My husband and I recently stayed at Chateau Mentone whilst attending a wedding elsewhere. I think we had not understood from the website that it was not a standard hotel, but was more a high end guest-house (or somewhere perhaps where you could hire the whole place for events?). Therefore, we were a bit confused by the concept, but that was entirely our misunderstanding.
The Chateau itself was beautiful and in fantastic grounds. It had some very high-end features, and one gets the impression that they are currently doing lots of upgrades or have been rolling out upgrades. The swimming pool was fantastic, though didn't have great sun when we were there. It was safely fenced off as well, so should be ok for young children playing nearby. There were good spec bikes for cycling in the grounds. The spa looked nice though we did not use it. The winery was superb, and looks very posh indeed, and they kindly let my husband do some free tasting. There was also reasonable wifi, which is very good for such a rural property. There were gites in the grounds, which looked like they had been done in a very attractive eco-style, and outside them was a decent playground for children.
We stayed in the Manon room - the room itself was very pretty, and the bathroom was superb. The downside was a rather creepy china doll (especially creepy as she had a toothy smile....). One of those things that might appeal to many people, but wasn't for me. We also didn't have the best nights' sleep, but that is probably due to my pregnancy and my husband being a bit too tall (6-5) for a bed with a foot end.
Food - breakfast was good and an adequate quantity for me, though my husband said he could have eaten more. We ate there one night, and again it must be remembered that it is not a hotel, so the menu is set. The food however was very good indeed and my husband also loved the Chateau Mentone wine.
Everyone was very friendly and kind and we liked the two cats that were about the place!
So, there were many positives indeed. However, we did feel that it was the kind of place where you imagine hiring the whole venue and staying with friends for an event. When it was just the two of us staying by ourselves, it felt a bit strange. This may be more of a reflection on us, and on our normal holiday style, rather than on the place itself. I'd certainly be delighted to be invited to a wedding, corporate event, party etc hosted at this venue, and think it would be incredible when fully occupied by a group of friends.
We also thought it was very good value for money - especially in what seemed to be quite an expensive area of Provence. All in all, I would recommend but would remind holiday-makers not to assume (as we mistakenly did) that it was a regular hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Château Mentone is situated in the heart of the Var countryside. The Château stands on one of the Côtes de Provence appellation's oldest estates. An unique vineyard dedicated to nature and well-being. Surrounded by vineyards, olive grove and forest, we welcome you in our guest rooms, our cottages and our Farm Inn. The Farm Inn, the cottages and the guest rooms are opened from mid-April to mid-November. The tasting cellar is open all year from tuesday to saturday from 10am till 5pm from mid-novembre to mid-april and from 10am till 7pm from mid-april to mid-november. ... more less