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“Amazing Hotel - Wish I was there” 5 of 5 stars
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19 Rue du Petit Coteau, 37210 Vouvray, France   |  
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Ranked #4 of 8 Vouvray B&B and Inns
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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“Amazing Hotel - Wish I was there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

We have visited Vouvary for 20 years and have always wanted to saty in a chateau. We had the most amazing time here. The approach to the house is gorgeous just back from the Loire 5 minutes walk from Vouvray, we entered huge gates and were met by the enchanting chateau - the gardens and grounds are beautiful with avenues of trees and red squirrells. The swimming pool is beautiful, peaceful and surrounded by lovely old walls and planting. The owners Didier and Sylvie were so warm and welcoming and went out of their way to make our stay relaxing and interesting. They recommended fabulous restaurants and invited us for aperitifs - my husband was enthralled by the history they gave and their sheer kindness. It was also in a superb position for visiting the Loire attractions and again our visit was enhanced by recommendations from Didier. The interior of the chateau is beautiful like stepping back to the French renaisance with modern comfort. Our room was superb, great en-suite huge bed and beautiful view of the garden. I will recommend to my friends that they must come here at least once in their lifetime as it is enchanting.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

We couldn't believe our luck that this elegant 18th century manor house is now a B&B and it's right in the heart of Vouvray. Didier the owner is a charming host who speaks fluent English and loves to share the history of this wonderful property.

They have a swimming pool, billiards room, TV lounge, and will let you store your local purchases (be sure to try the Sparkling Vouvray) in their refrigerator. He was even gracious enough to serve nibblies and wine from his own stock to us and another couple who were staying there at the time.

Rooms are spacious with brand new bathroom facilities. Breakfasts contain a variety of buns, croissants, cereal, yogurt, etc. and Didier will give advice on local wineries and restaurants. I highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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stoney Creek, Ontario Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

The beauty and comfort of this historical manoir is to be experienced. We were made to feel special everyday and always felt comfortable with this family as they shared their home with us. The grounds, beautiful pool and gardens made it very easy to relax after a day of sightseeing. Our hosts Didier and Sylvie made our stay at the manoir even more special as they were so charming, generous and knowledgable of the history and charms of the Loire Valley. This was truly the vacation of a lifetime.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2010

We stayed at the Manoir du Grand Echeneau because of all the good reviews here, and we were certainly not disappointed. The owners, Didier and Sylvie Baudard de Fontaine, are two of the friendliest and most generous people you will ever meet, and the Manoir itself is stunningly picturesque.

Things we loved:
-The Manoir is beautifully set out with traditional furniture, in both the rooms and the dining/living area, and is decorated perfectly with period paintings (including the ancestors of the current owners), sculptures, ornate lamps etc.
-The history of the place is incredible and the owners are more than happy to tell you about their ancestors and the history of the area. (After one breakfast, for example, Didier walked over and took out a thick book detailing the history of the Baudard family and placing in this context the subjects of the portraits adorning the breakfast room.)
-As well as the standard French fare (fresh breads, croissants, jam/butter, coffee/tea/juice/hot chocolate) the breakfast also included yoghurt, cereal and fresh fruit.
-The rooms we stayed in were traditional, beautiful and clean. Each had its own distinct character and colour scheme. The beds were very very comfortable and the bathroom had all the modern conveniences.
-There was a room filled with pamphlets about the surrounds (as well as a Wii Fit and piano) and the owners had a large Michelin map and several detailed guide books that they willingly lent to us.
-To the sides of the Manoir are beautiful gardens, a magnificent grove lined with trees and flowers, a swimming pool and troglodyte caves (including a bakery and an old chapel). We found this all absolutely fascinating.
- When we arrived, Didier kindly picked us up from the station, dropped our luggage at the Manoir and then later in the afternoon took us back out to hire a car. He even helped us work out how to use the car (which proved to be quite a challenge!) and followed behind us for a little while to make sure we didn't get lost! We were really welcomed as part of the family!!
-The Manoir has complementary WiFi, but even so they welcomed us into their private study to use their own computer. (The lounge room also had a large television, and more importantly, an impressive stereo system playing music ranging from baroque to jazz which created the perfect ambience during breakfast and in the evenings - an example of the Manoir's stunning attention to detail.)
- Part way through our trip, one of the travellers got injured. Sylvie is a nurse and she helped us deal with the injury, get a local doctor, get treated at the local clinic etc. Throughout our troubles, both of the owners were unfailingly and infinitely patient, kind and helpful. We are deeply grateful!!!!

Cautions:
- As would be expected of this sort of accommodation, there were no lifts and plenty of stairs (which in our opinion added to the overall authenticity of the place). Though these are negotiated easily enough with two people per large suitcase, those with lots of luggage may want to request a room on the 1st floor.
-The owners have a perfectly behaved, completely quiet and absolutely adorable pet dog, who generally stayed out of the way. Nonetheless those allergic to dogs should be aware of this.

In conclusion, we recommend the Manoir unreservedly. We LOVED staying there and would definitely do so again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2010

We spent four nights here and could not list any faults. Didier and Sylvie were wonderful hosts; they were very welcoming and went to great lengths to ensure we had an enjoyable stay. We stayed in the suite at the top of the house and had our own entrance, if we wished to use it.
We would highly recommend Le Manoir du Grand Echeneau, good location for visiting the sites of the Touraine. It's about 15 mins walk to the little town of Vouvray, which has three restaurants, a tabac, and tourist office.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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auckland
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

We stayed 2 nights prior to embarking on cycling in the Loire Valley. Didier made us most welcome and collected us from the station. He also went our of his way to procure some parts for our laptop for us. The rooms were very nice, spacious, quiet and beds comfortable. Breakfast was delightful. We were entertained with aperitifs around the pool and all in all had a lovely stay. The cherries on the trees were delicious.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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London
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

Stayed here for just one night en route to the South. The house and the especially the grounds are absolutely beautiful. As you would expect, the room was not fitted with all mod cons but was clean and decorated in keeping with the rest of the house. The owners were charming and said had we been staying longer he could have organised a wine tasting on the lovely terrace.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Manoir du Grand Echeneau

Address: 19 Rue du Petit Coteau, 37210 Vouvray, France
Location: France > Centre > Loire Valley > Vouvray
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Vouvray
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5

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