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“Home Away from Home in France”
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Loire Bed and Car
Ranked #4 of 21 Tours B&B and Inns
Brighton, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
“Home Away from Home in France”
Reviewed 23 November 2012

During our trip to France in the Summer of 2012 we stayed for a night with Dominique and it was absolutely wonderful. Dominique's english is very good and she has a very good sense of humour. She drove us around to several Castles in the area and was very nice and polite. In the evening she gave us several restaurant recommendations and even drove us into the town center. The room was extremely comfortable and her house is beautiful. The garden is absolutely delightful and the french breakfast was delicious. Staying here was like going to a relatives house. Would recommend it 100% to anybody looking for a nice and comfortable place to stay and also learn about the French culture.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Oxford, Mississippi
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

My daughter and I stayed with Dominique. She was our guide as well as our hostess. The tour was wonderful, breakfast delicious, room was immaculate. She made our stay feel like we're visiting a friend. A 100 stars.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

My husband and I stayed with Dominique when we visited the Loire Valley in September 2012. Dominique is such a lovely welcoming host who speaks English very well.
The house is about a 15 minute walk to the station and there are shops close by. The bus stop is very close and very cheap to get up to the station or tourist office.
Dominique has only one room that she uses for the B&B, so you are the only guests, the room is lovely and bright with lots of windows looking out into the pretty walled garden. Very quiet at night and the bed was very comfortable. There is a lovely modern bathroom, with everything you need.
The room is very spacious, clean and brightly decorated, with big comfy pillows.
There is a lounge which you can use to read or watch tv and there is free wifi.
Dominique prepared a lovely breakfast of pastries, bread, fresh fruit, yoghurt, juice and tea/coffee, and she will cook eggs for you if you ask. Breakfast is in her lovely kitchen/dining room which looks out into the garden.
We would highly recommend staying with Dominique and her husband Michel. They made our visit to the Loire Valley very enjoyable.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

We stayed two nights in September, 12. The room and bathroom are clean and well furnished. The location is great for walking around town. Dominique is not just an innkeeper, she is your concierge and tour guide if you so wish. During the booking, she responded to my inquiry timely. Her English is good. During our stay, she made restaurant and tour reservations for us. She guided us how to get around and how to take bus. With her wonderful help, we were able to see and to do what we wanted within a short period of time. There is a bike shop just around the corner of her house that one can rent bikes. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. Dominique is warm and easy to talk to, especially when our French is limited.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

This whole experience with Dominique and her husband was exceptionally good that I highly recommend to everyone. During booking, Dominique responded to every inquiry timely and her English is good. We stayed two days before going to Paris because I wanted to see Cheatau Villandry. She picked us up from TGV station, guided us how to get around town, how to take bus, made tour and restaurant reservations for us. She is more than an innkeeper! She is your concierge and tour guide should you wish. The room and bathroom are clean and nicely furnished. The location is great. The most important factor to me of this experience is Dominique herself. She is warm, very helpful and easy to talk to, especially our French are limited. She made our short stay a great joy and helped us to make the best use of our time there.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

We stayed for six nights with three days touring the Loire Valley with Dominique the first week in September 2012.
The accommodation was very good and included a spacious bedroom, large en-suite shower room and comfortable lounge to relax in or alternatively the lovely walled garden to sit in.
We enjoyed the traditional French breakfast and Dominique was keen to ensure we had everything we needed. Well placed for easy walking access to the centre of Tours where there is a wide choice of restaurants and bars.
We can highly recommend Dominique as a chauffeur. Dominique discussed our interests and made suggestions for visits using her extensive knowledge of the area (Including wine tasting). This meant we maximised our time and visited fantastic places.
Dominique was very helpful but not intrusive and we had an excellent time. Our favourite places to visit were Chenonceau, Villiandry, Chaumont and Amboise.
We would highly recommend Loire Bed and Car.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bunbury
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

Our experience with Dominique at Loire Bed and Car was a pleasure from her first email response, through her meeting us warmly at the railway station, and going on right through our stay. The accommodation was comfortable, tastefully furnished, and had the facilities we needed with a homelike atmosphere. The location was good; it was an easy stroll to the town centre, restaurants, the cathedral, markets and river. It was good to have the courtyard garden for relaxation. Dominique provided tasty French breakfasts which were very adequate and enjoyable.

We stayed four nights, with three days spent touring with Dominique. She has good local knowledge of the Loire valley and speaks very good English, (but was also very encouraging with my feeble attempts to speak French). She was very flexible with her time, so if we wanted to take a bit longer at any place we didn't feel under pressure. It was also an advantage to be "out of synch" with the tourist buses when visiting the busier sites. We found it was well worthwhile to take Dominique's advice about places to visit. Some of the less well-known (at least to us) chateaux which she recommended we found just as good as those we had previously selected. We also enjoyed the wine cave to which she took us, and our lunches at some charming, out-of-the-way little restaurants. Dominique is a really nice person and we enjoyed spending time with her.

For the excellent service which Dominique provides, we felt that we had very good value for money. Overall we both felt that the tIme we stayed in Tours was the highlight of our six weeks in Europe because of Dominique's personal touch.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Loire Bed and Car
Address: 86 rue du General Chanzy, 37000, Tours, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Tours
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #4 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Tours
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For an easy break in the Loire Valley, I propose a room B & B only (75€/night) or B&B + transport. The only ensuite room is in a secluded part of the house with a private entrance on the garden and all the facilities necessary for a relaxing stay. The room can be fitted with a queen size double bed or twin beds. French but very complete breakfast is proposed at your time. Ten minute walk to the old town and twenty from the station (direct bus lines as well) I also can offer a package including Bed and Breakfast and transport in my own car during your stay with pick up and drop off at the station. You will decide on your own of your program and I will drive you around at your pace! Price: 1 day +one night 300 euros for one person or two people sharing the same room. Thank you for reading, hope to see you one day. ... more   less 

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