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“I want to live there!” 4 of 5 stars
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Chateau du Plessis
Saint-Antoine-du-Rocher, France   |  
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“I want to live there!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2009

My husband and I stayed for one night at the Chateau du Plessis. Although our arrival was a little unusual, the room we stayed it was absolutely enourmous and the bathroom was incredibly large! We felt like royalty sleeping in that place. The owners are doing a good job fixing the place up. The grounds are lovely, and we really enjoyed our stay. The breakfast in the morning was delicious with eggs and bacon.

A note: although we amazingly didn't get lost on our way, the GPS system that we had in our car was not able to find the chateau, but it was able to locate the N road just next to it. From there, we were able to follow the directions given by the chateau's website and we were able to find it. Not many food places were nearby. We ended up going to a supermarket and buying some food for dinner. It suited us just fine, and we had a lovely stay!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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52 hotel reviews
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290 helpful votes 290 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2008

We stayed at the Chateau du Plessis in May 2008--initially in one of the rooms in the Chateau for a few days and then in the Lodge for a week. The Chateau is about a 10 minute drive across the Loire and to north of Tours out in the countryside. The Chateau is a very attractive complex with extensive and well-maintained grounds; it is close to the village of St-Antoine-du-Rocher.

The Lodge is a spacious house adjacent to the Chateau. It offers three large bedrooms with large baths and a small fourth bedroom; a large and well-furnished living-dining room combination; and a small but adequate kitchen. The house has most modern conveniences--a full-size refrigerator, a washer and drier, a dishwasher, and satellite TV.
There is no AC. The maintenance of the Lodge is meticulous, and it was very clean. The beds are quite comfortable. As the Chateau is well into the country-side, it is very private and there is no noise at all. Since we spent virtually all of our time visiting the Loire chateaux, we did not use the pool. Groceries are available within a ten minute drive at either the LeClerc or the Auchan supermarkets. We preferred the LeClerc because the range of its prepared food offerings was quite wide--which helped us avoid cooking dinners. We just picked up some tasteful items at the deli counter.

The Chateau was bought by the present owners--Gil and Elizabeth Barrios--about ten years ago and has been lovingly restored. With the restoration, Gil has proven that he is a talented and outstanding craftsman. The interior spaces of the Chateau are quite striking, and the restorations of the guest rooms by Gil are outstanding. The Chateau has only two guest rooms--the Lillian Gish room and the Eugene O’Neill suite. These names are used because O’Neill lived at the Chateau for a while in the late 1920 and early 1930s, and Lillian Gish was at times his guest. He is believed to have written “Mourning Becomes Electra” in the tower room of the O’Neill suite. Elizabeth has the full history of O’Neill’s stays at the Chateau.

You need a car if you plan to stay at the Chateau since covering the distances to Tours and other Loire locations by bike is not feasible. The Lodge and the Chateau guest rooms do not offer internet connections. However, guests with their own laptops can use the hi-speed cable connection at the library near the town hall (the marie) in St- Antoine-du-Rocher. The local folks are very hospitable.

There is an excellent restaurant--the Auberge de l’Esperance--about a 10 minute drive from the Chateau in Charentilly--which is just off the main Tours road going north after you leave the access road to the Chateau. The restaurant is reasonably priced and deserves a Michelin star. The owner speaks English well as she was once an exchange student in the US.

Tours and the Chateau du Plessis offer a central location for touring the major Loire chateaux and sites. One can make visits either to the east or the west of Tours while keeping the drives down to a reasonable hour or so. Otherwise to avoid excessive driving, one would have to stay in two locations--one to the east and one to the west of Tours.

We would happily stay again at the Chateau du Plessis.

  • Liked — Spacious and well-maintained rooms and house. Excellent hosts.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2007

I stayed here for three nights with my partner in November. This was such a nice place to stay, it's a beautiful chateau and our room was lovely. great breakfasts and the hosts were so friendly and helpful- gave heaps of tourist advice for exploring the loire region. Located only a five-ten minute drive from the centre of Tours. This was such a great place to stay and I would definately come back.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2007

we are a family of 4 and stayed in the lodge. we chose the lodge as it looked nearer the swimming pool (which it is) but the kitchen is tiny so if you enjoy cooking you may be a little disappointed. when i cooked there was only room for me in the kitchen ! that said plenty of pots/pans etc but they were located in the dresser in the dining room/lounge - so not very handy
we had a look at the cottage whilst we were there and the kitchen is huge with a separate laundry room and dining room, but only one bathroom, and we had 3 to choose from in the lodge.
the 4th bedroom is really only suitable for children. i would say the lodge is very suitable for 2 families as 2 bedrooms and bathroom and shower room on the ground floor and 2 bedrooms and ensuite and bathroom on the 2nd floor. but cooking would be challenging, however very good restaurants close by (but car needed). you can cycle to the boulangerie quite easily though.
we would go again, but as there are only 4 of us we would take the cottage next time, a litle further away from the pool - but not too far and a better kitchen.
Gil & Elizabeth the owners - very friendly, will provide badminton rackets etc, dvds. a few swimming pool rules (no eating/drinking) which we got used to, but didn't quite understand why they were necessary. virtually had the swimming pool to ourselves, which was large and deep - great for swimming/diving.
playground for younger children, and big space for football etc for older children.
tennis is available in the village (hard courts) and about 15mins away by cycle
good base from which to explore the delights of the loire

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — small kitchen in the lodge
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Chateau du Plessis

Address: Saint-Antoine-du-Rocher, France
Location: France > Centre > Loire Valley > Saint-Antoine-du-Rocher
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Saint-Antoine-du-Rocher
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Chateau Du Plessis France/Saint-Antoine-Du-Rocher, Loire Valley

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