Our third visit, twice previously in 2010, fair to say we like the place. Many fellow visitors seem to use the Chateau as a one-night stop over on route and miss out; this does not do either the area or the Chateau justice. We like it because of the facilities, but also because it is so fantastically peaceful, wonderfully rural and whilst it is only very slightly off the beaten track, it’s hardly the back of beyond, situated just off the D155, 9 Km’s north of Evreux.
The tennis court which is impeccably maintained and the swimming pool are the magnets for us, set within the grounds but far enough from the main buildings so as to appear near private. The grounds are surprisingly extensive, and are a mixture of horse paddocks, fruit trees and abundant floral displays, all of which aid the sense of country. The young owners, Frederique and Arnaud go out of their way to create an informal atmosphere, very much leaving the guests to their own devices and the pleasures of the estate, a style that suits us very well.
The rooms are all converted outbuildings as far as I know, and are perhaps a little quirky for some, but again to our liking. My preference would always be the Mailloc suite which is made up of a two spacious rooms, one with 3 single beds for “smaller people” and the master bedroom which is huge, contains a massive King Size bed and oodles of space. Worthy of note, this is the attic conversion of a barn and as such contains many original beams, all of which have to be avoided from time to time. Getting the cases up to the room provides something of a trial too. The bathroom is small and only functional.
A simple French breakfast in provided in the light and airy breakfast room and always seems to be a place of helpful tourist conversations, a great way to start the day.
There is no evening restaurant on site but the local area provides some real treats.
Being approximately 50 miles West of Paris, Rambouillet, Chartes and even Versallies can all be reached, Giverney and Les Andelys by comparison are much more local, but always allow yourselves time to relax in the grounds of the Chateau.
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