Just a few weeks ago we had the chance to revisit Karin and Sydney, and La Parare. We must be two of the luckiest people in the world to be able to enjoy it a second time in two years! We found everything to be just as good, if not better than the first time we stayed here in June of 2012. Karin and Sydney are even more welcoming, if that is possible. They prepared and served a delicious dinner upon our arrival, then topped that by bringing in a local chef, Frederic, from Parcours to give us a cooking class, which was fun and inspirational. And, of course, breakfast was as delightful as ever, with fantastic breads and pastries, some of which Karin bakes; home-made preserves; yogurt; homemade granola; salami and havarti with dill--one of my favorite cheeses; boiled eggs; and the ever-delicious daily offering of Karin's pancakes and this time, lovely delicate waffles! Juice, coffee, and tea are offered first, before any other courses and the fresh-squeezed o.j. was delicious--and I'm not much of a juice drinker. It was simply lovely to linger over breakfast, enjoying the view of the surrounding hills and the bells of the church in Chateauneuf-Villeveille.
The accommodations remain first-rate. Each room is unique, but equally well-appointed. We stayed in the Tower Room, once again, which I love for its spaciousness and views out the bathroom window as the sun rises behind the church in Chateauneuf-Villeveille. It is breathtaking very early in the morning, just as the sun comes up, and the church tower remains illuminated. I also enjoyed some of Karin and Sydney's excellent wine cellar, available to guests for a charge, naturally. It was very nice not to have to stop at the market just to get a glass or two for lunch or in the evening.
Once again, Sydney gave us some excellent recommendations for restaurants in the region. Our favorite was the restaurant at the Auberge de la Madone in the village of Peillon, up a winding road about twenty minutes away. We went there on a night when France was playing in the World Cup and meant to eat at a restaurant in Conte, the larger town down the hill from Chateauneuf-Villeveille. But everything was closed because of the match. So we took Sydney's recommendation to drive to the charming village of Peillon and it was a magical experience! A table on their gracious patio; a congenial wait staff, particularly the maitre'd, Herve, who recommended a terrific bottle of wine; a meal that featured roast leg of lamb and ended with a cherry clafouti . . . thank you once again, Sydney! it was one of the best evenings we had on our month-long vacation. Sydney can also direct you to noteworthy villages throughout the region, whether you wish to visit those that cater to tourists or those less-frequented by travelers. Karin also makes excellent suggestions along those lines. For instance, upon leaving for Italy she suggested an alternate route that took us along the coast, rather than immediately on the autoroute. The views of Monaco and the Mediterranean were spectacular!
We will return to La Parare as soon as possible. Karin and Sydney have become more than our favorite hosts, but friends. Yet, we are not special, in that regard. Everyone who stays at La Parare becomes friends with these two wonderful people whose pleasure it is to share their corner of the south of France with others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Guest house La Parare: Old stone farmhouse 17th century, vaults, terraces and stunning swimming pool with jet steam. Beautiful scenery and very calm, view on the mountains and the olive grove. Charm & authenticity - contemporary decoration between Zen and Provence. 4 Large bed rooms/suites w large bathrooms, dinner facilities and possibility to have massage. 35 Min from Nice Intl airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Parare France/Chateauneuf-Villevieille