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La Lucarne aux Chouettes, Villeneuve-sur-Yonne 

Quai Bretoche
France 89500
Tel: 33 3 86 87 18 26
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In Burgundy's far north, medieval Villeneuve-sur-Yonne is home to this wantonly romantic, blissfully quiet hotel and restaurant owned by actress Leslie Caron (An American in Paris, Le Divorce). It's housed in four landmark buildings on the Yonne River's north bank and attracts a primarily Parisian clientele. Caron herself decorated the four love-nest rooms with canopy or four-poster beds, antiques, and oil paintings. In the airy dining room, 31-year-old chef Grelier adds a touch of creativity to refreshingly simple dishes. The seasonal menu might include fresh fish in an aromatic herb sauce, crispy escargots with homemade puff pastry, or rhubarb mousse with almonds and a strawberry sauce; the wine list includes many regional bottles. Don't expect Hollywood glitz or cutting-edge style—Caron's tony establishment is best suited to savvy, seasoned travelers and attracts a number of aging boomers and hip professionals.—David Downie

Hotel open February through December. Restaurant open Tuesdays through Saturdays 12:30 to 2 pm and 7:30 to 10 pm, February through December; Tuesdays through Saturdays 12:30 to 2 pm and 7:30 to 10 pm and Sundays 7:30 to 9:30 pm, July and August.

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