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Reviewed 18 October 2008

We stayed for three nights in September during a two week trip to France staying in various chateaus and this was by far the best expereince of our holiday.

Adrian and Joke are such lovely people as was Joke's twin sister Doke who was also staying. We had a great dinner with some friendly Aussie's and the atmosphere was relaxed and good humoured, not at all pompous or uncomfortable and this owes much to the wonderful hosts.

The dinner was great, a deliciously tasty confit of duck was one of the best things I ate in France and I did plenty of eating in great restaurants. The rooms are authentic, the house is beautiful and the village charming. Having stayed at five star hotels and venues around the world this was an utterly memorable experience that lives up to anything else we've done and one that I will undoubtedly repeat.

Frank and Magda
London

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Thank FrankieSmith
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Reviewed 14 October 2008

I have always wanted to visit the Loire Valley and stay in a Chateau and so chose Chateau de la Villaine purely on the basis of the exceptional reviews of the property on Trip Advisor. After corresponding with Adrian and Joke via email and telephone we were sure this would be a special three days, and it was.
We were made to feel welcome and at ease immediately - more like houseguests. The dinners we had at the Chateau were so memorable and the beauty, comfort and style of the interior was charming, enhanced by Adrian and Joke's legendary Dutch attention to detail and comfort for the guests. The grounds are lovely and peaceful and the whole place has a slightly faded, lived in feeling.

Adrian helped us plan our days each morning after breakfast, giving us directions to the chateaux via beautiful, quiet roads.

We enjoyed ourselves so much, we stayed an extra night. Having only been back home in Australia only two days , the memory is still fresh. I definitely want to go back there again.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kerry51Australia
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Reviewed 13 October 2008

By the end of September this year, three separate groups from our family spanning three generations have stayed with Adrian & Joke at Chateau de la Villaine. And none of us wanted to leave.

Stay here for the warmest of welcomes, superb atmosphere, delicious food & wine, generously shared local knowledge................ it is our family's home away from home in the Loire!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Thank TheBugThatTravelled
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Reviewed 9 October 2008

This is such a beautiful place! The photos look beautiful, and when you arrive, you find the property and the indoors just as beautiful if not more. My boyfriend and I went to France for a romantic vacation and stayed here in the beginning of our trip. This place was an excellent start, setting the mood and the expectations for a trip filled with beautiful views and enormous quantities of flowers all along.

The host of the house, Adrien welcomed us when we arrived, and instead of sending us straight to our room he insisted to shows us around the house, which made us feel welcome and at ease. Our room was very big, comfortable and very clean. It is all antique or at least antique-looking – in style. For a big room, there was not a lot of furniture, but it was very spacious and very comfortable, with gorgeous views.

The hosts are offering a home-made dinner based on advanced notice and for additional cost. We have learned about it form their web-site and decided to have the dinner the first night. What a wonderful experience!

Adrien invited us to come to the living room some time before the dinner hour for a wine and little chat with the other guests who attend the dinner that night. The guests dressed up a little, and how could you not, when going to dine in such a beautiful dining room dressed up in great taste with flowers, antique statues, tall candle-holders, dinnerware and the rest of the proper set-up!

The hosts of the house dinned with us, which made it so much more personal, created a feeling of visiting old friends rather than being just a client at another B&B. The hosts are very interesting people and had many curious stories to tell about themselves and the local life and customs. It was also interesting to learn the stories of other guests. It was a lovely dinner.

The meal deserves a paragraph of its own! Joke, the woman of the house, prepared all courses herself, except for the cheese. It was a 5-star dining experience. Joke takes pride in her cooking skills and for a good reason, the meal was outstanding. The dinner is prepared fresh that day, of course, and from the local produce that the hosts buy that day – that’s why the advanced notice is required. Adrien, an excellent host, made sure no one’s glass stays empty of wine or water. He paired wines excellently with each course.

If I ever travel in this part of Europe again, I will definitely want to come back to this house. I would highly recommend it to all of my friends and family with confidence that they will have a great experience.

I think this chateau is great for any kind of vacation – honeymoon, family vacation with or without kids, you will have a good time.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank IrinaBond
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Reviewed 2 October 2008

Friendly hosts, excellent dinner.
Booked a room for two, got a room for 4, ample space!!
Rooms with character, ancient castle with modern rooms.
Great golf opportunities, an excellent starting point for a tour of the castles of the Loire or the Cher and the Indre rivers.
My rating 10+

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank SchurkRC
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