Monday, August 27, 2018
Le Cottage Bise ... Talloires
Talloires. The only word I have to describe Talloires is ... breathtaking. I remember my first time visiting I felt so small in the best kind of way as mountains and the crystal blue lake of Annecy surrounds the little French town. You get a feeling that time stops here, that everything is right there, that it's possible to live in the moment and be completely present. Now, imagine having that same feeling while eating lunch, or waking up to that feeling. In June, I had the pleasure of eating lunch and getting a tour of Le Cottage Bise from Nicolas Bise. Nicolas and I had been working together for future collaborations and I thought it was so important to share my experience with all of you.
The Cottage has been a family business for decades, and prides themselves on their warm and signature hospitality, and sincerity. This you can absolutely feel while walking around the estate. I love when places allow you to escape, dream, and feel good and this is how you feel at Le Cottage.
Nicolas explained that they want every guest to feel this way. That their customers have been families and couples that return year after year. You absolutely feel this just by how warm the staff are when speaking with them.
Now lunch ... lunch started with a summer salad of tomatoes, herbs from the mountains, and delicious mozzarella. We chatted about good food, pairing it with good wine, and how important it was for the ingredients to be hand chosen and locally sourced.
Everything was thought about but not in that over fussy over done way. The main course was Magret de Carnard served on a sweet potato puree.
My absolute favorite. For dessert a raspberry macaron with strawberry house made sorbet. The whole meal tasted like summer ... leaving you feeling full but not too full. The kind of full that makes you content, grateful, and ready to read a good book by the lake.
I think when it comes to staying somewhere one of the things I look for is a place where the staff just make you feel at home. And this, is exactly what you can feel at Le Cottage.
So, if you are visiting Talloires I strongly encourage you to pop in, say hello to Nicolas, grab lunch, or stay. You will definitely feel what makes Talloires special ... the people but more importantly how
they treat you and Le Cottage Bise knows this and embraces this.