Hospitality, tranquillity, greenery…let Anjou draw you in. Welcome to Fabrice Anger’s place.
“ What I like most is eating breakfast with my guests. ”
Thanks to her background as a company director, Fabrice has great people skills and is very candid: “In 2013, I sold everything. I wanted to settle down and get to know my clients first-hand. ” Greeting guests, chatting with them and extolling her region’s virtues have become part of everyday life for Fabrice. “When I got the hotel, I explained to my children that I was buying a big house with 44 bedrooms. ” Not to mention its 5000m2 garden and swimming pool, which combine to make the 3-star The Originals City, Hotel La Saulaie, Saumur West most enjoyable place to stop amidst the greenery only a few kilometres outside of Saumur. More specifically, in Doué-en-Anjou, also known as the Rose Capital and home to the troglodyte sites nestled among the Loire Valley vineyards. Including the renovations and refurbishment, Fabrice is proud of what she has achieved and her career change: “I love the daily interaction with other people”. Is there anything here that guests wouldn’t find anywhere else? “Me! ” she laughs.
When The Originals City, Hotel La Saulaie, Saumur Weste was undergoing refurbishment, Fabrice made a point of creating a different atmosphere in each of the 44 rooms. Whether you opt for a standard, comfort (with or without garden views) or family room (which can accommodate 3 to 4 adults), the décor is contemporary, understated and refined, with 44 separate little custom touches.
- Non smoking room
The Originals City, Hotel La Saulaie, Saumur West has a dining area which visitors, groups and professionals are invited to enjoy. ‘The Bistrot’ offers a menu of daily specials including main meal, starter and main/main and dessert, and 3-course options. Two set menus are also available for groups. A bar area is available for guests to use, where Fabrice’s menu includes variety of wines from local vintners.
The Originals City, Hotel La Saulaie, Saumur West is perfectly situated for guests to explore the cultural and historic wonders that the Val de Loire has to offer.
SWIMMING POOLDon’t forget to pack your swimsuit for a relaxing poolside break after a day on the go, or some fun splashing about with your family. Those who feel the cold are in luck: the pool is heated from the 1 May to 30 September (weather dependent). Guests looking for a beautiful golden glow can top up their tan from one of the sun loungers, or make the most of the garden seating to chat, read, or snooze in the shade under the birch trees.
TROGLODYTE SITESHere, troglodyte houses are more than an echo of the past: they are a real part of the area’s heritage. There’s the Rochemenier village, the Sablière caves, the troglodyte houses in Forges... Only a few kilometres away from these sites, you can explore Anjou’s sculpture caves, where we still don’t know if the works carved into the rock itself date back to the 18th, 17th, or even 16th century.
TRADITIONS AND HISTORYThe Val-de-Loire is an area of cultural heritage that can be explored over and over again: it is home to the Fontevraud Abbey, the Saumur castle, the Cadre Noir National Riding School in Saumur, Puy du Fou, and so much more.
COME, LET US SEE IF THE ROSE...The French commune is also home to no less than 30 nurseries, which account of 45% of the country’s rose production. This makes Doué and the surrounding communes the leading European centre for the production of rose trees, with around 7 million of them produced every year. Don’t miss the town’s Rose Days, held in July.
BIOPARCThe Biopark in Doué-la-Fontaine is the only site of its kind in the world, thanks to its location in a troglodytic site in ancient falun quarry (falun is a type of rock typically found in the region). The Biopark is home to snow leopards, southern pudús, pygmy hippos and many more, with over 1200 animals and 120 different species kept on the site.
The spacious 46m2 conference room is the perfect conference venue, opening straight out into The Originals City, Hotel La Saulaie, Saumur West gardens. It can accommodate between 28 and 40 people, and U-shaped, boardroom, classroom and theatre-style layouts can all be provided. The space is also fully equipped with everything you might need for a business meeting (projector, screen, flipchart, Wi-Fi). Onsite catering from a specialist service provider may be arranged.