Hard to think of a better bolt-hole close to Paris than this beautifully decorated house right on the banks of the Seine next to the village that Poussin was born in, and whose ruined castle and willowy river bank was a favourite subject of the Impressionists and post-Impressionists. Tucked in under some magnificent chalk cliffs, La Canotière is a haven of refinement and calm presided over by the adorable Dominique and Jean-Jacques Briatte, who are as welcoming as they are cultured. The gardens are delightful — your only dilemma will be which way to point your lounger — the cliffs, the castle or the river?
No table d'hôte while I was there but they do make their own excellent bread and yoghurt every morning for breakfast. They were putting the finishing touches over the summer to new family rooms and a breakfast room at one end of the house — all of which looked very promising indeed.
Three good restaurants within a short walk in the village, with a nifty little Lebanese — a rarity in Normandy — the best value of the bunch, though lunch at La Chaine d'Or was also a bargain given the quality of the cuisine. One of those rare places with something for couples, families and even people travelling alone. I went there on my own for a few days of down time and it was perfect, with great walking right on the doorstep. Highly recommended
- Also Known As:
- La Canotiere Les Andelys, France - Haute-Normandie