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Demeure de la Vignole
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Turquant
Antwerp, Belgium
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49 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“very original place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

We stayed there with 4 for five nights in the summer of 2013.
The room was very big, the bathroom very luxury.
The breakfast was quite expensive.
The swimming pool is very good.
the region is fantastic.

Room Tip: choose maybe for an appartement if you want to self-cater. There is no fridge in the normal rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

I was so excited when we first saw this hotel (it was booked for us by a tour company) because I had really wanted to stay in a cave room. I was delighted that our room was built into the cave. The man who checked us in was very friendly and helpful. Those are the excellent things about the hotel.

The pool is built into the cave as well, as you can see from the picture, and we really did enjoy using the pool as we had arrived by bike and the pool was refreshing. The outside part of the pool was covered with a floating cover, and my husband didn't like that they didn't take that off so we could use that part of the pool.

Now the bad things...
We only stayed one night. The people in the room downstairs from us were very loud, like there was a small party going on. They were singing and playing music until sort of late. That is not too bad. In the morning, we awoke to a room full of cigarette smoke. Apparently, the same group was smoking downstairs. It woke us up early, and our room and bathroom were literally filled with smoke. Being non-smokers, it was quite unpleasant, and it woke us up much earlier than we needed to arise.

So we got up and went down to breakfast. This was the worst breakfast we had the whole time we were in France. This was supposed to be a 4 star hotel (I imagine its only because of the pool), and we stayed in a mix of two, three and four star places. Again, out of everything, this was by far and without a doubt, the worst breakfast.

We got some canned juice, and a basket of stale breads that had been over toasted to try to make them seem fresh I suppose. No yogurt, no fruit, nothing else. And the breads that we did receive were really almost inedible. We left most of it. We asked about the breakfast and they told us that is all our tour company had booked, but I really doubt that because every other hotel we received the full breakfast buffet, and we had not put any price limits on the tour, and in fact, had expensive and fine dining places booked for us.

We also mentioned the smoking issue, and the woman working in the morning said they couldn't ask guests not to smoke, but she was not pleasant about any of the issues. She could have just maybe apologized about the smoke.

It was fun to stay in the cave for sure, but this hotel is supposed to be a 4 star rating and I don't think the hotel lived up to that.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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jbartholeyns, Propriétaire at Demeure de la Vignole, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

We apologize again, for the smokers. Unfortunately they smoked outside on their terrace which is not forbidden.

The window of the room in which you stayed was left open which caused the smoke getting through.

As it concerns the breakfast, the orange juice is freshly squeezed in the morning & the bread, the "viennoiserie" are cooked on the spot in the morning.
Yoghurt, egg, fruit salad, delicatessen and cheese are served on the top when breakfast type "brunch" is ordered which was not the case.



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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is not your typical budget chain hotel, but one with real character, a lovely French experience. Hotel set in side of cliffs riddled with troglodyte caves; swimming pool is inside one such cave! Rooms well appointed and comfortable. We also had an excellent dinner one evening. Staff very helpful and friendly. Lots to see in the area, well worth several nights stay and use as a base to explore the area. We stayed in this hotel 4 years ago and enjoyed it, this time we took some friends and all enjoyed the experience.

Room Tip: Our room was in the hotel main building, others are in troglodyte caves, looked very well appointed...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

We had 3 wonderful nights here. The staff were very helpful, and had very good English.
It is a bit nerve-wracking negotiating the driveway, but its worth it. The swimming pool is unique and a must-do; some of the fitness equipment could do with some maintenance ( but really who needs to do exercise on holiday?!). It's an easy 10min walk to the village which has 2 nice restaurants, and Samur is only 10min drive North. A great base for exploring the area.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

This is a brilliant little hotel, personal and individual. Helpful staff who made us very welcome. There is a very narrow entrance, you begin to think like we did that the car, ours is a big 4x4, won't go through the gap in the rock. It did and there was ample space to turn round. Some rooms are inside the rock as is the pool. Cars are also parked under a huge cavernous opening. Very surreal place. When you enter the hotel the vista opens up in front of you. The lovely patio area is a sun trap and it is great for breakfast or brunch, which is an option. The rooms are comfortable with good beds and flamboyant decor. We would return to this hotel as it is handy for exploring the Loire valley.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed here last week for three nights, in the Johann de Witt room. It had a huge bathroom and a mezzanine floor with a study; it was tastefully decorated and very clean. The continental breakfast was served in a lovely room. The pool, in a little cave, was great fun! The village has a lot to offer; a great restaurant called L'Helianthe and a series of art/craft workshops selling beautiful things. We used it as base for exploring the local area - there's lots to see and do - highly recommended!

Room Tip: The 'troglodyte' rooms are fascinating - ours was from 1667 and was luxurious - it was room...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Stayed two nights in the unique troglodyte room, described in another review. We didn't think the humidity was a problem unless you don't like a slight spa-like smell in the room. Big plus was the underfloor heating in the room, which helped counter the cold conditions. The cave-like room is more like a suite with two nice balconies and the most interesting hotel bathroom I've ever seen. There's a mushroom farm within walking distance, and the nearby villahe, also a ten minute walk away has many interesting artist studios and restaurants like the already mentioned Bistroglo, which offers fabulous local. Only thing: Skip the hotel breakfast which is totally overpriced.

Room Tip: The troglodyte room!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Demeure de la Vignole
Address: 3 Impasse Marguerite d'Anjou, La Vignole, 49730 Turquant, France
Location: France > Pays de la Loire > Maine et Loire > Turquant
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Turquant
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Demeure de la Vignole 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clinging to the slopes of the Loire this age-old private troglodyte village provides welcoming accommodations for visitors in its charming 17th century residence and 12th century troglodyte rooms and dwellings with all the modern comfort. Close to Fontevraud Abbey and Saumur, this site is ideal for discovering the Loire valley and its chateaux ... more   less 
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