My spouse and I just returned from a winter w-e at this little place by the river. We are active outdoors people and we got rather cold but clear and sunny weather, which was great for photos and the hiking we opted for given the poor snow conditions. Upon arrival, we received a very warm and cheery welcome from Lyne who walked us up to our top floor 'superior' room with river view; we were really not sure exactly what qualified as superior in this room given its more than 'quaint' size, tiny double bed and the highly 'simple living' style, but the great half-price deal we had gotten on the lodging portion certainly helped make us more inclined to overlook shortcomings. Lyne certainly aimed to please and promptly offered wine glasses and good dining advice for that 1st evening upon request. My steamed egg & fruit breakfast was great and my spouse thought the crêpes were well garnished with fruit but on the greasy side. Upon returning to our room to change and leave for the day, congratulations to Lybe for this nice touch: she set it up so the cleaning lady took care of our room while we were down to eat! After a great full exercise day at the Mont Parc des Jardins's Mont-du-Lac-des -Cygnes, an a nice shower with plenty of steaming hot water, given the season and the smaller room, it would have been a nice touch had we had access to a cozyer living/dining room with fireplace but we still opted for a Saturday dinner in with chef Gaétan Larouche: unfortunately, although the menu sounded quite creative & enticing, the Thaï smoked salmon appetizer & surprise cake desert were fine, but our rather tasteless tomato soup & overcooked coffee pork filet and veal cordon bleu made it disappointingly short of high gastronomy. The age of the building also seemed to present some noisy bathroom piping & heating challenges, when it would often feel overheated upstairs and chilly on the ground floor. Nevertheless, our 2nd river-view sunny window breakfast was perfect & very pleasant, crowned with nothing but warmth and oh so attractive and compensating generosity by the hosts!
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