It felt as if we were arriving for a stay in a lovely country manor house as we drove in to La Betoulle with its mature trees and the fabulous smell of lavender. The interior continued the impression with its marble floor, sweeping staircase and comfortably furnished hall, filled with antiques and objets d'arte. Everywhere you look there is something interesting to see. Penny and John are the perfect hosts and it really seemed like we were welcome guests in their beautiful home. Nothing was too much trouble. We had only booked for two nights but felt so much at home and so pampered that we asked if there was a possibility for us to stay longer. Although it meant a room change we were delighted that arrangements could be made. Both rooms, though highly individual, were equally comfortable and well equipped with spacious en suite bathrooms and it was all the little extras and attention to details that made them so luxurious.
The breakfast each day was delicious with a range of home-made delicacies which made each meal a little voyage of discovery. Penny was gracious enough to share some of her recipes with us and we carefully carried jars of her home-made preserves back to England with us. Other treats arrived each day in the form of home-made brownies and other confectionary at afternoon tea time. Coffee and tea making facilities are available round the clock as well as a fridge and microwave for guests' use. There are picnic areas around the house and also tables and chairs on the covered balcony accessed from each room by french windows for those evenings when you do not wish to dine out at one of the splendid restaurants in the area. When you do there is information collated by your hosts in your room with other guests opinions included. When we wished for advice it was always readily forthcoming and Penny even rang and made reservations for us at some wonderful eateries that we would never have found by ourselves - and spared my halting French! It has been a super experience and we look forward to returning, possibly in September.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of South West France Manoir La Betoulle offers a 4 Star Chambres d’Hôtes service and two luxury Gîtes for Self Catering Holidays. Perfect for short refreshing breaks or summer holiday fun the region abounds with historic towns and villages, tranquil countryside and a wide range of restaurants offering fine food and wine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manoir La Betoulle Saint-Claud, France - Charente