Saturday, June 08, 2013

Accommodations in France 2013

Le Moulin de la Fauvette
Located in the tiny village of La Fauvette, in a pastoral setting along the Glane River, just outside of  Oradour sur Glane, Le Moulin is a place to get away from your troubles and just relax.

The commons rooms were casual and friendly, what you'd expect from a bed & breakfast. Our bedroom was basic but comfortable and the bathroom was fine. The hosts were friendly, helpful and informative, and we enjoyed chatting with other visitors over a leisurely breakfast. Very reasonably priced. Easy to find, just 3kms or so from Oradour-sur-Glane.

Domaine Mournac - Antugnac
Located on a hillside just a couple of ams above Antugnac, this is one incredibly beautiful location with spectacular views of the Pyrenees to the south looking across the valley of the Aude. Our hosts, Arlett and her husband Claude were helpful, informative and eager to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Breakfasts were simple but delicious. Sadly the weather prevented the four of us from either eating outdoors on the the patio or going for a swim in the large pool.

Parking is plentiful, grounds immaculate, and the accommodations spacious with a large bathroom and equally large shower. Moderately priced.

Be aware of is that the hosts speak very little English.

Les Maisons des Chanoines - Turenne
Perfectly located right inside one of France's most beautiful villages (plus beau village), with comfortable accommodations and a wonderful intimate restaurant in the hotel. Can be rather expensive, and parking might be an issue.

Parissharing - 22 rue de Sevigne 75004
Working with Carsten Sprotte of Parissharing was a real pleasure; he was helpful, informative and always there when we had any questions. The apartment on rue de Sevigne was ideally located for local explorations of the Marais and surrounding neighborhoods. For traveling farther afield in Paris, it's an easy two-block walk to the Metro number 1 train at Saint-Paul, or another three blocks or so toward the Seine and catch the number 7 at Pont Marie; or a 10-minute walk from the apartment to the Place Bastille for a wide variety of Metro connections.

We thought the apartment is perfect for two people.

It's well-designed and efficiently laid out, although entertaining for a larger group is not recommended. The kitchen is sleek and very well thought out but small: a two-burner cooktop with a combination microwave-conventional oven (also small). The bathroom is incredibly spacious and the large heated towel rack and shelf was a real help in drying clothes (there is a washer); and there is plenty of storage. We thought the bed a bit uncomfortable.

There is a heating system, although we never used it. I don't know if A/C is available or not so it would be wise to ask if you're planning on visiting in July or August.

The apartment is well-soundproofed and, in typical Parisian style, there are heavy drapes over the windows to keep you in nearly totally darkness if you need it.

Internet connection was quick and easy -- the wifi is ready to go with just the addition of the household password. Ethernet connection is also available but there is no cable for that.

Phone and TV were both available but we hardly used the former and didn't use the latter at all. After all, I don't come to Paris to watch television; do you?

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