I'm just back from lunch at La Lucarne des Chouettes, and although I did not stay at the inn, I did walk through the upstairs suite so thought I could offer some useful feedback. If you disagree, feel free to skip.
First off, the auberge (inn) is very easy to find and sits at a lovely location on the river. The building is charming, having been entirely rennovated under the supervision of Leslie Caron (and her son who now lives in England) who "hates ruins" and "would rebuild the Parthenon" so that people can use it. We had lunch as a group, and had specifically arranged so that Ms. Caron would be there and have lunch with us. (She lives in Paris, but says she goes to Villeneuve-sur-Yonne about once a week.) She was very gracious and patient with our questions and posing for photos.
The food was very good with several interesting twists. For example, a mild seafood terrine was set off by a surprisingly sweet pistachio coulis. Excellent, but unexpected. A good burgundy wine from the region was served. My only quibble was with a too-bland-for-me strawberry mousse pie on a thin, sponge cake base. Another friend liked it, though. That main dessert was followed up by a plate of other sweets including guimauve (a sort of homemade marshmallow popular in France) "kebobs", almond tuiles, and small bite-sized yellow cakes.
The suite I viewed was upstairs above the reception and is referred to on the inn's web site as "The Duplex." The first room is charming and has a single bed and a fireplace, but the old steps leading up are very, very steep and narrow. The bathroom is adjacent to this 2nd floor room. There's a second, equally steep and narrow, flight of stairs up to the second room which has a double bed, sloped ceiling and big beams. Both rooms face the river and are charmingly decorated, but would not be suitable for anyone with mobility issues. I would expect the rooms to be fairly quiet for sleeping.
It is a short walk into town where a market opens on Fridays with a local specialty being honey and other bee-products. The town church is brightly lit through soaring windows in Gothic arches. The oldest portions being 800 years old. If you speak French, the man who tends it is very knowledgable and eager to show off its treasures.
- Also Known As:
- La Lucarne Aux Chouettes Hotel
- La Lucarne Aux Chouettes Hotel Villeneuve-Sur-Yonne
- La Lucarne Aux Chouettes Villeneuve-Sur-Yonne, France - Burgundy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L’auberge de la Lucarne aux chouettes se situe au bord de l’eau, au cœur de Villeneuve sur Yonne.Cet établissement a été rendu célèbre grâce à sa créatrice Leslie Caron qui a su apporter à ce site tout le charme nécessaire à sa réputation d’aujourd’hui.Caroline Marinelli, la nouvelle propriétaire depuis le 6 octobre 2011, s’est entourée d’une équipe jeune afin d’offrir à sa clientèle un service dynamique.Hôtel, restaurant, bar à vin ou salon de thé, quel que soit votre choix, vous serez accueillis chaleureusement par notre équipe. ... more less