From the Guestbook
From the Guestbook
From the Guestbook
From the Guestbook
From the Guestbook

Manfred, we will forevermore recall our short time with you. The house is delightful, the gardens enchanting and your company and cooking is wonderful. We will try to immitate your meals and preserves when we get back to Melbourne. Thank you for your hospitality.

Ashwood, AUS


Thank you Manfred for your hospitality and help with our problems. Your have the most delightful B + B we just loved every minute of our stay. Thank you for the change of rooms – it enabled us to experience a different style of sleeping. Your recommendations for site seeing and meals was top class. Our best wishes for your future endeavours. Should we never meet again have a great life.

North Adelaide, AUS


Thank you for having us staying in your beautiful B&B. Our room was comfortable, decor delightful and the shower is “dreamy”. Also, the garden is a credit to your work, care and attention!

Lancefield, AUS


We enjoyed our stay very much! Such a nice place and we heard the birds sing in the morning …..

Thank you!

Very nice place and a helpful host.

Amsterdam (NL)


Such a warm welcome, great meal and drinks and the cave, what a surprise. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. Your garden great, room great, company great.

Beckenham, Kent (UK)


We have been made most welcome – greeted as friends. It has been a joy to share your company and to enjoy the delights of garden, cave and leisure.

Moffat (Scotland)

We enjoyed our stay with you. Thanks so much for your warm hospitality.

Michigan (USA)

Thank you for a lovely stay and excellent dinner!!

Derbyshire (UK)

Wonderful! Loire is stunning. Many thanks for a memorable visit.

Gloucester, MA (USA)

Thank you for a wonderful stay, and for sharing your cave and home with us – you are very pleasant to be arround and to share your live stories with. All the best.

Vilas (USA)

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. You are so gracious. Very nice and cozy room. What great meals and we loved the cave and gardens.

Sausalito, CA (USA)

Merci for such a wonderful stay here in Anché. The wine cave was amazing, the food incredible and our room so cozy. You are such a gracious host. Thank you again. We will return. I forgot to mention your beautiful gardens! Love it all. Best regards.

Newbury Park, CA (USA)

Thank you for a great stay. Your hospitality was wonderful. Dinner was great. Your accomodation is outstanding. Good luck.

Santa Rosa (USA)

Thank you for a wonderful holiday retreat. The cave was remarkable, food tasty, wine sublime all with great company.

Albany (AUS)

Think of us when you prune your trees, and I will think of you when I do mine. We loved the room and the company.

Eustis, FL (USA)

Thank you for your superb hospitality. We have not experienced better. Your meal was beautiful and when we go home we will surely try to duplicate it. Thank you also for the information on this wonderful area. Merci!

Gladstone (AUS)

A great place and we enjoyed our stay, wish we had made it longer. Thank you for your hospitality and a wonderful meal. We will certainly praise you and your establishment on Trip Advisor.

Ormeau (AUS)

Thank you Manfred for a wonderful stay. Only wish it had been longer, excellent food, wine and accommodation and caves!!! We will be back.

Lincoln (UK)

A wonderful stay, in a wonderful location. Thank you for wonderful meals, wine, and company.

Knoxville (USA)

Dear Manfred,
Thanks very much for such an enjoyable time. Thanks for your hospitality and wonderful meal. Shame we are staying 2 days only – we will have to come and visit again.
Good luck with the 3rd room, though we are sure you’ll do great. All the best.

Bath (UK)

Dear Manfred,
Thank you so much for the most wonderful time. We truly enjoyed your gracious hospitality and delicious meals. All the Best!

Mount Kisco (USA)

Dear Manfred,
Thank you for the lovely accommodations and meals. We thoroughly enjoyed all the adventures you suggested we do. We will return in the future and stay with our new “best friend”. Best of luck in the future with all your wonderful hospitality.
P.S. Manfred is also an excellent cook and offers a weath of information on the area.

Los Osos, CA (USA)

Dear Manfred,
We have had an enjoyable and comfortable stay here in the Loire Valley. All the best in your future endeavors.

Harrogate (UK)

Dear Manfred and Elenor,
Many thanks for a fantastic stay – I hope that we can come back soon!

Pantin (France)

Dear Manfred and Elenor,
Thanks very much for your hospitality! We wish we could stay longer and it is an excuse to come back again to enjoy your beautiful place and the wonderful Loire Valley.
All the best with the continuing success of the business and à bientôt!

Oxford (UK)

Thank you for a wonderful, comfortable stay. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The cave was excellent, as were our meals together! We look forward to another visit.

Prague (Czech Republic)

Dear Manfred,
Thank you for an absolutely wonderful stay! Your hospitality, friendliness and excellent lodging skills made this the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Loire Valley! The accommodation was comfortable and charming, and we felt lucky and honored to dine with you for two nights! We loved the yummy apperitifs and home-made jams – we are only sad that we cannot buy them to take with us! Good luck with the third room, we know your hard work will pay off.
Hope to be back here one day!

Sydney, (Australia)

Dear Manfred & Eleonore,
Thank you so much for such a lovely stay. We enjoyed your hospitality immensely – it made our visit to the Loire Valley more than special. Thank you for inviting us into your home, sharing cheese, food, wine and advice for the area. We were blown away by your cooking and breakfast jams! Delicious! It was very special to see your cave on our last night, & enjoy your homemade aperitif.

Thank you again, and we will see you again (hopefully in the not too distant future)!

Perth, (Australia)

Dear Manfred,
Thank you for an absolutely amazig experience. Your home, and the rooms, are truly special – and we loved sharing your wines, stories and wonderful hospitality. You have made our trip truly special and we can’t wait to return again soon.

Brooklyn, (USA)

Dear Manfred,
Thank you for making our visit so special! We loved the quaint rooms, the amazing cave and the wonderful fireplace. More important though, your hospitality made the visit amazing. Your meals were phenomenal and it was so generous of you to pick sage from your garden to help Kevin’s throat. We will look forward to returning soon.

Houston, TX (USA)

This is a great hotel and there are beautiful gardens. The cave is huge and wonderful! I hope lots of people stay here in the future!
Merci Manfred for cooking us great dinners. Thank you for being very nice to me my sisters and my mom.

San Diego, California (USA)

Our stay was wonderfully peaceful and restrative at LE CLOS DE LA GARDE. Thank you for your gracious hospitality and perfect introduction to the Loire Valley! We can’t wait to come again ….

Washington D.C. (USA)

Thank you for the wonderful hospitality in an enchanting location. We enjoyed the charm of the house – your many wonderful tips.

Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA)

Lots of fond experiences here: amazing wine, well-organized room, interesting cave, nice owner and hospitality!


Big thank you to Tripadvisor for connecting us to this little gem of a place. Every part of CLOS DE LA GARDE has been touched with a little love from Manfred’s hands. From the rooms to the lovely dinners! Thank you from 2 New York ladies! Loire Valley/Anché was the favorite leg of our trip.

New York (USA)

We have had the most comfortable stay here @ LE CLOS DE LA GARDE of all the bed & breakfast in France! The attention to detail and hospitality have been wonderful. Thank you from both of us!

Perth (AUS)

We could not have asked for a better place to stay in the lovely Loire Valley. Manfred (and his boss) are the best hosts, and the dinner was one of the best meals with one of the most entertaining evenings. Thank you for everything.

Boulder, CO (USA)

An absolutely marvelous host in a lovely environment! This is really close to the heart of France with all loveliness and care! Thanks for all and for the superb hosting! With our best wishes from Budapest.

Budapest (Hungeria)

Really lovely room, five star. The bed you could sleep in forever. Food first class and really good company. We had a lovely time here. Many thanks.

St. Albans (UK)

We arrived yesterday evening having reviewed LE CLOS DE LA GARDE on Tripadvisor. We were delightet to be welcomed by Manfred at 11 pm, who had prepared a delightful supper at such a late hour. We can only say that his verve surpassed all expectations – Manfred has worked very hard to achieve “perfection”. Mrs. Fritsch – your choice of bed was superb – we had an enjoyable, relaxing slumber.

St. Peter Port (Guernsey)

What an amazing place to stay. Welcoming, friendly and so accommodating. The food and hospitality were beyond expectations. Congratulations Manfred on creating a very, very special place. We will be back.

Dolgellan (UK)

Our high hopes for a wonderful visit were more than realized. The rooms were beautiful and very comfortable; the dinner was memorable. Thanks for the memories …. and the coffee!

Springfield, OR (USA)

We arrived with high expectations – any which were met and exceeded. Fabulous food, wine and most your wonderful company. Thank you Manfred for your very warm welcome and for making our visit so special. We hope to return very soon.

London (UK)

We have had a wonderful one night stay and only wish we could stay longer.
Manfred is an outstanding host, excellent dinner and breakfast, lovely wine and special aperitifs. Le Clos de la Garde is a very special place and we hope to return again.
Thank you Manfred.

Kent (UK)

A wonderful stay at an outstanding place. Manfred is a great host. He has built a gem in the French countryside. We LOVED it.
Pure delight & perfection. It was my home for 2 days. Thank you, Manfred.

Mount View CA(USA)

We had a lovely stay at le Clos de la Garde with Manfred as our host. Lovely room, wonderful food and special aperitifs! We really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful valley.

Prince Rupert BC (Canada)

We really enjoyed our stay at Le Clos de la Garde. Manfred’s cave and his homemade aperitifs are unique and will be a treasured memory. The rooms were very well kept and the food (breakfast and dinner) was outstanding. All the best with your expansion plans.

Brisbane (Australia)

A wonderful sojourn on the way south. Everything we wanted. Excellent bed, food, wine and company. Who would ask for more?! We will certainly tell our friends. Manfred could not work harder to achieve perfection.

Grimley (UK)

A too short stay, but we really enjoyed a wonderful evening in Manfred’s company, sampling his excellent produce from the garden and skills in the kitchen. The house and apartment are simply stunning and a testament to all his hard work and endeavour. The dogs enjoyed the garden, too!

Woodchurch (UK)

Thank you so much for your wonderful hosting, we had a lovely (but too short!) stay. We are so sorry we were late and missed the cave but dinner really made up for this. Your home-grown produce is simply delicious. Next time we will have to stay for longer. With great thanks.

London (UK)

We had a beautiful stay at Le Clos de la Garde. Manfred was both welcoming and generous. He has a lovely garden and we wish him every success for the future. We will remember our stay.

Sydney (Australia)

You are the most lovely host Manfred, you have made us feel so at home here! The meal you prepared along with the wines last night was nothing short of fantastic. Having the aperitif in your cave was a very special and unique experience which has been one of the highlights of our trip. The room was extremely comfortable and we had a good rest. Everything was perfect! Thank you for a wonderful time – next time we will be here for more than one night!

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Thank you Manfred for your very warm welcome and hospitality. Beautiful suite, lovely breakfast and fantastic conversation. Thanks also for showing us your wine cellar and satisfying our curiosity. We will definitely be back next time we visit the Loire Valley.


We had a brief but wonderful stay at CLOS DE LA GARDE. Lovely suite, delicious food, good wine and a gardening lesson as well. I will go home now and ripen my green figs. Thank you.

Hungerford (UK)

Grazie per l’accoglienza, tutto molto bello, pulito, curato. Una casetta molto carina, in una zona molto tranquilla in questa campagna cost rilassante, un vero paradiso. Complimente per tutto e alla prossima volta!

Como (Italie)

Dear Manfred – thank you for an enchanted stay at LE CLOS DE LA GARDE; your gardens are magical and beautiful, the dinner marvelous and memorable for the locally-harvested dishes, and the rooms, superb and beautifully appointed. This is a magical place and YOUR hospitality: unmatched.

Cincinatti (USA)

Many thanks Manfred for a very enjoyable stay. Your rooms are very comfortable and your cooking excellent.

Sidney (Australia)

Thank you Manfred for sharing your lovely home with us, here in the lovely area of Chinon. We take home memories of wonderful food, wine, scenery, and new friends. Best wishes in future endeavours!

P.S. Thank you for the gluten free bread!! Much appreciated!

Sanford (Canada)

Thank you Manfred for a lovely weekend in your beautiful house and giving us lots of ideas for recipes to try at home (especially your jam!). A perfect weekend for relaxing, just the two of us, before the arrival of “Bambino”. Take care and hopefully see you next year when we are three!

Paris (75)

Thank you to Manfred and Elinor for a wonderful stay! My little daughter loved your fairytale garden with your beautiful flowers and hidden, secret nooks. We loved the large suite, the wonderful food and drink on the terrace but most of all your warm, kind and thoughtful hospitality. Thank you, best wishes for the future and hope to see you again soon!

Hong Kong

Cuisine, accommodation, hospitality par excellence!
My expectations were exceeded hugely! A gardener’s delight, the secret caves – indeed a very special place. I plan to visit again. Thank you.


“Host Extraordenaire”
Dear Manfred, I am pleased to relate this has been the BEST experience. I have stayed at some very expensive establishments and they have been OK but the warmth and hospitality you have extended to myself has been truley top class. Thank you for making my stay in France so memorable.


Manfred, you are the “host with the most”.
The accommodation is equal to any 5 star establishment. The meals that you have prepared are worthy of the highest award available. Thank you for the most enjoyable and comfortable visit.


We had a wonderful stay and Manfred was very warm and made us feel very welcomed. Would love to return to try his cherry aperitif. Dinner was also very delicious. Will have good memories of the cellar and the times spent here.


Thank you, Manfred, for your wonderful hospitality. Le Clos de la Garde was a wonderful introduction to the Loire. You made us feel so welcome in your home. It is a very inviting and special place. We look forward to returning soon to see your completed wall!

Altadena, California (USA)

We had such a wonderful experience here! Excellent accommodation and dining! We slept so comfortably, if it weren’t for the alarm, we would have slept all day.
Looking forward to recommending this treasure to our friends and family in Canada. Wishing you all the successes you deserve.

Parham, Ontario (CAN)

It was a great pleasure to be here. 5 stars place. Also Manfred is a wonderful person. We will recommend this place in travel site in Israel. Hope that we will keep in touch.

Netanya (ISR)

What unexpected treasure, wonderful food and hospitality. First class in every way. We hope to return one day.

Beechworth, Vic. (AUS)

Fantastic accommodation, gourmet food and wine and wonderful hospitality. A very friendly and rewarding experience. I will certainly come again and look forward to my next visit.

Leicester (UK)

Many thanks Manfred for wonderful food and hospitality. Best wishes for all your projects.

Leicester (UK)

Muchas gracias por nuestra hospitalidad. Hemos pasado unos dias fantasticos.
You are a “super” cooker. We hope to return in the near future. Your house is beautiful.
Un fuerte abrazo!

Zaragoza (ESP)

Manfred and Eleonore have been very welcoming. We have had a fantastic trip. The gardens, caves and rooms are all beautiful. Thank you for your hospitality and for an amazing dinner.
We have had a wonderful time and will tell our friends to come and stay here!

Winchester (UK)

Con todo nuestro carino a nuestro amigo Manfred por su agradablo compania.

Madrid (ESP)

We had a delightful stay and a delightful host in a beautiful place.
We shall return!

Alphen (NL)

We had a lovely stay. The gardens are magnificent. Manfred and Eleonore are the best and the food teriffic. Thank you for accomodating us and allowing us to share the view from your deck and your homegrown vegetables.

Berkley (USA)

Thank you Manfred for such a memorable and enjoyable stay. We would love to return and are sorry that our stay was so brief.
Best wishes for your future business.
The food was the best we had eaten in 2 weeks – absolutely delicious!

Putney (UK)

We had a lovely but brief stay with Manfred and Eleonore. The room was beautiful and clean. Would recommend it to anyone.
Best wishes for the future of your new business.

Sudbury (UK)

Thank you for being such a wonderful host, we had an exceptional night’s sleep in your beautiful rooms. Breakfast was delicious too. We wish you all the best for the future, keep busy, and keep making those fabulous jams.

Dudley (UK)

Dear Manfred,
Thank you very much for your help and kind hospitality. Excellent accomodations. Your food was delicious. We wish you all the best for the future and hope to be back.

Los Angeles (USA)

Merci Manfred!
Perfect accomodation and wonderful host! Many thanks for the tips and your knowledge of the area …. and of course many thanks for the wine and conversation!
We will spread the word ….

Billericay (UK)

Thank you Manfred for hospitality and bed!
We have been so lucky to find such super accommodation for the night and we will recommend you to our family and friends – we hope to sample dinner with you next time we visit Chinon.
Best wishes!

Twickenham (UK)

Thank you for your very kind and warm hospitality. You have made a great home for guests which is very comfortable. I wish you every success in the future.

Paisley (UK)

Dear Manfred:
we all had a wonderful time in your hotel. It is truly an experience I will certainly never forget. It is my first time in Europe, and I could not ask for more. I need to come back and learn how to cook with you. I loved all of your delicious recepies. If anyone ever asks, I’m sure your place will be the first one that comes up in my conversation.
Thank you so much for your hospitality and for being so kind with us during our stay.


We could not have had a more wonderful time at Le Clos de la Garde. Manfred, you were the perfect host. Breakfast was delicious and the rooms were beautiful! We were amazed to find this little surprise tucked away in this beautiful country. We enjoyed Chinon and testing all the delicious wines – but staying here was the highlight of our trip.
Thank you so much! We wish you the best of luck in everything you do.

Boston (USA)

Le Clos de la Garde was a wonderful surprise. Manfred – you have been the most generous and wonderful host. Your rooms are fantastic, your cellar amazing and your garden a wonderland.

Thank you for helping us celebrate our birthdays in the most relaxing of suroundings.

A bientôt.

London (UK)