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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Curzay Hotel Curzay-Sur-Vonne