We had booked last minute and was surprised to find that, during high season, there was availability in all price ranges. We should have heard a warning bell. We arrived and found the entrance to the hotel with some difficulty despite it being on a main road. We were surprised that we appeared to be the only guests (second alarm bell). We were shown to our mid price room (96 Euros and in main house) and decided to ask for something better and were immediately offered a more modern room in the nearby annexe (availability no problem!). Believing this to be the 120 Euro option described on the telephone we found that it was in fact 160 Euros per night, as advertised in the room itself. On querying this with the manager he capitalulated without a struggle and said we could have it for 120 Euros. He also said that there was availability for a further 1 or 2 nights (third alarm bell).
The general condition of the main hotel was shabby and the tables laid out on the decking clearly lacked any basic maintenance (wood preservative etc). 2 small bottles of lager cost 12 Euros! Outside the main entrance to the annexe was a large planter full of cigarette ends. There was a small table and two chairs on the patio outside our room but no sun shade protection despite a high temperature in excess of 30 degrees. Within 30 minutes we realised that we could not contemplate staying a minute longer and, on payment of half the room rate, we left with no regrets whatsoever.
This venue had been spoken of very highly by fellow travellers and the Tourist Information Office in Chateaudun. It is very clearly going through a sorry time and, from the manager's reactions, there are desperate for business. They need to concentrate on getting some of the basics right but I fear it may be too late.
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