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Hotel Restaurant Ricordeau
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Loue
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The Cotswolds
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126 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“wonderful small hotel with great owners!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

We stayed for one night on our way back to Calais from the Ile de Re. The hotel is in a small town, near Le Mans, called Loue, in the centre of the chicken breeding area! The owners, Anne-Cecile and Ludovic Deschamps, are the most delightful, helpful hosts, so the visit got off to a good start, particularly when Ludovic described our dog as a V.I.D.- Very Important Dog!! We had reserved the Pavillon de Source, an idyllic little cottage right on the river bank, with a small private patio, overlooking the river, complete with 12 ducks. Sadly, the weather was very showery, but we managed an hour outside, before a deluge! Dinner was absolutely superb and beautifully presented, with Anne-Cecile taking great care to explain each course, in English. It happened to be the weekend of the Le Mans 24 hour race and the hotel was full, but the meal was served leisurely, but not overlong. Breakfast was good, with delicious softly boiled eggs and "soldiers", if required. We can't wait to return, hopefully in the Autumn.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013 via mobile

Loué itself is a tiny little place with not a great deal going on, but inviting just the same and famous for chickens of all things. The room was nice, and large. The best part is the lovely gardens to the rear (with passing river), excellent service and very good food and wine. Breakfast was average, but dinner was excellent. I would have no reservations in recommending this hotel. There's also a cosy little bar area, which I unfortunately didn't get the opportunity to try out as I arrived late(ish) and only stayed one night.

Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

We stayed at the Hotel-Restaurant Ricordeau again last month on our way to south-west France. It was a lovely way to start the holiday with a nice quiet room and super food. Its becoming a bit of a habit-long may it continue !!

Room Tip: They have a nice outdoor swimming pool if you fancy a dip.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cornwall, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012 via mobile

We stopped here for a night en route from the Alps to Roscoff. The hotel is in Loue not far from the A81 near Le Mans. It is a lovely building and looks quite grand at first sight. The staff were welcoming and we were quickly settled into our rooms for a quick turnaround before dinner. The rooms were large, well-decorated and comfortable. Although I had a moment of nostalgia for the floral wallpaper that dominated a few decades ago, including on the ceiling in one rather bizarre place.

The restaurant is a beautiful room, spacious and elegant. I went for the house cocktail, which was delicious and all came with a generous plate of tasty nibbles including oysters. There was another 'free ' course of delicious soup. For mains we went for local chicken - I twigged where I had seen the town's name before, I think it is the centre of free-range poultry-farming - and dorade. The food was really good, as was the wine.

Breakfast in the morning was delicious with lots of choice of breads, cakes, fruit, meats and cheese. The range of homemade jams was vast too.

So an excellent choice. My first idea was to go into a larger city, stay in a cheap chain and find a good restaurant. However, the Ricordeau was a much better option in terms of price, value and convenience. Somehow the cheaper chains never seem to be as cheap as I think they should be to compensate for a view of the motorway or whatever. Will return.

Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

We chose this hotel to celebrate our wedding and it was the right decision! Amazingly beautiful garden as if it was created for an aperitif and photo shot, a charming restaurant with delicious food and great service, comfortable rooms for guests, all these made us to choose this hotel. Moreover, in addition to the one described, we got a huge help in organizing of our celebration from the hotel directors Anne-Cécile and Ludovic Deschamps. We were helped in developing a personal menu that met all our food preferences, and has overcome our expectations. Organization and service of our event was to provide the highest level, so we could only enjoy the atmosphere, created by the hotel personnel to meet customer needs, such as providing a cot and a baby chair and developing vegetarian menu for some guests. I note that all of our needs were met with enthusiasm and were embodied in the best possible way. So we had a wedding of which we could only dream and we were able to avoid any hassle, which were carefully taken by the hotel directors. Very important is to mention that the price we have paid was reasonable, compare to some other offers we met, before we have found this hotel. And the joy we have experienced is priceless! I express my gratitude to Anne-Cécile and Ludovic Deschamps and all staff of the hotel for the holiday, which they arranged for us on our wedding day!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2012

On 31st August our touring group of British cyclists (22) arrived in Loue for a 5-day stay. We held our official group dinner at Hotel Ricordeau where a few members of the group where staying. We enjoyed a delightful evening which started with aperitif in the garden and continued with dinner in the private Empire dining room. Mme Deschamps had suggested a gourmet menu which was delicious and a good representation of a classic French dinner. Alterations to the menu because of medical dietary requirements of two cyclists were accepted and dishes adjusted without fuss. The efficient service ensured the success of the evening which was truly enjoyed by all. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the welcoming and charming Mr. & Mme Deschamps, the owners, who are efficiently managing this peaceful haven.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the garden
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

We travelled from Calais at 8am on a journey that first started in WW1. My wifes great uncle died in France in 1916. We went to Brigade HQ in Brecon and found where he was buried, it turned out he died in the Somme. We went to France and after driving for 2 hours eventually found the grave. By 5pm we were both tired as we still had to travel to the Vendee, we found ourselves in a little village called Loue. This lovely little village had a privately owned Chateau. Our hosts booked this restaurant for us.
This used to have a michellan star or two. We had a wonderful meal, each course was explained to us by the waiter. We both had the Menu Decouverte for E39.
If you ever come across this sleepy hamlet of France please visit there.
They explained Loue was famous for free range eggs, chickens and ducks.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Restaurant Ricordeau
Address: 13 rue de la Liberation, 72540 Loue, France
Region: France > Pays de la Loire > Sarthe > Loue
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Loue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Restaurant Ricordeau 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our House is conviently located between Paris and Brittany, in the Nothern Loire Valley. Formerly a 19th century coach house, it offers spacious and confortable rooms in a charming atmosphere with nature as a backdrop. The restaurant is famed in the region for generations. Step into this guest extablishment infused with history and featuring hospitality at its finest! ... more   less 
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