La Maison Dovalle nestles in the historic village of Montreuil-Bellay, France, charmingly unchanged from the days of some of its earlier owners, French romantic poet Charles Dovalle and his family
. Located in the heart of Anjou, a favorite of French royalty, the village of Montreuil-Bellay and its neighboring cities and villages abound with delights–boutique wineries, culinary discoveries, historical castles and museums
, and walking/biking adventures
that always enchant the visitor.
La Maison Dovalle received a 9.7 rating from Booking.com when it was a Bed and Breakfast in 2011 and 2012. It was recommended by TripAdvisor in 2012. Please note that as of 2013 it is no longer a Bed and Breakfast but a weekly/monthly rental manor also called gite in France. It is an ideal location for retreats (yoga, Pilates, painting, business meetings...). Several other quaint BandB's in town can accommodate large groups. The owner Muriel or another English-speaking staff will be delighted to welcome our guests.
Simply wonderful! We particularly enjoyed the accomodation (charming apartment well-equipped for a family (it has lots of space), the beautiful garden, the view on the river, the kindness and hospitality of the owner. We fell in love with this place.
~from Millet in Saint Ouen, France
We had such a great stay at Maison Dovalle and simply loved everything! The house (really a chateau) is magnificent, the location and gardens are breathtaking and last but not least, Muriel the owner and innkeeper is a joy. Worth booking a trip if only to visit and stay at Maison Dovalle.
~from Melanie in Providence, USA
This is an absolutely fantastic place - like a fairytale! The rooms are very delightful. Everything is top class!
~from Johanna in Taby, Sweden
In the morning, step out to a simply delectable bakery down the street to select your fresh breads and pastries. Enjoy the privacy of Terrace over the Thouet River on the second floor, or the intimate breakfast room on the third floor with romantic views of the Valley and the gardens. Take in the setting sun, the sweep of historic countryside and river. Retreat to romantic and peaceful areas of the inn to discover plush rooms, winding stairways, turrets and terraces. The game table hosts playful bouts of chess and checkers, while beautiful balconies gaze over the manor’s gardens “à la française.” Enjoy a stroll through the extensive gardens from the second floor apartment. Take in the fragrance of flowers and trees along with manicured shrubs, ponds, fountains, and ancient stone benches.
For those inclined to historical landmarks, the manor’s interior has been carefully maintained to preserve its unique essence. Original wood rafters and beams arch overhead. The bedrooms and other areas resound with centuries’ old stone and ceramic tile floors. The large stone hearths dates back hundreds of years--you’ll usually find a roaring fire on cool evenings in the second floor fireplace. The spiral stone staircase traverses both apartments and shows the soft patina of age. Outside, an ancient defensive wall with an arrow slit runs through the garden.