We were sent to this Auberge as part of a package, cycling the P'Tit Train du Nord, and we were only sent because the normal auberge was full;. However this turned out to be a lucky accident for us. The I'lle de France is only a hundred meters or so from the cycle trail, and well signposted from it. It has about six rooms, each named and decorated for a different world city - we were in Marrakesh, with our friends in Mexico and Bali. The rooms were well-sized and clean, all with ensuites, intricately decorated. The host was friendly and exceptionall helpful, locking up our bikes and helping us with the baggages. The mattresses were firm and comfortable, and took away our aches from the day's ride.
Dinner came provided with our package, and was the Table d'Hote, which would have cost us $30 if we had paid for it separately. This got us a "Mise en Bouche", a "Plat Principale" (entree) and either an Entree (appetizer) or dessert. The Mise en Bouche (pea and carrot soup, intentionally lukewarm) was a glorious little intro to the main meal. Each course had four or five choices. I went for the Terrine de Wapiti (elk), which was coarse and delicious, and a duck leg which was perfectly cooked. My wife's pork medallions we also well flavoured, and there wasn't a dud dish on the menu. We split a bottle of excellent Bordeaux at $35.
Breakfast the next day was well up to the same standard, with home made croissant, your choice of eggs and fresh fruit.
I would visit this auberge again in a heartbeat, and I recommend it to anyone.
Strangely the choice of music was soft jazz versions of 70s rock classics - Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin - but not enough to intrude iof you didn't like them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three stars charming inn in the Upper Laurentides with 7 thematic comfortable rooms. Private bathroom with shower, phone and internet. Excellent restaurant on site. Close to beach, golf, skating rink and the so famous linear park "le petit train du nord". Organized for cycling, skiing, snowmobile, quad, horse-riding, canoeing and kayaking on the more than 100 lakes in Nominingue ... more less
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