For the next part of our French road trip, we left our hotel at Compiegne and headed down to the rural chateau we had booked for the next few nights, stopping off at a shopping village on the way.
La Vallee Village is part of a collection of designer shopping outlets across the world, including Bicester Village in Oxford. It’s located very close to Disneyland Paris.
Similarly to Bicester, La Villee Village is not cheap, consisting of high-end designer shops. Also similarly to Bicester, the village is impeccably maintained and a lovely place to wander around. We only window shopped, apart from picking up the most beautiful Villeroy and Boch tumblers* that I fell in love with.
With the shops getting very busy and queues forming outside several shops, we headed to Pret a Manger for some lunch. As it was very crowded in there, we decided to take our food out with us and get back on the road. Finding somewhere scenic to pull up and have a mini picnic sounded like a fabulous idea.
Choosing a peaceful spot looking into the forest, we ate our salads and snacks and took in the fresh air and all the greenery around us. Bliss!
Next, we headed straight for our rural chateau hotel, Chateau d’Augerville in Augerville La Riviere.
There was an event taking place in a nearby town, and the road that our sat nav tried to take us down was closed for the celebrations. This resulted in me hilariously attempting to converse with some French ladies who spoke very little English. Somehow, we managed to vaguely understand each other, and new directions were followed.
We were a little relieved to finally arrive and to check into our room.
We stayed in a Tradition Room, situated in the 17th century listed outbuildings opposite the chateau.
Traditional and rustic decor and features, with modern amenities like air conditioning. In the blazing heat this was much needed! Although no kettle or hot drink making facilities were provided, which were greatly missed.
The bathroom was probably my favourite part of our room. Beautifully furnished and spacious.
Due to the rural chateau location, and feeling a little weary from a day of travelling and walking around the shopping village, we chose to eat at the chateau restaurant, Le Restaurant Jacques Coeur, for dinner.
Wooden panelling and beams combined with a grand fireplace made for a formal and very traditional dining room.
Snacking on a trio of nibbles followed by fresh bread rolls, we browsed the menu.
We were served a salmon amuse bouche, which looked incredible. I’m so annoyed I forgot to photograph it!
For main course, we both chose Limousin beef with potato croquettes and vegetables.
The food was delicious and the portion size is very deceiving. Having said that, eating fresh bread, an amuse bouche and a trio of nibbles beforehand were probably why I struggled to finish my food!
Whilst the food at the chateau restaurant isn’t cheap, it was certainly good quality and very enjoyable.
We had a couple of drinks and then headed back to our room to get a good night’s sleep ready. We wanted to be well rested for a day of exploring Orleans and a much anticipated trip to the chateau spa!
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