My wife, daughter and I enjoyed our two nights in La Maison d'Amis while chateau-hopping, wine-tasting, and cafe-sitting in the Loire Valley area in early June. It was a cozy respite at the end of the day, with all the comforts of home. Marie-Claude is a gracious and friendly host.
Just returned from a truly memorable few days in Chinon. La Maison d'amis was the perfect retreat after a busy day of walking, chateaus and eating. Marie-Claude was the perfect hostess and the petit dejeuner was an added bonus. The hot chocolate was to die for and the 'confiture' simply delicious! We were lucky enough to sit outside every morning and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Marie-Claude's beautifully kept garden.
The bed was comfy, the shower was excellent and we had all the amenities you could wish for. We would highly recommend a stay here and hope to be back again soon.
Merci beaucoup Marie-Claude pour votre hospitalité.
A lovely stay on our way from Paris to St Jean de Luz. The owner Marie-Claud brought us breakfast, home-made jams and excellent coffee! Marvelous!
We loved our stay at Marie-Claude's cottage for two weeks on our honeymoon. Unlike most places we visit, this cottage was better than the photographs and Marie-Claude was extremely helpful. The TV had english channels, the cottage was very french and the upstairs bedroom was spacious. We were able to cook our own dinner and Marie-Claude replaced towels, emptied bins etc.
Some personalized things Marie-Claude did that we wouldn't have got anywhere else:
- A gift to welcome us as it was our honeymoon.
- A welcoming breakfast every morning consisting of croissants, baguettes and scrolls with jam as well as coffee and hot chocolate
- Lending of a push bike for my wife our entire trip.
- Picked up and dropped off at the train station organised by Marie-Claude.
- Help offered to find local sights and with French.
- Clear English language due to our lack of french.
- Offering personal DVDs to watch in stormy weather.
The Loire Valley is beautiful even in winter. The cottage is very close to one of the oldest castles the Chinon Fortress. This was our favorite chateau. We however were able to visit surrounding castles easily by bike and train. These included Azay-Le-Rideau, Chateau D'Ussy, Villandry and it's beautiful gardens and Langeais. We loved the old castle at Langeais and the Villandry gardens.
Markets and wineries were also nearby in Chinon as well as grocery stores in both Beaumont-en-Veron and Chinon.
We will definitely visit again if we are back in the Loire Valley and we recommend it for anyone!
Merci beaucoup Marie-Claude. Nous avons passé un merveilleux séjour!!!
Marie-Claude was a wonderful hostess with great breakfast and she even helped us with our laundry! Her area was spacious enough for the two of us with a comfortable upstairs bed. My friend said the pull-out was fine as well. Nice, quiet base for our trips into Chinon and Amboise.