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Manoir des Douets Fleuris
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Cancale
Certificate of Excellence
Finland
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“One of the nicest hotels i've ever visited”
Reviewed 16 April 2012

We also found this hotel from Tripadvisor - at first I thought of staying in St Malo or Cancale centre, but because of the favourable reviews I decided to book this hotel.

I must say that the reviews are true. This hotel with it's lovely garden and countryside surroundings overall are beautiful, as well as the room we got - big bed, large bathroom with a shower and a bathtub.

Service was also very friendly and helpful. I do not know how the atmosphere is in the summer when it is more crowded, but I enjoyed the peace and quiet of this gem of a hotel. We also enjoyed the breakfast buffet.

The hotel is quite close to Cancale, but not in a walking distance, but buses run frequently. Busstop (Quatrevais) is nearby, we used a taxi to arrive from St Malo (approx 25 euros).

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

We arrived in Cancale expecting to stay at another hotel. Upon arrival, their reception/office was actually closed so we were forced to search out other accommodations late in the day. We stopped and viewed many hotel rooms before finally happening upon Manoir des Douets Fleuris.

The price per night at Manoir des Douets Fleuris was slightly more than we had hoped to pay but after seeing the noisy, closet sized rooms offered in Cancale (which had no Internet or parking) it was apparent that there really was no better choice than the Manoir des Douets Fleuris!

I'm pleased we hadn't read the reviews on TA for this hotel as we might have been put off from the comments. Instead, we were warmly greeted by David and shown two available rooms. Our room was quite spacious with a living area, desk, two flat screen TVs, safe, comfortable chairs, separate entrance from the gardens (versus a hotel style entrance to many rooms off of one corridor), excellent bedding and towels. The room's walls were of the rock of the hillside this area of the hotel hugs. High ceilings, tile floors and good window coverings were highlighted by the touches of a fine hotel and an owner with attention to detail.

There were bathrobes and slippers provided and a small mini-bar refrigerator. After days of driving, it was a real pleasure to stand between the dual high pressure shower jets and/or to lie in the deep Jacuzzi-style bath in the large, spacious bathroom.

In-room Internet is included in the rates and is one of the fastest speeds of any hotel I've stayed.

There is a swimming pool and a hot tub. The landscaped gardens provide a tranquil place to enjoy a drink or just a quiet place to listen to the fountain and the birds.

Little things...We are both night owls which means we always miss the breakfast serving times. It would have been nice to have a kettle in the room with tea and coffee making items.

We never could figure out how to get BBC and/or CNN on the TV. The room's information booklet did not have a discussion on the TV channels/use.

David actually helped us with our luggage! This kind of thing doesn't happen often at hotels anymore. And, a partial bottle of wine left from dinner, made its way to our room delivered by David, decked out in a fresh ice bucket. The Owner was friendly, open and genuine.

Requests for additional blankets and an issue due to our ineptitude with the door key were all handled with friendliness and laughter.

These service details make a big impression!

After our long drive, it was a pleasure to be able to have dinner in the restaurant on site. We are both professional chefs - so we can be quite particular and, well, critical in regards to food prep and presentation. In this case, we had a good meal made better by David's unpretencious, welcoming and friendly service; an excellent bottle of wine; lovely surroundings; good - and not your typical - restaurant music choices; a luscious starter of silky smoked salmon spread with toast points - melt-in-your-mouth foie gras - tender beef filet topped with more foie gras - superb butter (Seriously - SUPERB butter) and crusty bread - perfectly ripened cheeses on a generous tray...

Did we feel the prices too high for our meal? - Yes. 59,00 Euro/$90 US per person plus wine for a pre-fix menu. Especially when, though some items were good, others should be improved upon. The chicken and Morel course was so covered in thick sauce to make the chicken undistinguisable. The chicken was tough - not the menu's promised enticement of a 'specially fattened' juicy, rich bird.

Though the foie gras first course was rich and buttery, it was served on Brittany's version of a spicy gingerbread (a great idea) which was unfortunately drenched in the cooking fats. The talented Chef could do better. Each dish was garnished in the same way and all the side dishes were the same on each plate served and for each course and, frankly, would have been best left in the kitchen for the most part as they didn't 'go with' the dish presented... What seemed creative at first site, loses its luster when repeated.

All in all, I would certainly stay here again, and, hope to do so!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

We had been travelling around the coast in France and stopped off in Cancale looking for somewhere to stay for one night. After reading reviews on TripAdvisor and missing the No'1 hotel we stumbled on this hotel and it looked very pretty so we decided to see if they had a room. On meeting the Madame at reception we were informed they had had a cancellation and there was one room left, which we were shown to in a manner which was hardly warm and friendly. When my partner politely mentioned that we had been offered two adjoining rooms for just under the price of this one room in another establishment, we were advised "to take the two rooms then"! Although surprised at this attitude we figured we were there now and said we would take the room and waited whilst the sofa bed was pulled down and made up - unfortunately there seemed to be a problem with the bed which wouldn't flatten in the middle. Instead of apologising and continuing to try and rectify the problem we were told the bed was perfectly safe for our 8 year old son to sleep in - obviously this wasn't the case at all and my partner rectified the problem without so much as a thank you from the same Madame. All in all the hotel is a very pretty building but the overall atmosphere was decidedly cool due to the service we received and this left us not wishing to return (admittedly we only really dealt with this one person so I would not wish to generalise.)

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 May 2011

Everything about this hotel is good - even though it is further out of Cancale than the web site states ( probably a translation issue ) . Therefore the convenience and ease of not having to drive to eat out is fantastic . But in our opinion , the food in the restaurant is way overpriced. At these prices the food should be pretty special and it was a shame that it just wasn't. We gave it two chances and then gave up. A tough , pimply undercooked chicken leg which is advertised as specially fattened but tasted like a broiler chicken should not cost over 20 euros , no matter how much cream sauce is plonked on top. They need to up their game considerably.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 September 2010

Booked this to treat ourselves, and it fitted our parameters. Half board was the trouble. The food we were offered bore no resemblance to the main menu in the lovely restaurant. The waiting staff were arrogant and rude, and the owner didn't seem to grasp that no-one knew how the hotel was to deal with half board guests. Eventually we were offered 15 Euros off any menu choices. The food was delicious but we got the impression that the hotel is trying to be something it will never attain, if only due to its location, which is on the edge of and looking onto a cabbage field.
"All fur coats and no knickers"

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Northwood
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Reviewed 11 July 2010

We were greeted by a very helpful receptionist who showed us to our airy and spacious ground floor room, where we spent two nights. The room was fitted out with everything we would expect from a hotel of a much higher rating (and price). Nice bedding and toiletries - all very tastefully done with considerate touches. The restaurant staff were very helpful and happy to serve us an early bottle of wine on the terrace before the restaurant had opened. Dinner in the restaurant was excellent. The swimming pool area is nicely landscaped (and there is also a jacuzzi). Pool towels were given to us on request. In summary a delightful stay - good value - we would recommend it and will return.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Heidelberg
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Reviewed 27 September 2009

Great old building with a lot of character, tastefully renovated. We had a room with a huge fireplace and a huge bathroom with very good amenities. The bed for our 6 yr old son was a sofa bed, which unfortunately blocked a lot of space in the room. Satellite TV has CNN and BBC, a rarity in France. Free internet (WLAN). Small public pool with jacuzzi. Very good but slightly pricey buffet breakfast. Hotel is highly recommended if you have a car.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Manoir des Douets Fleuris
Address: les Douets Fleuris, 35260 Cancale, France
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Region: France > Brittany > Ille-et-Vilaine > Cancale
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Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Cancale
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Hotel Class:3 star — Manoir des Douets Fleuris 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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This 17th century granite house mansion embodies the Breton personality right through to its generously-proportioned rooms, skilfully combining traditional values and sophistication. ... more   less 
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