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La Mare aux Oiseaux
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Joachim
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“Luxury Off the Beaten Path”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2010

we had a marvelous two nights at this establishment. One does not expect such an elegant, glamorous, even decadent place in the middle of a nature preserve, but that is what this is. We stayed here at the end of our tour of Brittany. It was the perfect end to a perfect trip. No question the food is quite expensive (even the standard continental breakfast is 15 Euros!), but the stay is worth it as a special and memorable trip. The dinner we had was inventive, elegant and delicious. Be aware that you may not wish to eat all your dinners at the inn. Apart from the expense, the food is rich. There is no casual, "hamburgers and salads" alternative, and there aren't many other restaurants in this area of the world. We wound up having quite good pizza at another local place, though, so it worked out just fine.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Vevey, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2008

We stayed at this hotel for just one night after a long drive from Switzerland. The place is in a very quiet area. Loved the fact that I was wakened by the farm birds, some of which appear to be rare breeds, in the morning - just check out the name of the place!

The food was superb, the rooms and the bathrooms great.

This a place I would seek out again.

  • Liked — the room & the food
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2008

What the previous reviews have said is 100% correct. We stayed at La Mare aux Oiseaux for two nights and could not find fault with anything. From the friendliness of the staff, the quality and presentation of the food, the excellent rooms and the relaxing garden. All brilliant.

Have already recommended this place to friends as a 'must' visit.

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  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2007

We stayed here recently for two nights. The location, hotel and restaurant were excellent. We would recommend it highly.

  • Liked — Beautiful location and excellent food
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2006

The Setting - The Restaurant - The Rooms - The Staff - Everything is at it´s very best in this place.

I have stayed in many places and it´s very rare to find a place where everything is top of the line. Usually there is always one or more of the categories where the establishment fail to deliver.

This is not the case at La Mare aux Oiseaux. It is a rare treat to be in a place where everything is in balance to the point of perfection.

The Setting - La Mare aux Oiseaux is located in a quiete town (to call it a town is actually an overstatement). With it´s straw roof it radiates silence and recreation. The garden is also a rear treat with patches of sand/grass/stone and a great variety of birds living in their preffered enviroment - A perfect place to enjoy breakfast of a cup of coffee in the morning.

The Restaurant - Serving fixed menu´s and a´lacarte the menu´s are fairly priced (35 - 55€)the high standard taken into consideration. The winecellar carries a wide number of good french red and white wine also very resonably priced - And you are carefully guided by the cellarmaster who also serves the wines to an optimum. After dinner cigars/cigarettes/coffee/cognac can be enjoyed in the "library like" lounge.

The Rooms - Carrying birdnames every room is different and tastefully decorated. The bed, bath and linen are all of exelent quality and large proportions.

The Staff - All of them knows their trade. From you´re recieved in the reception to the moment you leave you feel that you´re taken care of without it beeing to much or to ovasive.

I give La Mare aux Oiseaux my highest recommendations.

Kind regards

Jakob í Hjøllum Nielsen

  • Stayed July 2005
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Property: La Mare aux Oiseaux
Address: 223, rue du Chef de l'Ile de fedrun | Parc National de Briere, 44720 Saint-Joachim, France
Region: France > Pays de la Loire > Loire-Atlantique > Saint-Joachim
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Joachim
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Hotel Class:3 star — La Mare aux Oiseaux 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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