As new parents of a five month old we decided to break our journey from the South of France back to Calais with an overnight stay in a hotel. We were restricted by our search somewhat as we were using a blackberry and could only partially read/see the information! We ended up choosing the Hostelerie Le Clos and we really feel we lucked out!
We arrived slightly frazzled and our first impression was wonderful. Eric and one of his team were straight out to our car to greet us and help us with our bags. On seeing the baby Eric immediately changed our room as our request for a travel cot had not made it to them (the limitations of the blackberry evident!). He said that this was no problem and arrived within 5 mins in our room and set the cot up. Our room was gorgeous and so quaint. Eric insisted we join them for dinner which turned out to be included in our room rate (news to us-blackberry again!!)
Eric told us there was no problem bringing our baby to dinner who remained sleeping for the first two courses of our fine dining experience. Eric and his team told us there was no problem having the baby awake in the dining room but we felt it unfair to the other diners so took turns to eat our remaining courses –all wonderfully tasty- while the other walked the baby around the reception area. We eventually admitted defeat by desert and asked that it be taken in our room –which again was no problem.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have vowed to return soon!
We said we had often paid more and been disappointed..the service at this hotel surpasses all our expectations!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Clos, the story start in 1770 when the nuns of the Abbey of Saint-Nicolas bought the land under the old regime called "The garden of the Beguine". Bordered by the remains of city walls and a tower called the white tower, the plots became peasant gardens. A century later, in 1886 - under the protection of a gentleman benefactor of the Abbey of Saint-Nicolas - a Castle was born. The Benedictine nuns began hosting families opened a school for girls of the abbey. The round tower and the square pavilion, pepper-pot roofs and four slopes, false battlements and tall chimneys, windows and doors decorated with braces, are a harmonious example of architectural style of Viollet-Le-Duc. The mansion was an inspiration for the architect to draw on the exceptional tower houses that have adorned the town of Verneuil since the fifteenth century. In gothic style, the walls come alive with color. The "checkerboard", so characteristic of the region, combines the dark brick called "flamed" orange brick and whitewashed plaster, while flints and brick diamonds offer subtle variations in the tone. The sisters welcome families into the 1960s. In 1961, it was renamed the Hostellerie du Clos. In 2007 it became Le Clos. The castle original will require ongoing renovations, modernization and decoration but will preserve its original spirit. In the spring of 2015 will rise to a former conservatory Gustave Eiffel style of 100 sqm, facing south with a view overlooking the park. It will host the breakfasts, a restaurant that showcases the "Bistronomie" tea room, reading and rest ... A relaxation area with a swimming pool cover, bio sauna, bio steam room, fitness , energy showers ... Finally a south-facing terrace on the ground floor equipped with sun and a beautiful place "nose in the grass" to eat more lightly. Today, the castle of fifteen rooms and suites located in a park of ancient trees has beautiful botanicals, beautiful and loyal birds, four hives with bees pollinate flowers and tree gardens. He is a member of Relais & Châteaux since 1975 and this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary of belonging to this great association ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Clos - Relais Et Chateaux France/Verneuil-Sur-Avre