Hotel la Roseraie
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... the apartment a bit. It didn't say in the book at the apartment whether we were supposed to or not but we thought we’d better. It doesn’t take long to sweep and tidy, clean the bathroom etc when it’s such a small place anyhow.
Once we’d done all we could we were at a loss what to do as we weren’t sure when the boys were going to get back. In the end we made a cup of tea and settled down to wile away some time on our computers. I did ...
... Then it was a quick hop down the road to our last chateau, the Chateau de Chambord. What an amazing building. For sheer full-blown architectural splendour, you can't top this. It is by far the largest, grandest and most-visited chateau in the Loire Valley. Begun in 1519 as a weekend hunting lodge for King Francois 1, it quickly snowballed into one of the most ambitious and expensive architectural projects ever attempted by a French monarch. By the time it was finally finished around ...
... under a shady tree with a glass in hand. Unfortunately it was right beside a railway line! We hoped the trains would diminish during the night, but that wasn't to be! We ate dinner in the garden of a local restaurant, where we were delighted to see 5 huge hot air balloons pass low overhead. We retired to the camping ground and, as it was still too hot to sleep, sat outside - until the beastly mozzies chased us indoors.
... get the the March Bredif winery, which was recommended by the tour driver yesterday. Took a bus to the winery. We had a tour through the cave where the wine is processed and then had some wine tastings afterwards. Taking the public bus have us a unique experience on how the locals travel. Good experience. The wine guide gave us some hints on what and where to have dinner.
... with lots of cafés, bars, restaurants. Last nights meal was good but we thought we might try another restaurant tonight. So instead of having dinner at the square, we decided to go one road back from the square and found a place we thought we'd like. After we sat down and ordered our meal, we realised it was the same restaurant we ate at last night, except we entered through the back door.
It's 9 pm now and we are ready for bed - another long and eventful ...
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We stayed at La Roseraie September 21 and 22, 2005 and we just loved it. It was everything that we hoped for and more - story book quaint, beautifully decorated, comfortable, welcoming and the food was to die for. We heartily agree with all of the comments written here about this hotel/restaurant except of course the odd one titled "Lovely old hotel but better value elsewhere". We have not found a better value anywhere and we have traveled a lot! This was the best and surprisingly the cheapest of the hotels on our trip to France and Switzerland. I also can't imagine Sophie and Laurent "lecturing" anyone. They are the nicest and most gracious hosts. They bend over backward to make sure that you are comfortable and happy. We were treated like royalty.
Lovely old hotel but better value elsewhere
This hotel is in a wonderful location and I agree with all of the descriptive notes by other reviewers. However, a few things about the facilities were disappointing. We had to ask for 'glass' glasses in our room (we don't like soft plastic cups), and wished we hadn't asked for ice because what followed was a lecture on how only Americans (we're not American, but do speak English) ever order ice because the French never would have ice or a drink before dinner in their room! We were exhausted from a long day of chateau-visiting, wanted to just relax and put our feet up before dinner and the last thing we needed was a lecture on the French culture of 'food and wine' which we apparently didn't appreciate because we wanted ice in our room.
Do you dream of a charming stone small guest house with a turret in the lovely Cher Valley in a tiny village with a country French dining room with beams and lovely plant and vine filled courtyard patio and a private lush formal garden in the back then you will love where we stayed!We stayed at the Roseraie and it was the most romantic relaxing experience we ever had in a hotel bar none.The parking area was part of the large garden which made it a pleasure to go to the car. It was early May but still beautiful and flowery but too cold for the pool. We were graciously greeted and led upstairs to our clean room up in the back with our nice patio, The room was covered in a lovey red/pink toile. The bathroom was nice with a large tub and there was regular bed and also a nice day bed. Our room overlooked the lovey garden area and a cool breeze was wonderful. We reserved table for dinner and were seated in the best table by the front window at dusk.We had eaten great meals in Paris and this one riveled all.the portions were huge by any standard....Laurent was very french and friendly and speaks perfect English and he generously loaned us a map.... he has a terrific sense of humor too.He recommended an interesting small cave for wine tasting nearby.The location is totally right out the front gate of the chateau and train line...we had rented a car and drove all over looking at the other chateaus but when we go back we will head here !!! It was a dream come true,....One suggestion.. we wanted to use bikes and they really need to get some free bikes for guests,They did have some rusted junk bikes but someone told us we had to pay per hour so we passed...The grounds of the Chateau Chenenceau are so lovely and the inside and outbuildings are great!!! We absolutely love this area with it's vineyards villages, and woods. If you like to be treated like you're special in a casual atmosphere stay here.
I stayed here last week and I LOVE this place. It is just so beautiful and idyllic and friendly and oh so quiet. My room was blue and had everything I needed, the owners and staff are very friendly and helpful. And the little town of Chenonceaux is excellently located to see the most beautiful castles in the world. Next time I will be staying longer.
Charming, spotless rooms among the loveliest gardens and terraces. Our was a very large bedroom with full bath and a sitting room (with single bed if you need a triple). Very comfortable - and at 95 euros one of the most expensive rooms. Our friend stayed in a 60 euro room which was also lovely - sharing a balcony terrace with 3 other rooms. The food alone would be reason enough to stay put here, but the service places the inn heads and shoulders above any other we have experienced in France. We stayed 5 nights, using it as a base to explore from Chambord to Saumur. The train station is a few minutes away on foot - no need to take the car to Chinon, Saumur, Tours - and the pool welcomes the weary at day's end. Another big plus is the secured parking.
What a gem of a place!!! Laurent, the owner is wonderful. A beautiful place and the best croissants I have ever had in my life. I would love to go back again.
Perfect, perfect, perfect
We were just there in late May. I can't believe how perfect this hotel is. It's a stone's throw from the most beautiful chateau--Chenonceau. The gardens and property are perfectly maintained, and the birds are abundant and provide background music at dinner on the patio. Our room was spotless. We took every meal at the hotel. Sophie and Laurent are the hardest working hotel owners ever, and the most gracious hosts.
Most charming hotel
La Roseraie is the most charming hotel we stayed in during our three week trip. The owners, Sophie and Laurent are delightful people. The rooms are charming and we had a lovely view of the garden and courtyard. The food is excellent!! If you are looking for a hotel in the Loire Valley I would definitely choose La Roseraie. Sophie and Laurent were very helpful with any questions we had.
Simply the best
I can't say enough nice things about this hotel. From the moment we arrived Sophie and Laurent made us feel welcome. Our rooms were charming and had a nice view of the garden and our own little terrace with table and chairs. The dining room was always full and I can see why. The meals we had there were the best of our trip and the chocolate mousse was excellent. Chenonceaux is a great base for exploring the Loire valley and this is a very friendly, charming hotel.
Charming accommodation with good food and service
We spent a week here in June 2003. It is an excellent base for exploring the Loire. Our suite was large and charming, complete with fireplace and out of tune piano in the master bedroom. The restaurant is very good and hosts Laurent and Sophie are very welcoming. We met many travellers from other hotels and chateaux that preferred to eat at the Roseraie. The property has a pool which is nice at the end of a long day of sight-seeing (especially if you have children). We had a wonderful experience here and would highly recommend it as excellent value.