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Hotel Suggestion South of Paris

Sweetbread Apr 17, 2007 04:55 PM

My husband and I are flying into Charles de Gaulle around 5pm in late May and plan to rent a car and head south to the Dordogne, where we've rented a farmhouse. I am looking for a charming, tasty spot (I am a food writer), where we can spend the night about a 30 minute drive south of Paris. Any ideas? We were hoping to pay around $150-200 USdollars...

Thanks so much!

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  1. ChefJune RE: Sweetbread Apr 17, 2007 06:58 PM

    not sure what autoroute you're taking, but the Hostellerie des Clos in Chablis is charming, has a GREAT restaurant and is reasonably priced.

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      Sweetbread RE: ChefJune May 1, 2007 11:56 AM

      My apologies it has taken so long to get back to you and thank you for this wonderful suggestion. We managed to reserve a room at Hostellerie des Clos and look forward to dining there, as well. (We're stopping there on our way up from the Dordogne, not down.) Since you so kindly suggested this wonderful spot, do you have any recommendations for one dinner in Paris? My husband and I love seafood and much prefer a fabulous local experience with a great atmosphere and wine over a 3-star Michelin spot (we're coming from two nights at Chateau les Crayerers in Champagne).


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        ChefJune RE: Sweetbread May 1, 2007 12:57 PM

        for a stellar seafood experience, I love La Cagouille in the 14th... it's on a tiny alley called Place Constantin Brancusi, off of rue de Ouest. Surroundings are very modern, blond wood and glass, and the menu is practically all fish and seafood. Chef Gerard Allemandou also has one of the most extensive Cognac collections of any restaurant in Paris. A great way to end your evening!

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          ChefJune RE: Sweetbread May 1, 2007 12:59 PM

          Since you love seafood, I hope Chef Vignaud has his beggars purse filled with scallops on the menu the night you're there!

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            Sweetbread RE: ChefJune May 2, 2007 07:07 AM

            Thank you for suggesting La Cagouille. Do you recommend making a reservation for the night of Tuesday, June 12th? I don't know how crowded places get on a Tuesday night in June...

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              ChefJune RE: Sweetbread May 2, 2007 09:57 AM

              imho, it's always a good idea to make a reservation so you won't be disappointed. Should you change your mind, you can always call and cancel, even at the last minute!

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            The Chowhound Team RE: Sweetbread May 2, 2007 10:25 AM

            Just a little reminder, Folks. Chowhound is about finding great food, lodging discussion are out of scope for our forum. Please do continue to discuss all of the great dining opportunities in France, but no more lodging discussion.

            Thanks for helping us maintain the value of Chowhound as a focussed food resource.

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              ChefJune RE: The Chowhound Team May 2, 2007 11:02 AM

              Sorry... this "lodging question" was definitely food related!

        2. BlueOx RE: Sweetbread Apr 17, 2007 07:37 PM

          Last September, when driving back from Dordogne to Paris we had lunch south of Orleans at Le Relais de Sologne (http://www.lerelaisdesologne.com/inde...). Its was a terrific meal, a white fish (pike, I think) in a red wine sauce. Plus every thing with it was perfect.

          If you can't make Orleans, which is probably going to be about 2 hours from CDG, checkout the Michelin guide for places along the way. When I know the route we plan to take, I will get the guide recommendations and map. then print out alternative places to stop, just in case. Plus I truly hate to ask directions, particularly in French.

          1. Busk RE: Sweetbread May 2, 2007 01:44 PM


            Les Vaux de Cernay. Enough said.

            I haven't eaten at the resto, but whilst picniquing in the wood saw the chef cutting, fat wild mushrooms for the evening's menu. That was convincing enough for me.

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              ChefJune RE: Busk May 2, 2007 02:07 PM

              WOW! where is this? I'd love to have some of those mushrooms!

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