We decided to book into a nice hotel for my birthday dinner and found this one on booking.com. Price was about right and not too far to travel. Importantly, it had a pool - the temperature in South West France has been up to 40 degrees so a dip would be welcome.
We found the hotel quite easily, nestling amongst hectares of vineyards and with a fabulous view. It looked gorgeous. Our checking in experience however was not the most welcoming, probably because the receptionist had to deal with a small boy whilst checking us in. (This same small child proceeded to scream very loudly and unattended outside our door later in the afternoon). Our room was very well appointed, if a little on the small side for an upgraded double, but the bathroom was great. Really modern, great shower.
Our first big disappointment was the pool, well not so much the pool, which was fine, as everything around it. The beds were rusty and sad, there were weeds growing up between the decking and the whole thing just looked tired and in need of attention. There didn't seem to be anywhere to get mattresses or towels either. But then it rained, so we didn't get to use it after all.
Drinks on the terrace overlooking the valley before dinner were lovely, but with only three other groups of diners a bit short on atmosphere. The food, however, more than made up for the other shortfalls. My husband claims his tournedos of beef was the best he'd ever eaten and I had eel for the first time and adored it. The wine was wonderful - a St Emilion Grand Cru suggested by our waitress (who was very sweet and worked extremly hard) which didn't break the bank but would certainly live in our memories for a very long time. Breakfast coffee was extremely good, as were the home-made bread rolls provided with the simple but very good breakfast buffet.
This would be a wonderful hotel for a wedding or special occasion. The reception room looked gorgeous and it's the sort of hotel you could take over for a weekend. It's a shame that some areas were a little bit neglected, but with a few more guests they might be able to afford a gardener.
All round, a very interesting stay, and on the whole enjoyable - especially the dinner!
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