Hilary Palmen – France (Sept 2015)

When Hilary and her mother wanted to explore France (Chinon, Poitiers, Angers, Carcasonne) and we put together a tailor made private tour for them:

You found fabulous hotels that met my specification in fabulous locations, booked them and arranged train tickets and flight tickets then sent these to my elderly mum so she was confident of our itinerary and travel arrangements.  Hotel locations were beautiful. Smooth, convenient flights and comfortable hotels. The places we visited along the way…. Fontevraud, Chiron, Angers, Chenonceaux, Carcassonne, Limoux, Albi, Toulouse were all fabulous.  The hire cars were good – Renault Megane and a Renault Capture. Both had satnav included.  The best bit was knowing you were there… just in case  and having all the documentation organised for us, clearly and neatly and supplied in advance of the holiday. Was great to have quality time with my mum…

Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud – The recessed Hotel corridor lights turn on, then off as you pass by. Quiet, subtle and bright enough. The Hotel is a converted part of the monastery. Tasteful and quiet. It is a lovely retreat – we used the hotel as a base to visit the Abbaye, Chinon, Chenonceaux, Saumer, and gently exploring the region. It’s in a great location for this. I would visit again for the peace, amazing ambiance, few excellent staff and location.


Le Moulin de Port Laverre Marie-Christine welcomed us with a tour of the accommodation and help to find a restaurant nearby for an evening meal. Marie-Christine’s cooking, of homegrown produce, and fabulous attitude made our stay here exceptional. It’s a peaceful place, several Gites and the B&B in an old converted dairy where we stayed. We visited in September and there was a warm log fire crackling in the fireplace when we rose in the morning and returned in the evening. We didn’t use all of the Moulin’s facilities, we didn’t need to. This is a great location for exploring the local, beautiful region and a fabulous welcome. My elderly mother (78) loved the relaxing place and warm welcome. She was recovering from a virus and the gorgeous food that Marie-Christine prepared helped her to regain her strength, because she wanted to eat it despite her poor appetite. Nothing within easy walking distance, you need a car, but that adds to it’s charm.


Hôtel de la Cité Carcasonne – The complicated directions to the hotel car park, outside of the mediaeval city, worked fine. A small van with a cheerful porter was with us within minutes, he loaded our luggage and chatted in a most amicable way on the drove to the hotel. The receptionist checked us in, gave us a map and useful city information. A porter showed us to our room where a bottle of local champagne greeted us. The room had a large balcony with a view of the town and city walls. Beautiful. The toilet was in a separate room from the bath. The bed was big and comfortable. The bath was a real luxury, deep with easy to use taps, hand shower and stand up shower. Tea, kettle and milk in the room. We loved this place. We stayed for 4 nights. The breakfast choices were impressive, we had different breakfasts each day. The staff remembered us and bought us tea each morning, a large pot each – 3 decent sized cups. The hotel location is excellent, both for exploring the city on foot and as a base for exploring the beautiful wider region of Languedoc-Roussillon. I’d recommend this to all my friends, it was the highlight of our accommodation on this tour.

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