When we arrived we were greeted by Natalie who showed us our room, in the manoir itself and up a stone spiral staircase. It was, obviously, old but delightful and yes, as commented elsewhere, the bathroom pod is a bit strange, but so what, it serves its purpose! We then went back down and sat on the terrace with as much fresh coffee as we wanted and spent half an hour or so chatting to other guests and soaking in the atmosphere. Pierre then appeared, introduced himself and apologised as he was in an old tee shirt and paint stained trousers. He was working on the manoir. That sums it up really. We were part of the family, take them as you find them and enjoy it all. Pierre and Natalie speak reasonably good English and are very accomodating and amusing.
The manoir is set if a few acres of park and is quite beautiful in an unkempt way. It's not carefully manicured but natural and all the better for that.
Food. Great. All cooked by Natalie. We had an evening meal of Guinea Fowl as the main course and Ile Flotante as the pudding. Wonderful. There is no wine list so just let Pierre provide something. We had a bottle (or two) of Gigondas, followed by unlimited coffee and Calvados. Again this was all very informal. Pierre left the thermos of coffee and bottle of Calvados on the table and said to just help ourselves.
For breakfast we had home baked croissants, home made jams and home made yoghurt.
This isn't a slick, stuffy hotel but a French family run home. Treat your stay that way. Reading some of the reviews it seems some people require modern slick plastic hotels, all the same. Perhaps they're ok for plastic people. The Manoir is for real, run by a family restoring the building and welcoming guests as friends. Relax, chill out and enjoy it.
We're going back soon, for a longer stay.
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