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Saint Cricq Chalosse Tips

Auberge La Ferme aux Grives

Lieu dit Les Charmilles, 40320 Eugenie-les-Bains(05.58.05.05.06)

The L'Auberge La Ferme aux Grives restaurant is owned by Michel Guerard, a three star Michelin chef.
The atmosphere is charming and authentic, where local ingredients are used to create wonderful gastronomic experiences.
Menus is € 48 (average) and has a fantastic price / quality ratio.
Price / quality beautiful.

Posted by SARL La Petite Couronne / Saint Cricq Chalosse / France
Experienced on the 29-09-2011

Espinasse-Vozelle Tips

Maison Decoret

15, rue du Parc, 03200 VICHY(33-470976506)

Jacques Decoret has been likened to Ferran Adria - the French 'El Buli'. His cuisine is out of this world, reinventing tastes. A moment and money well spent! Worth the detour.

Posted by Aux Jardins des Thevenets / France
Experienced on the 02-06-2011

Grasse Tips

Restaurant des 2 Rocs

1, Place font Carre, 83 440 Seillans(0033494768732)

I have had Sunday lunch here twice recently and highly recommend everything about it. The village setting,attention to detail,the food,presentation and the general friendly atmosphere.

Posted by Paul Oatway / Cannes / France
Experienced on the 24-11-2013

Seillans Tips

la Gloire de mon Pere

Place du Thouron, 83440 Seillans(0494 769868)

Ein Traum einfach selber schauen und sich fallen lassen.

Posted by Ralph Bungartz / Köln / Deutschland
Experienced on the 03-06-2013

Carcassonne Tips

La Roulotte

6 rue Denisse(0468250703)

Small charming restaurant serving beautifully prepared local food with a fine selection of local wines at a very reasonable price.

Posted by 42 Rue Victor Hugo / Carcassonne / France
Experienced on the 12-10-2012

Aude Tips

La Roulotte

6 rue Denisse(0468250703)

Small charming restaurant serving beautifully prepared local food with a fine selection of local wines at a very reasonable price.

Posted by 42 Rue Victor Hugo / Carcassonne / France
Experienced on the 12-10-2012

Conflans sur Anille Tips

Le Relais d'Antan

Lavardin(02 54 86 61 33)

Owned by chef Paul van Gessel, who formerly earned two Michelin stars at Le Petit Nice in Marseilles, this unassuming Auberge in the picturesque village of Lavardin, along the little Loir river, serves the best regional dishes, all with fresh ingrédients, at totally honnest prices. Prior reservation is indispensable, as it is THE restaurant where all the region frequent, from the local artisans to former President Giscard d'Estaing. The atmosphere is relaxed, the food delicious.

Posted by Chateau de la Barre / France
Experienced on the 09-11-2013

Bonnebosq Tips

Auberge des Deux Tonneaux

14130 Pierrefitte en auge(+3323164031)

In Pont-l'Évêque: a typical inn, splendid terrace overlooking the countryside, typical thatched roof cottages, scottish pub for winter season, home made local food

Posted by La Vie de Cocagne / bonnebosq / France
Experienced on the 02-01-2011

Grignan Tips

LE CLAIR DE LA PLUME

2 place du mail 26230 Grignan(+33 475 91 81 30)

Le Clair de la Plume offers a gastronomic menu for all dinners and Sunday lunches. A la carte Menu from ?45.- Degustation Menu at ?59.- and ?79.- rnrnMade only with fresh products, mainly from the area, a high quality cuisine awarded "Grande Table" by Alain Ducasse Group (Châteaux et Hôtels de Collection).rnrnOpen every day (never close) : +33 475 91 81 30

Posted by Le Clair de la Plume & La Maison Privee / GRIGNAN / France
Experienced on the 05-10-2013

France Tips

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Saint Cricq Chalosse Tips

Back to the prehistory

Brassempouy(Nancy van Es)

Like in the rest of France, the Chalosse area contains a rich cultural heritage. Within a stone´s throw from the hotel you can find the prehistoric museum 'Dame de Brassempouy'. On this spot a figurine from the prehistory was found; only 1,44 inch head of the Brassempouys Venus or “Dame de Brassempouy”. It is the oldest precise picture of a human face known in history. It is between 22,000 and 26,000 years old.

Posted by SARL La Petite Couronne / Saint Cricq Chalosse / France
Experienced on the 18-07-2012

Landes Tips

Fête de Dax / Course Landaise

Dax(Nancy van Es)

Many rural festivals taking place in spring until the late autumn in the Southwest of France. One of the most visited is Dax. Beside plenty of food and drinks, this “Village en fête” are combined traditionally with the “Course Landaise”. This event looks like a Spanish bullfight, but instead of bulls, cows are used. It is a game between man and animal, whereas the animal is not killed. Every year this event takes place arount the 15th of August in the Arena of Dax.

Posted by SARL La Petite Couronne / Saint Cricq Chalosse / France
Experienced on the 15-08-2012

Espinasse-Vozelle Tips

Vichy, the beautiful Spa Town

Vichy 03200 (8 km's from Espinasse-Vozelle

Vichy, a beautiful spa town 8 km's from our home, has so many things to see and do - amongst other the beautiful Opera house with a program surpassing many big cities organised by the talented cultural Director, Diane Polya-Zeitline.

Posted by Aux Jardins des Thevenets / France
Experienced on the 15-09-2011

Conflans sur Anille Tips

Kayaking on the Huisne river

La Ferté Saint Bernard(Guy de Vanssay)

During the warmer summer months, finish a morning sightseeing with a peaceful float down the Huisne river. The owners of the local Kayak club take you 15 minutes upstream, and you then slowly paddle back down through the untouched countryside, seeing sights from the river you would never discover otherwise. There are three slides, but they are fairly tame, about a 1m50 meter drop, softly. Finish paddling down the multiple rivers meandering through the medieval town of La Ferté

Posted by Chateau de la Barre / France
Experienced on the 26-07-2013

Tips

Wineries and artisanal shops

Poncé(Marnie de Vanssay)

Along the buccolic Braye river, just South of Conflans and St Calais, discover the little town of Poncé, with it's artisanal glassblower, ceramist, Renaissance château and modern art galleries. And especially, don't miss the troglodyte wine cellars and especially, their local white wine, Jasnières, reviewed by gastronomic critique Curnonsky "Three times a century, the best white wine in the world"! In particular, the cellars of the producer Lelais, in Poncé/Ruillé, are quite spectacular, built into the limestone hillside. They offer a perfect place for a tasting.

Posted by Chateau de la Barre / France
Experienced on the 19-09-2013

Conflans sur Anille Tips

Sightseeing

Le Mans, The Plantagenet City(Marnie de Vanssay)

The Plantagenêt City : The Carcassonne of the North, soon to become UNESCO Heritage Siternand the surrounding Perche Sarthois-little Loir RegionrnrnBesides the famed 24 Hours Le Mans race track, the medieval city of Le Mans, magnificently restored, is the stage set to most historical movies, such as "the Man in the Iron Mask" with Leonardo di Caprio or “The Three Muskateers”.and many others, so it is not infrequent to run into the filming set in action!rnrnThe medieval city of Le Mans was renamed "Plantagenet City" in 2002, as it is the birthplace of Henri II King of England. Richard the Lionhearted's widow lived in Le Mans, where she founded the Cistercian Abbey de L'Epau, equally remarkably restored.rnrnThe Plantagenêt City is surrounded by the longest Gallo-roman walls still standing in France, which provides ar remarkable backdrop for the creative light show taking place all over the medieval town in the summer months at nightfall.rnrnThe Cathedral St Julien houses the oldest and most magnificient stainglass window of the ascension, dating back to 1160, as well as the XIVth century pure gothic frescoed ceiling of the choir of angels. This cathedral was built upon a former Celtic worship site, and the large obelisk to the Goddess of fertility still stands, leaning against the cathedral wall. rnrnDuring the summer months, five days a week, a magical sound and light show takes place throughout the old city, from Tuesday till Saturday night included. It begins around 10pm, at sunset, a perfect timing to allow for a gourmet dinner at one of the numerous little restaurants throughout the old city. My favorite one is the “Nez Rouge”, but one must pre reserve, as they have only a few tables. It is located in a lovely XVIth century house. Alternatively, more sophisticated, the “Maison d’Elise” is located right next to the St Julien cathedral. Or more simple, the "AUberge des 7 Plats", where a fabulous steak lunch is served for 12 euros. Reservation mandatory.rnMany other delicious restaurants can be found, (we are in France after all!) not just in the Plantagenet City, but all through the Perche Sarthois region, at still affordable prices

Posted by Chateau de la Barre / France
Experienced on the 25-07-2013

Grignan Tips

Truffle season

Grignan(Grignan tourist office)

Truffle season is not only during winter time !rnDid you know that Grignan Region is the first French producer of truffle, nearly all the year around.rn- Winter truffle, the most famous one : season from 15th of November, until 15th March, approximately.rn- Summer truffle : cheaper, lighter less, season from June to September.rn-Autumn truffle : Intermediate taste between summer and winter, good value for money.rnFrom September, until November.rnGrignan Tourism Office : +33 475 46 56 75

Posted by Le Clair de la Plume & La Maison Privee / GRIGNAN / France
Experienced on the 05-10-2013

Drôme Tips

Wine tasting

Grignan, Grignan Les Adhemar Cellar(Grignan Les Adhemar Cellar)

Open from Monday to Friday, discover the quality wine of Grignan Les Adhemar Region. Assortment of reds, whites and roses wines to be tasted graciously.rnDiscreet but very good value for price Cote du Rhone appellation.

Posted by Le Clair de la Plume & La Maison Privee / GRIGNAN / France
Experienced on the 05-10-2013

France Tips

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Conflans sur Anille Tips

Famous Loire Valley Castles and Leonardo da Vinci's home

Amboise and Chenonceau(Marnie de Vanssay)

Make an excursion into the more touristy part of the Loire for a day, just an hour buccolic drive from Château de la Barre, and visit Leonardo da Vinci's home, and famous Chenonceau castle. Or, on another day, Chambord and Cheverny. The château will prepare a picnic hamper for you.

Posted by Chateau de la Barre / France
Experienced on the 10-05-2013

Tips

Knight Templars' Fortress

Arville(Marnie de Vanssay)

The Knight Templar's fortress dates back to the XIIth century, and is where the Knight Templar soldier monks trained and prayed before departing for the Crusades. Beautifully restored, the visit retraces their life and history in a most interactive way, with many special events throughout the year.

Posted by Chateau de la Barre / France
Experienced on the 04-09-2013

Conflans sur Anille Tips

Romanesque Chapels and Troglodyte villages

Montoire, Lavardin, Troo(Marnie de Vanssay)

visit the many XIIth to XVth century Romanesque chapels with still well preserved period frescoes, to be discovered in each of the villages surrounding Montoire. The St Gilles chapel in Montoire itself is the oldest, dating back to the XIth century. The time of William the Conqueror…rnThe St Jacques chapel lies across the river from Tröo, a now trendy troglodyte village, but whose history goes back to Celtic, pre Roman times

Posted by Chateau de la Barre / France
Experienced on the 18-04-2013

Grignan Tips

Chateau de Grignan

Chateau de Grignan, 26230 Grignan(+33 475 91 83 65)

The largest Renaissance castle of Provence is situated in Grignan. Visit available daily. Close on Tuesday (winter time).

Posted by Le Clair de la Plume & La Maison Privee / GRIGNAN / France
Experienced on the 05-10-2013

France Tips

This information is posted by our travel community and our selected hotels

Saint Cricq Chalosse Tips

Back to the prehistory

Brassempouy(Nancy van Es)

Like in the rest of France, the Chalosse area contains a rich cultural heritage. Within a stone´s throw from the hotel you can find the prehistoric museum 'Dame de Brassempouy'. On this spot a figurine from the prehistory was found; only 1,44 inch head of the Brassempouys Venus or “Dame de Brassempouy”. It is the oldest precise picture of a human face known in history. It is between 22,000 and 26,000 years old.

Posted by SARL La Petite Couronne / Saint Cricq Chalosse / France
Experienced on the 18-07-2012

Landes Tips

Fête de Dax / Course Landaise

Dax(Nancy van Es)

Many rural festivals taking place in spring until the late autumn in the Southwest of France. One of the most visited is Dax. Beside plenty of food and drinks, this “Village en fête” are combined traditionally with the “Course Landaise”. This event looks like a Spanish bullfight, but instead of bulls, cows are used. It is a game between man and animal, whereas the animal is not killed. Every year this event takes place arount the 15th of August in the Arena of Dax.

Posted by SARL La Petite Couronne / Saint Cricq Chalosse / France
Experienced on the 15-08-2012

Saint Cricq Chalosse Tips

Auberge La Ferme aux Grives

Lieu dit Les Charmilles, 40320 Eugenie-les-Bains(05.58.05.05.06)

The L'Auberge La Ferme aux Grives restaurant is owned by Michel Guerard, a three star Michelin chef.
The atmosphere is charming and authentic, where local ingredients are used to create wonderful gastronomic experiences.
Menus is € 48 (average) and has a fantastic price / quality ratio.
Price / quality beautiful.

Posted by SARL La Petite Couronne / Saint Cricq Chalosse / France
Experienced on the 29-09-2011

Espinasse-Vozelle Tips

Vichy, the beautiful Spa Town

Vichy 03200 (8 km's from Espinasse-Vozelle

Vichy, a beautiful spa town 8 km's from our home, has so many things to see and do - amongst other the beautiful Opera house with a program surpassing many big cities organised by the talented cultural Director, Diane Polya-Zeitline.

Posted by Aux Jardins des Thevenets / France
Experienced on the 15-09-2011

Tips

Maison Decoret

15, rue du Parc, 03200 VICHY(33-470976506)

Jacques Decoret has been likened to Ferran Adria - the French 'El Buli'. His cuisine is out of this world, reinventing tastes. A moment and money well spent! Worth the detour.

Posted by Aux Jardins des Thevenets / France
Experienced on the 02-06-2011

Grasse Tips

Restaurant des 2 Rocs

1, Place font Carre, 83 440 Seillans(0033494768732)

I have had Sunday lunch here twice recently and highly recommend everything about it. The village setting,attention to detail,the food,presentation and the general friendly atmosphere.

Posted by Paul Oatway / Cannes / France
Experienced on the 24-11-2013

Seillans Tips

la Gloire de mon Pere

Place du Thouron, 83440 Seillans(0494 769868)

Ein Traum einfach selber schauen und sich fallen lassen.

Posted by Ralph Bungartz / Köln / Deutschland
Experienced on the 03-06-2013

Carcassonne Tips

La Roulotte

6 rue Denisse(0468250703)

Small charming restaurant serving beautifully prepared local food with a fine selection of local wines at a very reasonable price.

Posted by 42 Rue Victor Hugo / Carcassonne / France
Experienced on the 12-10-2012

Aude Tips

La Roulotte

6 rue Denisse(0468250703)

Small charming restaurant serving beautifully prepared local food with a fine selection of local wines at a very reasonable price.

Posted by 42 Rue Victor Hugo / Carcassonne / France
Experienced on the 12-10-2012

Conflans sur Anille Tips

Famous Loire Valley Castles and Leonardo da Vinci's home

Amboise and Chenonceau(Marnie de Vanssay)

Make an excursion into the more touristy part of the Loire for a day, just an hour buccolic drive from Château de la Barre, and visit Leonardo da Vinci's home, and famous Chenonceau castle. Or, on another day, Chambord and Cheverny. The château will prepare a picnic hamper for you.

Posted by Chateau de la Barre / France
Experienced on the 10-05-2013

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