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Le Clair de la Plume
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Grignan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 20, 2012

Great staff, extremely courteous service and lovely food.
This is a fascinating boutique hotel in a lovely village.
Our room was lovely and overlooked the dining courtyard.
The Mistral was in full flow during our final day which cooled things down nicely.
I would definitely recommend this hotel ****

Room Tip: We only have experience of one room, but overlooking the dining courtyard was absolutely lovely.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Clairplume, Gérant at Le Clair de la Plume, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2012

Dear Sir,
Many thanks for your kind review.
All the team is informed of online comments, and thank you too for your great comment.
We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you again at Le Clair de la Plume.
Best regards.
Jean Luc

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Reviewed March 5, 2012

I always ask my company if they'd be kind enough to book a room for me in this charming hotel whenever I am visiting Taulignan on business. The rooms are very tastefully decorated and the food is heavenly! The staff are attentive and knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

We stayed at Le Clair de la Plume for 1 night while on route from the Lubron Valley in southern Provence to Burgundy. We wish we had stayed longer! Our room was very spacious room, clean, in great condition and beautifully decorated. The staff are extremely helpful and full of good ideas for exploring this charming town. We spent the one day we were there casually cycling around the lavendar fields and vineyards which sourround the beautiful village of Grignan (where the hotel is located). It was great experience. The hotel offers a fabulous restaurant - the food is delicious, and as you would expect, so is the wine. As we were there in summer, we enjoyed our meal in their beautiful summer garden (not sure if they use this during the cooler months). I would highly recommend the hotel and restaurant - you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

I have stayed in Le Clair de la Plume every year now for the past four years and it is absolutely my favourite hotel in all of France. The rooms are clean, beautiful and elegant, the staff are extremely polite and helpful and the owner Mr. Valadeau makes sure his guests feel welcome and truly cared for. The Hotel has expanded over the past few years and now has a fabulous restaurant as well as a summer garden and swimming pool. Each room has it's own style, but all are beautifully decorated, with antique furniture, lovely soaps and a fresh rose to welcome you. The hotel is situated only a few steps away from the beautiful and charming village of Grignan, but to be honest, what I really come for is just to relax and enjoy this little slice of heaven.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Clairplume, Gérant at Le Clair de la Plume, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2011

Dear Mme Slade, many thanks for your comment about Le Clair de la Plume.
This is great to hear from you via TripAdvisor. Hoping to welcome you soon, again, here.
Best regards.
Jluc

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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
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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
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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
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Address: 2 Place du Mail, 26230, Grignan, France
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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
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Grignan
Price Range: $144 - $396 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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