As many reviews have said, it is in a stunning spot within a working vineyard. It's not a hotel, being mainly self-catering.
We received a warm welcome at reception and helpul, cheerful service continued throughout our stay.
My wife and myself stayed for a week and visited the bistro on the first
night. We ordered the 3 course set menu which was just OK.
Everything was a bit tepid and the 'bien cuit' steak came decidedly rare.
We didn't use it again, but if they get it right on a regular basis, the terrace is a great place to eat.
There is a large information binder provided, which covers all you need to know, and includes details of local restaurants, how long it takes to get there, together with 'phone numbers and website details - very handy.
Their own website is also very comprehensive and gives a, mainly,
accurate description of its facilities and villas.
We stayed in the Maison du Jardinier, about 100m from the chateau in a
pleasant corner of the estate. The description on the website is a little ambiguous. On the one hand saying it sleeps two, and then referring to
bedroom, sleeping space, and further bedroom in the text.
In my opinion this is definitely accommodation for 2 adults only. It only has one double bedroom on the upstairs mezzanine floor. It has a large,
very comfortable bed, a 5 drawer unit, and 2 bedside tables, but no
wardrobe, so there isn't a lot of storage space. It also has a very low
ceiling as it is in the eaves. You can only stand up straight in the centre
The other bed is on the ground floor and in no way is it a bedroom with en-suite. It is situated around the corner from the living area, back-to-back with the kitchen, in a gap between a built-in wardrobe, shelf-unit, boiler, and the bathroom. It has no door to it, so it is better described, as their website states, as a sleeping place. As there is no privacy, at best it would be OK for two children. The double bed is pushed up against one wall, and has just sufficient room on the other side to open the wardrobe doors.
Initially, I couldn't understand why the room had this arrangement, as it is totally impractical. I then discovered all of the properties here are privately owned, and rented out unless the owner wishes to use it themselves. At a guess, it seems this set-up suits the owners.
I certainly couldn't see 4 adults using it.
There are some irritating flaws with the property. In the kitchen the fridge door won't open all the way, as it is stopped by the bottom step of the staircase. The oven door, when pulled down, catches the set of drawers next to it, if either are opened together. End wall cupboards,
opening from bottom to top, scrape the wall. The staircase is narrow and has no handrail.
In the bathroom there is no vanity unit, no shelves and, therefore, nowhere put toiletries and shaving equipment except on the top of the sink, bath or toilet. It is also a bit dark taking a shower as there is no direct light into it.
As regards parking; this property is probably the furthest from the chateau. Parking isn't allowed directly outside it, apart from loading and unloading baggage. The car park is at the top of a steep bank behind this property. To get to it you can either brave a scramble up/down the bank, not advisable when wet, or walk up to the chateau and double back on yourself walking an equal distance up the track to the car park -
maybe about a 5 min walk.
As they say on their website, linens are changed every 3 or 4 days - that includes towels. In our case it was 4 days. I'd personally prefer less, particularly for white towels. I'm sure they will do that if asked, but check to see if there's a charge.
Due to its location the accommodation offers some degree of privacy,
although there is no fencing around it. Other guests can walk by to get to some of the sporting facilities. It is fairly quiet, except when the gardener gets his mower out at 9am! As we were there in September there was some harvesting taking place, so expect some noise from the machinery.
The terrace is on 2 sides, with 2 loungers and an umbrella provided.
There is also a large table with 4 chairs under a reed awning at the entrance to the property. The pool is in a grassy area within about 20 feet of the terrace. There's also a newly planted garden too.
Although the terrace and garden face South, it does not get a large amount of sun due to very high trees on that side of the property. From first thing in the morning to last thing at night, you would have to juggle the loungers and chairs around if you wanted to stay in the sun.
The pool doesn't get any direct sun at all,(well it might do about 6am!) as it's always in the shade from trees.
Our sat-nav took us within about 5 miles of the property, it didn't seem to like the address we put into it. We didn't want to risk the slightly different postal address on the off-chance it was in a different place.
Consequently the printed directions from their website were helpful and spot on.
All in all we had a lovely time in a beautiful spot with some minor gripes.
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