France: Rhône Valley

Around Ampuis and Condrieu

The wines of Côte Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint Joseph
By John Wheeldon

This Guide was last updated on 08 August 2011
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Les Jardins de Clairefontaine

Address: Chemin des Fontanettes, 38121 Chonas l’Amballan
Tel: 04 74 58 81 52  Fax: 04 74 58 80 93
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:27:33N (45.45916)     Longitude: 4:48:40E (4.81108)  

A smart new hotel in 3ha of lovely grounds adjoining the restaurant Domaine de Clairefontaine. All the large rooms have a terrace or a balcony and there are more traditional and cheaper rooms in the original restaurant building. This is on the ‘wrong’ side of the river but almost opposite Condrieu. It is convenient if coming to or from Lyon airport. The hotel is very popular with English and American guests. The rather smart restaurant is good and serves classic French dishes, with beautiful settings, rows of glasses and excellent service. The wine list is good and classic too.

Useful information: Rooms in Les Jardins: €130 and in the Domaine (restaurant): €60-€88; breakfast €18. Restaurant menus: €28 (lunch)-€107. Closed 20 December - 20 January. Restaurant closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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