We found Grignan by accident last summer, stopping for a coffee on our way home after a day out with family. We really liked both the village and the look of Le Clair de la Plume, so much so that we booked a weekend stay a few weeks later. We enjoyed that so much that we booked again for the "Réveillon" (New Year's Eve). The special menu looked amazing, but my wife doesn't eat nuts, and some of the dishes did contain them. When I called to book, the staff couldn't have been more helpful, reassuring us that the chef would be able to take this into account. When we checked in they confirmed that this had been noted on our reservation.
The meal was every bit as excellent as we had hoped. I had thought that the chef might just subsitute other dishes for the "nutty" ones, but instead he had taken the trouble to prepare the same dishes nut-free for my wife, so we could both enjoy the same menu. It's exactly that attention to detail that makes this hotel so special.
If I have any criticism of the meal at all it is just that it was difficult to choose a single wine to accompany all the courses, but the wine list has a very limited selection of small bottles. An option to have some wines by the glass, perhaps chosen to accompany each dish, would have been useful. Our inevitable compromise was two bottles...
Our room was comfortable, with a good-quality bed and modern and spotlessly clean bathroom. Being an old building the rooms differ in size and price, and do be aware that there's no lift so if you have a second-floor room you do have stairs to climb. The hotel was warm and cozy in December, the rooms are air-conditioned if you're there in the heat of summer.
Grignan as a whole is a lovely little village, and the Chateau is well worth a visit. We've already booked our next stay at Le Clair de la Plume for next summer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Provence, the historical village of Grignan is home to our charming 4-star hotel: cross the gate and enter through our garden. The joy of life is felt in our distinguished rooms offering views onto the garden or fountain. Our private house offers home felt comfort 100 meters away. Le Clair de la Plume, always open, proposes a gastronomic dinners with fresh products of Provence. "Bistro" formula for lunch, and tea room every afternoon. For those warm sunny days, our organic Mediterranean garden offers (200 meters away), not only another outdoor restaurant, but also a natural, chemical free swimming pool. Among this garden, we offer our lovers' pavilion; for those special vacations just for two. Finally, in the village centre, our gift shop offers scents & traditions of Provence. ... more less
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