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Aux Delices de la Cigogne

RT1 Nemeara Bp 349, Bourail, Grand Terre 98870 New Caledonia
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#5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Grand Terre
Bed and breakfast, in Bourail, we also serve lunch and diner.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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RT1 Nemeara Bp 349, Bourail, Grand Terre 98870 New Caledonia
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We arrived to 4 aggressive barking dogs. After yelling for attention for 5 minutes the owner finally acknowledged us and came out. We were then shown to our small room with a bunk bed. We were considering having dinner there but decided against it. Thank god as the dining room was filled with smoke and was complete with 5 rawcous drunk men holding up the bar. Considering the cost was 7,300 F I would suggest avoiding this place at all cost.
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Response from Marion L, Propriétaire at Aux Delices de la Cigogne
Responded Jan 5, 2015
Bonjour Navrée que vous ayez du attendre, mais mon mari etait en cuisine et n'entendait pas et moi je n’était pas en salle, et puis si vous aviez réfléchit, mes chiens (3 et non 4) aboyaient simplement parce que vous restiez sur le parking au lieu de monter, croyez vous qu'ils seraient lâchés s'ils mordaient! Oui j'avais des clients au bar, qui fumaient en buvant un apéro (et qui n'étaient pas ivres, à moins que rigoler en buvant un verre puisse vous qualifier d'ivrogne!) quand il n'y a que des fumeurs, ça ne dérange personne, et ils ont suffisamment de savoir vivre pour aller fumer dehors qd il y a des non fumeurs, mais nous n'attendions personne de plus pour le repas, étant donné que nous fonctionnons sur réservation (nous sommes une table d'hôte et non un restaurant) et que vous aviez dit que vous ne mangiez pas avec nous. Et pour finir, et non vous n'avez pas payé 7300f mais 6300f vu que vous ne vouliez pas la clim vu qu'elle n'était pas gratuite!
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We (26 & 27) stayed here for 3 nights (2 nights and then came back for another night) - Philippe and Marion who run the place are extremely generous - with time and with portions. The rooms are fine - nothing to shout about but clean and fairly decent mattresses (which is a rarity in New Caledonia) with small en-suite. But that is not why you would choose to stay here - you stay here for the food and it would be a crying shame if there weren't seats at the table so make sure you book it in! Philippe is an outstanding chef and the price is extremely reasonable for genuine five-star quality. The most incredibly tender (and enormous) steak I've ever tasted on night one and it only got better from there. We had been deer stalking with a lodge up the road, Philippe thought the price outrageous so called up his mate and the next morning he was leading us up into the hills at 5am and we found them 4km up on the peak. Gratuit - he did it out of generosity - so we just shared a drink later. Stay here - it beats 3 other places we stayed in Bourail hands down.
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I loved it. At first, when we arrived and checked in, I was badly disappointed. The rooms are small and pokey, with no TV and nowhere to sit. If you sit outside you are looking over a large, unattractive gravel parking area. However, the feature of this Gite is the dinner. It begins with pre-dinner drinks in the large bar-dining room and moves on to a wonderful laugh-filled evening of French food from the Alsace area with two wonderful and humorous hosts. The night we were there the other guest were all locals from Noumea. This in itself is a testimony to the place –its popularity with locals. Our French is not very good, so we could not join in fully. The hostess Marion is apologetic about her English, but its fine. She conversed with us very well. This is our first experience of a Gite in new Caledoia…. When we return, we’ll return to La Cigogne and we’ll try other Gites as well. Summary – For New Caledonia, very inexpensive, and a great experience.
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The place is certainly not a five star hotel, but all is very compensated by its wonderful family atmosphere. We had a great lunch with the owners and some other visitors. Everybody felt immediately as friends. If you like to experience genuine hospitality in a scenic landscape, this is the place to go!
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This is a gite, which after I have stayed in one, I am now a complete fan of. It is a bed and breakfast and restaurant. The restaurant was great. Philippe is from Alsace and cooks up specialities from the region using local produce. It's XPF3200 for dinner and dessert and they were both lovely - the best value for money meal we had in our whole trip. Actually, I think it was the best meal. The steak really was mouthwateringly tender and came with a delicious sauce and Philippe made extra of the prawn dish so we could all try this local delicacy. What was fun, and why I have described this as a lovely New Caledonia experience, is that we all (owners and guests) sat around the table together for dinner and chatted. Philippe can speak German and French and Marion has some English has well as French, and is very willing to give it a go. It's amazing how much you can make yourself understood! The rooms are simple, but clean and with ensuite, and best of all for rather expensive New Caledona cost XPF6300 a night for a couple including breakfast (homemade preserves with bread and pastries). You can check them out on the website: http://cigogne.onlc.fr/3-Nos-chambres.html We only stayed for a night, but in hindsight it would have been good to have stayed for two to see if Philippe could better the dinner of the first night! The place is a bit out of Bourail heading north. It's on the left. You do need to book in advance for dinner. Our hotel in Noumea called the morning we headed up to make the reservation and that was fine, but you may strike more difficulty in the high season. In terms of things to do in the area, we went snorkelling at Poe beach and walked the track at La Roche Perchee, both of which were very pleasant. They have what looks to be a complete collection of Bourail tourist brochures at the gite if you need inspiration.
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