This long weekend had been a year in the making for a suprise party and everything from initial discussions with Nick, through to final execution was remarkable in its continuous professionalism, warmth and quality of service.
I hosted a party of 21 well travelled and experience friends, and pretty much everyone who came said it was near to/the best weekend of their lives - which says alot.
I guess things have to merge for people to make these sort of comments - i..e group dynamics, weather and the general chateau experience, but certainly a big part of the positive impact was made by the team - Chris, Nick and Emma who made everything that had been organised to run seemlessly and without fault.
The food was spectacular, fresh, plentiful and forever drawing ooohs and aaahhhhs from my guest (nick learnt his trade at a friends restaurant and his kitchen is adorned with ottolenghi cookbooks and alike - he clearly has a passion and skill for making great food).
The recommended wines were affordable and of decent quality (thanks Nick), and the music that echoed around the courtyard/livig area was without fault and added to the remarkable ambiance (they are all wonderful music nuts).
The rooms met the grade without issue - initially everyone was running from room to room admiring wallpaper designs, feeling the soft linen and salivating at the double showers et al. The beds were also great - My sister an insomniac slept like a baby the first night which is unheard of!
I wasnt able to visit before hand, but if had I would have personally taken taken the brook or monkey suite as its quieter and has a view of the copse, valley and swimming pool. The sound of birds from the window is also magical. I would also suggest if you are going to pary in the club lartigolle (a must) the downstairs bedrooms should be left for the last people expected to be standing.
I used the masseus and crepe van and the band Abarjardis. Nothing dissapointed and using the band as a pre dinner livener was great - although post dinner would also be great. I would have considered creating a courtyard dance floor with this band for a post courtyard lunch/dinner with a move to the club afterwards - but I guess thats more a mid summer suggestion...
Everyone asked me if this had met expectation, and my response was always that basis the quality of the website it would have been easy to have been dissapointed, however, each individual experience was equal to or better than expected - a tribute to the fantastic team that makes Chateau Lartigolle a very, very special and unique place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chateau de Lartigolle is here for the most important social moments in your life - your wedding, a landmark birthday, anniversary or just a get together with you greatest friends. Set in the beautiful Gascon countryside with nothing but beautiful views in all directions. The chateau sleeps up to 30 guests and everything has been created to feel like your home for the duration of your stay. ... more less