This hotel is best experienced in summer when you can take full advantage of its beautiful setting. We have stayed twice, both times in late summer and found it peaceful, un-crowded and good value for money. The service is very French, a little formal at times, but you are staying in a chateau and this is part of the ambiance. Though difficult to find without a Sat-Nav (the directions can be hard to fathom) it's well worth the detour off the motorway as this charming 18th century house and with its well-tended parkland, pond and stream, is a haven of tranquillity.
The pretty restaurant offers a good menu choice with everything we tried being competently cooked and beautifully presented. Restaurant staff are welcoming and friendly and our waitress spoke a little Engish, but a knowledge of French food terms is useful as the menu is not translated into English.The restaurant is popular so it's best to book in advance.
As well as the lovely mature gardens bordered by the river Saone the hotel has an excellent outdoor swimming pool, set in a sun-trap terrace away from the hotel, with plenty of sunloungers and adequate shade if needed. There is also a tennis court tucked away in the trees.
Rooms vary in size and price - we stayed in a 'Chambre de Tradition' overlooking the park - clean, beautifully cool and quiet at night.The rooms in the chateau itself are quaint and quirky - don't expect spa-style bathrooms, flat screen tv's and bathrobes - the decor is charming but a little faded, the floors un-even, the antique furniture mis-matched but interesting while the ancient plumbing just about copes - this is somehow all part of the charm of the place, a little like stepping back in time. We would definitely reccommend this hotel if you want a peaceful country break.
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