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Guest: Bonnie and Shel (Owings Mills, MD. USA)
Date of Stay: 05/16/10 Review Submitted: 05/29/10

We have just returned home after spending 8 fabulous days in Riquewihr. The stay was nothing short of perfect... well maybe, the emergency visit to the dentist doesn't quality. Our hosts, Jean Paul and Martine Krebs, didn't fail to deliver. Our accommodation was immaculately clean, well supplied, and very tastefully decorated. Being in the short term/relocation business in the US, I am extremely critical of furnished accommodations and could find absolutely nothing short of perfection in our apartment. The maps and information left for us were invaluable. The photos accurately portrayed the apartment and Valerie (a true gem) met us where and when we planned. Valerie gave us a brief overview of Riquewihr (where to buy croissants each AM, restaurants, and most importantly on how to use the European washer/dryer). She came to the rescue we had an emergency dental situation. (Great dentist in neighboring town-Ribeauville...only 22.50 E for treatment!) We're telling everyone that Alsace is a hidden gem....go now and book a unit with Jean Paul. Bonnie and Shel

Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway.


Leon and Mardelyn are from South Africa. They stayed in the RIESLING apartment and sent us a message on 17/08/2010 10:17

Dear Jean-Paul and Martine
My family and I would like to thank you both for your excellent hospitality and friendliness in Riquewihr, which contributed to make our stay in your beautiful town unforgetable and we will always treasure it. We are recommending to our friends to visit Riquewihr and make use of your excellent accommodation. Kind regards, Leon and Mardelyn

Guest comments left on the guestbook in The DOVE'S NEST house

Jo and Robert (Atlanta USA) stayed in the Dove's Nest from April 18 to 22, 2010
We have enjoyed our stay tremendously ! This apartment is such a Gem, and the town and surroundings are lovely. The weather was beautiful. This was heaven on earth ! Thank you, for all and Mr Krebs for allowing us to stay in such a wonderful apartment.

Eve, Germany, stayed in the Dove's Nest from March 27-30, 2010
I’m very happy. I found your place on the internet. It’s a beautiful house with a special mood. Next time we must come here for a longer stay: three nights are not enough.

Kelly and Chip, Germany, stayed in the Dove's Nest from Feb 24-27, 2010
Thank you for restoring this beautiful house. We love it here ! We had a lovely stay here. We will be back soon !
P.S. Diner at Pierrot le fou was, indeed the highlight ! awesome. 

Barbara and Joe (Pennsylvania USA) stayed in the Dove's Nest from Feb 16-19, 2010
We had a most enjoyable stay and a marvelous repose-just what we needed ! Thank you so much for the work you have done to renovate such an important part of the history of this town an the region. We will advise all those we know who could appreciate this ambiance. It was especially pleasant to be here during this “quiet time” in the town. Everyone we met was warm and welcoming. Valérie opened the door to this excellent visit with a grand smile and just the right amount of information to make everything a success. Thank you!

Tiffany, Fran and Jeff (Melbourne Australia) stayed in the Dove's Nest from DEC 19-22, 2009
Jean Paul, this is truly a special place. As soon as we arrived we felt at home and wanted to stay forever ! Thank you so much for all of your help over the last 18 months as well as while we were here. We were thrilled to get to meet you finally. Good luck on the next renovation and we hope to see you again. All the best.

On the Sentinel's Guestbook

Henry and Linda (Lake Geneva Wisconsin USA), - April 11-19, 2010
Thank you Jean Paul for your hospitality. It’s a magnificent apartment. It had everything we needed and more. A warm welcome from Valérie was much appreciated. She was always there if ever we needed her and she made our trip more relaxing.

Dennis and Liz (UK), Feb 24 - March 3, 2010
I am always happy to return to Alsace to sample the wines, food and in particular the hospitality. Staying in Riquewihr is a fine example of what the Region can offer and is exemplified by this wonderful “gite” and the welcome by Valérie. Perfect holiday destination.

Chloé and Rayma (Penth Australie-Sydney), Dec 01-05, 2009
The apartment is cute and cosy with only a bus ride to Colmar. It was nicely decorated with the Christmas tree being a nice touch. Riquewihr is stunning and seems to we more alive in the afternoon. Thanks to Valérie as well for a warm welcome an arrival.

Kevin and Fiona (UK), July 28 - Aug 4, 2009
A beautiful apartment in a beautiful village surpassing our expectations. This has been a wonderful base to explore the region - and the wine ! -  and we have thoroughly enjoyed it and will hope return in the future. Any villages are worth visiting but we have particularly enjoyed Eguisheim, Ribeauvillé and Kaysersberg. Whilst Strasbourg is a fascinating city. Wonderful travel through the vineyards and enjoyed the Degustation – we particularly liked the  Maison Zimmer – halfway down the hill on the right hand side. Many thanks for allowing us to discover this special place.

Annette, Julia and Margit (Californie USA), July 24-28, 2009
Canoeing, hiking, eating, driving through the Vosges in the thunderstorm, walking though vineyards were all activities that make lasting impressions. Thank you especially to Valérie who was very helpful.

Janet and Stephen (Kentucky USA), July 17-23, 2009
We loved the apartment! It was great accommodation for our explorations though the region. We also loved Riquewihr itself. Au revoir !

Cathy and Stephen (Ontario Canada), July 13-17, 2009
Four wonderful days ! Thank you so much for shoring this beautiful apartment with us. We love had a great time exploring and hiking around the region. It is a great home base. We look forward to retuning some day soon.

Our guests send us their comments...

30/12/2008 15:24
Happy New Year Jean-Paul, We wanted to thank you for the opportunity to stay in your apartment in Riquewihr. What a treat! It was perfect! We felt so at home and my gosh, what a fabulous location. We enjoyed the Christmas celebrations despite the sea of people. But, there were plenty of side streets to explore without the crowds and after everyone left, it was delightful to walk around and feel the mystical life of medieval times. The apartment was wonderful-- so many quality details --cute as could be. How old is this house? And, we have to say that Valerie was so sweet and professional. We hope that your Christmas was great and we wish you a wonderful New Year Eve celebration along with best wishes for the New Year. Cheers, Pamela and David

23/05/2008 07:37
My husband Tony, and I stayed at your beautiful house last June for our honeymoon (Le Colombier). I wanted to let you know that we are in the process of trying to buy our first home here in Monterey, CA. The only way we can afford one is to buy a "fixer" and do a major remodel. I was just on your website trying to get ideas for our kitchen and bathroom! You have done such an amazing job with all three of your places in Riquewihr. (We didn't get to see your two latest, as they were still in the middle of construction.) Anyway, I just thought I would let you know that your homes have been a source of inspiration for our home here! I hope that we will be able to visit France and Riquewihr soon!
Ginger, Monterey CA - USA

17/04/2008 14:45
I can picture the leaves appearing on the grapevines in Riquewihr and it is an image that I find very soothing when life becomes rather hectic. The last time my husband and I were there, we walked up into the surrounding vineyards on a beautiful October day. The sky was very blue, the sun was shining down upon the city and the historic ramparts, there was exciting activity in the vineyards as families harvested the grapes and both John and I felt such a sense of peace. At that moment, it seemed that all should be right with the world. It is an image I have never forgotten...

I continue to enjoy looking at the slide show of The Colombier. Since I was last in touch, we have booked our flights from Boston to Strasbourg. The four of us are all looking forward to this trip and our stay in your wonderful house. Until the next time -
Patricia, Rhodes Island - USA

Some mentions on our guestbook

From Jim and Lorraine Carleton, N.Ireland - August 2007
Just to say thank you so sincerely for a wonderful stay. Not only is the setting of Riquewihr enchanting but also how you have made the accomodation so comfortable with every amenity possible. A real gem! We have stayed in many places around the world but it must be said that your hospitality is first class, one of the best ever. Thank you for the personal tour, your reccomendations on restaurants and wineries were superbe - this personal touch DOES make a difference. We will return for sure.
Thanks again for everything
I loved everything too! Jeffrey

From Barbara and Bill Green, Gatineau, Canada - April 2007
We feel very fortunate to have spent 9 days in this beautiful part of the world, and to have stayed in your comfortable and charming apartment. We feel steeped in the bicultural atmosphere of the area geography, food, decor, language - all make Alsace Unique.
Thank you for your friendly welcome, your wide knowledge, and your helpful suggestions.

From Ginger and Tony Snell, Monterey, USA - June 2007
Tony and I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful honeymoon we had here in your beautiful home. Our week was filled with beautiful walks / hikes, drives and wine tasting. I loved the kitchen here and had fun creating different dishes for us in the evenings.
Thank you for making us feel so welcome! We cannot wait to come back.

From Jette and Goran Holmberg, Koping, Sweden
Sussi and Juha Ahlrot, Aland, Finland

Dear Jean Paul,
We have spent a wonderful week in Alsace and your charming house. Your hospitality is outstanding.

Guests mention their comments on

We loved the apartment, the town, and the folks we met there. Jean Paul did a fabulous job of remodeling and decorating this place! Very spacious, comfortable, with an understated elegance. We appreciated having Jean Paul's assistant come over to greet us upon arrival, and give us lots of good local information. We had a marvelous time in Riquewihr, and hope to return soon.
  Bia, Granite Bay, CA

June 15, 2007
We just returned from our fantastic trip to Europe and the highlight was definitely our stay in the charming village of Riquewihr. When we began planning a trip to France with our three children I didn't think it would be possible to find a place for us to stay comfortably. Le Colombier exceeded all of my expectations. It was spacious and beautiful, warm and inviting.

The kitchen and bathrooms had every convenience I have at home. The house was spotless. It was warmly decorated with lovely french antiques. A desk with a laptop computer made it so easy to look up directions, attractions, english to french translations, and keep in thouch with our families back home. We ate breakfast in every morning and I cooked dinner twice. the kitchen was very efficient.

Jean Paul took great care making the best use of all the space he has in this apartment. He, too was a bonus. He was in constant contact with us as we journeyed over from the U.S to make sure he had someone there with the key when we arrived. After giving me brief instructions over the phone, he was so kind to arrange dinner reservations for us at a restaurant in town. It was very appearant that his objective was to make our stay as pleasant as he possibly could. He did accomplish that goal.

I told him when we left that it was a priceless trip filled with precious memories. Jean Paul and the accomodations he provided us in Riquewihr are largely responsible for helping make that happen.

  Ehrin, Tuscaloosa, Al

May 20, 2007
This apartment and location are a slice of heaven. Firstly the apartment... Photos do not do this lovely apartment justice. This is a large, quality apartment, beautifully restored using luxurious materials. The owners are a delight to deal with and Jean-Paul was there to meet us. The apartment had everything we needed and more items were being added whilst we were there. The village was also another discovery. It is full of restaurants and cellar doors for tasting the fabulous Alsace wines. There are 2 Michelin one star restaurants in the village and another at Zellenburg (2 km away) as well as several Michelin recommended restaurants. Most of the wineries have cellar doors within the village open for tasting. So this is the perfect foodie-wine lovers don't have to drive anywhere; just walk outside your door and stroll to dinner or a wine tasting. A wonderful and relaxing holiday.
  Sandra, Brisbane Australia

April 4, 2007
We just returned from a wonderful week at Le Colombier. It is everything that is described on the web pages and more. It is spacious, light and airy inside. The house is exquisitely decorated and furnished –it is obvious that much thought, planning and attention to detail went into the project. It has every amenity that one could want, from the state of the art appliances to hair dryers. It is comfortable, with sofas and easy chairs and the “stub” is a delight. I like to cook. We ate lunches out and all suppers in. The kitchen is well equipped. There is a patisserie 1-1/2 minutes walk away and an excellent winery 3 doors away as well as a small grocery in town. The pellet burning wood stove installed the week before our stay was a delight! I might add that there are an abundance of electrical outlets scattered throughout the house. The house is immaculate and the housekeeping staff is efficient and friendly.
Jean-Paul is a gracious and warm host, and provided a great tutorial when we arrived. From the first inquiry he was prompt in answering all of our questions. I particularly liked his reservation system, having a “dossier” with a file number with all communication handled online rather than individual emails. No more frantically looking for emails, every message between us was right there in chronological order in the file. We hope to return next year.
  Jim & Nancy, New Wilmington, Pa
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