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Le Manoir de la Foret
Stamford, Connecticut
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“Beautiful !!”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Le Manoir de la Foret was my original booking for my visit to Loire Valley. For some reason, I thought it was a bit far from the Chateaus we would like to visit in Loire Valley, hence, I switched to another hotel located in the city center of Bloise (Apart City - really bad decision, really really bad. Apart City claimed to be hotel, it turned out to be a hostel, we were locked out since we arrived too late, at 11pm we finally got in, no AC, had to sleep with open window...) We spent the next morning calling europeandestinations.com to request for change. After three hours, we finally got our room back from the original booking with Le Manoir de la Foret. The hostess in Le Manoir de la Foret was really nice when we arrived late at night. She showed us couple rooms for us to decide which room we like. The room decors are little dated, but it has a vintage accent. The bathroom does not have shower curtain. It seem to be the case in France. We finally got a great night of sleep.
The next morning we wake up. The view of the yard is stunning. The fact that is far from many thing, is the reason it's so out of this world and so beautiful. Really very beautiful. We feel like we live in this place, not just mere guest, but the place is for us. The place is worth the extra miles we had to drive. The hostess is really really nice. We love Le Manoir de la Foret. We will go back again.

Room Tip: No elevator, so don't make your luggage too heavy. Ask for a room with the yard view
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Stayed here on the way to visit friends for a Touraine Primeur weekend in Montrichard.

Lovely location, a warm welcome from Mdm Redon and family. The hotel has an olde-world charm, the only small criticism being blankets on the bed, rather than a duvet.

However, we found that our real 'raison d'etre' for being here is for the food. Our dinner was outstanding in all aspects of presentation, quality and value! I understand the Chef has trained at a Michelin-starred restaurant and it shows! We have been disappointed at times with food in France, but certainly not here at Le Manoir.

I would recommend staying here and sampling the cuisine to anyone, you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Beit Shemesh, Israel
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

This is a big mansion literally in the middle of the forest! The owners rents out rooms. The rooms are designed very delicately (old classic style) and provide clean and yet very basic utilities. However, everything beyond the rooms is allmost unreal. The scenery is dream like.... the dining room, decorated by wonderfu paitings of horses has a very french, old classic, "home", feeling... there is nothing like enjoying morining coffe on thier front balcony! and the prices are fair. We didn't eat there- so i can't say much about the food...

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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53 reviews
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Old hunting lodge about 200kms south west of Paris. Clean and comfortable but a bit shabby round the edges, all part of the charm. Lovely hostess and a good quality meal at dinner for this level of hotel. Breakfast on the terrace was lovely. It might be an idea to pack a can of flyspray for the bugs if you plan to sleep with a window open.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chambery, France
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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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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.

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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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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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Hotel Class:3 star — Le Manoir de la Foret 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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