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“disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
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1 lieu dit La Maconne, 33570 Montagne, France   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Montagne B&B and Inns
San Francisco, California
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“disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2008

we picked this bed and breakfast for the friendly description by the proprietor (formerly a manager at ritz hotels) of his special touches and care for his guests. Unfortunately, this appears to be well-tuned ritz hyperbole, and we received lukewarm treatment, fairly standard breakfast, and a rather unremarkable room in a rather standard, albeit large, french house of stone. It is fairly newly built, but not all well, in fact rather we had a rather cheap bathroom with many broken hooks, drain, etc. We also had the surprise that the wine left prominently displayed with glasses in our room with no price or information actually cost 30 euros upon checkout. Overall, if you cannot find another place, it is not bad, but I suggest you do not book it for the charming website alone, it is pretty outside, but you don't really feel made welcome outside of you room other than breakfast. I think this is a very standard B&B with no special effort nor nothing of note about breakfast (coffee, bread, juice and jam) and it is 4km out of St. Emilion. The location is convenient for parking a car and eventually we had bikes that the somewhat more helpful tourist office arranged for us--they are a bit more responsive to emails. As for our guest house, once our deposit was charged, I could get no reply to email requests for help in planning winery visits, touring by bike, etc despite the owner's stated love of helping guests explore the chateau etc. offered on the website. Over breakfast he tehn said we should have reserved our chateau tours for the higher rated chateau in advance! then he bragged that he did not have to do anything to attract guests but to put up a nice website and people just booked directly with no further effort on his part. Sadly, we paid more than several B&B in town with rooms free for the same period and stayed in a less special location. While this guest house has some charms, it does not live up to those marketed by its website. if it helps you, we also looked at the inn at ch. franc-mayne when we visited to taste wine and found that for not much more cost, we could have stayed in that very posh location... next time!

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Decatur, GA
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2008

Charming Chateau is easily accessible from the train station in Libourne and to the beautiful town of Saint Emilion. The grounds and rooms were beautiful and intimate - but the best part is Stephane, whose parents own and reside in the Chateau. His service, from the time you inquire about the lodging to the second you depart, is impeccable and personalized. He made every reservation for dinner and wine tours/tasting (which was a plus given our terrible French).

Listen to his recommendations - they won't disappoint! We only had a few days to spend in the region and I don't know if we would have had nearly as wonderful of an experience without his help and suggestions. Hope to come back and spend more time one day.

  • Liked — The host and the location
  • Disliked — Rooms were great, but not very sound-proof. I think this was only an issue in our wing of the house. Besides, our neighbors were our friends, so there was no issue.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2008

Montagne is just out of St Emilion, and a convenient base for exploring the St Emilion and Pomerol areas.

We stayed here for two nights, and could easily have stayed longer. The chateau grounds were lovely and the room was large, light, and looked to have been recently renovated.

Stephan the host was very helpful and speaks great english, and his parents who speak very little english were very helpful and tolerant of our limited French.

Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Chateau St Jacques Calon

Address: 1 lieu dit La Maconne, 33570 Montagne, France
Location: France > Aquitaine > Gironde > Montagne
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Montagne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4

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