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.
- 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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