We stayed here in April 2007 on our way to Taize for retreat. It was a wonderful experience and we hope to stay here again soon. Arriving in the afternoon, tired from a long flight from the US our hosts, Richard and Virginie Thompson, were very gracious to allow us to check into our top floor room two hours early so that we could treat ourselves to lovely warm showers, snuggle into our fluffy towels and melt into our comfy beds for a luxurious nap before venturing out for dinner. We went to a local restaurant recommended by our hosts and it was delicious as only a lingering French meal can be. We told them they had been recommended and we were staying at Chateau de Jonvilliers only to be treated to extraordinary service, jovial wait staff, and a most kind acceptance of our very poor french. The next morning we feasted on a perfectly appointed breakfast, mingled with the other guests, and were regaled by our hostess with stories about the family history of the house. We then ventured forth to Chartres Cathedral and enjoyed two tours by Malcolm Miller (he adjusted the afternoon tour noting our presence). We made sure we visited on Friday so that we could walk the labyrinth. We also took the crypt tour en Francaise and then retired to have dinner next door as we watched the Chartres en lumiers begin. Later that evening I curled up with a book and a cup of verveine on a cosy chair in the hall. The next morning we awoke to yummy coffee and pastry and spent the morning lazily walking the grounds were we saw an assortment of wildlife including an enormous deer bounding through the woods. We went to the local supermarket and bought some bread and cheese for lunch as our host explained about the cottage renovations they were only just then beginning to undertake. I have kept up on the renovations through the blog and the website which is excellent and I guarantee that if you want to experience France, French culture, and a warm family atmosphere alongside old worlde charm - that you will enjoy your stay here and fall in love with the house, the grounds, and Richard and Virginie.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located not far from Chartres and half an hour from Versailles, the Château de Jonvilliers is home to two spacious and quiet, self-catering cottages. Nestled in 35 acres of woods and gardens, the cottages sleep six and seven respectively. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Jonvilliers Bed & Breakfast France/Ecrosnes