This is a smashing hotel with its main building being a typical French chateau located out in the sticks 3.2 miles from Saint Omer town centre. Approach is around neatly mown lawn framed by trees. The view of the hotel is not obstructed by any vehicles parking in front of the hotel as parking is limited to either side or near the entrance.
We booked late and got a ground floor room in the modern pavilion to the side of the chateau a few metres from the restaurant, in another separate building, with a menu including frogs legs, pig trotters, quail terrine, duck foie gras, rack of veal liquorice flavours and others but no snails or horse.
The bathroom was spotless with gleaming sink and bath, chrome taps with mirror finish. The large bath – maybe big enough for two - had a hand held shower. The separate shower was big enough for two and had instant hot water. Toilet was in its own room behind the wardrobe and the tiled floor and walls were spotless, gleaming, clean, did not smell ….
The room, itself was, spacious, clean and had a pukka double bed (not two singles pulled together) and an additional single bed prompting me to ask my wife who she was expecting. There was a kettle – a first for us in French hotels – and two teabags among the selection of coffee and no milk (well it’s a start to appease the Brits). The room had patio window and door and leading to a small sheltered patio with table and two chairs, onto rough lawns leading to a lake and then woods. Peacocks were on the lawn and patio and not on the menu. For air we put the patio door on the security chain and opened it at night as there were no openable windows.
Reception staff were elegant and knew the drill - airhostesses with a brain - and the bartender was willing and keen to please selling 33cl beer at 6 euros (£7.48 a pint). Next day we stopped at a Carrefour supermarket and got a crate of St Omer beer – 24 x 25cl – for 6.95 euros (£0.48 a pint). We were wrongly charged for breakfast at about 24 euros (£21) per person per breakfast. We had brought fruit for own breakfast because of the expensive hotel beakfast.
There is not much to do when there and there is nowt within walking distance. WiFi although free is limited to one device at a time and a tad slow.
Overall a good experience and we will be there again, perhaps not in a hot summer as the room did not have air conditioning.
Toilet: 8 out of 10, which is above the average of French loos.
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Tilques St Omer
- Chateau Tilques Hotel