This place really is as good as claimed in the previous reviews, and there are so many complementary things written that it's tempting to think: "why bother with yet another encomium?". But even if one can't be original, a place this good deserves acknowledgement.
Chantal and Jean-Francois are peerless hosts, and experts at making visitors feel like guests in their home, rather than mere patrons of their business. It's also a credit to them that the place has a special pace and atmosphere that makes it somewhere worth staying several, even many days - also justified by Agen and its environs, which are delightful, especially the many, many good restaurants.
The essentials - comfort, cleanliness, hospitality, tranquility and value - are all excellent, added to which are large measures of consideration, flexibility, organisation, character and local knowledge, and superb breakfasts. Rooms are exceptional and facilities (gym, pool, wi-fi, spacious grounds, etc, etc) very comprehensive. Value is so good that we thought it under-priced.
Perfect? Of course not! But areas for improvement are quibbling: shower trays are slippery; macerator toilets are noisy (imagine a wood chipper in your bathroom ... definitely not romantic!); rustic walls shed a fine dust; guest laundry facilities would be a nice touch.
Overall: sensational; definite recommend; definite revisit
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of the Agen countryside, at middle-way from Bordeaux and Toulouse, the Cambes' Castle received its letters patent of nobility around 1547. We have a choice of four personalised bedrooms, each one has a musical or unusual theme. All of them have a viewpoint of huge grounds. ... more less