The chateau is perfectly placed at the top of a hill surrounded by its beautiful gardens so the drive up towards it is extremely impressive. We were greeted by a friendly man on reception who showed us to our extremely comfortable and elegant room which looked out onto the gardens.
The reception rooms were well sized and furnished; it was a little like staying with your elderly great aunt who had not redecorated since 1932 but the chateau had a good feel. The first night we were one of 3 couples staying and the restaurant was not open but friendly man on reception made us a booking at what I can only describe as on of the most difficult to find restaurants (at the end of an unmade road) that served the best meal in France that I have ever eaten.
However, at breakfast the next morning I had to go and find someone to serve us coffee and juice etc as there was no one around, I collared a woman hovering the sitting room who then came and served us at the table. There was a distinct lack of staff around. Two cycling parties were expected at the chateau that night so we decided to eat in their dining room that evening. The chateau certainly livened up with all the people there; you can imagine how the house parties of the 1930s felt.
The meal was awful, a very good quiche starter, tasteless chicken quarter, about 9 large new potatoes and lettuce. Pud was an overcooked, and therefore hard, choc sponge with watery crème anglais. My husband who cannot eat poultry and was given a piece of white, over salted but otherwise flavourless fish, no sauce, just plain. The local wine was very good though!
When we commented to the manager on the standard of this dinner (35 Euros a head) he said that they only use vegetables from the garden (potatoes & lettuce?) and that nobody else had complained about it.
The next morning we went down for breakfast and when we arrived at the dining room to a sight of complete devastation – several large tables bore the evidence of the cycling groups having had their breakfast, the debris of which was spread across the tables. Again we had to disturb the ladies hovering to ask for coffee and juice, and then just as we were our starting breakfast in came two women with large white pails into which they proceeded to empty all the breakfast detritus, egg shells, yoghurt pots, fruit skins etc from these tables. I went and asked the woman at reception to come to the dining room with me to show her what was happening but all she said was that the women had to do their work. We left and had our breakfast at a nearby café. A nice vase of roses appeared in our room that day which was much appreciated.
The manager did take our comments on board, we did not eat in the dining room again and breakfast the next morning was cleared in a more civilised fashion (trays not buckets) and he did adjust our bill with regard to the horrible dinner.
However, I don't think we will return ........
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