This was by far the most superb property we stayed in (and we went 3-5 star the whole way) at the end our a three week diving tour of France. The staff was exactly what you would hope for in such a property; efficient, helpful, formal, thorough and mostly invisible unless you need something. The grounds were dreamy and like having your own private hunting forest complete with swan pond, swimming pool, tennis and garden. The food was excellent and there was a true cocktail hour. I felt like a civilized human being just relaxed and in the moment. Our room was "family room" which was really a 2 bedroom suite with 2 bathrooms complete with two patios one front and one back. A great place to stay. All that said however, I would only go back there if it were just with my spouse sans our two children.
It is definitely a honeymoon/lovers destination or a retiree retreat. I was on constant watch to make sure my children (2 boys) would not disturb the tranquility of the place for the other quests. While mine were swimming in the pool there were several couples relaxing and or swimming laps so we made sure our kids stayed at one end of the pool, no splashing etc.. They still had a great time climbing the look out tower and admiring the swans and cruising the gardens, but this was most definitely a PsAndQs kind of place. (Which in my opinion, is a good lesson for all kids to know how to behave in a truly adult environment).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the wine road and at the heart of Loire castles in the midst of greenery, the Domaine des Hauts de Loire welcomes nature lovers that dream of retiring in a haven where a cosy and warm atmosphere dominates. A four star establishment, this Relais & Chateaux has become a true institution of French tourism. The Domaine des Hauts de Loire’s restaurant welcomes you around a prestigious table. The Chef Remy Giraud, 2 Michelin Stars, offers a new menu several times a year in line with the seasons and in accordance with the region. “L’Art Des Mets” cooking school In his school, Chef Remy Giraud dreams of initiating students to the fulfillment of a recipe or a preparation technique, so many opportunities to discover the characteristics of a product, its gustative qualities and the pairings that can be made with it. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the Chef passes on his know-how through private classes (1 to 2 people) or in groups (3 to 8 people). Each student discovers a recipe, prepares it under the Chef’s supervision to finally taste his own hard work. Sunday is kept for sweet pleasures with the hearty classes of Pastry Chef Cedric Noel. Once a month, the kitchen is left to the young future pastry chefs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Domaine Des Hauts De Loire Hotel Onzain