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“Too expensive for average bed and breakfast.” 3 of 5 stars
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Chateau De Verrieres
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   53 Rue d'Alsace, 49400 Saumur, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 27 Hotels in Saumur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cheshire England
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45 hotel reviews
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“Too expensive for average bed and breakfast.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

There are a number of points which are not intended to be insulting the the owners but just as we found the property:

I. this is called a chateau but is really a large house in town in between several very large buildings. There are thousands of actual l chateaus in this part of the world which are very large and in acres and acres of grounds.

ii. On arrival, we were shown to our room and given a list of 'don'ts' for instance, don't open the curtains because of the sun, don't open the windows because of insects,don't leave the light's on if you do open the window at night as it will attract insects. Even more 'don'ts' were listed in their booklet for instance don't 'under any circumstances' eat in the bedrooms, don't walk into the hotel from the pool with wet feet due to the lovely flooring,

iii. Pool towels had to be collected from the reception, which is ridiculous in a supposed luxury residence.

iv. Breakfast was to be taken in the cellar/basement, out of the way of the lovely living areas.

v. Our room which should have cost 260 euros (we paid 220 euros but were given an upgrade) had a white chair which had a piece of fabric on the seat to cover black stains all over it, plus there was a chipped mug in the room for the coffee.

vi. There is an enormous pit of black water covered with green slime behind the trees in their back garden. This is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN and certainly should have been pointed out in their booklet or in their list of 'don'ts'.

We were charged 16/17 euros each for continental breakfast, anything cooked was another 8 euros each. We were charged 2 euros for a tiny bottle of water.

All the other chateaux gave the water free.

We felt as if the owners were wanting the money for the accommodation, but that all the guests were an inconvenience and not really welcomed in the main body of the house.

The price we paid which was 274 euros for a second floor bedroom, breakfast, two cups of coffee and two bottles of water was outrageously expensive when one can stay at the most amazing Michelin starred chateaux such as Noirieux for similar and a ton of others which are much more beautiful and much much cheaper. If the owners are so concerned regarding their possessions, then they should not be letting out these rooms. A beautiful four star full service hotel can be booked in France for this price without all the onerous do's and don'ts.

Room Tip: First floor rooms might be better bet.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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verrieres, Propriétaire at Chateau De Verrieres, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
What an inspection report !

1- You are right, there are hundreds of chateaux (I would even quote thousands) which are surrounded with acres and acres of grounds, but...how many are located, with four private acres around, in the historic centre of a town ?
2- You complain about the "don'ts" : they are expressed to guarantee your comfort and the environment for the quality of your stay.
3- "The pool towels can be collected from the reception : how ridiculous...!" But think about it: in a 10 bedroom privately run hotel, you will not find dozens of staff standing in the corners, starring at the guests...where can you find someone permanently available to fulfil the guests' requests? In the reception office ! Where is the problem ? Would you prefer to collect your towels in the breakfast room ?
4- The breakfast room might be the nicest room of the chateau : a lovely white stone vaulted room, receiving fully the morning sun, never cold in the Winter, always cool in the Summer, accessible by the elevator and with a direct access to the park...
5- We sincerely regret to have upgraded you.
6- the park, which is a listed park "a l'anglaise", has of course, a pond, the most romantic
part of it. That pond is one foot deep and usually dry in Summer.

Most of the people are able to appreciate the quality of our hotels and chateaux and our efforts to provide the most enjoyable environment and personalised attention for our guests. There is a price to pay for quality. But, obviously, by reading through the reports you wrote on your other stays, so few of them have had the chance to suit you! There are numerous cheaper and standard places, probably easier to inspect and to be less systematically criticised.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stayed at the Chateau de Verrieres in Saumur for the second time in June 2013, and it was as beautiful as last year. Yolaine and Thierry are the perfect hosts to their chateau and their welcome is exceptional. We stayed in a Junior Suite for two nights which was a lovely quiet haven after a very busy fortnight touring the Loire Valley. The breakfasts are a bit expensive but well worth the cost, in my opinion, with lots of lovely pastries, croissants, nice French bread and gorgeous home made conserves not to mention proper French coffee. As we were arriving on a Sunday night, I had E Mailed Yolaine and Thierry to book us into L'Escargot which is a very nice restaurant very near to the Chateau and open on a Sunday night, this had been booked for us which was very helpful. We sat out in the lovely, well cared for gardens one afternoon which was very peaceful. This is an unique place to stay with some wonderful antiques and beautiful furniture.

Room Tip: A junior suite is well worth the extra Euros.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is a beautiful, quaint chateau. We really enjoyed staying here (if only over night and for breakfast). The owners are lovely and gracious and the bedrooms are large, comfortable and homey. The grounds are really pretty and we truly felt like we had gone back in time. There is not a restaurant but we did enjoy a delicious (yet quite pricey) buffet breakfast. My family and I recommend Chateau De Verrieres.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

A lovely family-run chateau-hotel, the Chateau de Verrieres is located behind Saumur's historic Cadre Noir, an easy walk from Saumur's center and the river. The welcome is gracious, as are the public and private rooms. You won't regret booking here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Carmen and I stayed here for four nights from 13 June. We were warmly welcomed by Thierry and Yolaine, setting the tone for a memorable stay.
The property is magnificent both inside and out and is splendidly maintained. We stayed in the Rising Sun suite which provided great comfort and a tasteful blend of cultures.
The physical attributes of this property make this a memorable place to stay in its own right. What makes this place particularly memorable and worth a visit is down to Thierry and Yolaine – their professionalism, hospitality and warmth create a grand "home away from home" experience for travellers. Highly recommended.
Stelvio Vido
Melbourne AU

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

My family and I stayed in this hotel for a couple of day during July 2012. The Chateau is beautiful inside and out, and makes you feel like you're truly living in 19th century France. This is a good change for travelers looking to stay somewhere different from the typical chained hotels. The rooms are vast and beautifully furnished. The hotel is situated just a couple minute walks from the center of town, which is perfect for quick shopping or meals during the day.
Although Saumur is mostly restaurants and shops, it is surrounded by other beautiful towns that offer many great site seeing, such as castles, markets and museums. We would mostly just spend the mornings in town and then head on out of Saumur.

Some of the negative sides would be that the rooms could not be locked at any time. I found it a bit uncomfortable not being able to lock my door while we went out touring during the day, or sleeping during the night.
Also, we had original reserved a week long stay in the Chateau, but during our stay decided to leave two days earlier since we wanted to spend a couple days in Paris before we headed back home. The owners were a bit angry by our change of plans which is understandable, but they turned slightly bitter towards us and still charged us the remaining two days at full price, stating that it was too late for other travelers to make reservations and would loose clientele for those two days. However it was clear that they hotel was not at full capacity at our stay, so that argument was not very genuine.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We have just returned from a holiday touring the Loire valley and stayed for two nights at Chateau de Verrieres in the beautiful Chambre de General. We loved staying here and our car did not move from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning.

Having never before been to Saumur we found it to be a delightful town with a marvellous Saturday market within ten minutes walk. We also greatly enjoyed the annual Vintage Velo event that coincided with our visit. All the participants dressed appropriately with their wonderful old bicycles and penny farthings. There was so much to see and do but the great thing to us was being able to return to our 'home' several times in the day to relax and be welcomed each time by smiling faces and enquiries about whether we needed any help or advice.

As I started to write my review this morning and read the previous one I wanted to drive straight back to Saumur and give Yolaine and Thierry a huge hug. They could not be more welcoming and warm and are constantly making sure that all their guests are happy and comfortable. I have never met more generous minded people. I now wish I had taken a photograph to post here of the extensive breakfast buffet and we could also have had a cooked dish.

We look forward to returning in the future and are so very pleased we chose to stay at Chateau de Verrieres.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 53 Rue d'Alsace, 49400 Saumur, France
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Location: France > Pays de la Loire > Maine et Loire > Saumur
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Saumur
#1 Romantic Hotel in Saumur
#3 Family Hotel in Saumur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Chateau De Verrieres 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Verrieres is an elegant chateau, built in 1895 to host balls and elegant parties for the officers from the famous Cavalry School.It has been artfully restored. Only 10 rooms and Suite to welcome you. Each room is unique, filled with light through the high windows. Verrieres stands in huge grounds with an heated pool. Step in directly into the heart of old Saumur and make your choice among the delicious restaurant located around Verrieres. ... more   less 
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