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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Bastide de Capelongue, Bonnieux - Hotel Review

Who wouldn't love Provence?
Bastide de Capelongue may be my favorite place in Provence. Fabulous food, beautiful views and lovely accommodations. I like it partly because it's not too perfect, a glamorous restaurant with rooms run by chef Edouard Loubet and his wife. The atmosphere is elegant without being stuffy, which can be hard to find in French haute cuisine restaurants.
The view from our room,  September 2010
The first time we stayed in August I loved the older Parisian lady parading her Hermes Birkin at the pool and last September the people next to us in the restaurant brought their large dog to dinner with them!

The salon with random melons
The sheets are linen.
Loubet was the youngest chef to garner two Michelin stars and this is his signature kitchen. His food is redolent of the region, fragrant with the smell of the local pines, wild rosemary and thyme. His aesthetic is seen in every detail. The blueberries at breakfast are served without a spoon because apparently the chef believes we should enjoy the childlike feeling of picking up the fruit with our hands.

Our nightly three hour, three course menu du jour was transformed by the trail of gifts from the kitchen; crudite, hor d'oeuvres, a palate cleansing sorbet or consomme, multiple pre-desserts and as if we had any more room, a multitude of varied petit fours.
The sense of the region, the season and the moment
Cedar souffle.

This hockey puck sized dish is a truffle en croute. Yes a whole truffle in pastry!
Yes, the bathrooms could be updated and you're more likely to find a bath than a shower but this is a magical place. Don't even think about going a la carte. If you want to leave with your shirt on, opt for local wines and rose as an aperitif. We've visited twice, on a three night half-board packages from Luxury Link.  This is the only way to make it affordable. The food is very expensive. Without the package,  just the langoustine appetizer we enjoyed one evening would have been $80 - each!

You have to be a flexible adventurous eater, ready to eat whatever they serve, although they will ask if there are things you don't eat  before presenting the daily fixed menu and they do cater for vegetarians.

Highly recommended.
I find their website rather fussy, and the music is downright cheesy, but there are lots of good pictures. Here it is along with the details on Luxury Link:

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