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“Great place for a wedding”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Pepiniere

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La Pepiniere
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Berkeley, California
1 review
“Great place for a wedding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

Background: We rented La Pépiniére for a week-long family get together and wedding celebration in August. We hosted 15 adults and 7 children ranging in age from 2 to 13 years.

Our hosts: Linda and Pierre were attentive and helpful from the moment we made the reservation until our 5AM departure. Prior to our arrival, they helped us with the logistics of sleeping for seven families. At no time did we feel cramped—their facility could easily host more people.

We worked closely with Linda and Pierre to design a memorable wedding reception dinner. Neither of us speak French—Linda and Pierre are fluent in English. They sent us menus, which we discussed by email and by phone. It was clear that their desire was to understand and provide exactly what we wanted. They sent us additional information regarding La Pépiniére, including a detailed floor plan so that we could allocate bedrooms appropriately and judge where to hold various events on their property.

Facilities: La Pépiniére is an easy 90-minute drive from Charles de Gaulle airport (we flew directly from San Francisco), but once you arrive, you will feel as if you are in a different century. La Pépiniére is a wonderful, peaceful, rustic property with comfortable bedrooms and ivy-covered walls. La Pépiniére is very clean and well maintained without feeling sterile. The “Luxury Barn” which sleeps at least 15 deserves special mention as a magical space for children.

The house has plenty of space for people to congregate, including a modern kitchen that was fully at our disposal, a grand salon where we could enjoy conversations or play cards, and a wonderful shady garden with outdoor seating, plenty of room for kids to play, and fruit trees (two types of cherry, apple, and plums). La Pépiniére is great for kids—they have indoor and outdoor games for all ages (the big trampoline was our favorite.)

In addition to the garden, we enjoyed walking around the neighborhood, which includes a duck pond and a private lake (about 0.7 km) suitable for an impromptu picnic.

From the moment we arrived, Linda and Pierre made us feel welcome and relaxed in their beautiful home. Pierre welcomed us with fruit juice, beer, and a snack. They had stocked the kitchen so we did not have to worry immediately about groceries.

Food: Linda & Pierre worked with us to design the menu for our reception and to select the drinks. They were clear in describing what they could provide and worked with us to achieve the informal and relaxing family-style atmosphere that we desired. Some of our guests had dietary requirements (gluten intolerance & vegetarians), which they accommodated respectfully and thoughtfully. We lacked knowledge of local wines—they helped us taste and select choices that everyone enjoyed. The food service was discrete, on time, generous in portions, and tasty. Some of our international guests remarked that this was the best meal that they had eaten in Europe! Our overall ranking is that the food and wine were memorable and very affordable.

Linda and Pierre were not just generous with their time. They presented our party with complementary champagne after our wedding and organized a surprise event with floating Chinese lanterns.

Although weddings have a reputation for being overpriced, we never felt taken advantage of. Linda and Pierre’s estimate of the total cost was very accurate. Given how happy we were with their service, we would have gladly paid more.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

If you're planning to visit Paris and this would not be enough... La Pepiniere is the right place to enjoy the beautiful countryside around the city as well as a strategic point to start visiting a lot of other UNESCO actractions!
La Pepiniere is a lovely family run B&B, clean, with an excellent service and a good value for money.
Pierre &his brother will assist you in everything you need to make tour stay more than confortable!

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012

What a treat for our last night in France. We had such a warm welcome even after arriving so late and enjoyed a lovely meal which was waiting for us and very much appreciated after our long journey. La Pepiniere is full of character but with modern facilities and clean rooms. Breakfast in the garden watching the little squirrel was delightful and the homemade jams delicious. We really didn't want to leave and look forward to returning when we're back in the area. Charming hosts, a beautiful property and convenient but peaceful location too. Just perfect!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

We stayed here after day 1 of our 600km cycle trip from Paris to La Clusaz. We arrived very tired after 100km of riding into the wind and were greeted like long lost friends by Pierre. He parked us in the garden and laid on beers and biscuits which were very much in need.
The rooms were great and the beds comfy.
Dinner was with 22 other guests and was fantastic fun - plenty of food and wine! After breakfast, Pierre saw us on our way with full bottles of water and the promise of emergency rescue should we need at any point on our trip. Although we didn't need it, i have no doubt he would have been good to his word. I couldn't recommend more a stay with Pierre, Damien and their Beautiful girlfriends!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

I was looking for an experience of rural France, and a stay at La Pepiniere did not disappoint. It is a charming bed and breakfast with the option of dinner with the family (excellent food - and wine - and great company).

There is ample parking. The evening meal, cooked by Damien, was superb and the "continental" breakfast was also good. The room I stayed in is a converted barn that has retained many of its original features.

Pierre and Damien have put a huge amount of time and effort into the buildings and grounds, but most importantly, the atmosphere, that ensures a stress-free visit a world away from the "rat race".

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

I just want to say a big thank you to Pierre and Damien for making us feel special, our relaxing stay at La Pepiniere was without doubt the high point of our recent trip to France! Each morning we received a superb breakfast with homemade “confiture”; I believe the baker delivers specially.

The rooms were spotlessly clean and very nicely decorated, combining contemporary style with the more traditional features that characterise this building.
Pierre also went out of his way to propose us plans for the weekend (castle of Fountainbleau, medieval city of Provins, …) We loved this B&B!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Pepiniere
Address: Rue du Plessis | Hammeau du Plessis, 77126 Chatenay-sur-Seine, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Seine-et-Marne > Chatenay-sur-Seine
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Chatenay-sur-Seine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
After discovering the splendid medieval city of provins or visiting the french style royal gardens of fontainebleau, we offer you a relaxing stay in our guesthouse. Enjoy the peaceful setting in a small and quiet village with great views over the countryside landscapes enjoy wintertime cosiness by the fire or summer sun in our orchard garden. Take the time to visit the charming french villages in the neighbourhood with their old castles and abbeys or go for a panoramic walking / biking tour. ... more   less 

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