We stayed here for 6 nights. It is set in a quiet village 5 minutes from Doue La Fontaine, 20 from Saumur. It is a converted winery. All the furnishings and linen are made of natural materials - stone, jute, cotton etc. There are interesting quotes about wine on slates dotted around the sitting room, as well as original and specially commissioned wall hangings of flora and fauna painted on jute/hessian. The common areas are a sitting room with extensive library and comfortable couches and seats, a beautiful garden with loads of fruit trees (the cherry trees were dripping during our stay and we were invited to eat a few on the way to and from the car each day - delicious). , a badminton court, trampoline and games room. There is also a well equipped kitchen if you want to prepare your own meals or picnics with hob, microwave, fridges etc. it includes stocks of wine if you run short - you write it on an honesty list and it is added to your bill. There is free and secure parking on site. The room was well equipped with kettle, tea extra blankets, nice toiletries, shoe shine etc. The bedding and linen are all of very good quality. Everywhere is spotlessly clean. It is a really quiet and relaxing place to stay. The breakfast is simple and delicious - croissants, bread, natural yoghurt, fresh organic fruit, cheese, butter, freshly brewed coffee, cereal and a good range of teas. There is a shop with local products on site - the prices are the same as at the producers so you can happily stock up on site. It was a fabulously relaxing and comfortable place to stay. The standout though was the host and his staff. From our original arrival to departure, Phillipe was a fantastic host, patient and helpful with our halting French(he has excellent English too) , full of good advice tailored to our tastes and overall made it feel like a home from home. He is unfailingly helpful and attentive and clearly keen on making every guest's stay not just enjoyable and relaxing, but really special. It is clearly a vocation, not just a job for him. The same attitude is found among all the other staff, including the lady who served us at our first breakfast and the ladies who do the rooms. The decor, service and setting are all of an exceptionally high standard and we would definitely go back. It would also be a nice place for families - the kids would enjoy the space in the garden after a day driving around the Loire. You can stay in a gypsy caravan or a room for viewing the stars. There are two restaurants in the village - one fine dining, the other more local and rustic. Both fine. All in all, couldn't fault anything.
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