We stayed at a lovely B&B called La Tonnellerie only a few hours from Paris to get ourselves sorted. It had to be dog friendly, close to Paris, relaxing and serves good food and wine. It ticks all the boxes. And it has a pool which was a bonus and easy parking.
The owners supported local food and wine producers and trying to minimise the impact on the environment.
What we did
Lovely walk to next town through parkland, nice little pop up café in the middle of nowhere
We visited a castle (need to add name and where etc) which was a 45 minute drive. It has an interesting history (include). When we arrived, we thought we would have to take turns in taking turns to go inside but we were pleasantly surprised that it was dog friendly. He was free through grounds and to go inside the castle as long as we carried him. Loving dog friendly France.
Everyone loves a good hedge maze
Before we get into it. What is the history of an hedge maze? According to Wikipedia a hedge mazes evolved from the knot gardens of Renaissance Europe, and were first constructed during the mid-16th century.These early mazes were constructed from evergreen herbs, but, over time, dwarf box became a more popular option due to its robustness. Italian architects had been sketching conceptual garden labyrinths as early as 1460, and hundreds of mazes were constructed in Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries. Initially, the hedge maze was not intended to confuse, but to provide a unicursal walking path. Puzzle-like hedge mazes featuring dead ends and tall hedges arrived in England during the reign of King William III of England.
Adele loves a good hedge maze and so does Oscar as we found out.
Food and Beverage
Awesome degustation meals offered each evening with good selection of local wines. Each night there was a slightly different menu which the food was purchased locally and organic. We have the choice of the seasonal “à la carte” menu but they also propose several suggestions different everyday. Usually a soup, an entrance, a fish, a main course and a vegetarian dish. We always chose the degustation. They also have a nice selection of reasonably local wines.
We loved the Touraine Sav Blanc so we bought six of them. Not hard when they are 9 Euros each. I wonder how long they will last?
On the way home from the castle, it was later than we planned so we needed some food. Not far from our accommodation, a homely looking restaurant caught our eye, so we decided to take our chances. We weren’t disappointed. Welcoming, good food and dog friendly with a great wine list.
Let’s finish this post with a glass of wine or two. Next stop Bordeaux. More wine you say, yes indeed.
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