We fell in love with this magnificent building in an exceptional setting of tranquility and greenery.
On site, approximately 500 m² of buildings are lined up on a 4,000 m² plot2. A structure that had its heyday under the leadership of its founders, Jean and Sigrid Faure (see box). A great potential for Anita and Donatien Celia who, beyond the rebirth of the hotel and the restaurant, want to create a bar, “thanks to an IV license obtained by opening a file at the town hall, says Anita Celia. This is the part that we could open faster in January 2023, adding a terrace for next spring ”. With the aim of opening the restaurant in September 2023 and then the hotel in September 2024. Where ten rooms are to be renovated “And a room for people with reduced mobility to be built if possible on the ground floor. ” As a result, four or five jobs could be created: one or two cooks, a waitress and two waitresses.
An ambitious project for Anita Celia, 38, in professional retraining, who wants to leave the world of work after working in the insurance sector, “with an extra experience in the tea rooms”, whose husband, a woodworking software publisher, can work anywhere as long as there is an Internet connection. But above all green. “Because we live in a small town that is urbanizing very quickly near Rouen and we want to get away from the traffic jams! “ We are not yet in Saint-Groux.
However, the first returns are positive for the couple who sent 150 to 200 emails to companies and associations in Saint-Groux and its surroundings, up to Ruffec or Saint-Amant-de-Boixe. “A questionnaire to evaluate the interest of the people of the area in a new restaurant bar hotel offer in Saint-Grouxexplains Anita Celia, who also launched a crowdfunding campaign on the kisskissbankbank platform, where donors can win a cocktail or a night at the hotel. More to let us know and show that the project is feasible. “
41 years of intense activity
If anyone is happy to see the project to take over the Les Trois Saules hotel-restaurant, it is Sigrid Faure, currently mayor of Saint-Groux, who created the facility with her husband Jean in 1971 in his parents’ buildings. – in-laws who had themselves managed the former Caffè dei Pescatori there, which closed in 1958. “We had created the restaurant in 1971 in an old barn and built a hotel in 1974 in continuityremembers Sigrid Faure who, with her now deceased husband, ran the company for 41 years. We received boarders from all over France who sometimes came for fifteen days on vacation, not to mention business lunches at the nearby Leroy Somer factory and many weddings. We stayed in the Logis de France and in the Michelin Guide, taking advantage of an exceptional setting: it is a little corner of paradise here. “ Closed and put up for sale after their retirement ten years ago, the plant has yet to find a buyer. “We had several acquisition plans, but unfortunately all of them failed, admits Sigrid Faure, delighted with Anita Celia’s project in this charming village that no longer has shops. On the other hand, we have many walkers on weekends and even during the week, even more after giving birth. “