Côte Jardin

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Côte Jardin – Senlis

 

Oozing style and charm with an attention to detail, Côte Jardin is the ultimate French country Bed and Breakfast or Chambres d’hôtes as they say in French.

A mere 50kms from the centre of Paris, Côte Jardin is a perfect place to spend a night or a romantic weekend away from the hustle and bustle of Paris while discovering the pretty Medieval town of Senlis.

 

 

The small bus that connects at the quaint train station of Chantilly Gouvieux after a short train journey from Paris Gare du Nord, weaves through the green country-side of the Oise Department of northern France and can give an impression of being much further away from the City of Light than it is.

train bus to senlis from paris

 

 

Peering out the window, observing lush fields and ancient stone villages on the 30 minute bus ride as locals make their local commute is a relaxing and enjoyable way to arrive at the unusual and now disused train station of Senlis that serves as the town’s bus terminal.

Hiding behind the large blue double doors is a stone archway supporting rooms above which would have once echoed the hooves of horses clip-clopping their way through on the flagstoned path below that leads into the first courtyard of the 17th century former mansion.

However today as the blue door clicks shut behind, there is only the sound of your own footsteps and a tranquil vision of two private courtyards and a garden beckoning ahead.

 

Elegantly casual, with a discreet touch of professionalism Francine the charming owner and host warmly invites her guests into her homely sitting room with an assuring sense that you have entered an establishment where you feel immediately welcome.

 

 

The guest rooms in the ancient former mansion are large for both B & B and hotel standards.

The soft salmon pink carpet felt like velvet under my bare aching feet after a day of treading the cobblestoned streets of Senlis.

The attention to detail perfectly orchestrated yet, simply and stylishly understated.

The good quality bed with crisp white linen and duck down pillows made for a comfortable sleep but take a closer look at the details; the cushion on the bed and the wall hanging  above a glass Eiffel Tower shaped lamp.

This was already enough to put a cheeky grin on my already happy face.

A mix of country charm, modern functional conveniences,  all pulled together with a stylish but quirky sense of humour which made staying at Côte Jardin all the more fun.

The exposed overhead beams, hinting at the mansion’s history and everywhere I looked, there was something to admire and take me by surprise as I explored my way through the large rooms.

Gorgeous views out onto the terrace and balcony through the full length French doors.

The black and white claw foot bath with hand-held shower sitting at the end of an extra large bathroom.

A separate, open walled shower complete with toiletries, bathrobes and a skylight window to admire the roof tops of Senlis.

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Refreshed and ready to start a new day, before heading off to the local Friday markets, I sauntered down to the gorgeous French country kitchen.  Again, more of Francine’s decorating skills to discover while I was served tea until I decided what to eat from the generous array of food on offer.

Fruit, yoghurt, cereals, fresh croissants and breads, home made jams and of course Francine is only too happy to whip up a hot breakfast.

 

Francine asked the magic question, would I like eggs. Perfect.  Fresh baguettes, creamy French butter and the warmth generated from the huge Aga stove, while sitting back on grey linen covered chairs accessorized with hot pink cushions and napery was exactly what I had envisaged from the photographs on Cote Jardin’s website.

This is when I learned that Francine, the owner has a passion and a flair for interior design and her talent is apparent in every nook and cranny of this delightful B & B.

 

Although I visited in the winter, snuggled up inside, a stay in the warmer months would allow use of the pool and to enjoy breakfast on the terrace admiring the pretty garden and old water well.

 

The Medieval town of Senlis, with its ancient history, charming stone cottages adorned with colourful flower boxes, cobbled stoned streets, the Gothic Cathedral and vibrant morning market is a great reason to stay in the wonderful and friendly Côte Jardin.

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Please note that I am not affiliated with Côte Jardin in anyway and I paid for my own lodgings. I found the establishment through my own research.

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Paris Adèle Information Nécessaire:

Côte Jardin – Official Website
25 rue Vieille de Paris
Senlis 60300

Telephone –  +33 (0)3 44 53 69 04

Directions from Senlis Bus Station to Cote Jardin – MAP
How to get to Senlis – please refer to Senlis link below

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