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“Fantastic Venue” 5 of 5 stars
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Chateau Lavail
Domaine de Lavail, 11320 Labastide-d'Anjou, France   |  
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This really is a refreshing change from the typical chain/corporate view of "luxury" hotels (Hilton et al). Eric and his wife have been renovating this fabulous house for 10 years and only opened as a hotel in July 2012.
My wife and I booked an overnight stay during a cycling trip along the Canal du Midi and this was by far the best hotel of the trip (and the best hotel experience of the past few years). The outside of the building still needs some tidying, and the approach along the unsurfaced drive may give cause for concern, but once you are inside all this will be forgotten as you are blown away by the amount of effort that has gone into rescuing this building and developing a comfortable hotel. Hopefully, you will be there at a relatively quiet time so that Eric can give you the full tour of all the different suites. All are very different and it would be a tough call to pick one out if you are given the choice.
Service - the hotel was quiet at the end of October and it was due to close for further work mid November. We were the only ones staying on that particular night and dinner wasn't available at the hotel. However, the owner did organise some food and wine for us and we enjoyed our night in our own personal chateau!
The lounge area is very comfortable and the area to the rear of the building (with a swimming pool) would be great in warmer weather.
Breakfast was excellent.

Highly recommended

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We can only describe our time at Chateau Lavail as absolutely magic. We arrived weary and beaten travellers and left feeling refreshed and touched by our amazing time time at Chateau Lavail. Natalie the cook treated us to the most incredible breakfasts and dinner under the stars. Eric and Nawal were impeccable hosts and made us feel at home which was a treat because we felt like we were staying in a palace. Two friends of ours decided to come stay at the Chateau and they were welcomed with equally open arms. Next year we plan to bring our children and have more wonderful times at Chateau Lavail. We highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This beautiful house has been renovated over the last 10 years by a dutch/maroccan couple. If you accept that this sort of project is probably never finished they are almost there.
A few details are lacking in order to make the stay perfect, but the friendliness of the owners, the beauty of the setting and the very reasonable price make this place a must if you are in the region.
The room was comfortable, the bathrooms and toilets are a bit average but I am sure they will make this better as time goes by.
The reception rooms, gardens and swimming pool are just perfect and all this is in such a quiet country setting that if you need to relax, this will probably be for you.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Chateau Lavail

Address: Domaine de Lavail, 11320 Labastide-d'Anjou, France
Location: France > Languedoc-Roussillon > Aude > Labastide-d'Anjou
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Labastide-d'Anjou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
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