It wasn’t our first stay at La Mare aux Oiseaux, since we had spent a few days while I was pregnant with the princess. It is always a place that we particularly enjoy rediscovering and we were happy to be able to take the princess with us this time. She, who loves nature and animals, could only fall in love with La Mare aux Oiseaux.
La Mare aux Oiseaux is located in Saint-Joachim, on the island of Fédrun (you’ll have the feeling to be far away from everything, which is quite true indeed), in the heart of the Brière marshes. You can plan a boat trip if you have good weather. Between houses with thatched roofs and wild animals, it is impossible not to love the calm and the totally bucolic atmosphere. And to do it right, La Mare aux Oiseaux preserves its cocoon aspect with 15 rooms only.
A small haven of peace, just a few kilometers from Guérande, La Mare aux Oiseaux appeals to people who love places that are far away from the world, who are not afraid of being awakened by the sounds of the surrounding fauna and who want to feel transported at all costs during a journey that could well take them further than they thought. Because Eric Guérin loves beautiful things and furniture from exotic countries, you will obviously enjoy the decoration of your room.
Our family experience at La Mare aux Oiseaux
Which room with kids?
We had chosen a Duplex suite (from 189 euros). There are two at La Mare aux Oiseaux. They are located in the Clos du Rouge-Gorge. When you leave the main building and the restaurant, you only have to take a few steps to reach this space. You are very close to the marsh and this is also where the Wellness area is located.
The Duplex suite is 55 m2 with the floor. The parents’ bedroom is upstairs, as well as the bathroom. As a result, children can take advantage of the sofa bed on the ground floor. There is also a very nice little terrace.
The princess loved
She loved her stay at La Mare aux Oiseaux for many reasons, but mainly because she was able to spend some time with the cranes and the hens. The garden is their territory. She found the hotel room very nice, especially because she had her own space.
She also spent time in the Wellness area, like a little fish in water. Another strong point for her: the presence of the cat at breakfast and the friendliness of the staff.
The dinner prepared by Eric Guérin totally delighted her, especially thanks to the heart of sunflower which she found magnificent.
On the plus side …
What about breakfast?
Breakfast at La Mare aux Oiseaux is served as a very generous buffet. If you don’t have a specific diet, you will love the choice and above all the quality of the products, which are homemade. Suffice to say that there is plenty to enjoy. The bread is delicious and you can request to have your coffee made with a French Press.
The children are in heaven, with cakes, cookies… you are likely to stay seated for a long time. In addition, the cat was there, so we clearly felt like staying forever.
The breakfast room is part of the restaurant room and it is bathed in light, for an extremely pleasant moment.
Breakfast is served every morning in the breakfast room from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and in your room until 11 a.m.
We’ll be back for?
We will come back again and again without any hesitation for many details: the talent of chef Eric Guérin and his kindness, but also of course the cranes and the adorable hens, and this Duplex Suite that we really like for its cocoon atmosphere.
For us, La Mare aux Oiseaux remains a special place, far from the hustle and bustle of cities, in a timeless setting. It’s a dream retreat that the three of us can’t wait to visit again.
At the hotel
La Mare aux Oiseaux has a wellness area close to your Duplex suite, with a relaxation pool. You can also enjoy the sauna or simply relax on the terrace.
Tailor-made massages are offered as well as Reiki sessions.
And just spending time with the cranes and beautiful hens will definitely relax you!
Close to your hotel
You can basically do nothing, because that’s kind of what you are supposed to do at La Mare aux Oiseaux! But you can also go to the very pretty town of Guérande which is particularly photogenic and which we really like. Don’t forget to buy salt there.
Slideshow of La Mare aux Oiseaux
Rooms from 139 euros per night; Junior Suites and Duplex Suites from 189 euros per night
La Mare aux Oiseaux
223 Fedrun, 44720 Saint-Joachim
La Mare aux Oiseaux restaurant and hotel are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Reception open 24 hours a day. Dogs are accepted and must be kept on a leash.