What our private clients say
“The weekend went fantastically well and everyone had a great time. As you said, the hotel should probably be four stars - it was very sleek indeed. The two restaurants you recommended were both very good. The Brasserie de Boulangrin was especially good value. The visit to the smaller champagne house on day two was superb. We were the only group there and it was all very personal and charming. Clicquot was a very impressive place as well, albeit very commercial. I think the contrast between the small house first and large house second worked very well. Happy to recommend the trip to any group”
L.McDougall – Wine tasting in Champagne
“I just wanted to thank you for arranging my Hen Weekend in Paris. We had an absolutely fantastic time and thought that the wine tasting in Paris was brilliant! Everyone was really impressed by the individual packs and the map was particularly well used. We have lots of great memories and the champagne on arrival was very well received”
Elizabeth Long – Wine Tasting in Paris
“Thank you for organizing this trip. We had a wonderful time and the chateau we stayed at was absolutely beautiful. Mary who ran the chateau was an absolute treasure. The chauffeured trip was excellent - Our driver was a fountain of knowledge on the local area and made the outing that much more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend a visit to this chateau, especially the chauffeured trip to the surrounding region. Thanks once again”
Kelly Atkinson – Wine Tasting in the Loire Valley
“Great trip SmoothRed, thank you. We had a wonderful time and tasted some lovely wines with fantastic food. Restaurant choices on the food were excellent! We had a great trip and will definitely go back. Thanks again”
“I wanted to tell you what a truly fantastic and amazing trip we had - it far surpassed our expectations. We were literally staggered at having the opportunity to have a tasting then lunch at the beautiful Chateau. The organisation was excellent and all went very smoothly. We are already talking about doing something similar next year. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your team to other associates now that I know the very high standard that you offer”
Lisa Drury – Wine tasting in Bordeaux
“I feel compelled to add my thanks for what was the most superb trip. The accommodation was 1st class and the organised tutored tour and tasting was fantastic. For fear of running out of superlatives and adding my praise of the individuals involved I can only say that this is the best weekend breaks I have had for many years”
“Just back from Bordeaux and I have lots of feedback all overwhelmingly good! I wanted to say thank you for organising a most memorable 40th Birthday. The Chateau was as charming and well run as you suggested and having the place to ourselves was superb. The meal at the chateau was stunning, all in all absolutely brilliant I will be happily recommending your company”
“The weekend went fantastically well and everyone had a great time. The two restaurants you recommended were both very good. The visit to the smaller champagne house on day two was superb. We were the only group there and it was all very personal and charming. Veuve Clicquot was a very impressive, I think the contrast between the small houses first and large house second worked very well. Happy to recommend the trip…”
“We had a wonderful time…We absolutely adored Mary at the Chateau who was a wonderful hostess. Both the vineyards were extremely warm in their welcome and informative. In particular, the food was phenomenal.”
“Paris was great! A few more days would have been even better - we did all the usual touristy things and more....we walked ourselves off our feet. Eurostar was brilliant and so easy. The wine tasting was really good; the sommelier Lionel who did the tasting was really good too.”
“The holiday was superb! We thoroughly enjoyed it, learned a lot and had a brilliant time. Thank you again for all your help, advice and organization which made for a memorable trip. Many thanks”
"The holiday was superb! We thoroughly enjoyed it, learned a lot and had a memorable time. The guides were all really interesting and had some great places to take us and obviously thoroughly enjoyed the tours. The car certainly came back heavier than when we left! All the hotels were great and in good locations, particularly the one in Reims, Margaux and in Chablis and we were so pleased that we got you to book the restaurants as there wasn’t one that we wouldn’t return to tomorrow. What was particularly enjoyable was the proximity of a tasting or tour close to the hotel on our arrival.
Thank you again for all your help, advice and organisation which made for a memorable holiday. Many thanks”
“Thank you so much for your careful planning, you came up with some great ideas of places to stay and eat. We absolutely loved the château we stayed in; I couldn't have picked a better one myself! It was an amazing weekend, one which we will never forget”
“We had a fabulous time; the weather was stunning with clear blue skies. The visit and tasting at Château Margaux was brilliant! We simply loved our spa treatments and the superb variety of restaurants from 2 Michelin Stars to rustic French Cuisine. Thanks again for a wonderful trip."
“The trip has been amazing – the château is a very special and unique place that we will always remember and the people that took care of us were very nice and friendly… it has been a truly romantic escape; the dinner at the chateau has been one of the best moments.Thank you to SmoothRed for organising such a great trip!”
A. & R. Contardi - now happily engaged
“We had a great time, really enjoyed ourselves. You covered yourselves in glory with the Château visits and lunch; it was absolutely beyond words, wonderful. Food, venue, wines, reception … can’t say enough nice things. It's probably the most difficult time of year to get into the great châteaux, but it's certainly the most rewarding. The ease and accuracy of booking with SmoothRed was 5 star. We would definitely recommend you, many thanks"
“A totally magnificent trip...On behalf of the Waitrose Wine club can I say what a great success the trip was. Every detail was thought of and the organisation was superb. The hotel and choice and variety of the Chateaux were excellent. St Emilion was great and we had a really good relaxed lunch with lots of laughter.
We are all delighted - please give me a call when you have a moment so that we can start talking about the next one!”
Waitrose Wine Club