Les Herbes Folles
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A quaint eighteenth century converted stable block brimming with charm
It’s only a ten-minute drive from Terminal 2, but this quaint little guesthouse is a world away from the industrial airport. Situated in Mauregard commune just north of Charles de Gaulle, views en route take in wide-open countryside and cute petites maisons. The B&B itself is in a converted eighteenth-century stone stable block surrounded by luscious, beautifully planted grounds. It’s an intimate affair here, with only five rooms (all overlooking the garden), plus original oak beams and exposed brick adding to the homely atmosphere. Breakfast is included, but guests also have access to the wine bar in the adjoining hotel, where you can get artisan bottles, as well as foie gras, charcuterie, smoked fish and an assortment of French cheeses and sweets.
Neighbourhood: Given Les Herbes Folles’ rural location, there are no attractions, restaurants or bars (besides the hotel) within walking distance. However, a short drive down to Le Mesnil-Amelot will serve up local food at La Pomme d’Or, Japanese cuisine at Sushi Rama, or global influences at Oceania Hotel’s Nautilus restaurant. Alternatively, if you’re willing to venture further afield, the RER B at the airport will have you in the centre of Paris in half an hour.
Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace: For aeronautical history, set in the old passenger terminal of Le Bourget airport
Disneyland Paris: For all-day family fun that suits all ages
Aéroville: For serious shoppers, with an ample food court and cinema
Time Out tip: The Herbes Folles has such a stunning garden, it’d be a shame not to enjoy it to its full potential: we’re talking about barbecues, naturally. If you ask the staff, they’ll set you up with all the equipment you’ll need to get your grill on. They also put on their own barbies every Tuesday in May and June.