We had a wonderful 3 night stay at Chateau les Merles at the end of June. The grounds, the rooms, the food and especially the staff was close to perfect. Initially things did not start off well - there was a booking mix-up with our rooms. It was caught before we arrived, and the hotel went overboard to fix the issue, upgrading our rooms, and "comping" our first dinner in the bistro. It all worked out beautifully.
The people who work at the Chateau - management, wait staff, kitchen staff, all are very warm, very friendly, and most speak several languages. The rooms are as pictured on the website and in TA photos - very well designed, terrific amenities, very clean - and priced very very reasonably you feel you are getting good value.
The location is a pleasant 45 minute drive from the caves at Font de Gaume - and perfectly fine for visiting Sarlat and Domme. And finally, there is the food. In the Dordogne, land of duck and nuts, the limits of the local cuisine can sometimes be boring. The cuisine at Chateau les Merles is very good - it mixes tradition with lighter, more "global" food, which makes for a very welcome change and flexibility. Breakfast and dinner in the lovely terrace courtyard will remain a highlight of this two week visit to France. We can't say enough about how much we loved Chateau les Merles - a lovely fantasy of a French country hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the Dordogne, near Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion and Sarlat in the heart of Bergerac vineyards and forests on the hills of the Dordogne river, Château les Merles offers a gourmet restaurant, a boutique luxury hotel and a challenging 9-hole golf course with driving range and putting green, swimming pool, tennis court and wellness center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Les Merles Mouleydier
- Chateau Les Merles France/Mouleydier