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Chateau de Jonvilliers Bed & Breakfast
Reviewed 27 August 2012

On the positive side, the cottage we stayed in was decently appointed, well provided with crockery and cutlery and stocked with the annoying basics (salt, sugar, toilet rolls etc) that can add a lot of hassle to self-catering and allows three night stays.

On the negative side, we had specifically booked the cottage Hortensias after much research to find the right place. When we arrived at 5pm, we were told that a "plumbing problem" meant it wasn't available and we had to go into Potagers (we were offered a cancellation, but at that time of day for 6 people and 3 nights we didn't have any realistic options). This "plumbing problem" didn't prevent a different family being in Hortensias throughout our stay.

Potagers felt clearly second best - no proper upstairs windows (all either very high skylights which could only be reached by climbing on the bench below or floor level windows). It was configured in a way which didn't really work for our party, elderly parents who would have been on the ground floor in Hortensias ended up climbing a tricky staircase with a difficult top semi step in Potagers, another member of the party camped out in the living room and a further one was too old for what at best was a child's bed but was more of a lounge area outside an en suite. This cottage was situated right on the road where traffic started at around 5 a.m. and was pretty constant from then on (whereas Hortensias is set away from the road.

When we went to pay the next morning and reiterated our discontent Richard made it clear that they could have just cancelled us instead (odd, as the cottage we had actually booked was happily occupied by someone else) and that the terms and conditions allow them to switch guests between cottages if they wish (and still take the full amount - no gesture towards customer satisfaction here (in the interests of fairness, they did offer for two people to stay in the B&B but that isn't really the point when you have arranged to meet as a family to stay together for a few nights)).

So, if you want to stay in the self-catering make sure you read the terms and conditions as they will be quoted back at you and be aware that as per the Ts and Cs, your choice of cottage can and might be treated as of no more than passing interest.

Room Tip: Book Hortensias rather than Potagers and hope you actually get it
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

This is a real find. Remote enough to be inaccessible without a car, but close enough to the main line route to Paris, or to Chartres to use as a place to break your journey, as we did. Suited us very well, as we were spending time in Paris to see the end of the Tour de France. Quirky place, in the best way possible. Friendly helpful hosts, who seemed to have all the time in the world to help and get to know their guests in an unhurried fashion. Comfortable rooms, and a superb home made breakfast around a big table, comme en famille, where all the guests could chat. I loved the pugs too. Host's family actually went out of their way to show us some aspects of the garden, in particular the Harris hawk! I cannot recommend this place strongly enough

Room Tip: Ask!! We were up in the gods, but that was ok. If you hav a disabliity they will accommodate that.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

Absolutely perfect place to stay, peaceful,unique and ideal as a base for travelling. Virginie and Richard are the perfect hosts, we felt comfortable and relaxed from the start. Rooms were quirky,clean and comfortable.
(loved the pugs)

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

This is a fab place to stay, we loved our room it was very comfortable and quirky with various weird and wonderful collection of old pics and even a pair of very old boxing gloves. The bed was very comfortable. The Chateau is lovely I wish we had seen more but was only there for 1 night. Plenty of restaurants nearby but you do need a car. Virginia was very welcoming and the whole place oozed French charm. Definitely would recommend this one and would stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

As we drove up the tree-lined avenue to the Chateau de Jonvilliers it was like moving backwards to a bygone age. The chateau revealed itself as we drove through the gates and round the irregular triangle driveway. The car looked incongruous in the period setting. We should have been in costume in a Julian Fellowes-written movie.

The magic continued as we stepped inside to be welcomed by Virginie, who inherited the estate from her family and strives, very successfully, to continue its traditions. She showed us up two flights of curving staircases to our room on the top floor which was beautifully arrayed with lovely fabrics (tulip pillowcases looking like a 17th-century still-life!) and antique furniture - even the bathroom had a superb marble washstand complete with china bowl and ewer (this was decorative; we used a modern handbasin).

On the middle landing was a fabulous (Louis Quinze?) ormolu cupboard with a beautiful (art deco?) clock and a lovely bouquet of fresh blue irises in a vase, a perfect tableau. This touch was typical of Virginie who takes a real pleasure in 'doing up' the rooms in wonderful ways.

We had a delightful overnight stay here. The seemingly remote location, in a tiny hamlet where the chateau is the main feature, is only a stone's throw from Paris - it's only a short drive to nearby Rambouillet where you can park your car all day and take the train to Paris, no problem. Also handy for Chartres (our hostess had provided a gorgeous guide to Chartres Cathedral in the little sitting room available to visitors where you could relax and enjoy your glass of wine (a small kitchen adjoined with facilities).

Breakfast in the morning was in an impressive dining room at a huge table with a beautiful flowered cloth supporting all sorts of delectable treats, including home-made brioches. The furniture and ornaments around the room occupied one's attention throughout the repast - such lovely things, carefully preserved and treasured and shared with visitors.

It was a pity we had only allowed one night here on our holiday tour but I hope we might be back to take advantage of the location so near Paris and Chartres. It would be such a delight to return here after a day's sightseeing or shopping and relax in such an exquisite place.

Room Tip: Be aware that the rooms are on the first and top floors requiring a staircase climb. Either back or...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

We didn't want to stay too close to Paris, and this was an excellent choice. Thanks Tripadvisor! And thanks to Richard and Virginie for making this such a wonderful experience. As we were the only guests the first night, Virginie gave us the Chartres room for our stay. Breakfast was wonderful, and on the second morning we were able to meet their Scottish relatives who had arrived for a few days. You DO need a car and you DO need to be able to navigate well to this charming location. There are several options to taking the train into Paris, and Richard and Virginie will carefully explain them to you. Chartres is close enough that we drove there for dinner one night. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We stayed at the cottage for a week last summer and highly recommend it. Friendly welcome from the owners, cottage well equipped, very comfortable and spacious. Both bedrooms had their own bathroom and there was also a generous sitting area alongside each. This meant that with two teenagers, everyone had their own space but equally, there was ample seating for a larger party in the living room at night. We would definitely recommend and return. The garden area has ample furniture and my husband enjoyed talking to the friendly chickens who wandered over from the chateau. Travel into Paris was easy by train from the local station.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Chateau de Jonvilliers Bed & Breakfast

Address: 17 rue Lucien petit | Jonvilliers, 28320 Ecrosnes, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Eure-et-Loir > Ecrosnes
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Ecrosnes
Price Range: £75 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located not far from Chartres and half an hour from Versailles, the Château de Jonvilliers is home to two spacious and quiet, self-catering cottages. Nestled in 35 acres of woods and gardens, the cottages sleep six and seven respectively. ... more   less 
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Chateau De Jonvilliers Bed & Breakfast France/Ecrosnes

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