Recently, my partner and I were in Paris for a week, and we organized mid-week to go up to the Pas-de-Calais, and stay at the new and improved Auberge de la Grenouillere. The property is a healthy mix of old and new architecture and history. We have been a fan of Chef Alexandre Gauthier since day one of him taking over the kitchen from his father, Roland. (T.A. review with pictures of our return restaurant experience at La Grenouillere to follow...)
This time around, we visited to stay a night in their newly built 'huts', plus, enjoy yet another wonderful dinner experience inside their sleek new minimal dining room.
If you love modern architecture and design, along with modern French gastronomy and service, this is the place to stay in Montreuil-sur-Mer. Our hut was not quite glamping, nor, cottaging, somewhere in between, and a nice combination of rusticity and luxury. The grounds around property are painstakingly kept, yet, appearing so whimsically well, as if the huts just grew out of the ground around the charmingly old white-washed inn.
The new breakfast room is white on white (connecting the new with the old), affording sweeping views of the walled town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in the hilly distance. Breakfast service was fun, basically, like camping indoors, complete with a coffee thermos and other packed goodies to open up and enjoy - it made me feel like a kid again!
This was such a fun outing from Paris. I do recommend using the train service from the Gare du Nord, up to Montreuil-sur-Mer, especially, if you are like me and don't care to drive when on vacation. The auberge can arrange a pick-up for you at the town's tiny train station. Or, you can always walk from the station, to the auberge (so long as you've packed lightly as we did), as it is a lovely stroll through the old town and lush green countryside, on the way to the property.
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