A legendary road in France, the RN7 is the birthplace of Relais & Châteaux. A favorite of those who follow Michelin maps and others who love roads lined with plane trees, the RN7 always evokes a very "gentle France". Although following it today can be a real headache, the song of cicadas, fragrance of lavender, and haute cuisine still provide for an amazing journey from Burgundy to the Mediterranean. And since 1954, the meeting point of properties dedicated to refinement and well-being...
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Restaurant and hotel in the country. Back in 1954 the Dépée family turned this former post house into one of the first Relais & Châteaux properties. Charming and tranquil, this top culinary destination is surrounded by Loire châteaux and the vineyards of Sancerre and Pouilly. Experience the rare pleasure of sleeping under a thatched roof, and allow yourself to be seduced by the cuisine of Chef Yoshi Miura in the restaurant, looking out on century-old oak trees. On the menu is a magical ravioli of wild mushrooms and velouté with a truffle jus, and John Dory in a La Ratte potato crust and sweet red onion sauce. This delicious food is complemented by wine from the highly acclaimed cellar. ... Learn moreless
It is described as ’’an Eiffel Tower of the navigable paths.’’ For over a century, the metallic Briare aqueduct was the longest one in the world. Built between 1890 and 1896, today the construction rises over the Loire River and the old lateral canal dug out during the reign of Henri IV. Gustave Eiffel...Read More less
In Joigny, on the banks of the Yonne River, in the north of Burgundy, Jean-Michel Lorain attends to what his father created. The Grand Chef of La Côte Saint Jacques & Spa offers a re-invented Burgundy, between escargots and spices from half a world away. The country of Chablis leads toward the impressive...Read More less
’’The cellar has always been one of the Auberge’s most important places,’’ says Philippe Dépée. ’’I like the vineyard work. Perhaps because like mine, it’s done with love of the place, of the land, and the insistence on excellence.’’ On both banks of the Loire River, the Sancerre and Pouilly vineyards...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel in the country. Troisgros is located in the heart of the countryside, at the foot of a vineyard. It is made up of a farmhouse where guests are received, a kitchen workshop where products are transformed, a restaurant, Le Bois sans Feuilles, were sharing is experienced, and a large Italian-style house where relaxation may be had. All of these spaces have a modern soul and are surrounded by fields, woods, a lake, garden, and orchard. The taste of Marie-Pierre, and that of Michel and César, all guided by the simplicity in cooking, was without a doubt inspired by this new setting. ... Learn moreless
Shared by fifty independent wine growers, this vineyard has enjoyed an AOC appellation since 1994. My father worked for a long time with Robert Sérol in Renaison. Today, I share “Les Blondins”, a two-hectare property on the Gamay Estate, with his son, Stéphane Sérol. It’s a fruity and expressive wine...Read More less
Hervé Mons is one of the best maîtres affineurs (experts in cheese ripening). A Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France), he knows inside and out all the country’s farms, traditions, and expertise. Over the years, he has become a reference in the profession. Over a hundred producers from...Read More less
When I was a child, my father took me here regularly. From Roanne, you crisscross Charolais hills. It’s a beautiful trip through wooded countryside interrupted here and there by several villages proud of their Romanesque churches. Every Wednesday, at noon, the market gathers a number of Charolais breeders...Read More less
Passionate about the artistic creation, I never miss the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale. The first art biennale was held in the early 90s in the Halle Tony Garnier. In this singular world, I discovered artists like Christian Boltanski, Philippe Favier, Annette Messager, Buren, Viallat and Traquandi....Read More less
Guy Lassausaie transformed an old coaching inn built by his great-grandfather into an elegant house with contemporary lines. Sea bass fillet cooked skin-side down, lobster rolls, pigeon cooked in hay - here, the quality of ingredients is central. We’re at the gates of Lyon, probably the very heart of...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel in a village. In Vonnas, Georges Blanc, emblematic Chef and visionary businessman, has developed a veritable Gourmet Village on the river bank, around a reconstruction of the inn of his great grandparents. Together with his family, Blanc constantly reinvents Bresse specialties through creations such as the “crêpe vonnassienne” with salmon and caviar or the legendary Bresse chicken with foie gras. Visits are available upon request to one of the five most exceptional cellars in the world, with more than 135,000 bottles. In just under five hectares of grounds, discover a heavenly spa, an aquatic space next to a pond and a large, landscaped park that is illuminated at night. ... Learn moreless
Grey-crowned Cranes, Dalmatian Pelicans, Scarlet Ibises, Rainbow Lorikeets, Cockatoos, and Marabou Storks…There are so many bird species to observe in this 35-hectare park set in the heart of a bird sanctuary. There’s a very beautiful show of birds born and raised here that allows you to admire the birds...Read More less
Set in a magnificent 18th-century farm extended by a contemporary-style building, this museum dedicated entirely to Bressan heritage presents rich collections including costumes, jewellery, and local food specialities. Devoted to the region, Georges Blanc helped set up a real on-site Bresse poultry farm....Read More less
From the vine-growing process to the wine-making process, you can explore the whole world of wine in this hamlet created by Georges Duboeuf in the heart of the Beaujolais. In fifty years, this passionate man has gone from simple bottler to one of the biggest Beaujolais wine merchants. The story of the...Read More less
Vienne-la-Romaine is home to one of the greatest culinary stops along the route. Long managed by Chef Fernard Point, La Pyramide today benefits from the talent of Patrick Henriroux. Art Deco, regional food products, and delicate and spiced flavours are on the menu. Further to the south, in the restaurant...Read More less
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Restaurant and hotel in the country. As a result of the merger of La Cabro d’Or and L’Oustau de Baumanière, Baumanière has become the epitome of Mediterranean art of living in a magical place. Appreciated by personalities from the political and the media world, this domain was founded by Raymond Thuillier, the "historical monument" of French gastronomy according to Gault et Millau. In 1969, Jean-André Charial took over from his grandfather as the head Chef, a position he held with maestria until today. This respected Chef is now no longer in the kitchens but managing the domaine. Baumanière remains a unique place, nestled in the Baux-de-Provence rocky outcrops. It encompasses five buildings surrounded by Mediterranean gardens: the L’Oustau, the historical main house, La Guigou, a Provençal farmhouse, the 18th-century manor, and finally Carita and Flora, two country abodes. There are also two gourmet restaurants, the Oustau de Baumanière—an institution where you can appreciate the refined, subtle, and creative cuisine of the chef—and La Cabro d'Or, a Provencal restaurant. The estate also has a spa, three outdoor pools, and a tennis court. ... Learn moreless
It’s at Moulin Castelas where Jean-Benoît Hugues produces perhaps the best olive oil of the Baux-de-Provence Valley. On the 45 hectares extending along the sun-kissed slopes of the Alpilles are four varieties of olive: l’Aglandau, la Grossane, la Salonenque, and la Verdale - each unique, bursting with...Read More less
It’s on the Lauzières Estate, in an isolated little valley in the south of the Alpilles, where Jean-André Charial produces a rosé or red wine named ’’L’Affectif’’. This AOC wine from Les Baux de Provence offers - according to its vintage - prune, blackberry, or red berry notes.
And what if the biggest screen in the world was actually in Provence? On this exceptional site of the old Baux quarries, the works of the most prestigious artists are presented. Filmed in 1959 in Cocteau’s The Testament of Orpheus, the quarries make an extraordinary setting today. There’s more than 6,000m2...Read More less
Just a few kilometres from Nîmes, ’’Southerner’’ Michel Kayser presents a palette of Provence in his Restaurant Alexandre - from turbot confit in olive oil to a Provençale-truffle floating island. The Route du Bonheur continue to Les Baux in Provence. Once you arrive in Marseille, go to Gérald Passédat’s...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in a village. This château, built on the steep slopes of the French Riviera, offers breath-taking vistas of the Mediterranean and has plenty of relaxing activities in store: swimming in the pool, fragrant gardens or Indian massages. The charming rooms are all different. The great classics of French gastronomy as well as Mediterranean specialties can be savoured in one of the four restaurants of the Chèvre d’Or, where the pleasure derived from the fine cuisine is enhanced by the stunning views. After the meal, you can stroll through the cobblestone streets of the medieval cliff-side village overlooking the grandiose panorama of the sea. ... Learn moreless
They say that the famous philosopher who once lived nearby has conceived the third part of his monumental Thus Spoke Zarathustra along this path that now bears his name. Following the steps of Friedrich Nietzsche, you can walk between the low, dry stone walls, and the cypress and bougainvillea trees,...Read More less
Transformed into a museum by 1938, this magnificent Renaissance-style palace is one of the most impressive monuments of all the French Riviera. A great collector of art, its owner Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild was known for her refined tastes. Inside the villa, one can still explore the baroness’s...Read More less
Modern and contemporary art find its most beautiful ambassadors here. With this incredible building, Aimé and Marguerite Maeght provided an exceptional setting for the works of artists like Giacometti, Chagall, Miro, Léger, and Braque. The building continues with superb gardens that are accessorized...Read More less
Located at La Napoule, L’Oasis emerges on the Mediterranean seaside. Cannes, its Festival Palace and above all its Florville Market attract film-lovers and gourmets, including Stéphane, François and Antoine Raimbault. Some kilometres inland, on the heights of Grasse, the silver-coloured olive leaves...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
''The story of the Maison was written alongside that of Relais & Châteaux. A long time ago, my father, Pierre Troisgros, was an active member of the association. He assisted the development of a number of ''Relais de Campagne'' and the French haute cuisine. This wonderful intention was at the heart of the development of the ''Relais Gourmands'', a label that identified the association’s best restaurants, and encouraged chefs. Located in Roanne, in front of the train station, our property was one of the few provincial Relais & Châteaux located in a city.
Roanne was – and still is – on the Nationale 7, the ''Sun Route'' sung and painted by the greatest artists. In 1954, it was a major axis, a straight North-South line that ran through city and village centres, and created endless traffic jams during the holidays…
Today, the Nationale 7 plays hide-and-seek with the GPS and any detours you might wish to make. Trying to follow it could be mind-teasing. You can still find the twin-lines of plane trees, abandoned service stations, and traces of the painted ads of the day on the walls of old farms.
We took over from Jean-Baptiste and from Jean and Pierre and our sons César and Léo will probably take our place…In a short time, in a noble and agricultural area, not too far from the Roanne train station, our Maison will take a new form. We’re in the habit of saying that the nice weather follows the Nationale 7. So, I invite you to follow us along the Route du Bonheur…''