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Moulin du Fief Gentil
Ranked #2 of 3 Blere B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 October 2013

I have stayed at the Moulin twice now, in 4 years, with friends. After hectic days of driving and touring, this hotel is a respite, due to the beautiful natural setting of the old mill, and a pleasure, thanks to its friendly hosts, M and Mme Heurtebise. It's a perfect "central location" to visit many chateaux in all directions. Both stays included the "table d'hote" dinner offered to guests (for an additional cost, but worth it for the conviviality it offers, AND the excellent dishes prepared by "chef Florence"). I thought I wanted to stay in a fancy chateau in Touraine, but this is ..well...better!

Room Tip: Book early..there are only 5 rooms!
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

While planning our trip to France, we struggled with where to stay in the Loire Valley. We finally decided on Moulin du Fief Gentil, and we could not have been happier with our choice! Mmw. Heurtebise was an incredibly gracious host; she spoke very good english and made sure that we felt comfortable and welcomed. The dinner we had in her inn with her and other guests was one of the highlights of our trip (you have to let her know your interest in eating there ahead of time, but we would highly recommend to others that you take advantage of this opportunity); the food and company were great, and we ate in a wonderful atmosphere. Mmw. Heurtebise also was a great source of information about where and when to go to the amazing sites in the Loire, and Blere was a very central town that was close to many attractions (and actually a very nice small town as well). We highly recommend this wonderful and welcoming B & B!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

We spent two nights there while exploring the Loire. One of the best travel experiences we have ever had. The B&B is easy to find in Blere (with or without GPS) and is convenient to several chateaus, particularly Chenonceau. Our room was very nicely appointed, and the grounds are lovely (pond in back, glass window overlooking an inner waterfall, etc.) But the best part of the stay is Mme. Heurtebise's warmth, friendliness and hospitality. We ate dinner one night with several other guests from the US and France. The food was just wonderful, and we became fast friends with all the other guests and have stayed in touch with them since dining together. Mme. Heurtebise is fairly fluent in English and German as well as French (duh) so conversation is no problem. If you stay there, be cognizant of the fact that it's cash only -- no credit cards. In any event, a delightful, relaxing, and completely charming stay. We can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We had a wonderful two days at Moulin du Fief Gentil. Sitting by the pond was so peaceful. We were lucky enough to have a dinner prepared by Madame Fleurance Heurtebise that we shared with her husband and two other guests. One of the highlights of our trip. Blere is centrally located with easy access many chateaux and was set up so that you could have your wine chilling and waiting for you after a day of touristing. Breakfast jams were homemade with surprising ingredients. Room was large and light filled. Large shower was a luxury after many small enclosures in prior accommodations.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Last July, we had the great pleasure to stay at the Moulin du Fief Gentil. We didn’t really know what to expect as it was our first stay in a “Chambre d’hôte”. We were so pleasantly surprised! Blere is a very easy drive from Paris and it is a great location to visit the châteaux. The moulin and its surroundings are very charming and picturesque. The rooms are spacious, spotless, beautifully decorated and very cozy! Our hostess, Florence, did everything she could to please us. She is an amazing chef and a wonderful person. We had such a great time that we cannot wait to come back!

Merci pour tout, Florence!

Virginie, Hector, Colette, Julian and Megane

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

About a week ago we had the good fortune to stay in Blere at the Moulin du Fief Gentil. Madame Fleurance Heurtebise was an excellent hostess. We had a rental car from EuropCar that we had reserved and picked up in Caen, France across from the train station. We picked it up on a late Friday afternoon. We needed to return it on Sunday afternoon in Beaune, Burgogne. When I made the reservation on the computer it wouldn't let me return it in Beaune because it was a Sunday and EuropCar was closed. So when I picked the car up I made a point of telling them I wanted to return it in Beaune on Sunday. I pressed the issue but the EuropCar people said I absolutely had to drive back to Caen to return it which made no sense because Caen is the opposite direction from Beaune and was a waste of our precious time in France. So I had to buy us 3 train tickets from Caen to Beaune which involved changing trains in Paris. It was ridiculous. I was frustrated and mentioned the situation to Fleurance. She said for me to give her our car rental papers and our 3 train tickets. She said she would call them and said it was absurd that we were asked to return the car to the Caen train station. To make a long story short, Fleurance had the whole car rental arrangement fixed for us so that we could return the car in Beaune on a Sunday. She said all we had to do was to drive the car to the Europcar parking lot and lock it up. Then we were to drop the keys off at the adjacent hotel a few meters away, ie. a one minute walk. Apparently this is done there all the time just as it is in the U.S. when you drop off a rental car after hours. Then she gave us the adjacent town's train station address so we could take the train tickets back for a refund because the town in which she lived, Blere, didn't have a "guichet" or ticket counter to do the refund. She gave us very good directions to drive there.

Also when we were leaving she printed us out a very detailed map with directions to drive to Beaune which saved us many possible mistakes.

To top it off, her beds had really firm, excellent mattresses, the linens were wonderful, and our Camelia room for 3 was simply decorated in really appropriate out in the country style. It was such a pleasant room and very large. It was our nicest, largest room and bathroom on the two week trip. Because it is so quiet it makes a wonderful respite from Paris. One can get a really solid sleep there.

Her gardens are lovely, not to mention the old mill with the water still rushing. A very relaxing spot after a day of visiting Chenonceau or any of the neighboring castles.

One more thing, Mme. Heurtebise sets out a very pretty continental breakfast with home made jams of four types and various cheeses, croissants, bread, juice, and the best coffee we had in France! Thank you, Mme. Heurtebise. Nous vous remercions! Ellen S., Ruth S. and John G.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

My wife and I stayed for three nights in the Clementine room and had a wonderful time. The room, B&B and grounds are all lovely, and Florence was very helpful. We had great weather while we were there, so we were able to enjoy the patio and pond in back. The location couldn't be better for touring the various chateaus in the region, especially if you plan to visit Chenonceau first thing in the morning (which I recommend due to the crowds). There is private parking at the B&B, and it’s a short walk to various restaurants in Blere, so we never needed the car in the evenings.

We had made dinner reservations at the B&B for our second night there, and that was one of the highlights of our trip. We dined with Florence and Francois as well as a couple from France and a couple from Great Britain. We felt that 30 euro each was a bargain for dinner and a night’s entertainment, which is what you get as the home cooked meal was fabulous and lasted well over two hours from start (aperitif) to finish (dessert). I highly recommend checking into this during your stay!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 3 rue de Culoison, 37150 Blere, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Indre-et-Loire > Blere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Blere
Price Range: £77 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a large park with a lake, this former watermill of the 16th century is carefully restored and represents a haven of peace.The spacious and tastefully decorated rooms,are all equipped with private bathroom (bath or shower and toilet). Antique furniture and warm colors offer you a cocoon where you feel well.The lounge in the former mechanical room of the mill offers kettle, fridge, microwave to prepare drinks or snacks to enjoy in this room, under the trees at the edge of the pond or on the terrace.Breakfast is always a popular time: you can taste the homemade jams, pastry or dessert of the day cooked by your hostess, goat cheese from the region, fruit, etc. .. ... more   less 

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