Tennessus Castle was the first stop for my two sons (ages 7 & 11) and I on what was to be an almost 3-month European trip. There really could not have been a better way to begin this journey. Lovingly and meticulously restored and maintained, it's a marvel. The room was comfortable and, of course, quite spacious. The facilities are modern and clean. Breakfast was lovely French pastries and breads.
The grounds are really something. First, the moat - yes, a moat! Complete with a rowboat for your use. Tennessus is located on a working farm, so cattle make their appearance in the nearby yard in the early morning and late afternoon. Sheep stream across pastures, pigs are kept nearby, and a lovely medieval garden and small orchard is there for exploring.
The hosts are quite helpful in every respect, and respectful of a traveler's needs - both for information and for privacy. They balance the two perfectly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Château de Tennessus is a remarkably authentic fourteenth-century castle complete with moat, working drawbridge, arrow-slits and battlements. Privately-owned by an English family, the castle is decorated in true medieval style; yet its lodgings offer accommodation with all the modern comforts and facilities to create a thoroughly enjoyable vacation and relaxing holiday. The Château is surrounded by extensive and tranquil grounds, including a large front lawn, rose-beds and flower-gardens, a potager in the medieval style, and recreational areas around the pool for croquet, badminton, etc. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Tennessus France/Amailloux, Poitou-Charentes