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“Excellent food in lovely garden” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Clair de la Plume

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Le Clair de la Plume
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Grignan
Certificate of Excellence
Sommerhausen
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent food in lovely garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2011

Unfortunately the hotel was fully booked but we had dinner for 2 night in this lovely garden. The receptionist was very helpful in finding another hotel (Hotel Sevigne) and even phoned teh owner. The food was delicious, especially the truffe plates (black angus and dessert) are recommendable. The service was great the first night and OK the second night. Great place to spend your time.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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49 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2011

Given the less than amazing snow conditions @ Chamonix, we decided to change our trip itinerary slightly and added a short detour to this charming village for a night. We stayed and ate at Le Clair de la Plume. Would highly recommend everyone do the same, regardless of snow conditions. Will definitely be back in another season, ideally spring or fall when I would imagine the village will be busier but still charming.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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93 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2011

We stayed for 3 nights at this hotel. We did not stay in the hotel itself, but rather at the "Private House" ("Maison Privee") that is located about 1/2 block up the street from the back door of the hotel. The private house is in fact a very grand mansion that has been recently restored.

When we arrived, we were very warmly greeted by Julie at reception. I was immediately impressed about how great she spoke English (especially compared to my French), until she told us that she grew up in Milwaukee. Julie's warmth and helpfulness were equalled by the staff of the dining room, who were the only other hotel personnel with whom we had any dealings.

We stayed in the Thierry Suite, which is on the "First Floor" - i.e., one flight up a very beautiful marble staircase. The Suite is very large, with high ceilings, and includes completely modernized, bathroom and separate toilet. The bathroom was very satisfactory. Grignan is set among the lavendar fields in Provence and, in keeping with that geography, the complimentary soaps and shampoo had a lovely scent. The toilet cabin was fine but quite small; my husband said he thought he was back on the airplane!

Although large, the suite was rather oddly furnished. The bed is approximately the size of a "Queen." Although there would be space in the room for a lovely sitting area, it appears that the owners chose to simply use odds & ends that they had available. So, there is a beautiful dining table pushed against one wall (additional leaves for the table are in a closet, that if added would probably suffice for a dinner party of 12-14), 2 worn leather chairs, and a small desk. There is a wall mounted TV which can only be viewed from the bed, not the chairs. While we did not spend much time in the room, aside from sleeping, for the price of the room (185 E/night, without breakfast), I think that more thought could have gone into furnishing the room. It could be that the rooms in the hotel itself are furnished more conventionally; this was the only room that we saw so I cannot comment.

A similar comment for the beautiful semi-private terrace, shared with the adjoining building. There is no furniture whatsoever on the Suite's side of the terrace. A couple of resin chairs would cost next-to-nothing and would hugely improve the enjoyment quotient of the terrace.

We dined in the hotel twice for dinner and once for breakfast. The breakfast, for an additional 14E/person, consists of a buffet of beautiful assortments of pastries, cheese, and cured meats, choice of fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, yoghurt, and cereals. In addition, eggs and cooked meats are available on request, although we did not do so.

Our 2 dinners in the hotel were mixed. The menu is rather limited -- fine if you are only eating there one night but somewhat confining for multiple visits. There is a prix fixe 3-course dinner with some choices and also a chef's special, seasonal tasting menu. The seasonal menu featured chocolate in all the courses, and was not of interest so we chose from the 3-course menu both evenings. The positives first: My husband had the "bar" (sea perch? striped bass?) the first night and 2 weeks later declared it the best dish he'd had in our 2 week stay in France. He also ordered it 2 nights later and it was prepared slightly differently, and said it was not as good. Similarly the "sable Breton with red fruit" -- i.e., a buttery biscuit similar to a shortbread, with strawberries, cherries, and raspberries, accompanied with cherry ice cream -- was one of the best desserts that I had during our stay in France. On the other hand, one evening I ordered the "plat du jour," described by the maitre d' as a "filet of sole," and was chagrinned when it arrived to discover that it had bones -- a sentiment that was echoed by several other guests that evening whom I heard berate the maitire d' on this point.

The hotel has a private parking lot that is located a short walk (maybe 5-8 blocks) up hill from the hotel, on the outskirts of town; there is no charge for using it. There is also street parking outside the hotel where guests may park, except on Monday evening to Tuesday morning, when Grignan's weekly market takes over the street.

The location is excellent. The hotel is just at the foot of the village. It is an easy walk up to the castle and other parts of the old city. On the other hand, to reach the hotel, there is no need to go by car up, into the winding, narrow streets of the old city. The 2 mornings that we did not eat breakfast at the hotel, we walked over to the Place Sevigne for coffee at the cafe located there. Note that the cafe does not serve any pastries or breads, but there are 2 bakeries nearby and you can pick up pain au chocolat, etc. at the bakery first.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2010

Everything about this hotel was efficient - nothing wrong with that, it's exactly as it should be and it was always done with a smile. It's situated right by one of the gates into this hilltop village and you can either park outside or drive 300 metres to the owner's house and park in their garden for absolute security. A nice touch. The room we stayed in was a little compact but very original in its style and definitely clean and quite comfortable. It overlooked the restaurant where you could eat in or out and we chose the latter. The meal was absolutely excellent. They haven't got a Michelin star - yet - but the quality was very close to that standard. A lovely place to stay if you're heading south and not too far off the main motorway.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2010

We stayed for 2 nights at Le Clair (2 adults, 4 teens) and in 3 rooms. We (the adults) stayed in the Jaune room (medium), and the kids stayed in Toine and Theo (small). All the rooms were charming - but the medium room was much more generous (although small bathroom) and had a balcony. Rooms were suitably and tastefully appointed: AC, cabinets, bed stands, TV, wireless, etc. The hotel is situated at the foot of the Chateau, by the fountain, and a stone throw away from the outdoor market (a plus!). The grounds include a grassy area where breakfast and lunch are served. The hotel also has a pool and an herb yard about 300 yards away that were an unexpected bonus. We peeked into the Hotel restaurant: it was beautifully arranged, but we did not have a meal. The staff was warm, welcoming, helpful in every way and spoke English willingly, and most, flawlessly.
You would not mistake for a Relais hotel, but it's the next best thing, and highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Donneloye, Switzerland
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60 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2010

The Clair de la Plume is a delight to stay in. It is a slightly decadent XVII or XVIII "hôtel particulier" with the most delightful garden, on the edge of the medieval town of Grignan. Booking by telephone was easy and friendly, and so was our reception. You can park your car in the public way almost outside the hotel, but they recommend leaving your vehicle in the (free) guarded car park a few hundred yards away.

The rooms are wonderful: antique furniture and pictures, which lend a slightly "shabby-chic" look, while the bathrooms are modern (with being "design") and functional. It is almost like staying in a private country house - there are a selection of books lying around in each room, which emphasizes the personal feel. Discreet and fairly silent air-conditioning is welcome in the hot months. The antique beds are furnished with comfortable mattresses and spotless bedding - the usual French bolsters can be exchanged for pillows found in the cupboard. Only one problem: since the floors are old parquet, we were disturbed in the morning by the people next door clomping around in what sounded like clogs (but late enough not to annoy).

We did not require any particular room-service, so I cannot comment on that aspect. Breakfast is taken in the walled garden in the most delightful atmosphere: an excellent buffet is laid out in the old kitchen, a room little changed for at least a century. Service by the attractive and professional girls is excellent. Tea is served in the afternoon, very grand, with little home-made biscuits and "silver" and a huge choice of teas (but then, only the English know how to make tea...). We had no meals there (they serve lunch and dinner) though. Free WiFi is available - just ask for the code.

Checking out was rapid and faultless.

For a romantic, nostalgic stay in a delightful (although touristy) town in one of the most beautiful regions of France, this is very hard to beat. The only criticism I would have is that breakfast is not included in the price of the room, and is a bit stiff, at € 15 or so. Still, the room is excellent value for money, which makes up for it.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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166 reviews
103 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2010

We were located in the private house. The rooms were charming, quite big (40 m2) and really comfortable. The staff is really helpful and friendly. So the hotel is charming. Be aware it is not a standard hotel but a kind of family inn managed by a young staff, not formal at all. The private house is not with the hotel, and same for the (lovely) swimming pool. I do recommend this address, but for those who are looking for a romantic place to stay, comfortable and managed by a great team, not for those who like to travel with hotel compliant with the usual standards!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Le Clair de la Plume
Address: 2 Place du Mail, 26230, Grignan, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Drome > Grignan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Grignan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Clair de la Plume 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Provence, the historical village of Grignan is home to our charming 4-star hotel: cross the gate and enter through our garden. The joy of life is felt in our distinguished rooms offering views onto the garden or fountain. Our private house offers home felt comfort 100 meters away. Le Clair de la Plume, always open, proposes a gastronomic dinners with fresh products of Provence. "Bistro" formula for lunch, and tea room every afternoon. For those warm sunny days, our organic Mediterranean garden offers (200 meters away), not only another outdoor restaurant, but also a natural, chemical free swimming pool. Among this garden, we offer our lovers' pavilion; for those special vacations just for two. Finally, in the village centre, our gift shop offers scents & traditions of Provence. ... more   less 
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