We stayed at the Chateau de Floure for six nights, while we visited several castles in the Cathare region. It was very well situated, being within a short distance of Carcassonne and the canal du Midi, as well as the chateaux of Peyrepertuse, Queribus, Montsegur, and the chateau at the medieval town of Foix in the Pyrenees.
The Chateau de Floure is in a most attractive setting, with a lovely formal parterre garden of low box hedges and fruit trees.
The accommodation includes a large bar with conservatory and French windows onto a small garden. There is a large salon, which serves as a lounge, with another large room off which includes a grand piano. On the first floor of the main chateau there is a grand formal salon which is decorated with ancient tapestries.
There is a large terrace which is used for breakfasts in warm weather, and for pre-prandials. The breakfast room is reached across the terrace - from our ground floor room - or via staircases from the main building.
There is a secure car park, with a code operated electric gate at the end of the garden.
We had chosen a ground floor room with private terrace, which suited us very well. We had French windows opening onto the main courtyard on one side of the room, and double French windows onto our terrace which faced south east, only losing the sun at about 5.00 p.m. There were two sun lounges and two deck chairs. The room was a reasonable size with all the usual furnishings, TV, occasional chairs, table, desk, and air-conditioning. Wifi was reasonably consistent and certainly adequate for emailing etc.
Breakfasts were good, with plenty of choice, buffet-style, hot and cold, and coffee was freshly made by Nespresso and other individually operated coffee machines. Plenty of fresh fruit was available.
Service from the management at the hotel was first class. They were most attentive and helpful, making suggestions for visiting sites of interest, booking restaurants, and a cruise on the Canal du Midi, all of which were greatly appreciated.
We had opted for half-board during our stay as my husband wanted to enjoy wine with his meals without worrying about driving afterwards.
Chateau de Floure used to have its own restaurant, the highly regarded 'le Poet Disparu', within the main chateau building, but this closed some years ago. Guests on half board can now walk through the garden to a part of the chateau which has been leased out to another company, who operate a restaurant called la Brasserie d'Alaric.
This brasserie is very convenient if one is staying for just a couple of nights. It has a dining terrace which faces onto Mont Alaric. The menu is somewhat limited, but the staff were very helpful and friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Since ancient times, the "Hôtellerie du Château de Floure" has been acknowledged for its tranquillity, its conviviality and its serenity. Let yourself fall under the spell of the discrete charm of this residence of Exception. The gardens have regained their splendour from yesteryear, the guest rooms have successfully maintained the warmth of this castle loaded with history, and the fare blends freedom and gastronomy in tribute of the "Dead Poet". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotellerie Du Chateau De Floure Hotel Floure
- Chateau De Floure Carcassonne
- Chateau De Floure Hotel Carcassonne