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Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais (Relais du Silence)

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4.7

Based on 67 REVIEWS

“A very pleasant br...” Nice, calm and original place. Charming old buildi...
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Thibaud M.

| May 17, 2021

4.7

Based on 67 REVIEWS

“A delightful stopo...” Charming place in a lovely setting. Great room (#...
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Doric B.

United Kingdom | Sep 23, 2020

4.7

Based on 67 REVIEWS

“Beautiful hotel in...” We returned to this hotel in August 2020, as we lo...
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Abraham V.

United Kingdom | Aug 25, 2020

4.7

Based on 67 REVIEWS

“Stop after visitin...” This was the perfect place to stop and have a very...
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Nick T.

United Kingdom | Aug 14, 2020

4.7

Based on 67 REVIEWS

“Nice stay in authe...” The owners were very friendly and gave us a warm w...
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Wim V.

Belgium | Jul 31, 2020

4.7

Based on 67 REVIEWS

“Fantastic place an...” We really enjoyed our stay with you! The place is...
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Mirjam D.

Netherlands | Jul 21, 2020

4.7

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“Loved it” A gem all around
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Jefferson V.

United States | Jul 10, 2020

4.7

Based on 67 REVIEWS

“Peaceful oasis of...” Our second visit to this charming hotel
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Fiona M.

United Kingdom | Sep 28, 2019

4.7

Based on 67 REVIEWS

“Exceptional” The hotel evoked a period charm in lovely surround...
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Anthony Y.

United Kingdom | Sep 06, 2019

4.7

Based on 67 REVIEWS

“Five star experien...” We especially appreciated Benoit’s help getting us...
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Amber C.

United States | Jul 17, 2019

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Welcome to

Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais (Relais du Silence)

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

This hotel is signatory of The Originals Health Commitment Charter.

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, Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais 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

  • Discover the Domaine
  • SOAP-MAKING
  • THINGS TO DO
  • MUSEUM
  • THINGS TO SEE NEARBY
  • A COVERED AND HEATED SWIMMING POOL ALL YEAR ROUND
  • THE SPA AND SAUNA AT THE SERVICE OF YOUR WELL-BEING 

HOTEL INFORMATION

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

Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais

ACCOMMODATION

Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais

Although the decor of the 16 bedrooms at Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais 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. 

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

Charming Double Room

Double Insolite Room

Double Romantic Room

Family Suite 4 persons

Family Suite 5 persons

Twin Charming Room

SPECIAL OFFERS

Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais

Liberty offer

Go on holiday in complete freedom at a reasonable price.  And if you have any unforeseen circumstances, you can change or cancel at any time.

Stay Safe

With the Security offer, book your next stay and get up to 20% discount.

Business Hotels

For your business trips, discover our business offers including an overnight stay with breakfast and/or dinner.

I want it too!

FAMILY OFFER

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

A great start to your day!

BED & BREAKFAST

Breakfast is included in the price of the room.

Business Stay !

HALF BOARD

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

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

Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais

Our breakfasts are served in the Orangerie, the former wine press of the estate. A luminous room with exposed stonework and beams where those who enjoy the first meal of the day can take advantage of the wide variety of products on offer: hot drinks, fruit juices to be squeezed, homemade cakes, cold meats and pastries selected from local craftsmen. For dinner, we will meet you at La Table de Mestré, in our 2 dining rooms or on our terrace. The cuisine is rich in local and seasonal gastronomy.

LA TABLE DE MESTRÉ

We will be delighted to welcome you for dinner, which takes place in the main part of our house. With its two dining rooms with a distinct identity as well as its terrace where you can enjoy a soothing view of the garden and its hundred-year-old trees. Chef Nicolas Ettien and his team will take care of you for this final act of the day. At La Table de Mestré, from Tuesday to Saturday, we offer a menu based on 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts, always including a vegetarian option. This moment of sharing, which we invite you to discover, plays with the seasons and the harvests of our vegetable garden as well as the products of the region.

EXPERIENCES

Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais

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.

A COVERED AND HEATED SWIMMING POOL ALL YEAR ROUND

Great novelty for the year 2021, our family hotel offers an indoor swimming pool measuring 11 x 4.5 meters. Installed in an old press, our basin and its lagoon water at 27 degrees benefit from an exceptional unusual setting, rich in history and character.  At your disposal in the "le Pressoir" area:
Cabin with multiple secure lockers.

  • 2 Showers
  • Hair dryer
  • WiFi connection
  • 4 sockets to charge smartphones

THE SPA AND SAUNA AT THE SERVICE OF YOUR WELL-BEING 

After a swim in the swimming pool, you can take advantage of the massage system by jets and bubbles of our Spa or the ultra relaxing infrared heat of our Sauna. A combination of 100% well-being activities awaits you in Mestré for an unforgettable stay!

  • Spa with 2 seated and 2 reclining places
  • Bluetooth audio system
  • Mood lights to the rhythm of your playlist.

Discover the Domaine

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.

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.

What our customers say

"A very pleasant breather"

Nice, calm and original place. Charming old building (an artisanal soap factory) very comfortable with a lot of natural surroundings. There is a nice walking circuit nearby, that allows a long walk in the fields and forests around the royal abbatial.

Thibaud M. | May 17, 2021

"A delightful stopover"

Charming place in a lovely setting. Great room (#6) and it is a pleasure to be able to stay in your family home. Very good value too. Three minor comments/suggestions (please treat as positive feedback) 1. Wifi in room 6 did not exist. In the main salon, it was VERY slow. 2. It was not explained to us in advance that we had to pay for dinner at the end of the meal rather than charging to our room. 3. As you observed, we were kept standing rather awkwardly for a long time before being shown to our table in the restaurant. Breakfast was a very pleasant experience indeed. We will return.

Doric B. | United Kingdom | Sep 23, 2020

"Beautiful hotel in the Loire area"

We returned to this hotel in August 2020, as we loved it the first time around in 2018. It's a lovely hotel in the Loire area. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the rooms are nicely decorated, comfortable and clean. The hotel has a shop that sells beautiful soap products. The food is nice too. The hotel is perfectly located for trips to various vineyards in the area, and the hotel staff can give you tips on which ones are nice. We will definitely stay here again in the future.

Abraham V. | United Kingdom | Aug 25, 2020

"Stop after visiting Fontvereau Abbey"

This was the perfect place to stop and have a very relaxing evening.

Nick T. | United Kingdom | Aug 14, 2020

"Nice stay in authentic farmhouse"

The owners were very friendly and gave us a warm welcome. Good stay and pretty flower garden

Wim V. | Belgium | Jul 31, 2020

"Fantastic place and lovely people!"

We really enjoyed our stay with you! The place is beautiful and calm, the room was perfect (good bed, good climate, nicely decorated). We felt very welcome, even when a silly mistake on our part occurred when we just arrived. Breakfast was great also, good coffee and a perfect selection of bread, cakes, yogurt etcetera.

Mirjam D. | Netherlands | Jul 21, 2020

"Loved it"

A gem all around

Jefferson V. | United States | Jul 10, 2020

"Peaceful oasis of calm"

Our second visit to this charming hotel

Fiona M. | United Kingdom | Sep 28, 2019

"Exceptional"

The hotel evoked a period charm in lovely surroundings and charming hosts.

Anthony Y. | United Kingdom | Sep 06, 2019

"Five star experience "

We especially appreciated Benoit’s help getting us from Chinon and his sharing the history of the area and your family. The food was delicious and the grounds are gorgeous.

Amber C. | United States | Jul 17, 2019

Overall rating:

4.7
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MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais

The reception rooms at Le Domaine de Mestré, The Originals Relais 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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