Accommodation in Angers
We recommend you base yourselves in Angers if planning to spend more than a day in the Loire. A vibrant, small city with a population of around 145,000 people, it has 2 universities and is a very French city that is well worth exploring. Home to the famous liqueur Cointreau, it has a lovely pedestrianized centre, lots of small boutiques and restaurants as well as the imposing Chateau d’Angers that houses the biggest medieval tapestry in Europe.Less touristy than some spots in the Loire, if you are looking for a really authentic experience than we can highly recommend it. Angers is considered by Parisiens to be one of the best places to live outside Paris. Famous for it’s gentle lifestyle, wonderful local produce and fantastic wines you too can experience ‘la douceur Angevine’.
Hotels in Angers
Hotel 21 Foch is a super contemporary hotel located on the main boulevard in central Angers and has 14 modern elegant rooms that are ideally located for exploring the city. 100-180€ per double room including breakfast www.21foch.fr It’s also home to Pascal Favre d’Anne’s Michelin starred restaurant.
The Best Western Hotel d’Anjou has 51 rooms all furnished in an individual style with air-conditioning and double glazing. Located on Boulevard Foch you are in the heart of the city close to a great selection of shops, restaurants and cafés. 30 minutes from le tasting room. www.hoteldanjou.fr More traditional in style than 21 Foch it offers old style comfort and a beautiful restaurant.
Situated right in the heart of the city, the Hotel du Mail is a traditional hotel and very French. Rooms are comfortable and you are close to the many pedestrian streets in the centre as well as a good choice of restaurants. Less mod cons than some of the more modern hotels (no elevator) but charming and authentic. www.hoteldumail.fr
Hotel Le Progrès is a small modern hotel just opposite the train station in Angers. Several of our clients have stayed there and assure us the welcome is warm and the rooms spotless. You are well situated for restaurants and shops and just a short hop from the TGV. 30 minutes from le tasting room. www.hotelleprogres.com
Appartments in Angers
If an appartment is more your thing then there are a couple of lovely options. Suit’home Angers has two sites, both wonderfully located in the centre of Angers but both on quiet side streets. Within easy walking distance of the station, restaurants, shops and chateau they make an ideal base if you’re staying for a few days and like the flexibility of being able to shop at the markets from time to time and laze around in your own space with a good baguette and some great cheese. From around 100€ per night for an appartment comprising double bedroom, separate bathroom, sitting area and fully fitted kitchen www.suithome-angers.fr
New last year, tucked away discreetly on a side street right in the centre of Angers, La Conciergerie offers a range of super smart apartments that are extremely well equipped and very swish.
Bed & Breakfasts in Angers
And if bed & breakfast is what you after then we can recommend Maison Bossoreil which is again right in the centre on a quiet side street. Rooms from 60€-100€ per night www.maison-bossoreil.fr
Restaurants in Angers
Chez Remi, 5 rue des Deux Haies – small restaurant just off the main square in Angers (Place du Ralliement). Lunchtime menus at 18 and 21€ evening menu at 29€ open Tuesday to Thursday from 12h00 – 13h15 and 17h30 – 21h15 02 41 24 95 44
Al Dente, 8 rue des Deux Haies – opposite Chez Remi this little Italian restaurant is run by a Sicilian and his French wife. Great pasta, pizza and always buzzing. 02 41 43 04 06
La Creperie du Chateau – Creperies can be dull but this one is nestled in a super quiet side street just by the Chateau d’Angers. You’ll find a fire burning in the grate in Winter, a list of ciders and great tasty pancakes both sweet and savoury. Booking essential unless you arrive by Midday www.creperieduchateau.fr open Wednesday to Saturday lunchtime and evening and Sunday from Midday to 17h30. 02 41 88 53 87
Le Pois Gourmand, 42 Avenue Besnardières – tiny restaurant used by locals. Open at lunchtime only apart from Friday night. 02 41 24 09 25
And in the countryside close by le tasting room (you would need your own transport to get here)
Close to us in the countryside we can recommend the Domaine de Joreau run by Petra Schewe. A lovely bed & breakfast just 10 minutes from us in Gennes. Petra has 3 cosy bedrooms as well as 2 independent gites that can cater for 4 or 5 people. Here you can relax and read a book in the garden, cycle to one of the local restaurants or enjoy a delicious home cooked meal accompanied by local wines. 85€ per night b & b including breakfast based on 2 sharing www.domainedejoreau.fr We can offer a collections service from Domaine de Joreau.
Ecolodges de Loire is offering 4 really high spec oak cabins nestling among 10 hectares of forest just 5 minutes from us. Each one has a double bed, proper shower and loo, kitchen corner complete with nespresso machine and kettle, double bedroom and terrace. If you’re looking to get back to nature but like a few creature comforts as well then do take a look. 135€ per night high season for a cabin that accommodates 2 people and includes bed linen, towels and breakfast www.ecolodgedeloire.com We can collect you from the Ecolodges or you can cycle here!
Angers tourist office – www.angers-tourisme.com
Saumur tourist office – www.ot-saumur.fr
Other Recommended Wine Tour Companies
English Vine Tours organises Visits to established and new wine producers in the South of England. www.englishvinetours.co.uk
Love Umbria provides luxury wine and cookery tours in Umbria and Tusany led by Justen 1 Cristiana Bradley. www.love-umbria.com
Wineries to Visit is a list of wineries around New Zealand that open to visitors for tasting’s, wine sales, meals, weddings, accommodation, functions, tours, etc. www.wineriestovisit.co.nz
Specialist Wine Shops around the world
Haslemere Cellar is a small independent in Haslemere, Surrey, offering a good range of Burgundy, Riesling and Bordeaux as well as Riedel glassware. www.haslemerecellar.co.uk
New York/New Jersey
Indie Wineries represents small estates, many that have a cult following, but that fly under the radar of the big guys getting the press and media attention. They are just making their way into the wholesale market and have an unbeatable quality/price ratio. These are the future stars of the wine world. www.indiewineries.com