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Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Saturnin
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We were here for one night during a driving trip across France. I wish we could have stayed longer! We visited many nice places during the trip (more than one château), but Château de Saint Saturnin was my favorite. Our room, "Paul et Virginie" was the least expensive option but still very spacious and beautiful, with a canopied bed and lovely countryside view -- I can only imagine how luxurious the other rooms are, as well. Breakfast was wonderful and gourmet, it included a wonderful variety of fresh and local foods and was a good value. Mme. Penicaud was a gracious, friendly host. I appreciated being able to make a reservation online, and it was easy to visit as an English speaker (though I did try my best in French, too).
The castle tour is a must-do. I was pleasantly surprised how many "inner workings" of the castle we were able to explore as part of the tour. Being a medieval castle, originally (as opposed to a Renaissance-style castle), there is some very old, very interesting history here! It was also a very charming place to stay... Would love to visit again someday.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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EmmanuelAuvergne, Propriétaire at Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

We would love to see you again.
Many guests just drop for one night and discover like you have experienced our region is worth staying for a longer period.
We are very happy to welcome more and more guests for a 2 nights or + stay.
Except during the peak season which goes from july 11th to august 23rd, we have special offers for 2 nights or more stays+ stay. Be aware these offers are only available to guests making direct reservations to us (by mail or phone).

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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

Emmanuel and Christine are gentle people and were so helpful regarding our busy schedule and with dining recommendations in the locality.
Bed and room were memorable for being so perfect and in keeping with chateau ambience.
Extra facilities such as the garden and library were very special. The breakfasts in the chateau kitchen were set as though for royalty. We enjoyed three days of sheer luxury and would not hesitate to return.
We wish this commuted pair all the best with their future care of chateau and guests. Thanks for sharing so much with us.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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EmmanuelAuvergne, Propriétaire at Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2014

Dear guests,
This place is bigger and older than us and is part of french Heritage. It is an honnor and a pleasure to share it with visitors, even more when they come from the other side of the Earth!
We have been travelling so much in so many places, we know quite well what kind of encounter one should remember for the life...

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Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

The castle is impressive and restored with an authentic touch. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and filled with historical decor. The rooms are also redone to contain all the modern amenities one expects from a 5 star hotel. The staff and owners are discreet leaving guests feeling they own the place, however they are always available with advice and tips about the area, restaurants and things to do. I'm personally amazed to find a place as good as this so far from a city. Definitely coming back!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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EmmanuelAuvergne, Propriétaire at Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2014

You are fixing the standard very high! We do not pretend to be a real 5* since there is no elevator and and we have only five guestrooms without the sophisticaqted 5* hotels services.
But yes we have been restoring the rooms as if we would use them for ourselves. and we do pretend to welcome our guests like relatives or good friends and we are ready to share with them, if they wish, all we know about the place and the region and our exciting experience of bringing back to life a XIIIth century castle!
All the best for you.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

I just want to add my endorsement of this amazing chateau and hosts. I agree totally with the other reviews and highly recommend this chateau if you are in the area. It is beautifully decorated and everything is top quality. We were given lots of advice on the surrounding area and the owners could not have been kinder or more helpful. The quality of the furnishings, bed linen, towels, breakfast all exceptional.
It is incredibly good value for money. If you are in this area, go !

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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EmmanuelAuvergne, Propriétaire at Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2014

We can give to whom likes to receive!.
In fact we hope to share : this is the beauty of welcoming people coming from so many different places all over the world.
By the way, we are happy to inform you we have now choosen the people who will execute our new italianlike Renaissance garden. They will start mid june and it should over next spring...

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

This is a wonderful and unique place to stay. The building is very historic and interesting. The room we had was beautiful, comfortable and had everything we needed. The sheets and towels were top quality. The bathroom in the tower was fabulous! The guest lounge was very inviting, full of books and other interesting things to look at. The hosts could not have been more welcoming. We were provided with huge numbers of books and leaflets about the area and as a result were able to see a lot in the short time we were there. The village is very old and beautiful. In short, if you are looking for someone to stay in this area do not hesitate, this is the place! We also loved Henri the cat!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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EmmanuelAuvergne, Propriétaire at Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2014

We had just reopened and finished to put back everything in order for our guests after all our winter improvement works. It is good to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.
Your room -Cardinal- has such an amazing bathroom in the adjacent tower where we could create a walk in shower at the place of the ancient latrines and add a bath and pieces of antiques in this large vaulted room. It also has great views to the romanesque church and the medieval village we are overlooking.
Coming from England to us is much easier now between mid may and mid september, with daily direct flights from Southampton to Clermont-Ferrand...

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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We were on our way from Avignon to Limoges... We did not one to stay in a city like Clermont-Ferrand. Instead of that we searched for somewhere more authentique and we crossed this very special chateau which used to blog to the family of Catherine de Medicis... As a phd candidate in history I adored the chateau... Even we had a guided tour.. We stayed in the Cardinal room, which is very special and beautiful. In the morning, we woke we were in the middle of a very nice valley... I had one of the best breakfasts of my life in the very well decorated kitched of the chateau... Nature, hosts, history... If you want to have a chateau experience, this is one of the best places in the world...

Room Tip: Cardinal room was very nice with its bathroom situated in one of the towers of the chateau.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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EmmanuelAuvergne, Propriétaire at Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2014

We are about to reopen after the winter closure and your positive feed back gives us even more energy to welcome new guests or already known ones as we get more and more.
We have worked hard however during this break for maintenance and for preparing new steps of our restauration programs. This year will be a very special year since we will create an italian Renaissance kind of garden to replace the XVIth century garden which has disapeared long time ago already.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We spent 3 nights at the Château Royal de Saint-Saturnin on our way from Saint Émilion to Saumur. It was late in the afternoon when we finally arrived at the gates of the Château. Our GPS and the instructions from our host Emmanuel made the Château easy to find, but the castle sits so large on top of the hill that it would seem quite hard to miss. The nearby Cathedral is the only other prominent building in the town. As the electric gates swung open and we slowly approached the castle to park our car, I was so glad we had chosen to stay here. What a presence this Château casts!

As we got out of the car, we received a warm welcome from Emmanuel who proceeded to give us the usual instructions, and show us to our room. We had been given the double room Cardinal which is located on the 2nd floor. There is no elevator in the building (of course) and Emmanuel helped us with our luggage. It's an experience just walking up the staircases of a building of this age. The castle was built during the 13th century and I couldn't help but reflect on the sorts of people who had trod these same steps as me over so many years. To our amazement, our bathroom took up the whole space above our room. I thought about the plumbing and electrical wiring challenges when modernising a building as old as the castle. If you're curious about these types of things, talk to Emmanuel who will enthusiastically discuss the maintenance and enhancements he has undertaken to present the castle as a viable bed & breakfast accommodation.

We took Emmanuel's advice and walked to a nearby restaurant down the bottom of the hill for our dinner. As Emmanuel described, the restaurant's best feature is its location with the quality of its cuisine unfortunately located at the other end of the scale. Much better restaurants can be found within a short 10 minutes drive away. When we returned to the Château, we stopped by the Library and spent some time browsing some of its many books and indulging in the complementary liqueurs on offer. Old furniture suits the decor of the castle, but if I had a criticism to make, it would be that the chairs in the library and the rooms be examined and maybe refurbished to improve their comfort level.

The next morning at breakfast, we met Emmanuel's wife, Christine who had prepared a lavish breakfast in the dining room. She has a wealth of information to pass on about nearby attractions. There really is so much to see and explore in this region. She was also so very helpful in locating the nearest pharmacy for us that was open on a Sunday so we could buy some much needed 'flu medication!

During our stay at the Château, we took the opportunity to take the guided tour of the castle. A student of a nearby university gave us a fascinating insight into the castle's history.

We've visited various châteaux during previous trips to Europe and stayed overnight at some too. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Château Royal de Saint-Saturnin and rated it our best "château experience" due mainly to the fact that the hosts, Emmanuel and Christine, truly made us feel we were invited to stay at their home. The Château is a work-in-progress and you can feel the hosts' passion when talking about their vision for the place. You get the distinct impression the Château is less of a business venture for them but represents something they appreciate is worth preserving for others to enjoy. Hopefully, we can return again one day and experience the many charms this magnificent and stately B&B has to offer.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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EmmanuelAuvergne, Propriétaire at Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2013

Your suggestions are very much welcomed and will help us to keep improving. Sometime it is quite a true cahllenge to blend authenticity and comfort, but that's our target...
Be sure we really enjoy being your home-from-home. That's the way we like to be treated abroad.
We hope to welcome you again.

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Address: Place de l'Ormeau, 63450 Saint-Saturnin, France
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Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Puy-de-Dome > Saint-Saturnin
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Saturnin
Price Range: £165 - £239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chateau Royal de Saint Saturnin 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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A powerful fortress built during the XIIIth century, enlarged and embellished at the time of the Renaissance. Property of the Queens Catherine of Medicis and Marguerite of Valois. The owners will welcome you at home in their five guestrooms, large and quiet, with great views and private bathrooms and separate toilet. Breakfast is served in the vaulted dining room presenting a collection of copper artifacts. A large 4 ha park with free access. ... more   less 
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