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It is the arrival of chef Michel Guérard, founding father of 'Nouvelle Cuisine' in 1972 that gave the hotel its international renown. A Relais & Châteaux property since 1966, as of July 2017, the hotel is also a Palace of France. Its 75 rooms and suites are scattered throughout the estate, divided between the main house and the gardens. Les Prés d'Eugénie is a true lovechild of the Guérards, and a temple of fine living where the impeccable taste of chef and his late wife Christine seeps out of every detail, from the rooms bejeweled with the art collection of the family to the embossed stationery. This is unquestionably a family-run hotel, with a warm atmosphere only accentuated by the gardens and fountains that make up the 40-acre estate. Then, of course, another highlight of the hotel is the superb Ferme Thermale Spa, which uses water from hot springs that date back more than 18,000 years. As for the restaurants, Michel Guérard’s gourmet restaurant has three Michelin stars with a cuisine that focuses on French tradition, while the more playful La Ferme aux Grives plunges diners into a medieval inn spirit with its huge fireplace where poultry and suckling pigs are roasted away.