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Le Manoir de la Foret
Chambery, France
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44 reviews
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“You won't find many like this”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

Light years away from corporate repeats. You're charmed immediately as you drive several hundred yards by the side of the mill pond, through the forest in a delicious loop that leads to the exciting, sturdy structure of this old manor. A sight to see, and it was dripping with rain. You can sniff the history full into your lungs as you close the car door, and delight in the stone, brick and olde worlde ornamentation of the terraced entrance.
You'll be welcomed by the delightful owner, as she explains how the house runs, and leads you to the room. Ours was 2nd floor, €60 and with a view to die for, gardens, planted trees and shrubs and the forest beyond. And, nothing but bird song to lull us to sleep. But Not before a delicious moment in the lounge with a Suze apertif, and steps from the soothingly warmly decorated main lounge. Our meal was very well prepared, the owner's team clearly enjoying guiding us through a culinary adventure. From amuse bouche, through fresh and well prepared main course and dessert, and a nice list of local wines. A real surprise, a very good chef and in a lovely romantic setting. Need anything else?

Breakfast was standard and fresh, excellent coffee and jams, finishing a stay with the sunshine produced our vows to return asap. Here others have said, a peaceful gem, really excellent value for money, and excellent table off the beaten track but really worth it, highly deserves anybody's visit,
They'll have ours again soon.

The Maltese and Savoie crosses.
A bientot.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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60 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

We have just returned from a two-night stay at Le Manoir on an ‘offre de dernière minute’ – room, menu découverte, petit-dej for 2 people costing 110€ per night – excellent value.

Le Manoir is a gem, a traditional Auberge of the type which is fast disappearing to be replaced by the chrome and glass brand of modernised boutique hotels. Almost everything about le Manoir is quirky and slightly eccentric. It’s owner Maryse is an engaging hostess, omnipresent from dawn till dusk, receptionist, serveuse, cleaner and veritable lady-of-the-manor. The rooms are variable- room 2 in which we stayed the first night is small and stuffy, with a drab view over the entrance, a small lumpy queen-size bed and a distinct ‘fly’ problem. For our second night we were graciously moved to room 7 which was excellent – comfortable king-size bed, wonderful view across the rolling lawns and fly-free. Both rooms are priced at €80 but the difference is extraordinary.

On the first night (Thursday) our menu découverte was averagely good, Entrée of terrine de lapin was delicious with accompanying coulis but the plat of lasagne d’agneau confit was chewy and lacking in agneau, dessert of millefeuille filo framboises et mascarpone. was bland. Sadly the restaurant was sparsely occupied and lacking the hum of other diners. Service by Maryse was attentive and professional. In common with previous reviewers our preferred wine choice – Chinon Dozon 2007 - was not available (strange as the wine list is small) but the alternative Saint Nicolas Bourgeuil Joel Taluau was excellent.

Our dining experience on the second (Friday) night was distinctly better. Our starter of ‘terrine de légumes du soleil et jambon de Parme’ was great and the plat of ‘cuisse de poulet label rouge farce fine au foie gras’ was delicious. The desserts were flavoursome – certainly compared to the previous night.

In common with other reviewer we found the bar prices high - 6€ for a 25cl bottle of Grimbergen served as aperitif on the front terrace without accompanying, nuts, olives or savouries – disappointing.

Le Manoir is a dying breed and our advice is to catch it before it disappears. Don’t arrive expecting all mod-cons – although there is free Wi-Fi - but do expect buckets of olde-worlde character. The restaurant is glorious, the bar is deserted, and the terrace at the rear with views over the rolling lawns is glorious. The drive from the main road to the Manoir through deep deciduous forest is magical - approx 1 km. Furniture in the common areas is shabby-chic with emphasise on the shabby. The stairs are steep with no lift. Auberge personnel are sparse; Maryse almost runs a one-woman show – albeit with two willing girls who act also as waitresses, chamber maids and receptionists. The Friday night chef is decidedly better than the Thursday night version – or perhaps he/she just had an off-night.

We shall return to Le Manoir before it’s too late and it’s unique character disappears to be replaced by a bland third millennium upgrade. Fawlty towers is we fear too harsh a description but Le Manoir is quirky – expect the unexpected and (depending on the day) you may well be very pleasantly surprised.

Room Tip: Avoid drab Room 2 with non-view over the entrance - ask for Room 7 at the rear with magnificent view...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

I invited 3 people to dinner as a business thank you and it was worse than Faulty Towers! The aperitifs were served in 2 sessions, 2 drinks arrived after 20 minutes and the other 2 after another 20 minutes (2 glasses of champagne), with no apologies. The spring rolls meant to accompany the drinks were served after we had finished our glasses.
We all chose the 'connaiseur menu', ( not the cheapest ). 3 had the foie gras - large slices of terrine with big chunks of overpowering vegetable and very little foie gras, I had the lobster dish - vegetables with a slither of lobster and an enormous greasy pastry samosa (empty!). 3 of us ordered the lamb (which was so unappetising we all sent it back), 1 had the monk fish which was cold. I changed my lamb for the a la carte beef, which was delicious, BUT I was charged heavily on top of the menu price for the privilege and no apologies. The desserts were flavourless and sad. Luckily we chose nice wine! At 250 euros for 4, I would spend my money elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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leeds
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33 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2012

Olde Worldy not so faded grandeur. Bedrooms spacious, spotless & tastefully decorated.
Beds very comfortable. Staff very freindly & helpful. Parking on site.
This hotel is exactly what one would expect a very grand, very old hunting lodge to be like.
Relax & enjoy.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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England
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50 reviews
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

The Manoir was the first stop of a five day meander through France to Spain. The hotel used to be the hunting lodge of a French nobleman and is located a mile or so from the village of Ville aux Clercs set in peaceful grounds and woodlands.

The hotel is decorated and furnished in a style suited to it's history, so there's no chrome and glass fitments, and some pieces might be well used, but in our opinion this gives the hotel character

The room we had on the first floor overlooked the lawns, and was large with a new, and comfortable king sized bed, which gave us a good nights sleep.

Because of some reviews we approached reception with some trepidation, but after suffering my excruciating French introduction, we were checked in efficiently and in a friendly manner, and asked if we wanted dinner and at what time, so we found absolutely no problems here.

The dining room was large and elegant and we were enjoyed a very good evening meal. All in all a very pleasant way to start our 5 day journey through France.

One other point, as we stayed late August in mid week we got a good deal via the hotel's own web site, which wasnt available elsewhere. Worth a look for off peak travellers.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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159 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

interesting stay, we really enjoyed it, the hotel is older which we find charming (so book if you don't mind that and perhaps avoid it if you need all the latest conveniences). BEautiful grounds, really outstanding restaurant, best meal we had in france, of note we chose the "menu confiance. The proprietors are a couple who seem to have run it together for years and one can tell they enjoy their work and making sure their guests enjoy their stay. Between the two of them they speak fluent french, German, Italian, Spanish, and English so they are able to welcome guests from all over the world. The value of the rooms can't be beat and it is so nice to be able to simply walk to your room after dinner.

Room Tip: we enjoyed our top floor room though the stairs might be difficult for some (so request a lower floo...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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259 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2011

This hotel offers the perfect stopover when by passing Paris in any direction. Secluded within its own extensive and peaceful grounds, and with a fine restaurant and not unreasonable prices, it is hard to imagine a better place for either short or longer stay wher the only activity required from the hotel is walking, and resting.

Meals in the elegant dining room are served at a leisurely pace, in an atmosphere of communal contentment. Rooms are clean, comfortable and, yes, quiet! The only minor criticisms are the lack of a lift which would avoid hauling luggage up a rather tight staircase, and the seemingly non-stop laundry extractor fan near to the rear terrace.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Le Manoir de la Foret
Address: Fort Girard | Rue Francoise de Lorraine, 41160 La-Ville-aux-Clercs, France
Location: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > La-Ville-aux-Clercs
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La-Ville-aux-Clercs
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Hotel Class:3 star — Le Manoir de la Foret 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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