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“Delightful”
Review of Le Clos du Chene

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Le Clos du Chene
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Bernard
Dublin, Irland
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Delightful”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

My husband and I spent a wonderful night in Le Clos du Chene recently. We had spent the previous two nights in a luxury five star hotel in Lyon, which we left early because of noise and poor accessibility. The peace and tranquility of Le Clos du Chene was superb and the hosts restored our faith in French hospitality. We were made feel very welcome and the room and services were excellent. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon by the beautiful pool.

The recommendation for dinner was excellent and the breakfast next morning was perfect. We left this lovely property reluctantly but hope to return to sample the delights that the hosts Cheryl and Michel offer at Le Clos du Chene.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chartres, France
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2012

My wife and I commented after leaving the Clos du Chene that it is very rare indeed not to have a single negative comment to make about a hotel. Normally, either service is good but price is a bit steep. Or the price is right but the bed is a bit small or... Here, everything was perfect: the design of the family suite (on two levels), the bed and mattress, the warm welcome, the swimming pool. Just perfect. Simple but perfect. Thanks!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
204 reviews
130 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2011

We recently stayed at Le Clos du Chene for one night after leaving Lyon and slowly following the Saone River to Saint Bernard. The website is perfectly accurate -- it is a small property on a slope leading to the Saone - with rooms in a separate building towards the back of the property. The buildling consists of a large living room, dining area, kitchen (where they prepare dinners and breakfasts), outdoor patio (where we ate both meals) and rooms on the ground and 1st floor.

I had selected a room on the 1st floor and it far exceeded my expectations. It was huge, beautifully decorated in French country style, wood floor, sitting area, good sized balcony with table and chairs, large bathroom with skylight and beautiful fixtures (and Occitane products!), flat screen TV and free internet. From the room/balcony, we could see over the horse paddocks to the river, and see boat traffic on the river as well. Very green, very quiet and very lovely. A lot like being guests in someone's home.

That night, the owners served dinner (since there were more than 6 guests I think) on the patio, setting individual tables on the patio. We had a lovely 4 course meal (foie gras and haricot verts starter, beef kebabs and vegetables, cheese, and creme brulee) with a lot of personal attention from the owners, including help with local wines. It was absolutely beautiful as the sun went down and candles were lit.

The next morning, we had breakfast outside -- a large basket of breads and croissants, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee and a small buffet with yogurt, cheese, cereal and fruit. It was totally relaxing -- and led to more conversations with the owners. They are there for a chat if you wish, but they also respect your privacy and never hover over you.

The place is so lovely and quiet that I'd have been happy using it as a home base for a few days. There is a restaurant in the village, so if the hotel is not serving, one could certainly walk or drive over. It might be a little too quiet for more than a night or two, but it was absolutely perfect for a night in the country with river view. And it was definitely one of the best rooms we've ever had, anywhere in Europe, especially for a country house. The owners have paid attention to details (an electric kettle in the room!) and are very helpful.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 18 December 2008

We were motoring up from Toscana in Italy and were looking for somewhere to stay in Rhone valley, we should have pre booked a hotel before leaving, at a service station I purchased the Michelin Chambres d'hotes guide, best 20 Euros I have ever spent.

We phoned The Clos and I was answered by a New York lady named Cheryl, after being given directions to S. Bernard, not known by satelite, we made our way and found an absolute jewel of a house, hidden away in a little back lane in S. Bernard.

This little hotel has swimming pool, beautiful gardens, secure car park, en-suite fantastic 5 star bedrooms and even a gypsy caravan with all comforts to choose from.

Great breakfast of local cakes and bread, with real squeezed orange and plenty of coffee.

Cherly will cook for you if there are at least 6 guests in the house otherwise a visit to one of the local restaurants.

The house has a paddock with horses and borders with the river Saone..

I would gladly recommend, this little hotel to anyone who would wish to stay there.

We will be booking a few nights on my way to Toscana in 2009.

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  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Clos du Chene

Property: Le Clos du Chene
Address: 370 Chemin du Carre, 01600 Saint-Bernard, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Ain > Saint-Bernard
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Bernard
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Clos du Chene 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a superb, completely enclosed property, Le Clos du Chene offers quiet and comfort only 25 km North of Lyon, 5 km from Villefranche sur Saone. River views, private parking, hearty breakfast, home cooked meals upon reservation. Charming country atmosphere. English spoken. ... more   less 
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