Weekend escape from Paris
Need to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris? To forget ‘metro-boulot-dodo’ for 24 to 48 hour? Peace and tranquility can be yours without traveling far.
Just 45 minutes north of Paris in Bray-et-Lû, ‘Les Jardins d’Epicure’ is an oasis from the fast-paced Parisian life. Part of the Chateaux & Hotel Collection, an alliance of charming hotels throughout la France profound this property certainly does “charm” the senses.
It’s green and gorgeous and well laid out, as well as a great “home-base” for exploring the area of Vexin, including Giverny, the famous stomping grounds of Monet. The hotels provides you a excellent booklet in each room that details 14 day-trips that you can make from their location as well as information about all the surrounding villages. It’s like having your own private tour guide!
After rambling around through out the day you will have built up an appetite. The hotel is categorized as having a ‘bon table’ and I’d have to agree. Based on the fact that the hotel alliance is presided over by Alain Ducasse I am not surprised.
But I do wonder how the owners lured Olivier Da Silva out of Paris, because he could certainly be installed in any number of restaurants in the City of Light. The food at ‘Les Jardins d’Epicure’ is exceptional, exquisite and refined. From the amuse bouche to the douceurs, the dinner was absolutely delicious each surprising combination of tastes was amazing and original.
But then…as you leave the restaurant and pass by the front table of the lobby…and if you happen to pick up one of the hotel brochures you will begin to understand. The reason? Mr. Da Dilva received his first Michelin star this past March!
Back in your room, when you are ready to retire, open your window and the bubbling and gurgling of the river (L’Epte) that runs through the property will lull you asleep. You will wake up rested and refreshed – the bed is really good.
Finish your stay with a lovely breakfast, a traditional feast of charcuterie and cheese; fromage blanc with compote and fruit; and an amazing basket of viennoiserie. You will be all set to head back home to gay-Paris.
As an added bonus stay during the week between mid-September and May and you may have the property to yourself. With the ultra courteous staff, taking care of your every whim will make you feel like lord and lady of the manner!
Les Jardins d’Epicure: 16 Grande Rue, 95710 Bray-et-Lû, France