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“Chateau of delights”
Review of Chateau des Reaux

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Chateau des Reaux
Ranked #1 of 1 Le Chautay B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Chateau of delights”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Staying at Chateau des Reux is a marvelous experience. Driving down the long winding path to the Chateau – you don't know what to expect. The surrounding countryside is green and lush and the woods are dark and mysterious. When you eventually arrive at the Chateau, it’s like stepping back in time, to the 19th century. From its grey, turreted exterior to its warm and welcoming interior, le Chateau des Reux is enchanting. Full of objects d’art; paintings, sculpture and interesting furniture. It even has its own private chapel, a small music room, a library, an art gallery and a sauna. The bedrooms are vast, with high ceilings and large windows that look down onto the garden or the surrounding woodland. Our suite Eloise had a view of the lawn, with sun loungers set out on the grass. and an occasional chicken.The room was spotlessly clean, with crisp white sheets on our comfortable, king size bed. Our bathroom had twin sinks and every kind of toiletry you would need, including thick, soft white towels and towelling dressing gowns. We ate a delicious home cooked evening meal, that we had ordered in advance, in the palatial dining room with paintings and tapestries on the wall. The local wine, which was served in abundance, is a must and we went the next day to buy some of our own to take home.

The only problem is that we could only stay one night - en route to the south, but It would be a brilliant place to come and stay for at least a week to explore the local vineyards and surrounding countryside. Michele and Philippe are delightful hosts and couldn't do enough to make our visit a delight.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

This is the kind of place you hope to find when searching for an accomodation in the Loire area.
We visited a couple of Loire castles and how great it is to spend a night in one as well.
The owners really make you feel welcome and prepared a truely great dinner and breakfast as well.
Make sure to make a dinner reservation in advance. It's great and you might not want to go out to a village for dinner. The chateau hotel is off the beaten track with only 4 (clean and spacious) guest rooms. Since we were the only couple that night, we really felt like king and queen.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

I stayed here with my husband and 11 year old daughter for two glorious and restorative nights. After spending two very full and busy weeks sightseeing in London and Paris, we were hoping for a gentler slower break to recharge ourselves ahead of further travel. This is exactly what we got at Chateau des Reaux. Set in beautiful country side and surrounded by lush forests and farmland the Chateau exudes a sense of opulence and seclusion. It is not the venue for someone looking for the typical 5/6 star chain hotel (thankfully) but is the place for those looking for a uniquly French experience. Michelle and Phillipe are truely excellent hosts, who have lovingly restored this Chateau into a very special place. Their love of music and art is apparent, as is their love of the region and its produce. Phillipe cooked us a stunning 4 course meal on our first night (highly recommended) featuring beef, and wine from the local area. Meals are taken in a beautiful room on a candle lit table. Breakfast is something to behold with freshly squeezed juice, just baked breads, croissants and pastry, cured meats, cheeses, marinated fruits, yoghurt, eggs ect and plenty of coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Prior to our visit Michelle contacted us to ensure any specific food requirements were catered for and after breakfast spent time with us planning our day and local restaurant options for the evening. There is much to see and do in the local area, and we had a very fun day discovering Bourges and later having dinner in Nevers. Our accommodation consisted of three large private rooms - a sitting room (where our daughter bed was set up), the main bedroom and bathroom. The beds were very comfortable. there are numerous guest spaces throughout the chateau so if you are after seclusion - this is what you will get. There is also a very beautiful 15th century chapel within the chateau itself - well worth a look. Thank you to Michelle and Phillipe for a memorable stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

If you're looking for a special place in the Loire Valley to spend a few glorious days in relative seclusion, at the same time being assured of luxurious rooms and excellent cuisine, the Chateau des Reaux is it!

We stopped overnight en route to Provence and immediately regretted we didn't have more time to stay a few more days. It's a fascinating chateau that has been beautifully and sensitively restored by Philippe and Michele. As hosts they could not have been more generous in their
hospitality, ensuring every aspect of our stay was perfect.

The chateau is set in beautiful countryside and more than repays the deviation from the "beaten track" that may be necessary. The suite in which we stayed was large, beautifully and stylishly decorated to a high standard, providing every comfort a weary traveller could wish for. After our arrival we enjoyed afternoon tea in the library, dipping into our hosts' large collection of art and film literature. That evening we sat down to a splendid meal made from local ingredients, plus some superb local wine. The meal was beautifully cooked by Philippe and presented to us on the baronial table in a candlelight setting. Afterwards we retired to enjoy the large fire, which although we were travelling in May, was necessary as the weather was unseasonably chill.

Breakfast the following morning was sufficient to feed us for the entire day. There were croissants, bread, cheeses, meats, fruit, cereals and coffee. We did indeed follow the seer's advice and "breakfast like a king".

We are certainly returning to Chateau des Reaux and next time intend to spend more than one night.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

the chateau is a very interesting place to stay full of art work sculptures and paintings lots of books in the library,there is also a chapel with very nice carved panels, the bedrooms and bathrooms are spacious, the owners are very helpful and hospitable, It is well off the beaten track and the last bit is on an unsurfaced lane, there was no evening meal on the night we stayed and so is quite a ride back to get something to eat. Food from outside is not allowed so no carryouts you must eat out. But if you just require b&b you will be greeted by your hosts, who will be there should you need them and a peaceful nights sleep in a very clean comfortable bed with continental breakfast of local produce this is a place worth putting on your list.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chateau des Reaux

Property: Chateau des Reaux
Address: les Reaux, 18150 Le Chautay, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Berry > Cher > Le Chautay
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Le Chautay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Well hidden behind it's woods, the Chateau des Reaux is a haven of peace where two vast suites and 2 large guestrooms, all with large state of the art and well-equipped bathrooms are open to our guests on the first floor of the chateau, all with view over the park and its century-old trees. Settle down for a moment of calm in the library, have a drink in the large lounge; make the most of the sauna, the piano, the galleru or the beautiful little chapel : you are 'chez vous'. ... more   less 

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