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“amazing week in an authentic place!”

Review of Prieure de Relay

View of the 'Priory' - One of the two Guest house
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View of the 'Priory' - One of the two Guest house
View of the 'huntig lodge' - One of the two Guest house
Inside the XII century Church
View from one of the sixth rooms of the 'Priory' - Pigeon house
The swimming pool and the solarium
In the reception room - a family event
In the reception room - a wedding event
In the reception room - a family event
Living room - the cheminee in the back - 'Hunting Lode'
Living room - 'Hunting Lode'
Kitchen - 'Hunting Lode'
Kitchen - 'Hunting Lode'
One of the sixth bedrooms - 'Hunting Lode'
One of the sixth bedrooms - 'Hunting Lode'
One of the sixth bedrooms - 'Hunting Lode'
One of the sixth bedrooms - 'Hunting Lode'
One of the bathrooms - 'Hunting Lode'
Dinning room - 'The Priory'
Kitchen - 'The Priory'
Living room - 'The Priory'
One of the sixth bedrooms - 'The Priory'
One of the bathrooms - 'The Priory'
Portal of the property -  'Prieuré de Relay'
One of the bathrooms - 'The Priory'
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Chateau -
6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Azay-le-Rideau, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire

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mariedmdb
Paris, France
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“amazing week in an authentic place!”
Reviewed 18 February 2017 for a stay in December 2016

We spent an amazing week early December. The house was so nice and welcoming. We were there to visit the region as a family and the place was perfectly suitable for us. The house is in the country side surrounded by some woods where we could do some great walking sessions with the kids. It is the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy the Loire valley region. Azay le rideau Castle was 10 minutes away and we could also visit the villandry gardens which are also in the vicinity. The hosts were really nice and helpful to provide some great places around to visit and to enjoy the wine and food from the region. We had a great time!

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Management Response
21 Feb 2017
thank you Marie , it was great having you to stay
come back soon with your friends and family!
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Sherpa539...
1 review
“Rural, tranquil and so well located.”
Reviewed 26 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

If you love the country and history this is the place for you. An old Priory and it's dependancies nestled in a valley close to some of the best Chateaux of the Loire. Everything you need is here, not flashy ....a great rural retreat. Bring a bunch of friends. You will not be disappointed.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Jan 2017
it was great to have you stay annd you are welcome back any time!
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MLaure201...
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delightful hideaway!”
Reviewed 26 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

A must stay if you are on a tour of the Loire chateaux or even if you just want somewhere to relax and to recharge the batteries. Deep in the countryside in its own little valley, we found it a perfect place to unwind in front of a roaring fire after a full day's excursion. There is plenty to see, one visit is not enough and the accommodating host was particularly helpful and full of good addresses so we will be back!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
28 Jan 2017
Yes you need to come back since there are so many things to visit in the region
I have plenty more addresses for visits, wine tasting and great regional food shopping!
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Richard P
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Loved the Prieure - a lovely base to explore the area”
Reviewed 20 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We stayed in the Prieure building with family and friends. The building was something special and makes for a unique stay. The owners were very good to deal with and happy to help with advice on what to do and where to go.

The location is really good with lots of the main sights very close. Access to the pool was lovely for hot days and the house remained cool. The kitchen was well equipped and had everything we needed.

We had a 2 year old with us and found the house good for them. There is a door at the top of the stairs and the pool is fenced in.

We did not eat out in the local restaurants but the shop in the nearby village sold everything we wanted. For those wanting large supermarkets there is a reasonable sized supermarket and Lidl in Azay and is only 10 minutes away. Tours with its hypermarkets and other amenities is not far - including 'Youpy Mom' which is a great indoor play area to tire out a 2 year old at the end of the day.

As extras they offered to supply the linen and a cleaning service. This meant we could get away quickly without worrying about stripping beds or cleaning bathrooms.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
21 Jul 2016
glad you had a good time and hope you will be back sometime in the future!
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jodiwoffi...
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
“Tranquil”
Reviewed 16 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We stayed at the Hunting Lodge with our 4 children (under 12) and had a wonderful time. The property is wonderful, full of history and tranquil with just the sounds of nature. The house fit us perfectly with room to spread out. Beatrice was so helpful with restaurant recommendations and reservations (take her suggestions!). We had a wonderful trip to the Loire and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Priory.

Travelling group: En famille avec jeune(s) enfant(s)
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Jun 2016
It was great to have you stay! A wonderful family who were eager to learn more about French culture and make the most of the historic site in the loire valley
You are welcome at the Priory whenever you wish!
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Geoff M
Akaroa, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“At once authentic and unique”
Reviewed 5 November 2015 for a stay in September 2015

The Priory is a testament to the commitment and hard work of its owners, Beatrice and Stephane - they have preserved and maintained the ancient church and priory without compromising its history. This genuine part of France comes complete with wild boars, deer and pheasants, with starry skies and absolute peace, and is yet only a few kilometres from all the Loire has to offer. Our guests loved it - especially the guided tour of the property.Thank you. We will be back next year.

Travelling group: En grand groupe / Visite guidée
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Nov 2015
Thanks Geoff and Jennifer for being such wonderful guests!
We enjoyed having you to stay and opening our historic Priory to you and your friends from New Zealand!
We look forward to welcoming you back next year for new adventures visiting the Loire valley with everything it can offer , great restaurants, wonderful brocantes and of course the chateaux!
Next year you will notice some changes as we continue to restore the historic buildings with passion and much hard work as you know!
take care and be in touch soon
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John B
1 review
“Fabulous quiet rural retreat in perfect French countryside of the Loire”
Reviewed 23 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

If you are looking for the authentic French countryside exprience then the 2 Gites on this historic site are a unique location not to be missed. The buildings are recently converted and refurbished from an old monastery that is full of history.
We visited as part of a large family group and found plenty of space for children to play, peace and quiet for the adults, the pool was a treat on the long hot days, finally sitting out on starlit nights with no light pollution with the whole family spotting meteors.
The local area is great for cycling with Azay le Rideau only an easy 7 miles away on back roads. There is a boulangery close by in Sache, we took it in turns to cycle to in the morning.
For the more adventurous there are many local cycle routes on marked ways passing Chateaux, basket weaving, troglodyte caves, towns and markets.
Getting provisions is a short car ride down the road to Azay with all you would normally need including a mid sized Carrefour.
Travel options for our group included: a couple by train, Eurostar to Paris then on to Tours (only 20kms away); one drove direct from Manchester in a very long day (not recommended); one via the ferry to Caen (shortest drive); the rest all crossed by Eurotunnel and stopped overnight near Rouen.
Voted by all family members (including kids) as a great all round holiday.
Finally a big thankyou to the owners for making us welcome including the history tour of the site and general advice about the area.

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Liked best: The location and surrounding countryside
Liked least: Some of the beds were not comfortable for larger people
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Aug 2015
we really appreciated meeting you and your family and hope that you will be back to visit us and the Loire valley in the not too distant future!
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