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“An unpretentious, stylish and relaxing chateau.”

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Chateau de Brametourte
Ranked #1 of 3 Lautrec B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 September 2013

The owners of Brametourte have restored the chateau with style and empathy. If you are looking for a royal chateau like the Palace of Versailles this is not for you.
As another reviewer said its " is a real chateau with all its nooks and crannies, a real pearl right in the middle of rural France." We could not agree more. All rooms have their own special qualities, we can see and appreciate that they have retained much of the building's character.
It is in a fabulous spot we love Lautrec and the surrounding countryside and was lucky to be there for the summer music festival. It was a chance to relax and experience a 'chateau' holiday without worrying about a list of do's and dont's.

You can see that passion and attention to detail that has gone into the restoration. It is a huge undertaking to upkeep such a property so their work is never ending so one can accept a few minor details. It is their home and we are their guests.
Thank you for opening your doors and we hope to be back.

Room Tip: We loved our Templar Suite which opens out onto the verandah.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

Alison, your medieval castle is superb!!! Thank you for having us. We had such a beautiful peaceful and relaxed stay. Mary and grant were just lovely. The experience will be hard to beat!!! I hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Last summer was the 4th time I stayed at Brametourte. As Paul and Allison recently added a swimming pool to the gardens around the chateau, we decided to stay for two weeks this time. The pool with the splendid view over the valley was an excellent addition and made our stay even more memorable.

Why do we come back to Brametourte? The chateau and the surrounding land represents all that is good and original about the South of France; a laid back atmosphere, a chateau with a garden that is right in the middle of the fields of the neighbouring farms and chicken that run around freely. It all feels like a dream and we felt privileged to be part of life at Brametourte.

I have stayed at many prestigious Chateaux. And on our way down from Chelsea we always include a night at a Propriete Prestigue, as the French say. It breaks the trip into two days and allows us to discover some of the other chateaux along the way. However, I must admit, it is usually somewhat disappointing. As all these places seem to want to copy the Chateau of Versailles they always end up looking rather rather tacky and fake. Brametourte on the other hand is a real chateau with all its nooks and crannies, a real pearl right in the middle of rural France.

Over the years the owners have restored the structure, walls and windows of the chateau by employing crafts men trained in the original medieval building methods. The rooms and bathrooms however have been modernised and now have the right balance of modern comfort and traditional materials. English antiques have been combined with local craft work and all of it has been done in a sensible and ecologically responsible way. Not only did we have a great holiday but it felt even better knowing that our impact on the environment was carbon neutral.

Based on the feedback from previous guests who were the first users of the pool, the Chateaux provided (against a fee) some basic drinks along the pool. Although I must admit we tended to make the 5 minute drive to the nearest supermarket and stocked up on a few bottles and some cheese for the day. What had not changed however, was that I could still get my fresh scrambled eggs from the chicken that run around the gardens. So I had it every day, with toast and a really, really good cup of coffee.

Thank you again for a wonderful and memorable summer…. See you again next year.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Sjorsinlondon
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

I lucked onto Chateau Brametourte while staying at nearby Castres and managed to book my last 2 nights in France at the chateau.
While at the chateau, I stayed in the Cathars Chambres, a lovely, beautifully restored and furnished room with direct access to the pool area. Very peaceful room.
I found the hosts to be very personable with an excellent knowledge of the area and willing to share it. While I was a solo traveller, at no time did I need to be on my own. It was a nice balance and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Brametourte, Owner at Chateau de Brametourte, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2013

Thank you, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed 12 November 2012

There's no doubt that the owners have done an amazing job renovating Brametourte into today's standards of modern comforts with a certain degree of luxury. We stayed in the Gothic Suite, which was quite large if you take into account the adjacent sitting-room. The furnishings and antiques are lovely; the sofas and bed comfy. The bathroom was our favorite - all mod cons, but decorated simply in keeping with the building. However, the TV, DVD, a chandelier and a couple of other lights wouldn't work, and the bathroom floor was far too slippery to safely be a "wet room". All this would have been ok, had it not been for the total lack of service or care. The owners seemed to be much more interested in entertaining their friends than attending to their guests. Simple requests for bottled water (there are no shops nearby) were not available, dining recommendations were slim to none when asked, and our request for an English breakfast (booked 1 month in advance) was ignored or forgotten. When requested, the owner scrambled a small bowl of eggs. But these were shades of yellow and a nauseous grey-green in colour with no seasoning.

Moreover, this is no chateau. It's more like a bastide, which in France is a fortified house or building. Or perhaps a cloisters. The house and grounds have none of the grandeur of Château de Mirambeau or Chateau de Lastours, nor the rustic elegance of Château de Riell. We give the owners full marks for utilising the creative skills and labour of "working holiday-makers" and students from such sites as HelpX. With closer attention to the details and their guests, Brametourte has a chance to live up to it's name and website copy

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brametourte, Owner at Chateau de Brametourte, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2013

Thank you for writing this review and high-lighting a number of issues. I am sorry that I was away during your stay, and unable to address these concerns effectively. We will take action to ensure that these type of issues cannot occur in the future.

On the issue of meals - we would reflect that we are a B&B or 'chambres d'hotes' as opposed to a hotel and this does have implications for the range of services and supplies that we can offer. We have some excellent restaurants in the village and we also provide a fridge and BBQ area for customers who like to prepare their own food, along with our own meal options.

Brametourte has been referred to as a 'Chateau' since, at least the 14th century. It is one of the original medieval castles of the Viscounts of Lautrec. The medieval chateaux were fortified [thus the name 'fort' in English] structures, built for defensive purposes. Brametourte has two metre thick walls, arrow slits, a moat, an escape tunnel, towers on each corner and a protected well, typical of this type of 'fortification'. Its authenticity is one of its most interesting aspects.

I do hope you will give us the chance of giving you a better experience in the future and we again thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed 9 October 2012

This is a new venture and has all the enthusiasm and helpful touches that you'd expect from owners who care about clients and about success. Runs more like welcoming home - so if you want full peace and quiet and everything to run just like a 5* hotel or don't want to have hens ambling around the terrace, this place isn't for you. But I don't know many hotels which will find a bike spanner for you, give guidance on which bike routes are good, go out and buy birthday cakes to suit one of the party and set up a BBQ on demand. Really friendly, charming and a sensational location and views. Wonderful rooms.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Brametourte, Manager at Chateau de Brametourte, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2013

Many thanks for your kind comments. It was a pleasure having you to stay!

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Reviewed 7 October 2012

We chose Chateau de Brametourte for our wedding without seeing the venue, as we live 12,000 miles away, and we weren’t disappointed! Having planned our wedding ceremony and reception via phone, internet and skype with Alison and Liz over 18 months, we were really looking forward to seeing the chateau in person! The chateau is a few minutes drive from the beautiful village of Lautrec, so you have everything on your doorstep, or you can simply relax in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of the chateau, and indulge in the pool and sun loungers, which are a great draw card for the chateau in the hot summer months.
We worked with Alison and Liz from the initial wedding brief, and they delivered everything to perfection; florist and stunning table decorations, wonderful celebrant, band, DJ, chef & wedding breakfast, wedding cake, minivan and driver, manicurist and hairdresser. Regular phone calls and emails ensured Alison and Liz fully understood our requirements and budget, so our actual wedding day was an absolute dream! We couldn’t have wished for better.
We arranged to have the ceremony in the medieval courtyard, which was idyllic, the band and aperitifs on the terrace, reception in the grand pavilion, and DJ and dancing on the sun deck - it all flowed perfectly.
We booked out the whole chateau which worked really well. We had the Viscount Suite which was bliss! Beautiful antique furniture and stunning attention to detail. Thankfully we had earplugs, which came in handy as there’s no sound proofing, and the neighbouring medieval floor boards can be rather noisy. Our parents had the Gothic and Templar suites, which they loved. Again, the rooms were adorned with beautiful antiques, all very unique in style. Our siblings had the Troubadour and Pilgrim rooms which were nice, but not as grand as ours, or our parents. Also, the Pilgrim room shares a bathroom with the staff which wasn’t ideal. Breakfast was served outside on the beautiful terrace, with lovely countryside views, always a nice selection of cereals, fresh croissants and pastries, yoghurts, coffee and fresh juice. Flies are a nuisance when food is out, but other than meal times they aren’t a problem.
It would be nice if the guest bins and towels had been changed, but other than this, everything was perfect!
Alison and Liz were very professional and friendly, and most accommodating from the outset, and helped make our wedding and holiday the best ever. Thank you for making our dreams come true.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Chateau de Brametourte

Address: Lieu Dit Brametourte, 81440 Lautrec, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Tarn > Lautrec
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Lautrec
Price Range: £46 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chateau de Brametourte, founded in the 11th century, surveys a stunning panorama across 20 hectares of parkland, woods & sun-flowered fields. We provide elegant castle suites furnished with ancient oak, paintings, rich satins & tapestries. You may stay as a guest, rent out the Chateau or arrange weddings, private or corporate events. We provide a solar heated swimming pool, Grand Pavilion, meals and a BBQ area and outdoor kitchen within the Chateau gardens. Brametourte is 5 minutes from one of France's officially recognised 'Most Beautiful Villages' where bars, restaurants and shops are available. We are also within 90 minutes drive of three UNESCO World Heritage sites of Toulouse. Carcassonne and Albi! ... more   less 
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Chateau De Brametourte Hotel Tarn

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