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Review of Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse

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Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Couiza
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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223 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Holiday review”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

A wonderful, comfortable and historic hotel. Comfortable standard rooms. We looked into the courtyard which was fine in the cool weather. A room overlooking the river would be best in the summer.
Attractive and refined restaurant with good food and wine. Good for couples, families and people with dogs.
Close to the town on Couiza for an evening stroll.
A great location if you are touring Aude, or looking at historic sites of the Cathars.

Room Tip: As above, ask fo a room overlooking the river.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AntoniaTrip
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duc2joyeuse, Propriétaire at Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse, responded to this review, 9 April 2013
Dear Sir,
We thank you for your kind message and positive comments.
We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us.
We hope to welcome you again in the near futur and remain,
Yours sincerely.
Isabelle & Vincent NOURRISSON
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43 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013 via mobile

From the moment that I walked in the door I was made to feel as though I was going to stay in someone's home amongst friends. The warmth and welcoming attitude of the staff is genuine and it was appreciated.

The chateau is a beautiful building inside and out and the decor in communal areas and in the bedrooms retains the look of a medieval chateau in a very tasteful manner.

The restaurant food is fantastic. There is not a lot of choice on the menu, but there does not need to be as the choices are very wide ranging in taste and style. The food is perfectly cooked and presented. The desserts are to die for! There is also a good choice of wines, including a good choice of regional wines, which should be tried.

The food and drink is a little on the expensive side, but I did not mind paying it for staying and eating in such a beautiful hotel.

The only downside is the location of the hotel, next to a river and a rugby pitch! The river is fine and the chateau's gardens facing the river are lovely. It could do without the rugby pitch though!

Stayed March 2013
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duc2joyeuse, Propriétaire at Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse, responded to this review, 2 April 2013
Google Translation
Monsieur,
Nous venons de prendre note de votre message et vous remercions pour vos commentaires.
Nous sommes très heureux de la confiance que vous nous accordez. Sachez que nous continuerons à faire notre possible pour vous assurer le plus grand soin et améliorer nos prestations au quotidien.
Dans l’attente du plaisir de vous recevoir à nouveau au Château.
Cordialement,
Isabelle & Vincent NOURRISSON
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Carcassonne, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2012

We had been commisioned by my wife's brother to find a suitable location for his forthcoming wedding - he and his fiancee wanted to get married in chateau in France. Being quite close to where we live, we visited the Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse to have lunch as well as to see if it might be a suitable venue - we were very pleasantly surprised. Having recently changed Directors, the new management provided a most enjoyable fixed price lunch after which they spent time with us discussing in outline how they might fulfil a wedding - we were very impressed; it is somewhere that we feel that we can fully recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MartinSW
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

Impressive old castle, lovely dining room. Pool very small. Room very dark and small. Food very nice but small portions in eve. Breakfast was excellent buffet style. Service very good. Expensive overall for quality of rooms etc.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank FickleMC
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2012

We were fortunate enough to have found a timeshare in Perpignan,
France and realized that we would do ourselves a disservice if we didn't go back and visit this fairytale of a hotel. We took 2 friends that were visiting us from Barcelona, so they could experience the charm. After some misguided information from our GPS and a 1-lane granite overhung road up the mountains, we arrove in Couiza. Food quality seems to have diminished slightly from our previous visit, the cassoulet was not as creamy or textured (like a creme brule) and the desserts were slightly disappointing. The service was still top notch and our friends had a great time, but my wife and I wish that it had been the same as before. The town and hotel are still very charming, but after our experience of 2 years ago, the food at the restaurant was just not of the same high quality.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank alohagreg
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Culemborg
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52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

We stayed with 6 adults in Ducs de Joyeuse when we made a trip through France.
Ducs has nice and friendly personnel. This chateau is very nice decorated in nice colours.
The restaurant is very nice althouth the taste of the food can be better. Maybe the new owners have to find their way with a balanced menu..

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bart T
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London, UK
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Chateau for one night as part of a Pyrenees cycling tour. After a long day in the saddle we were welcomed by friendly, helpful staff and permitted to store our road bikes in the wine cellar! Our room was small but by French standards was fairly spacious, with all the amenities we required for one night. It was particularly pleasant to have a proper shower - our experience of many French countryside hotels has been a shower head attached to a small sized bath. Our room was on the first floor facing onto the courtyard, overlooking the dining area. For us weary cyclists this did not present any impediment to sleep, however, some in our group mentioned that they couldn't get to sleep until everyone below had finished their dinner. Dinner itself was lovely - one of the best of our 2 week trip. As a non-red meat eating, gluten allergic patron I was well catered for and everything was very tasty. Everyone in our cycling group (12 in total) was thoroughly impressed with the standard of the wine, food and service. Breakfast the next day was also good, although some more protein options (such as eggs) would have been welcome for me. All in all, however, a great stay in a genuine castle with delicious food!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse

Property: Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse
Address: Allee Georges Roux, 11190 Couiza, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Aude > Couiza
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Couiza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An imposing castle with a striking silhouette; a square building that opens into a courtyard, set in a lovely garden through which the river Aude flows. Built on the land of the Cathars, the castle bears the stamp of a place steeped in history. In the bedrooms of this 16th century listed building, a medieval atmosphere and modern comforts are skilfully combined. The same clever recipe works its magic in the reception rooms, the old chapel converted into a lounge and the dining rooms. ... more   less 
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