La Ferme Hotel, Baie Saint Paul, Quebec

10 10 2012

 

We have just returned from a trip to Quebec. One of the hotels I really wanted to visit was the brand new Hotel La Ferme, at Baie-Saint-Paul.

In 2005, Le Massif de Charlevoix bought the old farm which had been run for over 80 years, by the nuns of the Little Franciscan of Mary. This was one of the largest wooden farm buildings in Canada.

However in 2007: the Filbaie farm was completely destroyed by fire. The new owner, Daniel Gauthier,  of  Le Cirque du Soleil, continued with his plan to build the hotel and it opened this summer.

From the front of the hotel the spires of the  Little Franciscan of Mary convent tower over the trees.

The hotel is made up of five pavilions, to create the feeling of the farm.

This is the main building.

 

Our room was in The Clos. It had an internal courtyard, with the corridors arranged around it, like  a cloister. This eliminated those long dark hotel corridors and replaced them with a bright airy space.

It was pleasant to sit out in this garden in the sunshine among the vegetables and grape vines. I liked the vertical black boards, with the lighter contrasting strips.

Our room was bright, white, fresh and clean.

We are not lovers of TV, but for those who are the TV was set in the wall at the bottom of the bed.

These lights  in the main building were fluorescent tubes, set vertically and covered with some sort of mesh.

Again, to create the feeling of the farm, this life size Canadian cow was painted by Humberto Pinochet.

A new railway track links the hotel with Quebec City, Le Massif ski area and La Malbaie and tourists are already using it to travel to the hotel and take day trips along the Saint Lawrence.

 

We were very impressed with our stay here. I know that this contemporary hotel will not be to everyone’s taste, but I love modern architecture.

Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault, designed the building to include natural lighting in all its spaces  and the use of renewable energy. Water and indoor spaces are heated with solar and geothermal energies as well as biomasse. The building design minimizes thermal loss  and uses energy-wise insulations and windows. The lighting systems are designed to reduce energy consumption and boost the buildings’ energy performance. There are grass roofs, the recycling of rain water, and refuse triage, recycling and composting. These are all things modern architects have to think about to care for our environment.

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6 responses

10 10 2012
sybil

So that lovely barn in the first photo is gone ? What a pity.

Looks like a wonderful hotel. I like that it’s using new technologies to save energy and the train is such a great asset too.

Hope you had a great holiday.

11 10 2012
jackiequeen

Yes, it’s such a shame, as seemingly the plan had been to incorporate the old buildings with the new. It would have been interesting to see what an architect came up with. It’s always a bit odd when buildings go on fire just before a big project, don’t you think?

11 10 2012
Joyce Walker

What an amazing place! Glad you enjoyed you stay. Did you visit the amazing museum near the river? I was in there with my cousin for 4 hours! We didn’t notice the time! It was so fasinating!

11 10 2012
jackiequeen

Do you mean the Museum of Contemporary Art? We meant to get there but after visiting all the Art Galleries in town, we didn’t have time. I see the architect of the building is the same one that designed the hotel. When were you there – a few years ago?

12 10 2012
louise queen

Looks great – cant wait to go and see it for ourselves!

12 10 2012
jackiequeen

You’ll enjoy it.

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