We arrived cold and fed up to the warmest welcome we have ever received anywhere in the world. Claude Hubert was at the gate to greet us as cherished friends (we hadn't met previously), and so our stay at this incredible hotel began. The chateau was a warm haven of hospitality in the freezing French countryside. There were blazing fires in the three reception rooms, our bedroom at the base of the 1,300 year old stone tower was spacious, warm and beautifully furnished with generous drapes, the most comfortable bed and gorgeous antiques. The generously sized ensuite bathroom had a full bath, plenty of fluffy towels and smart toiletries. We enjoyed Christmas eve dinner at Chateau du Portail, sitting at a table set with beautifully themed linen, gorgeous antiques, fine china and precious crystal in front of the fire. Claude Hubert cooked the three course meal which was out of this world although very reasonably priced. Guests are made to feel at home, the elegant reception rooms are lined with a huge array of books, stunning pictures and priceless ornaments, a grand piano is there to be played, and an open bar is available to help yourself. Nothing is too much trouble for Claude Hubert, he made lunch reservations for us, called the tourist attractions to check opening hours as it was Christmas, he wrote down directions and suggested nearby towns and sights such as Leonardo da Vinci's house that we might enjoy. Breakfast at Chateau du Portail is a sumptuous feast of home-made yoghurt and preserves, local breads, brioche, fresh fruit and home-baked croissants. This hotel was a special experience that I am so grateful to have had. We were sad to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A drive to the Touraine Mesland vineyard will take you to this delightful chateau furnished with antiques. The oldest part is a 14th-century tower with its mote but the chateau is 17th and 18th century. The chateau has 4 bedrooms with king and queen size beds and private baths. The pool is heated 6 months out of the year. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chateau Du Portail France/Monteaux