This year, we spent Christmas at my sister’s in Tours and stayed in another stylish b&b called Maison Jules as Suites Beranger was not open. It offers the same atmosphere in a classic house stylishly decorated with a more personal welcome from the owner, Alexandra.
The great thing about Maison Jules is that you really feel that Alexandra opens her private house to you. Other unoccupied bedrooms have their doors open, you are given a key to the main door, you can relax in the lounge at any time. Provided that you get on with the other guests, you can actually really relax here.
The room was big enough for the three of us and the bathroom was really spacious with a lovely shower where a specially designed flower has been imprinted on the mosaics.
Breakfast was lovely: bread from the best baker in Tours, freshly squeezed orange juice, selection of pastries, organic yoghurts, a nice plate of cheese and if you wanted, eggs cooked to order. Alexandra is adopting the right host presence, being here if you want to chat but also making herself discreet if you want to be left on your own.
Plus, it’s a 5 minutes walk from the train station so really a good choice for families or single travellers alike.
My tips for your family holidays
- the Martin bedroom was vast and the extra child bed really didn’t take up space.
- if you have more than one child, the Honoré bedroom is a family suite with lovely flowery decor
- at Christmas, there is always the “charriot du Père Noël” next to the Loire. It’s a smallish roller coaster which will please children above 4 years old.