Fabien used to be a tennis coach for 20 years but a sports injury forced him to give this up and so six years ago the Marottes started their chambres d'hôtes venture. Fabien is also a brocante dealer (antiques) and, in particular, a collector of army uniforms mainly from the First World War, so the dining - living room is stuffed full of helmets and the staircases are guarded by uniformed figures.
We enjoyed our two days there – Fabien is a great enthusiast advising us on places we had to visit. He is also a good, self-taught cook. We had two very good salads featuring home-made characuterie – the jambe de porc stood out – plus a delicious truffade on the first evening.
The only disappointment was that the wine served at dinner wasn't local but instead came from Languedoc. Also on the second night we asked for a bottle of rosé to drink in the pretty garden as an apéritif – the only one they had was a Club de Sommeliers Rosé d'Anjou from the Cave Co-operative of Brissac-Quincé. It is a long time since I have drunk, as opposed to tasted, a Rosé d'Anjou. Well-chilled on a hot evening it was pleasant enough with strawberry flavours and not over-sweet. It probably worked best when cut with cold water. A local wine, however, would have been more appropriate and memorable.
That quibble aside I can certainly happily recommend La Maison de Marie Camille.
Mireille et Fabien Marotte
4 Rue de la Porte Vieille
63340 St Germain Lembron
Tel. 04.73.96.45 73, Mob. 06 50 70 45 73