We've stayed at the Ricordeau twice this year, first en route on our bikes, cycling from Caen to south of the Loire in April. Then the hotel was quiet, but we were given a warm welcome - our bikes were stored overnight in a grand room with chandeliers and gilt mirrors while we enjoyed a room on the top floor, beautifully furnished and with a generously proportioned modern bathroom. There's a lovely long sitting area under the eaves outside these rooms. The gardens looked great, but it was too cold for sitting out. The main restaurant was closed that night (Monday) so we ate a simple, but good Menu in the Brasserie next door (also part of the hotel).
At the end of July on our way to Bordeaux, this time by car, we started our holiday with two nights at the hotel, this time staying in the pretty Pavillon room near the river and enjoying the swimming pool (perfect temperature). On the Friday night the hotel was full (all UK visitors we were told!) but the attention by staff was just as personal and we had a memorable and totally delicious meal in the main restaurant - on the patio overlooking the garden. It's a great area for cycling - we went on a 60km ride this time from the hotel - and visited the monastery of Solemnes and had a picnic by the river Sarthe.
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- 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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