There are a number of points which are not intended to be insulting the the owners but just as we found the property:
I. this is called a chateau but is really a large house in town in between several very large buildings. There are thousands of actual l chateaus in this part of the world which are very large and in acres and acres of grounds.
ii. On arrival, we were shown to our room and given a list of 'don'ts' for instance, don't open the curtains because of the sun, don't open the windows because of insects,don't leave the light's on if you do open the window at night as it will attract insects. Even more 'don'ts' were listed in their booklet for instance don't 'under any circumstances' eat in the bedrooms, don't walk into the hotel from the pool with wet feet due to the lovely flooring,
iii. Pool towels had to be collected from the reception, which is ridiculous in a supposed luxury residence.
iv. Breakfast was to be taken in the cellar/basement, out of the way of the lovely living areas.
v. Our room which should have cost 260 euros (we paid 220 euros but were given an upgrade) had a white chair which had a piece of fabric on the seat to cover black stains all over it, plus there was a chipped mug in the room for the coffee.
vi. There is an enormous pit of black water covered with green slime behind the trees in their back garden. This is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN and certainly should have been pointed out in their booklet or in their list of 'don'ts'.
We were charged 16/17 euros each for continental breakfast, anything cooked was another 8 euros each. We were charged 2 euros for a tiny bottle of water.
All the other chateaux gave the water free.
We felt as if the owners were wanting the money for the accommodation, but that all the guests were an inconvenience and not really welcomed in the main body of the house.
The price we paid which was 274 euros for a second floor bedroom, breakfast, two cups of coffee and two bottles of water was outrageously expensive when one can stay at the most amazing Michelin starred chateaux such as Noirieux for similar and a ton of others which are much more beautiful and much much cheaper. If the owners are so concerned regarding their possessions, then they should not be letting out these rooms. A beautiful four star full service hotel can be booked in France for this price without all the onerous do's and don'ts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Verrieres is an elegant chateau, built in 1895 to host balls and elegant parties for the officers from the famous Cavalry School.It has been artfully restored. Only 10 rooms and Suite to welcome you. Each room is unique, filled with light through the high windows. Verrieres stands in huge grounds with an heated pool. Step in directly into the heart of old Saumur and make your choice among the delicious restaurant located around Verrieres. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Verrieres Saumur
- Chateau De Verrieres Hotel Saumur