The story of a hundred-year-old family home
This is the story of our hundred-year-old house. It is not that of any ordinary hotel-restaurant. Within the same family for four generations, it has been the focus of all those events that rhythm everyday life, both happy and sad, giving the Auberge du Pont du Chalon its special family atmosphere.
Official opening of the Café du Pont du Chalon and the Izérable joiner's workshop.
Lucien Izérable, joiner and café owner, with his wife, Marie Dauthun, move into their new house with their children, Raymond and Lucienne.
A new arrival in the family, their second son Maurice.
Lucien passes away, leaving Marie to run the business along with Raymond, aged 17, who takes over from his father in the workshop.
Raymond marries Léontine Paillerey.
He keeps on the joinery business while Léontine and Marie,on weekends, turn the café into a restaurant for families wanting to eat out on special occasions.
On Saturday evenings or Sunday mornings, the café also serves as a hairdressing salon. Indeed, Raymond often swaps his chisel for a pair of scissors!
After the war in the 1940s, people want to have fun again and on the first Sunday in July, the café forecourt becomes a vast restaurant during the local fair.
Meanwhile, Raymond and Léontine have started a family, they have two daughters, Raymonde and Simone, the café becomes a hub of youthful activity!
Raymond has retired from his joinery business.
Simone has married Jean-Claude Milan, a chef, so quite naturally, in turn, they move into the Café du Pont du Chalon.
The joiner's workshop becomes a restaurant and the Café du Pont du Chalon takes on its new name – L'Auberge du Pont du Chalon.
The story continues
Simone and Jean-Claude expand the family business.
Above the restaurant they build nine rooms (a two star graded establishment, classified by Logis de France).
They add on a second function room.
Wedding receptions, school or family reunions rhythm the activity of the restaurant, the seasons that of the hotel.
On a more personal level, the family, too, has grown, with the arrival of three children – Patrick, Philippe and Catheryne.
Catheryne and husband Stéphane Ginot take over the Auberge.
In turn, they too modernize it, paying particular attention to the decor.
Each room is unique, each function room has its own style, so that every guest, on stepping over the threshold, should feel « at home »
We have reached the hundred-year mark ! The story continues...
We are awarded our third star for the Hotel.
The nine rooms are refurbished in a more contemporary style with Queen-sized bedding (160x200),minibar and air-conditioning !!!
Plans to expand the Hotel with four extra rooms.
In the end we decide on a new look for the restaurant instead, keeping in mind its past.
The glasswork recalls its original activity – the joiner's workshop. A new decor, but still the same main theme – cosy but chic !!
2016 is also the year we choose our new logo.
We are creating 3 additional DELUXE rooms for our guests: more spacious, with a minimalist decor and a beautiful glass partition separating the bedroom from the bathroom.
A new chapter begins for the restaurant. After its establishment in April 1966 and continuous operation, we have decided to cease our restaurant activity for external clientele.
However, the story continues with a new direction: hotel & breakfast, along with light refreshments for hotel guests in a 'home-like' atmosphere.