Located in the Drôme Provençale, the charming village of Grignan
will welcome you with spectacular sunset views of Mademoiselle de Sévigné‘s Château de Grignan perched high on an ancient Roman hill and offering sweeping views of the Provençal mountains of Lance, Mont Ventoux, and the Dentelles. Wander the quaint streets of Grignan and listen to the mighty mistrals whistling and blowing their cold winds through the town’s bell towers and church steeples before checking into the tellement charmant and very French Le Clair de la Plume Hotel, offering her guests classic French charm and ambiance in sixteen rooms and suites while maintaining a sense of luxury and opulence with a focus on individual attention. The history of the house is extensive: constructed in the 17th century by the Count of Grignan and initially a lodging for local monks, the house has lived many lives: storage for local truffles, a rendez-vous for Picasso’s muse, Madame Sourdive, and finally a local connection, Canadian Ambassador Lord Southam and his wife, who chose to brave the Provencal mistrals and make Grignan their country stop.
Dinner is a must in her dining room with one-starred Michelin Chef Julien Allano offering a creative menu and for this writer, a five-course Menu Vegetal, all supported by an outstanding wine list. Of course, we are in France and a sweet sampling of Pastry Chef Jean-Christophe Vitte, who in 2015, won ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France glacier’ is a must. Sip a cocktail or (of course) a flute of champagne in the Bistro and nibble on tartare, smoked salmon and Foie gras. Breakfast is a sumptuous buffet of coffee, croissant, viennoiseries and individually cooked eggs can be enjoyed in their conservatory and on lovely Provençal sunny days, in their Mediterranean garden. If you can, ask for the private Lover’s Pavilion, your own Petit Trianon, located just 100 meters from the main hotel, where you can enjoy spectacular and romantic sunset views of de Sévigné’s Chateaux across golden fields of wheat and purple rows of lavender. And should the Mistrals blow not too fresh, consider a private dip in the hotel’s pool with your special amour and listen to the chirping frogs serenade a full moon, softly rising over the Chateau.
That’s what we did.
#TravelWell my friends to Grignan and a little luxury at Le Clair de la Plume!
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