For those eagle-eyed among us, you may have noticed that on Tuesday afternoon Rimbard Manor or Manoir de Rimbard if you are being french, aka the place we ended up, was on the TV on May The Best House Win – Vive Le France, Poitiers episode!
It was amazing to see this wonderful place again and relive our memories of our stay there, however that got me thinking… we never wrote our review of the place! We are bad bad cyclists!
As I have just said the place was heavenly, I don’t think we have anything bad to say about it. We were welcomed with such enthusiasm, and after our little welcome party we were shown to our rooms. Notice the plural then… after 9 days of spending every moment with each other we now had 4 days of peace and alone time in separate rooms. Trust me this was amazing! Now I know I said about the Ethic Etap in Angers that if you were looking for a hotel with all the luxuries then that wasn’t for you, well it turns out that is because Rimbard Manor is the one for you!
Saying it was luxurious doesn’t even come close, this house has luxury in abundance. The house is an 800 year old renovated manor house sat in 15 acres of land. It has its own heated pool, which is round the back of the house and very private, so perfect for just relaxing and de-stressing after 9 days of cycling.
Laura Henderson cooked for us every day, and the food was very tasty, I fully commend her cooking skills. I am told that this wasn’t just because we were special guest but that this is an extra service they offer to all staying with them for a small fee, and as the meals always included the odd glass of wine or 3 it would be well worth the money.
Anyway back to the rooms. The guest bedrooms are in the old tower end of the house in the east wing. There are three floors, which you get to via the original spiral staircase which was painstakingly taken apart and number during the renovation process to them be treated repairs and carefully put back together. The ground floor has the bedroom that I stayed in, the stunningly beautiful Queen Marie-Antoinette suite. The room is decorated in a French style, with solid wood sleigh bed, beautiful antique furniture, and of course an en-suite with sumptuous bath and walk in shower.
It’s safe to say in that bed I slept very well, I am sure Nikki also did in her room. Speaking of Nikki’s room, she was on the next floor up, in the Queen Elizabeth Suite. The room was actually to die for, I think she could happily have lived in it! Her room was styled in a tradition English way with a large king size four-poster bed with memory form mattress Again her room was style with stunning antique furniture and had the most amazing en-suite complete with walk in shower AND claw foot bath! But talk about space, the room was huge, we could have had a party in there!
This bed and breakfast is in a word amazing! If you are every looking at going on holiday to France Nikki and I could not recommend this house more. Of course it’s not just us that agree as it has now won the prize as ‘Best House’ on Tuesdays programme! The other rooms in the bed and breakfast include a double room with en-suite entitled the Princess Grace room and a quirky twin room in the top of the tower with a nautical theme, again en-suite, entitled the Rapunzel room. There is a small kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities, microwave, dining table, settee and television which guests are free to use when ever they like. The kitchen opens out into a small private terrace for guest, which seems to catch the sun all day long! The hotel is lovely and quiet, yet at the same time there is plenty of activities to do, which are only a short drive away. Nikki and myself particularly enjoyed going to the Futuroscope theme park one night and going on the Dancing Robots ride!
If you are looking for a more self catering type holiday, Rimbard Manor also has a lovely little gite, or holiday cottage to us English folk, that you can hire out on a week by week basis, though I am told it gets very busy in the summer so booking early is advised. Now once again our stay here was kindly donated by John and Laura Henderson so I can’t comment on the cost, however I have been nosy and looked at the website and I have to say it all looks very reasonable, I would definitely stay here again. If you are looking for a lovely relaxing holiday in France then Nikki and I complete and utterly recommend Rimbard Manor. A big thank you once again them for putting us up!
If you would like to see more pictures or to book your stay you can check them out on their website http://www.rimbardmanor.com/
Nikki & Dan