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La Marande, Montbellet, Burgundy, France

La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisine

The ultimate romantic getaway in Burgundy, France? I have the address for you! Just outside the sleepy and quiet village of Montbellet you’ll find La Marande, the ultimate hidden gem for fantastic food, true hospitality and French flair! We stayed here recently on our way to the French Alps and we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Today I’ll tell you all about it, here on the blog!

Sleep

La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineFirst of all what’s most important on a stop over on your way towards the South? A good bed…. Well, we slept like roses in this bed. Maybe it was the amount of wine (and cognac…), but the beds itself were comfortable too.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineLa Marande is situated in an old typical French country house. The owners are a friendly, polite and hard working French couple, who live on the premises themselves too, with their children. We were welcomed by the daughter, and she showed us our room. The son was sitting behind the desk doing his homework (cute!) and in the evening the husband was Chef of the kitchen while his wife was an excellent host and sommelier. Together with some kitchen and service staff they run their own place. And I know – from experience – that this is hard work. IMG_6510There is a lush garden too. When we were there, beginning of March, it was freezing cold and windy so no sunbathing in the garden, but during spring and summer months I think its’s lovely here!
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisinePretty traditional steps….
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineAnd it’s all in the details…
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisine La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisine
The rooms were simple, but comfortable. There was a couch, a comfy bed, luxurious bathrooms (great shower!), a television and free Wi-Fi.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineEntrance with trees to La Marande…. Like winter fairytale… La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineLa Marande is an excellent place for a stay-over in Burgundy of France. Not far from places as Mâcon and Salon-sur-Saône, and perfect on the way for skiing, or during summertime on your way to the French Rivièra.

Eat

La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineAt La Marande your dinner is sorted. And then I am not speaking about an overcooked steak or a boring sandwich…. This place is foodie heaven and they have a Michelin star since 2014.

La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineThe interior is traditional and classic, not fancy or hip and happening. But when you are in the country side of France, you are in the country side of France! And then is should be this way. It was cosy and warm.

La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineThis wine…. Henri Boillot Meurseult 1er cru “Les Genevrières” 2013 – I know I am a snob and I know it’s a classic choice, but this wine is absolutely favourite. It’s elegant, exciting, mineralic ánd fat at the same time. The style of wine making like Boillot does is one I have always appreciated. And I still do….
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineOk, not my taste, the interior. But a cosy (and clean, which is not always the case in France…) restaurant it is.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineAmuse bouche! Savoury ‘cracker’ of Comté cheese, and the ‘pizza’ is with a local young fresh cheese, celeriac and black truffle.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineFood, wine + good company = a happy me!
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineFond with mousse of foie gras and a poached shrimp.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineCrab with avocado and herbs. A bit salty, but tasteful.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineEscargot (snail) with garlic, chives and filo pastry. When you are in Burgundy you have to eat escargots!
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineMeursault…
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineMy starter: pork trotter with snails, poached egg and a sauce with pinot noir and shallot confit.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineStarter of partner in crime: pan fried foie gras with beef tartar, oyster and jus de carotte acidulée (sweet and sour carrot sauce)
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineReal French farm butter….
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineBread “bien cuit” (with crust)
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineMy main course: Filet the féra (white fish), with wakame (seaweed), crayfish, vegetables and a Thaî sauce.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineMain course of partner in crime: Entrecôte of pork with seasonal vegetables, a homemade tomato puree and crispy pork skin.

La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineSerious business….
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineThe best part of dinner in France…. Cheese trolley! Totally heaven.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineOhhhhh!
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineDessert: Chocolate, almond biscuit and sorbet with amaretto…. Very, very nice. I usually don’t eat desserts but this one was great.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineEspresso with friandises….IMG_6623Yummy
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineSome serious wine tasting. Correction: Trying to look serious with wine tasting.

Morning glory

La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineWaking up with a slight hangover in the country side of France with warm croissants and marmelade isn’t that bad….
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineBye La Marande, bye comfortable bed!
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineEarly morning sun rise.
La Marande, Montbellet, Fleurville, Bourgundy, France, Hotel, Boutique, Bed and Breakfast, Michelin star, Restaurant, haute cuisineBye Montbellet, we loved our stay!

The Facts

La Marande in Montbellet (Burgundy, France) is a family owned and managed small hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant. It’s a lovely, romantic hidden gem in the middle of France, not far from Mâcon-Village. Click here for more information or to book your room or table.

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Note: I have not been asked, paid or invited to write about La Marande. It was my own idea. All image are mine, made with a Canon EOS M3 camera. 

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