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Domaine de Rochevilaine
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Billiers
Certificate of Excellence
Stanford, Kentucky
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Rest by the Sea”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

We enjoyed this hotel very much! The cuisine was outstanding and the spa was wonderful. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our room had a terrace and view of the sea. The only negative was the smoking smell in our room from prior guests. We left windows open to air it out and that did help. Overall, this was a wonderful respite on our tour through northwestern France.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Domaine_Rochevilaine, Propriétaire at Domaine de Rochevilaine, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Dear Clients,
We thank you very much for your warm post about the Domaine de Rochevilaine, we are pleased that your stay leave you such a good impression.
About the rooms, they are not non-smoking (only two are), but we usually ensure that the rooms do not smell tobacco and close rooms a day or two in this case. But if the hotel is full or if the room is requested, it is unfortunatelly not possible. We do not like the smell of tobacco and understand that you have been inconvenienced. We therefore regret that you have not informed us, we might be able to change your room.
We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again.
Best regards,
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary at the Domaine de Rochevilaine and had a wonderful meal. When you patronise places such as this you wonder if the product will live up to the price tag. All I can say is that on this occasion it did. From the time we arrived to the time we left the service was impeccable and the food was simply divine.

I often marvel at the paradox in such places where the portions are small yet somehow you come out feeling completely stuffed and incapable of eating for the rest of the day; this was certainly true here. We had the set menus for no other reason than it is generally a good combination of dishes at a reasonable (in this case all terms are relative) price. I cannot remember all that we ate but everything surpassed the flowery descriptions in the menu. The only drawback being the price of the wine. I was prepared for a shock as I had read a TripAdvisor review commenting on the cheapest wine being a half bottle of Muscadet sur lie at €33 - it was right! I've dropped it a blob for this because I don't think there's any need for 1500% mark-ups but as we had a long drive afterwards I only wanted a glass and a half anyway. To balance it off, however, I have to give them credit for noting the comment I made about our wedding anniversary when I booked (I saw it next to our names when we arrived) and then putting candles in our desserts and giving us a free glass of Crémant de Loire to go with it.

Book early to get a seat by the window and if you go on a nice day, go early enough to get a seat on the terrace for you apéros and then take your coffee there afterwards; there can be few finer places to just sit and soak up the atmosphere.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Domaine_Rochevilaine, Propriétaire at Domaine de Rochevilaine, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Dear Adrian,
We thank you very much for your taking time to write a post on the Domaine de Rochevilaine.
We are delighted to receive a positive rating and much more to read that your 33rd wedding anniversary meal was wonderful.
Congratulations, and we hope to have the pleasure to welcome you for your next event!
Best regards,
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Perigueux, France
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I had high expectations of staying at this property. Part of Relais and Chateaux, together with a Michelin Star. Reception and breakfast staff were all friendly and highly competent. The basic rooms are described as 'Junior Suites' .. which they're not. They're also a little 'tired' & rather 70s or even 80s in decor. Fortunately there were no mosquitoes, so I slept with the window open and had the wonderful sound of the sea. The rooms are not air conditioned, as mentioned in a previous mention. The rooms above the swimming pool felt very warm, as I was shown two types of room. The swimming pool is lovely, but I did not find the hammam hot enough.

I asked for cakes with my afternoon coffee, and was told that coffee comes with cake. The coffee came with two tasteless biscuits. I was prepared to pay for more cake. Dinner was mediocre, and I found the waiting staff slightly on the 'stand offish' side. The wine waiter was the most pleasant.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Bullfrog24260
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Domaine_Rochevilaine, Propriétaire at Domaine de Rochevilaine, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Dear Client,
Thank you to you for taking the time to write a comment. Your stay you disappointed and we regret. Let me respond from some of your comments :
- The rooms are all different, and continually turn "refreshed". We are sorry if the decor lacked modernity (and air conditionned) to your taste, but we want to keep their authentic and classic characters.
- The Chef cuisine, the most popular of our customers and food critics, seems not to have liked. In terms of cuisine, from the subjectivity of taste, it is very difficult (or even impossible) to achieve unanimity, even if we want to do the best.
We hope that your stay will leave you a good memory despite this.
Best regards,
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London
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for two nights last week as part of our driving holiday round Normandy and Brittany.

What's good: Amazing views from the terraces, bedroom, dining room and bar. Friendly service from front desk and restaurant staff (with only very occasional moments of French hauteur). Lovely room with four-poster bed. Delicious breakfasts served in the room. Beautiful seafood restaurant. While I try to speak French, the staff were happy to drop back into English when things got complicated (e.g. menu French!).

What's not so good: The outside air temperature was around 25-28 degrees but the room was much hotter because of the slate roof and no air-conditioning. It was impossible to have a shower because there was no shower curtain and the shower head didn't go high enough so it was bathe or nothing; which is inconvenient when it's hot. To be honest, this meant we had a couple of bad nights' sleep and got bitten very badly by mosquitoes which came in through the open windows. Also, nothing much for vegetarians - but I become a fish-eater in France (it's that or starve!).

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Northamptonshire, England
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

Once again, the weather was disappointing for the time of year, and we were unable to enjoy the outdoor areas as much as we would have liked. Having said that, despite the managers' response to my last report, (whereby he stated that more comfortable seating could be arranged for anyone who was unable to access the loungers by the steps to the swimming pool area) there was no evidence of these. The gardens which were being transformed during our last two visits, are now stunning. Great planting and immaculaltely kept.
Car parking is still a problem, made worse during our stay by a wedding - we had to park in the road nearby albeit we do have the disabled badge. I don't think this is acceptable for resident guests.
Our rooms, as always - were very good. Side of the hotel, sea view, quiet, no aircon which can be a problem if it is really hot, but not for us this time. Very good housekeeping service, very clean and well appointed.
Restaurant and bar staff were friendly and efficient, one or two remembered us from previous visits. We speak French but any queries on our menu were explained. The food was very good, but felt it had 'lost the edge'. Lobster was ridiculously priced with the supplement and the charges for the wine was again over the top, considering we purchased exactly the same down the local supermarket about 20 euro cheaper. I know they have to make a profit etc etc., but taking the mickey is not on.
However, on the whole we enjoyed our dining experiences. I still do not like the breakfast menu set up, and cant understand why the menu is just one, inclusive of all that is offered in the separate menus.
Reception was good, staff efficient and friendly.
My main negative thoughts were twofold: this is becoming more of a spa/healthcentre than a 5 star hotel and I personally do not like to be surrounded by people in white dressing gowns - particularly after 6 p.m. I dont want to feel as if I am in a clinic!
Secondly, if we are paying about £100 per meal, I object to sharing my dining area with pets, large and small in close proximity, nor do I think that people should be allowed into the dining room in track suits and t shirts. Call me old fashioned, but if these hotels wish to set themselves apart for high standards in all areas, then these 'little' complaints should be taken on board.
Having said all this, I would still recommend this hotel for a break, the locality is stunning, and despite the weather there are still plenty of places to visit in the area. I hope next time we go the sun will shine and we shall benefit from the outdoor pool and the terrace, and gardens.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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County Cavan, Ireland
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

It has been a little time since my visit but Domaine de Rochevilaine lives well in the memory. It is a good place for food lovers. We stayed here on various recommendations and it certainly lived up to its reputation.

The dining experience was very good, even if the waiting staff made little or no effort to explain the dishes. My companion and I have only rudimentary French and we were made to feel it! But everything else about this place was excellent.

The menu was varied and interesting (although we were left to guess some of it when choosing) and the wine list was very solid and provided great choice.It was a very busy place, however, and this was not high season. The patrons were exclusively French and some German and then there was us - Irish. We stayed for a couple of days and the experience was very positive.

The accommodation was very pleasant with a view of the sea and a brisk walk after breakfast was very good. This place is a long way from most places, except Vannes, and after the long drive from Tours with lots of choices available along the way, one might have regrets. But no, it was well worth the drive and effort to get there. This place reminds one of another Michelin star restaurant at Ardmore in County Waterford in ireland - in terms of location by the sea and the cliffs and the challenges posed in getting there. But that is where the comparison ends! Domaine de Rochevelaine was a most pleasant experience. But be prepared because it was busy and slightly impersonal we felt.

The preparation and the presentation of the dishes were excellent and the service was acceptable. The wine list was a bit overpriced in places, we felt, but it offered lots of temptations nonetheless. The dining area became very very warm as the evening progressed. This was due to a combination of the weather and the large number of diners. For these reasons the experience was diminished somewhat. Nevertheless we really had a memorable stay at Domaine de Rochevilaine. We hope to return.

There was a rather interesting little gallery attached to the venue which is worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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, Directeur général at Domaine de Rochevilaine, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Dear Client,
We would like to thank you for your comment and for coming back. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at the Domaine de Rochevilaine, but we are sorry if our dishes were not clearly explained to you in english, be assured that we will try to improve this point of our support service.
Once again, thank you for your post and we hope the Domaine de Rochevilaine will continue to live well in your memory!
Best regards
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

The unique situation and excellent food are the main reasons to come here.You will never experience a choice of breakfast like this with a range from oysters to home pressed tongue. We risked the chefs choice gourmet menu with accompanying wines and it was the best meal we had in France.It included langoustine,lobster,turbot and pigeon all of which we would have ordered from the menu. The accompanying wines added to the gastronomic experience and the views from the dining room are incredible.All served with panache-unforgettable.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Thank cultureseeker_11
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, Directeur général at Domaine de Rochevilaine, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Dear Client,
We would like to say a special thank you for your comment. We are delighted to see you enjoyed your stay at the Domaine de Rochevilaine and appreciated our gastronomic cuisine. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you soon in our hotel.
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Property: Domaine de Rochevilaine
Address: Domaine de Rochevilaine Pointe de Pen Lan, 56190 Billiers, France
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Location: France > Brittany > Morbihan > Billiers
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Billiers
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Hotel Class:4 star — Domaine de Rochevilaine 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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The Domaine de Rochevilaine boasts 300 metres of private seafront atop a rocky peninsula on the ocean coast. This south-facing complex dedicated to the art of living stands in a completely pollution-free location. It is the oldest and most beautiful of Brittany’s Relais & Châteaux destinations and is home to one of its star-rated restaurants. Enjoy the spacious Marine Spa (1,300 m2) with its exclusive treatments, as well as the art gallery set in the heart of this distillation of Breton architectural gems. The Domaine is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.With its waterside location and unique architecture, the Domaine de Rochevilaine will whisk you off to another world. The domaine's Breton manor houses are home to France's first marine spa, an outdoor swimming pool (with heated seawater), a vast indoor water area (complete with an opening roof to make the most of the fine weather) and fitness room – as well as an art gallery for culture lovers. The gardens are romantic and full of passion.The Domaine de Rochevilaine has 38 rooms and suites located in the Domaine's various history-laden buildings. Each has its own unique decoration, offering total comfort and instant peace of mind with their breath-taking sea views.Star-rated chef Patrice Caillault, who is also Maître-cuisinier de France, expertly combines gourmet cuisine and nutrition. Perched on the rocks, there is no restaurant closer to the Ocean. __Le Domaine de Rochevilaine offre 300 mètres de façade maritime privée, presqu’île rocheuse posée sur l’océan. Exposé « plein sud », ce complexe dédié à l’art de vivre bénéficie d’une situation climatique exempte de toute pollution. Il est le plus ancien et l’un des plus beaux Relais & Châteaux de Bretagne et abrite une de ses tables étoilées. Profitez d’un vaste Spa marin (1 300 m2) aux soins exclusifs et d’une galerie d’art au cœur de cette concentration de trésors architecturaux bretons. Le Domaine est ouvert 7J/7, 365 jours par an.Situé les pieds dans l’eau, le Domaine de Rochevilaine offre de par son architecture unique, un réel dépaysement. Les manoirs bretons du domaine abritent le premier spa marin de France, une piscine extérieure (à l’eau de mer chauffée) et un vaste espace aquatique intérieur au toit ouvrant pour profiter des beaux jours, une salle de fitness et une galerie d’art pour tous les amoureux de la culture. Les jardins se révèlent romantiques et passionnés.Le Domaine de Rochevilaine propose 38 chambres et suites situées dans différents lieux de la riche histoire du Domaine. Toutes uniques de par leur décoration, elles offrent un confort absolu et un apaisement immédiat grâce à leur vue sur mer imprenable.Par le choix des produits et leur préparation, Patrice Caillault, chef de cuisine étoilé et Maître-cuisinier de France, conjugue à merveille diététique et gastronomie. Situé sur les rochers, il n’y a pas de restaurant plus proche de l’Océan. ... more   less 
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