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Hotel La Maison du Canal Hotel 0 star
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10, rue du Port, Clamerey Clamerey, France -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This charming little house along the Burgundy canal is the perfect place to lock up your bike, have a hearty meal and get a good night's kip before you return to the road the next day. Run single-handedly by a young lady from Dijon, La Maison du Canal houses nine nicely furnished rooms, boasts a well-tended garden and a communal dining room where the patron serves home-made fare. With views of both the canal and the rolling hills of the Burgundy countryside, this guest house can accommodate both couples and families and all for a very reasonable price.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    La Maison du Canal is situated along the Burgundy canal in a small village called Clamerey. With just a few other houses in the impasse the property is secluded and extremely tranquil. It is about an hour's drive from Dijon and forty minutes from Montbard.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are a total of five rooms at La Maison du Canal, two of which are connecting meaning a family of four can have their own space and several have both a double and a single bed. Each room has parquet floors, a simple desk and chair, a couple of bedside tables and an armoire. Every room has a different colour scheme with the curtains, bedding, cushions and single flower on the desk sharing the same hue. The beds are impeccably made and there are some cute little canvases on the walls which break up the plain wallpaper/paint. The bathrooms all have a shower cubicle as well as full bottle of shower gel, shampoo and hand soap (at the sinks). They also come equipped with a hairdryer. Only small complaint is that is some of the bathrooms there are no curtains. There is no double glazing in the rooms, although the only noise you'll here in the morning are the cows!

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The large symmetrical house that is the Maison du Canal is a welcome sight as you cycle (or drive) down the gravel path which borders the (very small) port along the canal. With its flowers in window boxes, neatly tended bushes and table and chairs set up out front, the property is exactly the type of place that comes to mind when one thinks of a chambre d'hôte. The lobby, whose floor is covered with terracotta tiles, has on the left-hand side a small desk for check in as well as cabinets crammed full of information on the local area and a few knick knacks that one might find in any entrance hall of the houses along the canal. Off the entrance hall are the stairs up to the rooms (no lift of course in a house such as this) and the dining room/kitchen where meals are taken communally and where Virginie cooks up a storm every evening (see 'Food and Drink' below). Through the doors of the dining room is the garden and patio where guests can enjoy a little drink after having refreshed themselves from a hard day's biking and before getting stuck into dinner. With tables and chairs and sun loungers, the space backs on to lovely green pastures on which cows roam and moo cheerfully. The house is kept very well and is clean and tidy. Guests have access to complimentary wifi.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Virginie serves breakfast and dinner in her dining room/kitchen at the back of La Maison du Canal. Every morning she drives several kilometres to fetch baguettes from the closest bakery and she serves these, along with butter, jam, cereals other pastries and hot drinks and juice at whatever time suits you. If the weather is good enough then guests can eat out in the garden. At dinner time (which is also dictated by the guests) she cooks a different three-course meal each night from scratch, sometimes aided by her mother. We don't know quite how she manages it, but what we do know is that the results are delicious and filling. Of course, if you have any dietary requirements then Virginie will be happy to take these into consideration. Wine is served with the meal and is the only alcohol served on the premises.

    To know

    The guest house is owned and run by the delightful Virgine, who took over the maison around two and a half years ago when in her late twenties. Originally from Dijon and having done the rounds in lle de Ré and Courcheval, she opted for a quieter life in her native départment (Côte d'Or). She can get by in English and also speaks some Spanish.

    Equipment

    • Internet access
    • Animals allowed

    advantage

    • Large rooms
    • Delightful host
    • Home-made food
    • Great views

    disadvantages

    • No curtains in some of the bathrooms

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