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Domaine des Hauts-de-Loire

At a Glance

    Pros

  • kingly service
  • luxurious style
  • superb dining

    Cons

  • no château architecture
  • pricey restaurant (appetizers begin at €34)

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Domaine des Hauts-de-Loire Review

Turreted and vine-covered, this 18th-century hunting lodge features an antiques-filled grand salon, a lovely pool, an adorable swan lake, and guest rooms that more often than not are simply beige and elegantly suave; those in the adjacent coach house can be considerably more spectacular—the best have exposed brick walls and timbered cathedral ceilings. Other amenities include a helipad, the most blissful air-conditioning in all Touraine, and a restaurant (closed Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday) with two Michelin stars that is famous for its style and quality—an evening here glows with sumptuous white bouquets, jeweled guests, and dazzling dishes like goose Rossini with mushroom risotto.

    Hotel Details

  • 25 rooms, 11 suites
  • Rate includes some meals.
  • Closed Dec.–mid-Feb.
Updated: 04-07-2014

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    Pure bliss

    This is arguably the loveliest hotel I have ever stayed in. Our two rooms were expansive and individually decorated . One was classically elegant while the other was a large, beige-hued modern suite. Bathrooms were modern and outfitted with exceptionally luxurious fixtures. We stayed in the main building, but there are also several detached buildings. This choice means the hotel offers diversity of room styles and price points. The dining room is famous, but for me the fare was a bit outlandish and extremely pricey. Moreover, the dining room was sweltering in June. Breakfasts were the best we had in France. What makes the Domaine stand out above the others is the grounds. There ia a pond with swans, a real forest with long jogging trails, an observation tower and a fabulous pool and pool house at the end of a wooded path. Behind the hotel is a large vegetable garden and a cutting garden which provides fresh flowers for the rooms and common areas. The Domaine's bucolic acreage is fairly vast. One could spend many hours exploring it and not see it all.

    by rdesante, 10/23/08

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