Domaine de la Courbe
What We Love
- A rural riverside stay in Le Lude, with breakfast, optional dinner, spa access and moreEnjoying unlimited access to the spa - ideal after a day in the great outdoors
- Making the most of the facilities, with a walk in the gardens or a dip in the pool
- Cycle hire is included - the best way to explore the beautiful Loire countryside
Occupying a former 19th-century paper mill near Le Lude in Pays-de-la-Loire, Domaine de la Courbe oozes traditional country charm and character in an idyllic riverside location, near the driving circuit and 24-hour museum in Le Mans. It’s a member of Relais du Silence – European hotels selected for their away-from-it all rural setting, gourmet restaurant, eco-credentials and wellness facilities. Simple yet welcoming rooms are housed in the original main building or a separate one-storey annexe in the grounds. You’ll have plenty changes to relax on the pleasant elevated terrace, which overlooks an inviting swimming pool.
Elsewhere you’ll find an inviting swimming pool and a garden that’s perfect for relaxing with a good book, surrounded by flowers and the sound of birdsong and the babbling river. Explore Le Loir’s beautifully unspoilt countryside by bicycle and, upon your return, soothe weary limbs to your heart’s content in the on-site spa – a cocoon-like retreat where you can leave the outside world behind. Suitably refreshed, enjoy exquisite gourmet dining in the rustic restaurant.
Good to know
Complimentary parking is available on site for hotel guests.
Please note that a city tax of €0.55 per person, per night is payable directly at the hotel.
How to Get There
note the location is the Loir not Loire, a few minutes from La Fleche in an idyllic very peaceful location
The traditional rooms are excellent very large and airy with beautiful views over to the river or garden, The superior rooms with a/c in the main building are also excellent but do not have the greatest of outlook from the windows.
The host Monsieur Bruneau is very kind and helpful for local information.
The restaurant was very good offering French cuisine with varied menus and prices.
The cider and wine lists were also extensive.
When the Spa refurbishment is complete this hotel will be a perfect destination for those who seek peace and quiet with a good cuisine,
All the staff were very good from the ladies who cleaned the hotel and rooms, reception and restaurant staff.
Over the years I have often stayed in Relaise du Silence hotels, mid range, usually in pleasant surroundings and often with good restaurants. Just passing through France en route to Spain, as we are, means you don’t necessarily get the best out of them, their facilities or the surrounding area.
We thought we could make more of this as we planned a shorter day driving. They have both an indoor and outdoor pool, we opted for the indoor one and it was very nice with a steam room as well. There were loungers around the outside pool and it did look inviting on a hot summers day.
The building has been an old paper mill in a number of buildings quite tastefully and cleverly converted though disjointed so that you need to go outside to the pools, bar, reception and restaurant.
Room 2 was large and spacious being a family room but generous for 2. It was quite nice but had poor soundproofing such that lying in bed you could clearly here the guy next door at his toilet, not good. The biggest problem however was the heat. There was no air conditioning and it was far too hot. Outside the window was a stagnant pond with mosquitoes buzzing around so we opted to keep the windows closed. As a result we had a very poor nights sleep.
Overall the facilities were reasonable at a reasonable cost.
We had dinner in the restaurant and generally the food was good and reasonably priced. The menu was limited and there was no carte blanch only set menus. Service was ok but let down by the waiter who said he spoke English but just not to a good enough standard so there were a few mixed messages. The main problem was that they were completely unable to provide my coeliac wife with any gluten free bread. This is a very poor show indeed in this day and age and shows how out of touch some places are. We were told they wouldn’t have any at breakfast either so we skipped it.
Overall some good points but a few bad negatives. If you were here and it wasn’t too hot or you don’t mind mosquitoes you might have a better experience. If they had AC and gf bread I would have rated them VG but a poor nights sleep, lack of soundproofing and inadequate provision of food has to drag them down.
Charming location found in an old paper mill where you will find a clean and well maintained hotel laid out across a number of buildings and set out in a lush environment. Family run facility where the proprietors are on site and show their pride and hospitality to each and every guest.
we spent 2 nights. room called la la fontaine that is more of a garage transformed into one more room for extra revenue ! Waiting for 15mn before getting a table for breakfast everyday. except the restaurant that is very good at dinner times, this place is supposed to host 10-15 rooms max with its staffing and infrastructure.
Previous reviews by others have commented on the limited menu and items not being available. This echoes our experience too. Which is a shame because it's a beautiful place in a lovely quiet location on the edge of the Loir river. Reception staff were friendly and helpful and a good breakfast with lots of choice was on offer.