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Domaine de La Thiau
Ranked #2 of 6 Briare B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful B & B”
Reviewed October 13, 2010

We stayed for four nights and found everything as advertised. Our hostess was not only delightful, but helpful, as well. Her command of the English language was excellent and extremely comforting. The breakfast area is beautiful and serene. It was a joy to share the time with her and her other visitors and observe her pets (a marvelous dog, many cats and a pair of peacocks) and relax in a great atmosphere.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Moray, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 23, 2010

Francois is a very friendly and helpful hostess, comfortable and interestingly furnished rooms, delightful grounds complete with a couple of Peacocks and a very friendly Labrador. Good breakfast. Nearby Briare is lovely, not so sure about Gien though!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Calpe, Spain
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

We intended to stay one night but the situation,the hotel, the hospitality and the camaraderie of the other multi-national guests encouraged us to stay longer. We could not have had a better overnight stay and will be staying there again as we journey between Spain an UK

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Buitenpost
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

On the way at the south of France we had in good luck reserved a Chambre d’Hôte at the Loire, which surpassed at arrival all our wishes .
We had an extended cordial welcome by hostess Mme Bénédicte, who with passion, flower and charm is running her Chambres.
The Chambre was very attended and the furnishing was particular attractive equipped in old French style. Each Chambre had an own identity qua colour and
equipment.
Around the country state is a beautiful laid out 3 hectare garden in area with, for instance, very old oak-trees. This garden asks for direct enjoying.
The breakfast was well cared in the on the south direction build-on sunroom, with a direct few at and contact with the big garden.
The peacocks, dog and a couple of cats were standing outside the sunroom and looked at our breakfast. A real experience, which never will be forgotten and is asking for repeat. On the way back from the south of France we have reserved the same room .
Real this place is a truly recommendation for guests, who are looking for rest, and space and in this atmosphere want to go through the authentic experience on a French country estate.
We will return certainly in the coming years to this Chambre d’ Hôte.


Merci bien Bénédicte



Bert en Janny Vegter
Buitenpost

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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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zutphen
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

Romantic stay in beautiful house in beautiful park, with peacock, cats, dog and sheep.
Excellent breakfast, very charming hostess who speaks fluently Englisch and does everything to make you feel at home.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed May 8, 2010

Our plan was to visit Gien and the Sancerre region which was easy to do from this location. Contrary to the other reviews we have found here, we found the owner to be very warm and welcoming. Conversation with her was most interesting and her advice about the area was considerate and a good fit for us.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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toronto
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

This is a highy over-rated B&B in the Loire Valley. Accommodation simply did not stand up to the price nor the over-enhanced internet photos. breakfast was very mediocre - just day-old baguette toast, croissants, coffee, yogurt and juice daily. Madame was very pompous and arrogant, contradicting some patrons and even correcting our English!
Altogether a rather unpleasant stay.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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lathiaubenedicte, Owner at Domaine de La Thiau, responded to this review, May 26, 2010
Depends on your idea of over-rated B&B : 58 € for 2 persons including breakfast ! Average prices in the Loire Valley are 70 €. As I can understand from your text you wanted a Carlton service for less than 58 € ? Sorry, I am doing my best to welcome my guests as if they were friends and for 99,9 % it works ! But I did not promize paradise on earth : pictures were taken by myself, not improved with any means and they just show what you will find. This is a building steeped in history. It is magnificent to look at, it has beautiful grounds and I can tell you that the bedrooms are also very nice and confortable, however, if you are looking for something very modern then they may not suit. The B&B has classical furniture everywhere including the bedrooms.
As for breakfast, you are writing about the only things you chose to eat. But for exemple, you forgot the homemade cakes your family liked so much. If you were looking for a buffet breakfast as in 5 stars hotel or holidays resort, that is not the French way of life and I am doing a good continental breakfast.
You did not speak to me at all, so how could I contradict you or even correct your english ? I couldn't and wouldn't dare but thanks for the compliment on my english speaking !
Readers, beware of this writer only able to report negative advices...while her daughter-in-law just thought it was a marvellous place and a very pleasant meeting with us.
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Additional Information about Domaine de La Thiau

Property: Domaine de La Thiau
Address: Route de Gien | Loiret, 45250, Briare, France
Location: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Briare
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Briare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Domaine de La Thiau 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A modest distance to the south east of Orleans and to the north of Sancerre and the Burgundy (Pouilly, Saint-Fargeau), at the eastern end of the Valley of the Kings, at only 150 km south of Paris (only 1 hour from Fontainebleau), on the banks of the river Loire between Gien (bone china factory) and Briare (canal bridge), 2 rooms, 2 suites (B&B) and 2 gites (self-catering rentals) await you. The separate guest house, nestled among centuries-old trees, is surrounded by a pleasant park running down to the Loire. Built in the 18th century and entirely renovated in 2012, the wonderful old "Mansart" style manor house stands very close to our home. Independant car park and entrances allow you complete freedom. Our guests are always welcome to enjoy the 7 acres of park with centuries-old trees and flowers, deckchairs, tables, outdoor games for children, tennis and table-tennis. The Loire river can be reached by a private path (300 metres), which is a good starting place for walks or bike-rides. Baby-sitting, bikes renting, animals welcome under restrictions. Non-smoking house. ... more   less 
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