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“A great base for exploring the Loire Valley”

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Le Moulin de Saint Jean
Ranked #2 of 11 Loches B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2012

This uniquely restored watermill was a great centrally located home-base for our stay in the Loire Valley. John and Bernadette were very welcoming and chatty.
The breakfasts served each morning were very generous with a great selection of foods to enjoy.
Our room was quite comfortable and spacious, as was the ensuite bathroom, but both could have had better lighting and mirrors....and we did run out of hot water on occasion too.
Overall, we would certainly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

If you want to explore the Loire Valley, then The Moulin St. Jean is the place to stay, we were there for six days and Villandry, Chaumont, Saumur and Chinon are all within easy driving distance. It has been tastefully restored, although a little more thought might have been given to the positioning of power sockets in our bathroom. This however is not down to the present owners, we were intrigued by the story of the fish pond in the living room when they took over. John and his son Liam are centres of information and are always keen to update their information about the area by chatting to guests about their days out. This was a birthday treat for my wife and they went out of their way to make a superb birthday evening meal for us. Certainly the evening meals we had there were wholesome and well presented and breakfast was enough to keep you going through the day if you wanted. If you are not "eating in", you can bring your sandwiches back and eat on the terrace by the river, or as in our case, on the balcony overlooking the millpond.

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

This is our 3rd visit to the beautiful watermill, it's always just perfect, great food and home from home accommodation.
Looking forward to the next time,

Room Tip: Our room had its own separate lounge, very posh.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank jayne t
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

We stayed for 2 nights en route to our final destination in the Charente. It’s a beautiful water mill and has been authentically and tastefully refurbished and the rooms are nicely presented, with thoughtful personal touches.

We chose to have dinner on the terrace for one evening. The food was good value at 25 euros, although the chef mentioned in previous reviews is no longer there and I’m not sure it’s as good as it used to be. However the overall ambience of the place certainly made up for it. John is a great host and was happy for us to picnic in the garden for dinner the following evening because we had enjoyed a huge lunch. There is a welcoming but casual atmosphere here and we were made to feel comfortable doing whatever we chose to do. Some places would frown on DIY dinners if they provide dining facilities but not here.

A perfect place to stop over during a long journey.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank CWils60
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Reviewed 28 October 2011

Unfortunately we only had one night at Le Moulin but what a treat it was. The setting is divine and even better than the beautiful website photos had led us to expect. On arrival we were cordially greeted by the English family who ran the place, even though they were in the midst of dealing with a minor plumbing disaster. We had the attic room which was very cute and comfortable and had a lovely modern bathroom. Getting up the stairs with our suitcases was a bit of a push though and the room would not be suitable for anyone with dodgy knees. It would also be quiet hot in really warm weather (not a problem when we were there) but the hosts had provided an evaporative cooler. In fact they went out of their way to ensure that our stay was as comfortable as possible. The old mill has been lovingly restored in country provincial style and each room is comfortable and relaxing.
At dinner and breakfast we looked out across the tranquil millpond whilst tucking into the very good food provided by John and his band of helpers. The night dinner which was not included in the tariff but very reasonably priced, was very good and was accompanied with regional wines. John is bit of a wine buff and knows a lot about the wines of the region. Well worth dining in as meal and the conversation with our host and the other guests was great and there isn't much else with in walking distance of the mill.
This is a great place to use as a base to visit Loches and the chateaux of the Loire. We really wish we had stayed longer and would certainly use this accommodation again if we return to the area in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Christina W
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

My boyfriend and I often say how we wish we were back at Le Moulin de St Jean. (Sigh.)

This place is just idyllic! It really is set on it's own little island and is surrounded by water, which is instantly relaxing. John is a fantastic host - very friendly and fun - and we were lucky enough to also be looked after by his mum, Jean, too. Unlike in some B&Bs, you are not made to feel awkward at all, wherever you are in the house. John's wine collection is definitely one to be sampled and he is very knowledgable about the various local tipples.

The location is great. We did a day trip to Saumur and Chinon - sampling a few more wines - and it was really easy to get there and back. Loches is very pretty too and is only a 5-10 minute drive away. Highly recommended and I wish I was back there now!

Room Tip: We stayed in the top (attic) room which had great views from the skylight window.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Rachel_Pettigrew
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

We had a truly brilliant 2 nights at the moulin on the way back from our wedding in the south of france. It was a lovely spot to spend some of our "mini-moon" - great hospitality, lovely food, idyllic scenary and the lovely medieval town of Loches on the doorstep.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Moulin de Saint Jean

Address: rue Saint Jean | St. Germain, 37600, Loches, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Loches
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Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Loches
Price Range: £66 - £77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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