We stayed at Chateau de l'Epinay for one night as part of a 2 week roadtrip through France in July. Although it was the first hotel we stayed at outside of Paris, it remains my most memorable stay. As our GPS directed us off the highway, then off the national road to some country roads, we marvelled and the verdant green scenery. But nothing prepared us for the magnificent ivy-clad chateau as we slowly rolled our rental car through the gates of the hotel. The three-storey structure is truly something from a fairy tale, so fitting for any visit to the Western Loire castle region. We immediately noticed the corralled horses and the absolutely lovely flowers in bloom everywhere. I had called the proprietor, Valerie, around noon on a Sunday to confirm our reservation, and she had kindly recommended a restaurant in nearby picturesque Montjean-sur-Loire for dinner (few are open on a Sunday night). When we actually arrived, she explained the property to us, and showed us to our Bleu Roi room. What a fabulous room it was, exquisitely decorated, with fittings you might expect for a trusted houseguest rather than what you might find in a standard hotel. My two daughters, 4 and 1, particularly loved the little wind up doll that played "It's a Small World After All". The beds in both rooms were large and comfortable, and the iron-clawed bathtub in the warm and inviting bathroom was a very nice touch. The breakfast the next morning was also the most delicious and wonderful of any place in our 2 week trip, and again we were really made to feel like privileged houseguests. We would not only recommend the hotel to anyone staying in the region (which has some of the most wonderful white wines by the way, for sampling nearby like Savinnieres or Coteaux du Layon) but would consider dedicating a trip just to stay here again, hopefully for a full week!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chateau de l'epinay is a wonderful small and luxury hotel in the Loire valley. You will enjoy french history visiting chateaux and gardens around but you can also enjoy sport facilities, the 3kms long lake where you can canoe from island to island. gym room(Technogym) natural pool and jacuzzi are at your disposal all along the day. Enjoy movie theatre and game room.... Our therapist is at your disposal in the Carita and Cinq Mondes institute to take care of you and make your stay unforgettable. Our Restaurant l'Orangerie will propose you an italian delicious menu. We look forward to welcome you. ... more less
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