Hi, I posted yesterday with a different, less specific title. I did get a very helpful suggestion to consider Chateau des Bagnols which does look absolutely fantastic but it's more than I'd like to spend--I'd prefer to spend no more than about $400-500 per night for the room. So I'm trying again with a more specific title.
I'm in the process of planning a trip to France to celebrate my 50th birthday in September. I already have rented an apartment in Paris for a week and am looking for somewhere outside of Paris for 2-3 nights. I've been to France many times and have been to most regions but never to Lyon or the surrounding area. I love good food so Lyon is definitely on my list for that reason, and also because it's an easy TGV ride from Paris (although I realize we'll probably have to rent a car in Lyon to get to hotels that are out in the countryside).
Excellent food and a beautiful relaxing setting are the main things I'm looking for.
I've looked on the Relais & Chateaux website and several places look interesting--such as Alain Chapel and Regis et Jacques Marcon (aka Clos des Cimes? That's unclear). But I haven't found much if any feedback about them here on TA.
One place I did see some very nice reviews for here on TA is a place about 2 hours from Lyon (near St. Etienne) called Les Deux Abbesses.
And I just looked at the website for La Pyramide in Vienne that also looks nice. And then there's Troisgros...I'm getting overwhelmed ;-).
If anyone has any feedback about these places, or other suggestions, I would be very grateful. I'll be traveling with a female friend so we need a place that offers rooms with two beds.