You do NOT want to pick a hotel! This is the place to stay if you wish to visit the Loire Valley, taste excellent wine and cheese. After a long road journey from Paris (peak hour traffic), we were suddenly sitting on a sun drenched patio overlooking the hilltop village of Sancerre, sipping cool sauvignon blanc, served by Nicole and Jacques: there just cannot be a better welcome to the Loire Valley. She loves cooking, is an artist whose paintings hang everywhere; he loves horticulture and pottery and wine making and together they love people around them - that much is obvious from the warmth and help we received before travelling to the most amazing cellars, on their recommendation. They read their visitors ''like a map'', which is the key ingredient to any successful ''home'' accommodation. The villa/little chateau has been in the family for generations, and they take great care to keep the character, but stay with the times: heated towel stack in the bathroom, best sheets we have ever slept under, private and excellent breakfast, served away from other guests, with the fire place going on a cool morning. And then Madame Nicole showed us the way to the best goats cheese in Chavignol - never tasted anything like it; even in the Michelin starred restaurants. You cannot buy advice like this anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful XVIIIth century manor house has wonderfully large lounges and has large south facing terrace with panoramic view of Sancerre with its vines and castle on the top of the hill.The hosts Jacques and Nicole, have been welcoming guests for over 12 years. They have taken pride in the insuring the beauty and comfort of their naturally quiet ensuite bedrooms. The rooms are beautifully decorated and filled antique family furniture. You have all amenities including fine bedding, under floor heating and a little lift.The breakfast is served on the terrace or in one of the salons depending on the weather.We can organize cellar visits and wine tasting for Sancerre and Pouilly fumé. We are also very happy to help and recommend the area activities and restaurants and if you are looking for a non wine activity, we can arrange Golf, Tennis and Canoeing on la Loire which are all very close by. ... more less