I read the reviews with interest as they are quite varied and I can understand why they are so mixed. The venue is lovely and very peaceful but just lacks those little extra touches that make a hotel 5*. We had a very pleasant time but don't want to give a misleading review to people who expect a certain standard when paying top price.
Whilst the staff were very nice they just didn't quite have that polish that we have come to expect from a top hotel. The food was very good but the menu quite limited and stays the same. We would have loved to sit out and have lunch and drink champagne in the afternoon but there is only one option for lunch so we drove into the nearby village which is only 5 minutes away but meant one of us couldn't have a drink.
Breakfast improved after the first day when there was no hot food or fruit which was surprising but did appear on subsequent days perhaps because they were busier but just wouldn't happen in a 5* hotel.
The grounds are great if you like to explore and have a walk.
The room was fine although agree it does get quite hot and yes we did open the windows and doors but being on the ground floor wouldn't feel secure leaving them open all night. The toilet did smell. Having a terrace was lovely with the view of the ruins but the furniture was quite grubby.
It was very disappointing to find that the swimming pool was empty and surrounded by broken furniture covered in bird poo. The weather was glorious and one of the reasons we chose this hotel was because there was a pool to sit out by.
They do have a spa but everything was switched off so we had to wait for the sauna to warm up and one of the rooms didn't work at all. The Jacuzzi never got to an acceptable heat so all we did was have a sauna. I did have nice massage though.
This could be a great hotel but they really need to up the game when charging the prices they do. It really wouldn't take much. I would love to go back in a year and find a true 5* hotel but at the moment would struggle to recommend it.
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- Chateau De Fere Hotel
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