It is almost 100 years since this part of France was the scene of some of the worst battles fought in modern European history. The Domaine Le Parc played more than its fair share in those dreadful days and evidence still remains within the large wooded grounds that surround this fine 18th century house perched on a high ridge overlooking the Oise River in the shape of concrete bunkers.
The house is tastefully decorated in traditional style and the public areas are enhanced by interesting objects d'arts such as the rocking horse that keeps watch on the landing whilst a selection of Hogarth-like boudoir scenes adorn the walls of the main stair case immediately below. An atmosphere of relaxed comfort is clearly the intention that this lovely couple have strived to produce and they have successfully achieved their goal.
We ate alone in the romantically appointed dining room but felt completely relaxed and were well served by Anne in a professional but informal manner. Dinner, which is cooked by Anne's husband, Josh, is without choice but this is no hardship and we ate firstly a superbly prepared fillet of sole with Puy lentils with a glass of Bourgogne Aligoté and this was followed by a succulent boeuf bourguinon partnered by generous quantities of an excellent Cotes du Rhone red.
The cheese board consisted of a choice of about eight different cheeses and our dessert was a pièce de résistance apple tart. Then came the free coffees with petits fours. This was a lavish meal and all for £38 per head!
Our capacious bedroom was very comfortable with an en-suite of comparable size containing both bath and shower and tea / coffee making facilities. All very much appreciated by tired travellers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming Bed and Breakfast with Gourmets Table in Picardy near the Champagne. Jedy and Damien welcome you warmly in their authentic 18th century Manor-House, situated in a wooded park of 5ha and overlooks the Oise valley. Periods sitting rooms . The comfortable rooms provided a sitting area, Wif, TVsat. and airconditioning, bathroom equipped with shower, toilet and balneo bath from 75,-€ to 95,-€ breakfast included. An international breakfast will be served in the winter garden during springtime, on the terrace in summer and in the dining room, near the kitchen in front of the fireplace in autumn and winter. Every evening, Damien, experienced chef in qualified restaurants, suggest you a different Menu des Gourmets with the seasons suggestion Menu includes an entrée, main course, cheese, dessert, 1/2 bottle of wine and coffee or tea. It's a elaborate and tasty kitchen, served by Jedy in the dinning room or on the terrace while you enjoy the sunset. Domaine Le Parc is a nice, peaceful place for one or several nights. ... more less