We stayed at the Chateau de Locguenole for four nights in late September, in a junior suite on the first floor of the main house. Our windows looked out the front of the house to the woods beyond the entrance drive, and out the side to the manor house. The extensive grounds, outdoor seating areas, lawns sloping to the sea, and the long shoreline are all beautiful. In the early morning, the sunlight filtering through the trees on the access road from the main highway was simply spectacular. The public rooms on the entry level of the chateau are also pleasant, with lovely balconies looking out to the water.
Our room was very large, decorated in a charming color scheme of salmon/aquamarine. The wall covering, a faille fabric with an abstract design in those colors, was particularly fine. There was a fireplace faced in what appeared to be porphry. On a less positive note, one of the straight chairs had a badly damaged cane seat; the Oriental area rug was very frayed; the drawers of the dresser were hard to open and poorly constructed; the armoire was decrepit. There were no small touches such as fresh flowers or a welcoming basket of fruit. However, the cost per night was an incredible bargain: 250 Euros for the first night; 125 Euros per night thereafter.
The bathroom was gorgeous, with white marble floors, vanity counter and tub surround; double sinks; large jetted tub; heated towel rack and separate room with toilet and bidet. The walls of the sink/tub room and the separate toilet room were painted in coordinated shades of palest blue – very atmospheric.
The reception desk staff seemed somnolent on the afternoon we arrived, but this is not surprising given the lack of A/C and temperatures in the mid-80’s Fahrenheit. During our four days, we found them very helpful in suggesting restaurants and giving driving directions. In particular, when we wanted a simple dinner, they sent us to Le Bistroy in the Locmalo district of Port Louis; wonderful! They also promptly provided us with a large floor fan, and were responsive to our requests to have our room’s shutters left closed during the day to moderate the heat and cut down on insects. In the late afternoons, they gladly arranged coffee for us in the side garden under the mimosa trees.
We ate two dinners at the Chateau’s Michelin-starred restaurant, and were very pleased with both the food and the wine list. The dining rooms, with their stone floors and walls, large bay windows looking down to the water, enormous fireplaces and warm lighting, are beautiful. The service by the waitstaff is perfect – attentive, but not obtrusive. The women who are in charge of the breakfast room are also excellent.
Since we were tired the evening we arrived, we wanted to eat a light dinner, so although green and mixed salads were not on the menu, we asked to have one of each for our first course. The mix of lettuces was perfect, and the mixed salad included fresh cantaloupe and cucumber slices, artfully arranged. The accompanying vinaigrette was delicious. We also enjoyed beautifully prepared beef and lamb; the accompanying bread – especially the walnut bread – was excellent. For dessert, there were poached fresh figs with an Asian plum-infused sauce and small logs of white chocolate mousse, plus an accompanying “dormouse” made of chopped dried fruits accented with a star anise and bits of cinnamon stick whiskers. Genius!
Our second dinner started with an inspired amuse bouche: a bit of crabmeat with a piquant vinegar, topped by a lovely ball of tomato aspic. For our main course, we both chose pigeonneau cooked in casserole with root vegetables, and were delighted by the skilled table-side carving performed by our waiter. Both evenings there were also four-course menus offered, and although we were ordering a la carte, the pleased murmurings of our fellow diners suggested that everything was similarly delicious.
The extended continental breakfast was excellent, especially the choice of breads, the applesauce, the cold crepes and the individual far Breton aux pruneaux, the fromage blanc (three cheers for Breton cows) and the granola. There were also cheeses and ham, and freshly-squeezed orange juice. The only surprise was the lack of house-made preserves – Bonne Maman being offered instead.
The junior suites are excellent
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