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“Our stay at Le Vieux Manoir in the "Gatehouse"”
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Le Vieux Manoir
Ranked #1 of 32 Amboise B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Foothill Ranch, California, United States
1 review
“Our stay at Le Vieux Manoir in the "Gatehouse"”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

My husband and I spent the nights of October 3-4, 2013 in the De Portail "gatehouse". My expectations were exceeded! The property is so very lovely that the online photos can't possibly do it justice. The little house was beautiful and very comfortable complete with a well equipped kitchen. A bottle of wine was waiting for us in the fridge and Bob brought us delicious croissants for breakfast complete with butter, jam, juice and fromage. Gloria is very helpful in suggesting which chateaus to visit and is happy to recommend great restaurants and make reservations for you. Bob and Gloria are perfect hosts! I would most definitely go back!!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

My husband and I stayed at Le Vieux Manior for 7 nights in September 2013. It is such a lovely property. We found the experience so enriching and enjoyable. Gloria was a great host and we enjoyed getting to know her. We found that we had a lot in common since she and Bob used to live in the Bay Area. She made reservations for us at some great restaurants and advised us on places to go and chateaux to see. We had a great lunch at L'Etape Gourmande near Villandry. The breakfasts were fantastic! Sitting in the lovely breakfast room and looking out at the garden was a great way to start the day. She helped us rent a car which saved us money (Auto Europe was more than twice as much). It was our experience that Le Vieux Manior was one of the best B&B/hotel experiences we've had and we have traveled to Europe 9 times in the last 20 years. I would highly recommend it, as I have in the week we have been back. In reading some of the negative reviews, I think there are just some people who have trouble getting along with people. We loved it and loved Gloria and Bob.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lahaina, Hawaii
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

My wife and I choose to celebrate our 10th anniversary in Central France and discovered a true gem with Le Vieux Manoir. Gloria and Bob, you were the perfect hosts. Your B and B is wonderful, its location is perfect, and all your time, guidance and recommendations were what made out experience exceptional. Our memories of Amboise and the surrounding heart of France are so much more special because of you both. I wish we could return tomorrow...

Doug and Amy (from Maui, HI)

Room Tip: The Collette room was spacious, well appointed and tastefully done.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2013

My husband and I stayed here for six nights in September. It was our good fortune to experience a B&B owned and operated by two of the most passionate hosts we've ever experienced.
Everything said in previous reviews about the property are absolutely true so I won't go on - only to say, it's meticulously art directed and perfectly located. The town of Amboise is a block away. The rooms, the property and the attention to detail are impressive.
The real experience, and it is an authentic experience, is to be found in the hosts of Le Vieux Manoir - Gloria and Bob. Before I expound, let me make a nod, or rather a 'curtsey' to them both. A previous reviewer said something like "we came as guests, we left as friends." Couldn't have put it better myself. These two people care deeply about what they do - when you arrive, plan on sitting in the parlour with Gloria and having a glass of wine. This was only one of several glasses of wine Gloria shared with us along with many conversations about our individual lives, Bob would often join us. Lovely.
And she's a walking, talking tourist board. Put yourself in her hands. She genuinely wants you to experience the Loire authentically.
By all means, go to the places you highlighted when you planned your trip, but seriously folks, listen to her recommendations. She sent us to destinations and restaurants that aren't in the guide books. And all I can say is "oh my god, thank you Gloria!" We'd never have found these places on our own. Most of the time, especially at the restaurants, we were the only English speaking guests on the premises. We had to pinch ourselves several times to make certain we weren't dreaming. Perfectly real. Perfectly perfect.
And Bob, well what can be said about Bob - he's beyond helpful and is a true gentleman. A man of service to others.
On behalf of these two crazy Canadians, thank you Gloria and Bob for giving us memories that will last a lifetime. And seriously, if you need someone to come and take care of the place while you go on vacation, well, you know where to find us.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor are easier to manage if you have trouble with stairs. Or if you'd lik...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fullerton, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2013

My husband and I stayed here for just two nights...what a mistake...after just one night I wished we were staying the entire week. Gloria and Bob are excellent hosts. This B&B is exquisitely decorated with antique furnishings and beautiful artwork. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. The bathroom and bathing amenities are excellent, with organic cotton thick fluffy towels, and wonderful organic shampoos, soaps, and bubble bath. The breakfast atrium should be photographed for a Martha Stewart magazine...gorgeous serving ware, wonderful food and pastries. Also Bob makes excellent french pressed coffee - and large generous cups!!

Finally...Gloria is very helpful with what to see, and where to dine. Since our stay was short, she made her recommendations, we followed and we were delighted. We were not overly exhausted. She really takes the time to design an itinerary for your needs. Bob also helped us map out our trip to the south, patiently showing us how to get to our next destination. These two are a priceless addition to the B&B scene in the Loire Valley. Stay here!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kansas City, MO
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

We had a wonderful experience here and would stay again in a heartbeat. Gloria and Bob were helpful in every way. They made great dinner reccomendations (and reservations) along with helping us sort out several travel arrangements. The rooms were beautiful, clean, and relaxing to be in. Breakfast was was great and we enjoyed having a picnic lunch in the courtyard as well. The location is great because you can walk to the center of town in two minutes but felt quiet and secluded on the property. If you are looking for a great B&B to stay at in the Loire Valley this is it!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hitchcock Texas
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

We visited Amboise with our friends who have stayed at Le Vieux Manoir on three occasions. Gloria and Bob are the perfect hosts and upon our arrival welcomed us and we enjoyed a visit with them in the sitting room where we discussed what we wanted to do on our visit. Gloria then made suggestions for restaurants and made reservations for us for both nights, and she also mapped out an itinerary for us for our day visiting the area and the chateaux. This is their home and we enjoyed being their guests. The bedrooms are delightfully decorated and very comfy and very clean. We were on the third floor with a big window that overlooked the garden. Such a beautiful sight to wake up too each morning. We also had good internet access in this room. The breakfast was excellent with fresh fruit, juice and yoghurt and a great selection of breads, croissants, pain au chocolat, cheese, fruit breads and delicious home made jams. Bob made sure we all had fresh coffee and tea.There is a lovely sitting room and a library to relax in and also tables outside in the garden to relax and have a glass of wine..Be sure and visit the Chateau Amboise while you are here.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank dwakiwi
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Property: Le Vieux Manoir
Address: 13 rue Rabelais, 37400, Amboise, France
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Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Amboise
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Ranked #1 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Amboise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step back in time into Le Vieux Manoir, an enchanting 18th century mansion, completely restored in 1999 by an American couple, hidden in the heart of Amboise, a historic village with a celebrated Royal Chateau. The Manoir grounds are surrounded by ancient stonewalls that enclose the exquisite gardens and private secured parking for guests and create a warm and private world. Within a short stroll are over 30 restaurants and numerous charming shops. ... more   less 
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