Lovely accommodations in a great location for visiting the Château de Versailles, just a 20-minute drive away.
This nicely renovated 18th Century barn in a tiny hamlet about 30 minutes outside Paris is owned and managed by Eric and Boris, two thoroughly charming hosts.
We stayed in the 'Campagne' room which was cosy and adequately furnished. Nothing special, but it had a comfortable bed, an impressive antique wardrobe and its own private bathroom which was excellent: spacious with modern fittings and shower-stall, all impeccably spotless.
We were there in August and, in the customary French fashion, most of the neighboring hostelries had shut their doors and taken off to the coast for the month (to get away from the tourists?). This is where Boris came into his own! He spent the best part of an hour trawling the Internet, looking for somewhere that was (a) open, (b) affordable and (c) with a menu that accommodated my wife's need for a gluten-free meal. He not only found three that were open, he even downloaded their menus for us to choose from. Turned out his personal recommendation was absolutely superb, if a little pricey, even by French standards.
Furthermore, before we left for dinner, we happened to mention to Boris that we were planning on visiting the Château de Versailles the next day, whereupon he enquired whether we had already purchased admission tickets. When we replied in the negative, he promptly got on the Internet again and downloaded tickets for us, as he put it, “to avoid you having to stand in line for two hours”. And he was right! When we got to the Château, the line to purchase tickets was at least two hours long. Thanks, Boris! Pity he couldn't do anything about the 90-minute wait we had to actually get into the place, even with tickets! The moral is clear: avoid the month of August if you want to visit any tourist attractions in France!
Breakfast was the classic French affair, with plenty of fresh breads, preserves and coffee, all served in a very pleasant dining room opening onto the pretty little garden. Once again, our hosts excelled themselves: they prepared a special egg breakfast for my gluten/dairy-intolerant wife. Thanks, guys!
All in all, an excellent place to stay, at an affordable price. Oh, and if you struggle a bit with your French, don't worry, both Boris and Eric speak excellent English.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Petit Nailly, a beautiful ancient stone barn, is delighted to welcome you to the edge of the Regional Park of the Chevreuse Valley in Romainville, which is one of the 7 hamlets of Magny les Hameaux, only 25 kms away from Paris.Of great benefit is the proximity to both historical, natural sites, economic and tourist areas located within the south-west of Paris.Seeking out the quiet charms of Nature, along with the authenticity of a heritage site, le Petit Nailly is well equipped to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere. The ideal departure point for a multitude of activities, including nature walks, horse and cycle rides. ... more less
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