Chez Ric et Fer
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 2 rooms and 1 suite
CLOSED ANNUALLY: Month of February
THE STORY: Ric and Fer? Like Zig and Puce or Tif and Tondu? Ric is Richard Gamba, an artist agent and photographer, settled in with Fer, his wife Fernanda, in a fortified village in the Aisne department (an hour and a half northeast of Paris). In an austere stone building, they have built a warm and glamorous bed & breakfast. Vintage furniture with colorful touches and graphic wallpaper, the rooms also have a somewhat “Belgian cartoon” feeling. Ideal for bumming around, the place is filled with books, discs, old cameras (one of your host’s passions). But you should still stick your nose outside at some point for a walk around the castle or a pilgrimage on the battle paths of the Great War—the Chemin des Dames is nearby—a subject that Ric and Fer have become experts on. Rooms from €77 to €119.
TOILETRIES: Paraben-free shower gel and soap, organic if possible.
INTERNET: Wifi (free).
BREAKFAST: Fresh baguettes from the village bakery, homemade jams from Fernanda (gooseberry, raspberry, apricot-almond), artisanal hams, organic orange juice, strawberries and raspberries from the garden in the summer, etc.
LITTLE LUXURY: Each room has its own vintage Teppaz record player and a pile of vinyls.