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“Superb chateau in wonderful, quiet surroundings!”
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Chateau d'Avanton
Ranked #1 of 2 Avanton B&B and Inns
Reviewed 8 September 2013

The Chateau d'Avanton is a wonderfully old, lovingly restored Chateau and it was really fun to explore this unique place. Thankfully it is really easy to find behind the church in the small village of Avanton. There is ample free space for parking and one can drive right up to the massive front door to unload the car. In our case we were greeted warmly by the owner who showed us to our rooms and explained the lie of the land. There is a large, well worn staircase leading to the large reception/breakfast room where we had a wonderful continental style, self service breakfast the next morning. The rooms are essentially little apartments, all with their individualised kitchenettes. The younger members our party stayed in the Le Mazarin room at the top of the chateau. This was particularly stunning with a plethora of the original wooden beams, enough sitting space and table and a quaint, tiny and cramped bathroom which, as other reviewers have described, is a challenge, particularly at night. By the way, the free WiFi was really appreciated by our 12 year old son. A 16th century Renaissance chateau with WiFi that works - cool! The older couple in our group installed themselves in the Marie Antoinette room which was delightfully furnished. In the grounds is a refeshing outdoor pool which we used after a hard day of exploring the Loire Valley to our north. One can not eat an evening meal at the chateau but we were provided with help in choosing a restaurent close by (by car). The chateau is located close enough to the Futuroscope park which was a plus point for us.
We really loved our stay here and look forward to returning in the near future.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We stayed one night in this stunning French chateau en route to the South of France. It is a great half-way point between Calais & Languedoc. The Chateau is simply stunning and our room, the Donjon suite, was situated in the very top turrets of the castle. It came complete with lounge, small kitchen, bathroom and stunning bedroom at the very top looking out over stunning French countryside. The madame is incredibly friendly, helpful and welcoming. Breakfast included fresh pastries, cereals, fruit & baguettes. We were on our way early the next morning for the next part of our journey. I will definitely return again next year! A highly recommended hotel indeed.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We stayed here at the end of a long drive from Central Spain, on-route to our home in the UK.

On arrival, we were greeted by the owner, Viviane, who conducted us to our room, Le Mazarin. Apart from the initial wow factor of seeing how much stone had gone into one building, the next very pleasant surprise was that our room included a small kitchen and a little seating area with kitchen table and chairs .. perfect. The last thing we needed was to freshen up and then go driving around looking for a third-rate dinner experience in nearby Poitiers. (I know, the French are the greatest at cuisine and all that, but believe me, we've had some very poor meals when we've been too tired to travel far at the end of a long day!). Buffalo and it's ilk immediately come to mind, in fact good old MickeyD - MacDonalds to the uninitiated - yes... I know don't go on about it, foodie snobs, has been one of the better offerings in some of the 'modern' suburbs in some towns of La Belle France. No, really! At least you know what you're going to get, it's clean, the kids are really cute and helpful and you can catch up on biz as they all have free fast wi-fi - good on 'em, I say.

Sorry, I got carried away a bit there .. oh yes, tired, hungry .. but like all good pioneers and scouts, we were prepared. Out came the lovely french breads, big bottle of red, assortment of cheeses and meats and we stayed in. The company was good (the boss), the food went down well and the atmosphere, though not exciting (I had really hoped to be proved wrong - my wife believes in ghosts and I don't) but despite this minor disappointment, we had a very pleasant evening and finally slept well in the charming, heavily timbered room. Not before we'd watched a film on the decent-sized flat-screen tv, though. (Tip: we always carry a memory stick with a couple of films on to watch if the local programme offering is not great or we're just too fatigued to want to try and brush up our French/German/Mandarin, whatever. I find more and more hotels/b&b's these days have up-graded their TVs to a modern flat-screen job with a USB port, so just pop that little device in there and .. 'nuff said.

The bathroom was exciting, however, Or at least, it could be ... if you forgot to duck under the tree trunks (beams) that comprise the roof structure. We had been listening more carefully than usual at check in however, and having heeded Viviane's advice to duck, there were no bumps in that night.

Breakfast? One word and it's French: formidable! (Translations: American English - 'wow, cool'; Aussie English - 'bloody good mate!' UK English - 'not bad, but they didn't have ..'

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank RayRuddickTours
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

Stayed in nov and got great value at 110 euro per night for family of 5 including breakfast.
Beautiful, very authentic and love history of chateaux.
Very large rooms.
Also 12th century church right in front of chateaux.
Chateaux manager was very friendly and hospitable.
After doing a 10 day roaming trip through south west of france this has to be the highlight.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Greg R
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Reviewed 28 October 2011

We have stayed in this chateau while traveling from Britany to Louir Valley. It was very convinient to visti futiroscope, which is just 4 km away.
If you have ever dreamt of living in the real castle this is the place to fulfill your desire.
We have stayed in "Dangeon" suite which is the highet in the castle and threfore is reached thru lot of steps. If you have issues with this ask for other rooms.
The kitchen was very well equipped and WIFI was excellent.
The owner is very nice and the breakfest is served in beautifull parlor.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

We stayed for one night in this beautiful chateau as we were driving from Sarlat to Cherbourg. We would recommend it as it is convenient for the motorway and Futuroscope. I wouldn't want to cook a large meal in the kitchen but it would be fine for the basics. The owner was very pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was good. We didn't use the pool as the weather wasn't great but it looked nice. We would stay again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chateau d'Avanton

Address: 5 Place de l Eglise, 86170 Avanton, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Vienne > Avanton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Avanton
Price Range: £78 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming guest-house located in a genuine castle in Poitou, 4 km from Futuroscope, 9 km from Poitiers : unforgettable view from the high tower at the top of the castle. 5 studios or apartments decorated with a stylish and personal touch. Breakfast included in the smart big Lounge of the Unicorn. 2 computers at free disposal. ... more   less 
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