We were making the journey from Roscoff to the Bordeaux region for a week's camping and decided to break up the drive by stopping off somewhere in the Loire Valley. Thankfully we had the good fortune to book into Château de Beaulieu. The kids were enthralled by the building and the grounds, with staying in a real live chateau affording them with serious bragging rights on their return home.
We were lucky enough to arrive on a glorious summer's evening so we lounged by the pool for the afternoon which, again, got the thumbs up from the kids. The proprietors, Mary and Conor, were supremely hospitable and proved to be a mine of information and ideas for day trips in the region and for stops on our journey southward.
After spending a most restful evening in an authentically old fashioned but very comfortable bedroom we had a most enjoyable breakfast where we had the opportunity of exchanging information about the region and our intended trip with the other guests, after which we got on our way fully recharged and looking forward to the rest of our holiday.
Château de Beaulieu was a hit with both adults and kids and it proved to be one of the highlights of our trip. Our only regret was not spending a little longer there given the positive feedback we received from the other guests about their use of the chateau as a base for touring in the region.
In summary, this is a treat for both young and old and is to be highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chateau de Beaulieu is a beautiful and romantic 18th-century castle nestled in the middle of a park with hundred-year-old trees, and situated just 200 meters from the banks of the Loire River and 2.5km from the lovely town of Saumur. Listed as a 'Monument Historique' by the French Ministry of Culture, Chateau de Beaulieu is recognised for its light and elegant architecture. At the chateau you can enjoy French billiards, or a swim in the heated pool set amongst the vine rows of the vineyard.Dr & Mme Coady-Maguire purchased Chateau de Beaulieu in 2003, and guests can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome to their home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Beaulieu Hotel Saumur