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Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

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Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

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Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

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Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

Meet Christelle and Benoît at their 3-star hotel in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, near Saumur.

Beauty, quiet and calm in a place brimming with history. A warm welcome and family cooking. Welcome to Christelle Marie Amélie and Benoît de Courcy's hotel.

Before becoming a 3-star hotel, the Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré had been a family home for generations since 1791. This was the year Marie Amélie’s family bought the land which used to be Fontevraud Abbey’s main farm. By the twelfth century this place known as “Mestré’s lodgings” was already welcoming pilgrims. But it was not until the 1980s that Marie Amélie’s parents returned the estate to its former vocation by starting to manage bedrooms and evening meals. A few years ago, it was re-classified as a hotel/restaurant and has enjoyed great success. Marie Amélie and her husband took over in 2013 and well knows the secret of this success: “Our guests feel like they already know the place as they’ve all got memories of holidays with their grandma, aunt, friends, etc... When they come into Mestré they rediscover something of their roots.” There's no doubt that this is your perfect place to stay in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, near Saumur.

EXPERIENCES

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  • Marie Amélie and Benoît are proud of their estate and, equally so, of their local area in the heart of the Loire Valley. Feel free to ask them for advice: they’ll be able to tell you about all the charming secret little places to visit. 
  • SOAP-MAKING
  • WELLNESS
  • THINGS TO DO
  • MUSEUM
  • THINGS TO SEE NEARBY

HOTEL INFORMATION

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Payment Methods:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Chèque-Vacances

Local Currency: Euro

  • Weekly Closure: Sun., Mon.,
  • Annual Closure: 01/01 > 15/01 04/11 > 30/03

HOTEL LOCATION

Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

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ACCOMMODATION

Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

Although the decor of the 16 bedrooms at the Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré is especially meticulous, there is no particular style. Owner Marie Amélie explains: “Most of the hotel decor is the result of years of family living across different eras. It’s all designed to make this a nice place to live.” Whether you visit alone, with a partner or the family, you’re sure to find your bedroom combines old-fashioned charm and modern comforts with beautiful living spaces and views over the courtyard or centuries-old trees in the park. 

  • Non smoking room
  • Safe-box
  • Minibar
  • Hairdryer

Charming Double Room

Double Insolite Room

Double Romantic Room

Family Suite 4 persons

Family Suite 5 persons

Twin Charming Room

SPECIAL OFFERS

Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

Ready, set, go!

EARLY BOOKING

Enjoy a discount of up to 15% on the price of your room to enjoy the best of local life by booking 15 days before your arrival.

A great start to your day!

BED & BREAKFAST

Breakfast is included in the price of the room.

I want it too!

FAMILY OFFER

With the Family Offer, the price includes breakfast for adults. The child's breakfast is free of charge.

Feel like a local

SMART DEALS

With the Smart Deals offer, you get a discount up to 15%. Offer valid for all bookings made up to 29 days or 14 days before your arrival at the hotel.

Already there!

Very Early Booking

Book 30 days before your arrival and get a discount up to 25% on the price of your room to enjoy the best of local life.

Business Stay !

HALF BOARD

With the Half Board offer, breakfast and dinner are included in the price of the room.

You are at home with us!

STAY 2+ NIGHTS

With the offer Stay 2 nights and more, you can benefit from a discount up to 30%.

It’s better in pairs!

Romantic Experience

Romantic Experience: The price of the stay includes a breakfast for two, a bottle of Champagne * and a late check-out **.

 

DINING

Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

Breakfast is taken in the Orangery: a lovely bright stone room with exposed beams which used to house the estate wine press. With delicious local produce, spreads and home-made cakes on offer, you’ll find something to enjoy whether you prefer to eat sweet or savoury foods first thing in the morning. At dinner the ambience is very different. The La Table du Mestré restaurant occupies two dining rooms with a more eighteenth-century feel and beautifully decorated with unique Dufour wallpaper. The food is in home-cooked style and served as a buffet so that diners can take their pick of the fantastic local gastronomy.

LA TABLE DE MESTRÉ

You’re sure to enjoy the home-made cuisine (“our mothers’ and grandmothers’ recipes”) made with fresh ingredients from local producers and the estate’s own vegetable garden and orchard (seasonal). Rather than menu service, there is a varied starter buffet including fresh salads and cold meats, following by a hot dish of the day and a buffet of cakes and pastries fresh out of the oven. In fine weather, dinner can be taken on the terrace. The hotel also has a bar with a wide selection of whiskies from all around the world.

EXPERIENCES

Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

Marie Amélie and Benoît are proud of their estate and, equally so, of their local area in the heart of the Loire Valley. Feel free to ask them for advice: they’ll be able to tell you about all the charming secret little places to visit.

Marie Amélie and Benoît are proud of their estate and, equally so, of their local area in the heart of the Loire Valley. Feel free to ask them for advice: they’ll be able to tell you about all the charming secret little places to visit. 

The estate is more than just a hotel/restaurant and family home: this is a place where history has left its mark. For example, if you look carefully you will see stonework from an ancient Roman road on the ground. The ponds dug by hand when the Abbey was founded in the tenth century were for fish breeding. The mill opposite them was fully renovated from 1842 by young inmates at Fontevraud Prison. The chapel dates from the twelfth century and houses a clover-shaped crypt. Then there’s the tithe barn, which was where pilgrims were housed, including those walking to Santiago de Compostela. 

SOAP-MAKING

Rosine is Marie Amélie’s mother. In 1970 she started making all-natural soaps for fun at the Domaine de Mestré. She trained with a master soap maker and created her own brand four years later. Since then, the Savonnerie Martin de Candre brand has been famous for its unique soap-making expertise and product quality and has now been taken over by Rosine’s eldest daughter, Hélène.

WELLNESS

The Domaine’s tithe barn also contains a beauty salon and barber’s offering a variety of services. Gentlemen can enjoy a traditional shave with a cut-throat razor or shavette done by the expert Claire who has been awarded Loire’s Best Regional Apprentice. Ladies can also enjoy Claire’s magical touch with a relaxing massage.

THINGS TO DO

Bike hire, table football and a children’s playground are all available, while the nearest golf course is around 10 km away.

MUSEUM

The tithe barn also contains an amazing soap advertising museum featuring an unusual collection of original posters and items which immerse visitors in soap’s colourful history, graphics and design.

THINGS TO SEE NEARBY

Fontevraud Abbey, the biggest monastic complex in Europen has a fascinating history and interesting architecture and is well worth a visit; Saumur, the “gem of Anjou”, is real horse country and home to the famous Cadre Noir horse riders; all the caves carved into the rock which have shaped the region’s landscapes and boosted some of the main local businesses (wine, mushroom growing); the unique cave village of Rochemenier; the La Sablière caves, the Les Forges cave houses, the town of Doué-la-Fontaine, etc. The chateaus of the Loire. Further away there is Angers, Puy du Fou theme park, Futuroscope theme park, etc.

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré

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The reception rooms at the Hotel The Originals Le Domaine de Mestré are ideal for groups of around 20 people (perhaps for management/team events) who want to “escape” from everyday concerns so they can reflect, create, strengthen bonds and get to know each other better. The four meeting rooms have a traditional charm as well as all the modern equipment you could need for study days or residential meetings. Visitors can access the whole estate and enjoy the unique ambience which lends itself to hard work, pleasurable distractions and a congenial experience.

THE ORANGERY

 

This beautiful high-ceilinged room with exposed stone and beams formerly housed the estate wine press and can seat up to 25 people.

 

READING ROOM

 

This large, bright period room has courtyard and garden views and can seat around 15 people.

 

EMPIRE LOUNGE

 

This smaller lounge decorated in Empire style can seat around ten people.

 

PAPA-MAMAN ROOM

 

This charmingly pretty room on the first floor has a fireplace and parquet floor. It can seat around ten people.

 

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