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Massangis: Carpe Diem

53, Grande Rue, Phone: 03.86.33.89.32
www.acarpediem.com

Reviewed by: Jeri F. from NY, review #2873

When: June 2010

A flawless chambres d'hote in Burgundy

Carpe Diem is made up of a centuries-old renovated stable and barn. It has been redone with impeccable taste and a careful eye for detail and harmony.

Patrick Cabon, the owner, has put 25 years into reworking the place, and it shows. He has melded antique furniture, books, and silver pieces with newer pieces to create a setting that is peaceful, elegant, but not at all stuffy. (I don't think it's appropriate for children; his clientele seems to be couples in their 40s and up.)

There are five rooms; ours, Diane, in the main house, rented for 85 euros a night, which we considered a bargain; the room was large, airy, and decorated with antique furniture and prints. It also has a spectacular bathroom.

A gourmet dinner is offered at 30 euros a person and includes an aperitif in the salon, at which you meet other guests, and a dinner of entree, main course, cheese, and dessert, each accompanied by a well-chosen wine. It is the bargain of a lifetime.

The grounds are small but full of flowers, and there is parking. There are no telephones or television, and internet service isn't really available. (Although Patrick graciously set up something so that my husband could check on business as necessary - which unfortunately he had to do.)

Carpe Diem is quiet, elegant, and discreet. We loved it.

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