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“Quick stop en route to Brittany from Haute Savoie”
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Les Cathelinettes
Ranked #4 of 24 Chinon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 August 2012

We stopped here for 1 night en route to our holiday in Brittany. The owners were very friendly (good advice on wineries to visit in area), rooms clean, location is quite private with easy access to town. There is ample parking and a great breakfast. However best feature was the very welcome pool (it was 37°C when we were there in late July). I think every single guest was in the pool...

Room Tip: Our room (I think it was called 'Voyage') was very hot in the summer sun but the owners did...
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

Sylvie is the perfect hostess. Greeted us with open arms and showed us to a wonderful self-contained "unit" at the front/side of the house, adjacent to the pool and BBQ. Room was huge and extremely clean. Likewise the bathroom. Would be the biggest bathroom (separate toilet) of any of the B&B's we stayed at while traveling around France. The breakfast was fantastic. Home made jams and other unusual, but very tasty, French breakfast treats. The overall experience was so good we decided to stay an extra day. You won't be disappointed. You will however need a car to get there. Only a couple of minutes from the town centre however.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2012

Since Les Cathelinettes offer WiFi, we tried to have a "working vacation" here. The first 3 days the Internet connection was very bad. We complained several times. The 4th day the Internet connection stopped completely, which forced us to leave (some people have to work for their money), having spent 5 days but having paid for 7 days. We asked for a discount, but although Les Cathelinettes promised us something they could not deliver (WiFi), we had to pay for a full week. That is apart from the costs we had to pay for an extra two nights at a hotel with reliable WiFi. So, we paid for 7 days for a gite with WiFi, we got 5 days without WiFi connection.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

A perfect haven when we were tired from cycling and the rain came down...........warm hospitality and everything to revive us. We would love to go again.........

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

My husband and I had a wonderful time here. It's a beautiful B&B - our room was gorgeous, as was our ensuite. The grounds (with swimming pool and garden) were lovely and breakfasts were delicious. The best part however was our hosts. Sylvie and Roger were fantastic - always charming, friendly, helpful and hospitable. Always so happy and full of energy - what great people. They made our stay extremely enjoyable and we left smiling :)

Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
Thank Sheila M
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

What can we say, our hosts are definitely in the right job, perfectly charming and entertaining, would have brought them home with us if we could! Maybe we're biased because we love Chinon anyway but they were a ray of sunshine in an otherwise underwhelming holiday and we'll be back the first chance we get.

Room Tip: There's a range of accommodation but ours had a separate entrance and was right by the pool.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

After 5 days in Paris, we did as the Parisians do and headed out of town for the beauty and peace of the Loire Valley. We could not have had asked for a better experience than what we found at Les Cathelinettes, where we were hosted by the wonderful, gregarious and supremely hospitable M. and Mme. Benini.

We stayed in the room by the pool, the former master bedroom of the house, which includes a master bathroom (and a whirlpool tub), much like what you would find in modern construction in the US. Both were very spacious and nicely appointed--not in the cliche style of B&B's, with their 'Gone with the Wind' or Martha's Vineyard 'themes', but in the comfortable style of a normal guestroom, in a normal home. After long bike rides during the day, it was a treat to return to the quiet room and plush bed. (Nougatine, the family kitten, which, like a rooster, started to meow around 6:30am, was the only impediment to sleep.)

And that is the crux of what made our experience so memorable at Cathelinettes : it felt not as if we were anonymous guests at a hotel, but as if we were the personal guests of the Beninis in their own house.

As others have already attested, the breakfast was delicious and filling. The homemade preserves (from home-grown fruit, it seems) were spectacular. Better yet, request Mme. Sylvie's 5-(or 6-) course dinner, and have yourself a relaxing and delicious evening on the patio, a view of the valley all around you. If TripAdvisor permitted more granularity, I would give 5 stars for the duck course alone, and another 5 stars for the cheese course. And when you're full from the duck and the cheese, and your head is a bit tipsy from M. Benini's home-made "special" aperitif and from all the wine, make room for the delicious dessert, weight-loss resolutions be damned!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Les Cathelinettes

Address: 2 Allee des Cathelinettes, 37500, Chinon, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Chinon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Chinon
Price Range: £75 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cozy and refined luminous bedroom with entrance,direct access to the pool and garden.1 km from the center of Chinon. ... more   less 
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