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L'Etape Gourmande - Country inn at Villandry
Restaurant at Villandry
An atmosphere...
Of yesterday...La Giraudiere

These buildings, exuding the charm and quality of the 17th century, were lived in until 1790 by nuns of the order of the Visitation of St Mary.
They then became the residential quarters of the main tenanted farm of the Château de Villandry and the home of the estate manager. The estate comprised 5000 hectares and some 40 farms.

In 1906, "La Giraudiere" was sold, along with the Château de Villandry and the other tenanted farms. Other changes followed, dividing up the estate and in this way "La Giraudiere" changed hands several times, until we arrived here in 1980: four city-dwelling nature-lovers...

And today...

La GiraudiereAmorous rendez-vous

But how did "L'Etape Gourmande" come about?

By chance, or rather from a chance meeting. One day a customer asked if she could sample our cheeses in the shade of the mulberry trees...

Alexandra was 20. Together we began the adventure of l'Etape Gourmande...with no knowledge as yet of the restaurant business, but with the advantage of our knowledge of regional produce. And of course we knew that our guests would be our guides.

To our great fortune they agreed to play the game, and that is how, over the years, thanks to them and to you, the very special style of L' Etape Gourmande has come into being.
Today we are delighted to welcome you to this beautiful farm that we love so much.

Our gourmets'area

TerrasseStone, wood, exposed beams, fireplace, period decoration, our gourmet comer comprises three rooms which breathe authenticity and warm friendliness.

In this little haven of peace we invite you to discover the gastronomic delights of our regional produce.

All our rooms look out onto a vast shaded terrace where you can sample the produce of the region so loved over the years by the people of Touraine.

Tourist groups, family reunions, seminars, business meals, prestige receptions, are also most heartily welcome...

Groups welcomeSeminars welcome

L'Etape Gourmande "La Giraudière" 37510 Villandry - Tel. 06 73 08 90 50 / Fax. 02 47 50 08 60
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