du Lac). All beautifully plated and served along with some suitable fine local wine.
Breakfast at La Vallée
The breakfast was absolutely delicious. Caroline and Patrick are keen to offer and promote local produce so your healthy breakfast will definitely include a range of cheeses from the nearby goat farm. Indeed, we have some excellent farms in the neighbourhood, so it is really worth taking advantage of their proximity! You will get a homemade granola concoction, some freshly baked cakes, a selection of fine, fresh bread and pastries from the local bakeries, homemade jam and marmalade which is low in sugar content and if you are lucky, you might get to taste Patrick’s special Kugelhopf. A breakfast fit for a king, if you ask me!
I myself don’t live very far away, so I can only praise the location of this place! Joking aside, the rural Kochersberg region, well known for its farmland and produce, is a pleasant area to spend some time in the countryside away from the touristic attractions of the cities and yet within easy driving distance of them: 20 minutes to Strasbourg by car, 10 minutes away from the beginning of the famous Wine route in Marlenheim and about an hour’s drive away from beautiful Colmar… This means that there are plenty of things to do during your stay!
The house itself is one of the last in the village at the edge of the forest and near a romantic stream: which is also a great opportunity to set off on lovely walks or bike rides to take in the beauty of nature right at the doorstep.
- The beautiful old buildings
- The spacious, comfortable rooms
- The warm welcome
- The evening meal and breakfast promoting local produce
I liked a little less
- The steep stairs that lead up to the sleeping areas: not for everyone!
My pictures of Maison D’hôtes La Vallée
Prices for 1 night start at 95€ for 1 person. You can see the entire price range for the different cottages here. In high season, a minimum of 2 nights’ stay is required.
Breakfast is included. An evening meal may be served upon request depending on the owners’ availability and costs 30€ per person including beverages.
Book your stay at Maison d’hôtes La Vallée
The address is as follows : 21 rue de la Vallée 67520 Kuttolsheim. Il is located about:
- 20 km from Strasbourg (about 20 minutes drive)
- 74 km from Colmar (about 1h drive)
- 115 km from Mulhouse (about 1h20 drive)
Parking is available right outside the house in the street.
By public transport
You can have a look on the website Vialsace.