Le Clair de la Plume

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LE CLAIR DE LA PLUME is just the kind of guesthouse you hope to stumble on in the village backwaters of France. Set in the hilltop heart of historic Grignan, in the midst of lavender and truffle country, this little provençal gem has the prettiest setting as well as a tearoom serving delicious fresh patisserie.

Choose a spot among the roses in the leafy gardens to nibble on delectable pastries and quiches and locally-made icecreams, or sip an assortment of teas and infusions. There’s even a gift shop where you can snap up hand-made biscuits, local soaps, lavender and bath bubbles to take home.

Le Clair de la Plume's whimsically named rooms (Théo, Manon, Ecritoire) are decorated with a mix of antique and modern pieces, period oil paintings and rich fabrics. All are different and designed for bedtime and tranquillity. We loved the bigger "Plume" class rooms, with their pleasing colours and outlooks.

Truffle stores and vineyards

This small privately-run B&B in historic Grignan – built by the step son of the Marquise de Sévigné to house monks, and later a truffle store – snuggles at the foot of the imposing Château de Grignan, which dates back to the 12th century Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and truffle groves, the village hosts a yearly festival as well as numerous concerts and night markets.

Breakfast at le Clair de la Plume is served outside, or in the vaulted kitchens, and there are ten restaurants within walking distance – so take your pick at night. Your hospitable hosts have plenty of local knowledge and will be happy to help.

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Le Clair de la Plume was reviewed by Room for Romance

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