This hotel was originally an old priory, then a house and became a hotel after the war. In the 1950s a big dining room and many of the bedrooms were added on. Its a slightly odd hotchpotch of a place. Overall the hotel felt like it was in about 1980. The big plus point is an elevated view over the Loire with terraces where you can have a drink and look out over the river and birds swirling around below. There is a really nice pool in the grounds. The restaurant is extremely traditional, the second time only time ever as a lady I have been given a menu without prices in (I'll have the Lobster then?). A bit bizarre in 2012 perhaps. The service was very attentive, the food good but very rich. The bedroom was traditional and a bit stuffy feeling. The breakfast was a low point; I think they had decided to serve cooked food for the foreigners but don't really have their hearts set on it. Quite a bit of the hotel felt like it needed a bit more investment - gardens a bit unmanicured, etc. Overall, quite charming, quirky, but overall felt like someone needs to open the windows, dust it down and shake out of that time warp feeling. (A warning, Saumur itself is really boring.) If you are staying in the area this would be a good bet, I wouldn't choose this as a destination in itself.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Prieure Hotel Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault
- Le Prieure France/Chenehutte-Treves-Cunault