Picture this....turning into a wide gravelled drive way....tyres crunching the pebbles as you slowly drive down the long drive surrounded by lush green manicured lawns....massive old tree's.....to then find yourself in front of a real life 19th century French chateau! It's the stuff of movies and novels!
We don't have such grandeur or architecture of this type in Australia and needless to say we were feeling very privileged.
The story doesn't end there. We are then greeted by a lovely lady who was warm and welcoming. We were shown the Chateau and to our lovely room.
The lounge area looked out to a delightful terrace and onto the gardens and a lovely water feature. It is impeccably furnished with tasteful furniture which perfectly suited the atmosphere and Chateau. The breakfast room is beautiful and all I could think of was how it would be perfect for holding perfect dinner parties and how it would have seen some amazing occasions throughout the years.
The rooms (we stayed in 2 types as we liked it so much we extended but as the first room we stayed in was already booked we moved), were both wonderful. They suited what I had envisaged that they would look like, ie; French provincial and somewhat period French countryside "Chateau" like.
The bathrooms are all of a good size as are the bedrooms. They are all immaculate, with spotless bathrooms. The first room we were in looked like it had a newly renovated bathroom. Bed linen is crisp and white, and beds are comfortable.
We had the continental breakfast as we just had to eat in that room!! It was basic, but more than fine! Fresh pastries, fresh crunchy baguettes, fruit salad, cereal, juice, tea or coffee, and yoghurt. For me the yoghurt was the highlight. It was very good!
Le Chateau du Clair du Lune, in my opinion, delivers on accommodation, service, and the whole young girl dream of Chateau's in the French countryside, knights on white stallions, etc etc
Don't get me wrong though, while I may sound like I am seeing all this through the bedazzled eyes of a dreamer, I am also fussy and a clean freak, who doesn't necessarily like antiques. And of course, there are also grander places to stay in. There will always be bigger and better.
However, this place is fantastic on so many levels. Its not perfect, but those imperfections are minor compared to the experience. And this is the type of place you come to for an experience. Nothing and no one is perfect, and those who want perfection in a hotel will never find it....not unless they are paying a whole lot more. Speaking of which, the cost of Chateau Clair de Lune is amazing! I'm still amazed at how well priced it is for the excellent quality.
So to end my story of French whimsical day dreams of Chateau's, rolling estates, beautiful gowns, nobility, and all that jazz, I say, if you are looking for a Chateau that will help you step back into a moment of time (with the convenience of a flushing toilet)(as there are some things we don't miss of days gone by), then this is the place to do it!
Thanks for a great couple of days in your lovely home!!
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