Our group of 14 friends enjoyed extremely the private park (no neighbors) and swimming pool. So many things to do (hiking, fishing, sports,...) and of course the Champagne tastings in the nearby villages :-) . The castle is superb (rooms and extremely good beds, very large modern kitchen,...)!!
We chose this property because we wanted a dog friendly house with tv and a pool for the kids and wifi for myself, my husband and teenage daughter to be able to keep up with work email and studying for exams. There were 5 of us.
The house is truly beautiful from outside and set in large grounds. However, the grounds and woods are so overgrown as to make walking hard and the pool is a small, above ground one set on the gravel drive to the side of the house. There is a thicket of large trees that hide the remnants of what used to be a spring; now filled in with dirt and garbage. Not quite what we expected.
The interior of the house is a real combination of beautiful 19th century detailing and university digs type furniture. Imagine huge rooms with parquet floors and lovely moulding with torn furniture, formica coffee tables and old fake leather sofas with arms that fell off. The tv was not working (seemed the cable account had not been paid) and there was absolutely no wifi at all during our stay. The property manager Jean Michel said when we arrived that 'it comes and goes'. It never came and after 4 days, when we called him about it, he said we were petty people and we did not need wifi if we were on holiday. We eventually managed to contact the owner who said he would consider reimbursing us for the insane amounts we were having to pay to send basic emails by phone. Forget my daughters exam revision!
Regarding the ammenities, the kitchen is very well equipped and modern and large. This was the best room really. It is clear that the chateau has been used for large groups of students or something in the past, because there are dozens of plates etc but only 4 champagne flutes (and a few wine glasses) for a 'luxury' property in the Champagne region. Also, there are about 16 single beds but only one double bed in the whole property. This was in one of the smaller rooms, with a tiny bathroom that had no mirror and bare bulbs hanging from exposed wires for lighting. And this sums up the property - rooms that have a chandelier on one side and bare bulbs on the other. The whole issue of lighting was problematic - there were not enough bedside lights for us all, and often we had to use chairs for bedside tables. In the library where we spent most of the evenings, there were two ceiling lights and no other lighting. This meant it was hard to read, or do jigsaws.
There were 5 beds made up in 3 rooms (assuming the younger kids wanted to share) and save the one double, these were all singles. Some of the larger rooms had 5 single beds in, like a dormitory. Even the double bed had two single duvets on it, and there were a couple of towels left on the beds but nothing for swimming and so on. There is a large linen room but this is locked and you get what is left out. The bathrooms are simple but modern and clean.
However, on the positive side... it is a beautiful property (crying out for some proper furnishing and attention) set in a great area of France. Mussy itself is a bit sad - the village used to have a few factories that closed down in the 80's and hasn't quite recovered - but the other villages on the Champagne route are glorious. Bar-sur-Seine is about 20 minutes away and charming with great little shops and a large supermarket, and Troyes is a stunning medieval town and well worth visiting - about 50 minutes drive north. So this property makes a good base for a large group or two families to do some exploring - or for a champagne focused hen weekend. But as somewhere to hang out, sunbathe, swim, relax etc - no. We spent the first few evenings, glasses in hand, wandering around and imagining what it might look like with a few million spent on it.
It wasn't a disaster but considering that contrary to the advertisement, there was no wifi (and we understand this is because the underground lines have been damaged so no hope of short term repair), no tv and the pool was so murky as to be unusable after 3 days - it wasn't great. What disappoints is that this house is being rented out constantly over the summer and so they are making the money to keep it in good shape but just aren't. I was amazed that there are so few reviews online.
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