It is in a Renaissance-style heritage residence dating from 1875 that we discover Île de Garde. Located in old Sherbrooke, the establishment resembles a period Italian church bell tower.
Guests access the four magnificent rooms inspired by the life of the German nun Hildegarde de Bingen through a living room. Each room has its own private bathroom and two of them have a private terrace with garden beds and armchairs. Everything you need to relax and rest in peace and quiet.
The owner, Marie-Christine Chassot de Florencourt, suggests a French art de vivre imbued with both a gentle way of life and tradition reflecting her origins. All the rooms of her house are decorated with care and have a lot of elegance. A nod to the congregation of the Dominican Sisters who once owned the premises and to Abbess Bingen.
Between garden and culture
In all its beauty, the Jardin Hildegarde is inspired by medieval gardens. It is sprinkled with medicinal and aromatic plants which we use to offer you fresh or hot herbal teas and which give our breakfasts that indefinable little extra.
Sitting on a bench or an armchair, you can relax and feel soothed by the plants and flowers in the flowerbeds, as well as by the many hundred-year-old trees.
Also, the host encourages local artists by exhibiting their work in the common rooms of the house. Beautiful and in harmony with the spirit of the residence.
Services for all
European-inspired breakfast dishes, such as hot baguette, muffins or croissants with fruit marmalade, can be enjoyed at breakfast. Fresh local products on the menu: plate of Brome Lake duck and trout from Les Bobines alternating with a plate of local cheeses. Television and telephone available in the library.
We take advantage of downtown Sherbrooke with its activities and shops, and of the Promenade du Lac-des-Nations, the green heart of the city.
ANNIE GIRARD Friday, February 20, 2015 Journal de Québec