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“WHERE EVEN THE BILLIARD TABLE IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Chateau de Curzay
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114 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“WHERE EVEN THE BILLIARD TABLE IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

It all looked so gracious, elegant and beckoning: gift-wrapped in ancient stone, heavenly proportioned and highly endorsed by the Relais & Chateau Hotel Chain, and by its own Management. Although expensive, that was fine: we do expensive; but we did not expect that the Chateau de Curzay, in its remote location in fields near Potiers, would be the most expensive hotel on our entire expensive chateau-hopping jaunt. Nevertheless, the castle’s front desk had been emailing us with proposals ever since our initial enquiries two years back, and so we decided that persistence needed to be rewarded.

The quote for a room was exorbitant but we accepted it. (We did quietly ask if perhaps, as we are members of the exclusive 5C Club that embraces the Curzay Chateau, the rate might include breakfast. “No”, was the short answer.)

We drove through hedgerows, country roads (many closed for aspiring Tour de France cyclists to gain some practice) and finally, after a few wrong turns, we finally arrived - hot, tired and thirsty. Not only was no welcoming drink offered, but gusts of fierce wind enveloped the front desk as we tried to register; and then our worst nightmare began. Carrying our own heavy overnight cases, which we had brought from far afield, we were led into the depth of the old castle and up and up and up – 76 narrow stairs in ill-lit passages to be exact. No lifts, no offer of help and altogether a totally unacceptable situation. Luxury travellers opting to stay in Relais & Chateaux establishments are liable to expect more for their money.

Dinner was an expensive disappointment. Although we opted for the least expensive of the two restaurants, the meal was still very, very costly and very, very unexciting and ordinary. The wine cost an arm and a leg and can only be described as watery. In fact it was so bad that my husband had to change to beer!! half way through the meal, and I had to leave my tough, old mutton shank.
How sad, we thought, to have come all this way for this inferior food and this dormer accommodation.

After dinner we walked though one of the impersonal lounges and even the old billiard table, which had been thoughtfully placed for the enjoyment of guests, was at such a canter that the balls did not wait to be hit but simply ran down the slope. “That says it all”, we thought.
And the bed! Although described as a 'double' no two normal-sized adults could possibly sleep in it and we tossed and turned till morning.

We declined breakfast (but were charged for it anyway – so do check your bill carefully if you decide to stay here) and drove off declaring that this is one place that will not see us again. What a disappointment.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hamburg, Germany
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73 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

It is a castle - with everything that comes along with it; a beautiful main building, some stables, a chapel, a wonderful garden with a river and forests directly next to it. The building needs some refurbishment, then again, it is 300 years old. The rooms are as if taken from a fairy tale and overall the price is adequate.

This however, does not apply to the restaurant. The food is good, but not exceptional (the prices, however, are...). You can virtually not find any bottle of wine below 70 euros - upwards the sky is the limit. The bistro offers somewhat value for money; the restaurant is simply way overpriced. On top of that, the restaurant is overstaffed and the friendly waiters seem to be literally waiting , instead of taking care of the guests.

If you want to experience something special, have breakfast (25 eur per person) on the terrace in the sun and enjoy the gorgeous view.

All in all you will need to spend 300 euro per person per day for the room, dinner and breakfast. To us, it was worth it and we will remember these days as something very special.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Levallois
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334 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

Marvellous castle with an amazing park where you can luckily see deers. The rooms are so charming and so much embedded in the tradition that it enables you to live as if you still were in the 18th century. The cooking at the restaurant is very good in this magnificient room with an old chemney. The lounge are also very attractive. Nothing to say more

Room Tip: the room have equal charm. the yellow junior suite overlooking the park with his bed with bed ceilin...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Phil31Toulouse
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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

We stayed here on our way home from the south of France. The place was lovely, we had an apartment overlooking the courtyard which was really spacious. Ourselves and our two children had a lovely meal on the terrace overlooking the gardens, the only complaint being the number of wasps and flies buzzing around while we were eating, it was 39 degrees so this may not have been the norm. The staff were lovely, it is expensive to eat and stay here but is a nice treat.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

A glorious piece of unspoilt 18th century architecture. Formal and grand . To sit having dinner on the terrace outside the Chateau de Curzay is wonderful. The embodiment of France. Open parkland, ancient Wellingtonia, scores of swooping swallows, horses cantering in the distance, and a chef that can at times be inspired. We had the set menu - prepared an presented to the standard that you'd expect in a Relais and Chateaux hotel. €60 for cooking of this calibre is , by London or Paris standards, value for money. Waiting staff were attentive - efficient and charming. The sommelier particularly knowledgeable and helpful.

The chateau is let down by its rooms. We booked a park view for €350. As it turned out it might have been better paying more and opting for a suite. Our first room was up four flights of narrow stairs. It was a hot day and as owners of old houses will know heat rises into the attic . Stuffy and unbearably hot.The room furnished for colder weather. Foam pillows and duvet. Simply awful toiletries . No screen around the bath just a hand held shower. The feeling that this was a hotel that primarily caters for wedding parties not individual R&C travellers. The receptionist told us that the building was listed and that the bathrooms were as modern as regulations would allow . One wonders how other R&C hotels manage to have shower screens and wall mounted showers.

A wonderful restaurant let down by mediocre rooms. Worth stopping at if you're in the region but otherwise in desperate need of some capital investment in new beds and bathrooms. If heading north we'd go again for the restaurant but would check out the suites on the website first. Shame - with some care it could be wonderful.

Room Tip: In hot weather the dormer rooms are hot. Same for those in the courtyard. Perhaps suites on the firs...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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LONDON
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

This is a beautiful Chateau with a very good chef. Beyond that I cannot recommend this hotel. The management are mis-running it very badly. The chef is good but you must expect to pay more then 100 euros for your meal WITHOUT wine per head. The wines are very very expensive and we were sold a very expensive wine without being alerted to the price and we were utterly furious. The rooms are charming but tired and the bathrooms also. The plumbing is dire and very noisy. The staff showed little interest in our welfare and with no useable wifi we were cut off and were given virtually no information or help. The Chateau has a very unattractive pool in very run down surroundings and as the weather was poor we avoided it. The only amusement offered was a tired "ping-pong" table. The surrounding countryside is stunning so you can go for lovely walks but don't expect much guidance! We took the cheap plastic boat along the river one afternoon and that was lovely but can't the Chateau provide a better boat and oars?? Halfords could have done better!! We checked out early and were very disappointed by this very over-priced hotel with poor facilities and careless staff and lousy breakfast. I can't beat around the bush they don't deserve your business.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank WISDOMLondon
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Worldwide
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

Found this with the help of our travel agent in the States, when we called from the road between Normandy and Perigord. We realized we didn't want to drive the whole way in one day. We were driving through the single-lane winding and often wooded roads, following our GPS, and suddenly the chateaux appeared. We had no expectation and were floored. The property is stunningly grand, with massive breath-taking grounds comparable to a national park. Apparently they have stables and a chapel, as well. We didn't stay long enough to see, unfortunately. We did, however, dine on the patio overlooking the countryside, ordering from the Michelin starred menu. Dinner was wonderful, and notably cost more than our room. That's France! Our room was not one of the grand ones you might see in the photos, but a rather charming one up the side stairways. Felt like we were going up to servants quarters. The ceilings were a little lower than I would have expected in a chateaux, but this was the category we apparently reserved. Turned out to be comfy, elegant and charming. The bathroom was a bit dated with a low ceiling above the bath, which made it awkward to take a shower, but we were there for 1 night and so happy to have found it, so it wasn't an issue for us. The room was carpeted with ceiling to floor upholstered walls. Red and cream toile. Very pretty and comfortable. We had a drink it in before dinner. The staff were professional, very friendly and accommodating, which you don't always get in France. Would love to return some day for a longer stay and to learn more about Curzay, but it's a bit out of the way, depending on your plans.

Room Tip: In case you are claustrophobic, be sure to request one of the larger rooms. As mentioned, we had a s...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Chateau de Curzay
Address: Route de Jazeneuil, 86600 Curzay-sur-Vonne, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Vienne > Curzay-sur-Vonne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Curzay-sur-Vonne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Chateau de Curzay 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
So many wonderful experiences await at the Chateau de Curzay, built in 1710. Take a hot air balloon ride from the park and survey Romanesque Vienne from the sky. Drift in a boat down the Vonne, at the heart of the estate, in search of the secret garden, and have a picnic on the banks of the river, in the shade of 200 year-old cedar trees. Go for a walk through the estate's 120 hectares in search of deer that roam wild. Visit the Futuroscope, a fairytale temple of images. Discover the seductive charm of the Poitevin marsh. Stop off in the town of Poitiers to admire the medieval facades. Back at the chateau, days and nights can be spent in magnificent tranquillity, between romantic strolls, dinner on the terrace, beauty treatments, classical music in the chapel and relaxing at the pool. ... more   less 
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