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“Good night's sleep in a beautfiul setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Manoir du Mortier
Manoir de Mortier, 03360 Meaulne, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Meaulne B&B and Inns
Geneva, Switzerland
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“Good night's sleep in a beautfiul setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed at the Manoir du Mortier for one night to break a long car journey across France since although hidden away down small back roads, it is only a short way from major highways both East-West and North-South. The owner emailed us some helpful directions beforehand but having reserved via booking.com and given a credit card guarantee, I was a little surprised to be asked to send a down-payment by French cheque in the post (I wonder what overseas guests would do).

The property is in a truly gorgeous position with a commanding view over the local countryside. It's a wonderfully restored fortified farm with rooms around a raised terrace and swimming pool. We slept in the Tour Carrée (square tower), consisting of a high-ceilinged bedroom and a palatial bathroom down a steep spiral staircase. Really comfortable bed. Guests have the use of a large communal room where meals are taken, plus a kitchen area with fridge.

We were traveling with a young baby and though we were given a very warm welcome and a travel-cot was provided (we had to put it together ourselves....), you couldn't describe the Manoir as particularly child-friendly; the gravel underfoot between the accommodation and the carpark is near-impossible to negotiate with a push-chair and there are quite a lot of steps. No fence around the pool, meaning mobile young children would need to be watched like a hawk. The same would go for the steep bathroom stairs in our room, though there was a stair-gate.

Be warned that the farm is down a very long, very uneven unmade driveway and drivers of low-slung cars would need to go extremely carefully. Meaulne, the nearest village, is quiet verging on dead. Having made arrangements to have dinner at the Manoir, we arrived only to be told that a guest had been taken ill in the morning and the owner hadn't had a chance to sort dinner out. After a long day on the road with a baby in tow, an extra drive in the evening to the nearest restaurant really wasn't ideal. Seems rather amateurish for an establishment charging that much per night and even a phone call in advance to warn us would have been appreciated. I also felt breakfast was rather limited, with little more than bread, cheap cereal and not-very-nice coffee in a thermos left out for guests.

It's a pity to raise these negative points given the beautiful setting and excellent night's sleep but this a high-end B&B and they could easily be sorted out.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

Close to the home of George Sand.
Wonderful for antiquing!
Food is fantastic.
The ambiance is superb, one is instantly a part of the family.

Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2010

The manoir is beautifully restored in a light classic french style. We stayed in the suite which was lovely, but if I were to go again (which I hope we do!) I would like to stay in the round tower as it looked particularly romantic. We enjoyed madam's cuisine for two nights, which was not only delicious but made for a wonderful evening chatting with the hostesses family and other guests. The grounds are large and nicely equipped for young children with a trampoline, swing and woods to play in. You could tell that a lot of love went into the place and we had a thoroughly relaxing time. It's the type of place you daydream about opening up one day yourself....the views were to die for too.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2009

Lovely spot, friendly owner and good accommodation. Really nice swimming pool too. Supper was on offer but as we had a picnic we declined. Smelled good though. Very convenient location for motorway and pleasant garden and views.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Manoir de Mortier, 03360 Meaulne, France
Location: France > Auvergne > Allier > Meaulne
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Meaulne
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Number of rooms: 4
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