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“Off season and divine..................” 5 of 5 stars
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Chateau de la Bourdaisiere
3.0 of 5 Castle   |   Rue de la Bourdaisiere, 37270 Montlouis-sur-Loire, France   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Off season and divine..................”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

From the moment we arrived we were smitten by the place. The staff is amazing. The front office staff can not do enough to help. The breakfast is wonderful. We ate dinner there one evening and wished the meal would have never ended it was so nice. The room was clean and well taken care of. The on suite facilities are clean and well maintained. Walking about the grounds takes you back to another era that was grand. Yes, there are a plethora "info" signs around the grounds that seem out of place at first but if you focus on the messages conversation points are created that serve to stimulate the moment. The staff gave us all kinds of ideas where to go for day trips and off we went to explore the Loire Valley. We met and spoke with the owner, a genuine and caring person, and came away impressed with his vision of what he was trying to do to improve the place. We highly recommend this place and hope to return one day.

Room Tip: Our room that looked out on the grounds near an arch was wonderful
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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american living in paris
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Go for the tomatoes and stay for exceptional variety of heirloom vegetables. The worst part is for gardeners and lovers of fresh produce is the inability to pick / eat while wandering the paths. We had dinner in the gardens and while very good it wasn't exceptional but well worth it for the ambience and the fact that we didn't have to drive after consuming a few bottles of wine.

I would recommend staying in the main house if you can -- our rooms in the carriage house were quite warm and somewhat noisy -- not helped that we were there when the temps reached 38 degrees!

I will also agree with the review that said that the environmental information / teaching goes too far. It's really fabulous that they are resurrecting the Deyrolles graphics and supporting that initiative, but would have preferred the walks through the woods to be a bit less instructive.

Room Tip: Try to book the main house. Breakfast out of doors is lovely but service can be a bit slower "...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This chateau looks gorgeous from the outside and the rooms are large and comfy.

The grounds have been spoiled by an environmental idea gone bad - they have white signs everywhere and some very bad modern art - including large art of plastic garbage to discourage the use of plastic bottles - although the hotel ignores this and had 5 plastic water bottles in our room.

The grounds are impressive but they are close to both a highway and a railway track which you can hear when you are outside.

The common areas of the hotel are quite small. No grand rooms or spacious areas, rather poky rooms. The chimney in the fireplace does not work well so the whole hotel fills up with the smell of smoke.

The carpets in the rooms all need to be replaced - they are stained and in many cases warn down.

The staff were friendly. The breakfasts were very basic, nothing special and were not included in our rather pricey off-season room rate. The apartment size room rate off season should be 200 euros, not 300 and breakfast extra.

But we would most happily go again. The kids loved playing in the outdoor maze, visiting the chickens and staying in a chateau.

Room Tip: The marechal apartment room was perfect for our family of four.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bourdaisiere, Responsable réception at Chateau de la Bourdaisiere, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
We thank you for your nice comments.
We are very proud to see that you made a comparaison with a five stars hotel.(we have only 3)
We will do our best to improve the points you mentionned knowing we made rénovations during the past three years and will continue.
We are looking forward to welcome you again in the near future.
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athens, greece
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

By chance, we arrived during the tomato festival in September. We were on our honeymoon. The gardens have hundreds of varieties of heirloom tomatoes. We awoke to thousands of French families converging on the chateau for the festival. You could buy seeds from strange varieties of vegetables. The people were very friendly and it was a highlight of our trip. The chateau is like a fairy tale and if you want a Holiday Inn, stay in the US!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon, UK
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60 hotel reviews
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197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The best reason for coming here is the gardens. We had previously visited the tomato festival, so ensured we timed a two day stay so that we could be there on the Saturday morning when this annual event takes place - and great fun it is too, with much more than tomatoes to see. These are serious vegetable growers. There was also the considerable pleasure of walking round before and after people arrive, giving you a chance to really take in the the gardens, which include a mangnificent display of dahlias. The chateau itself is attractive, set on gently rising ground, with a drive that seems to rise towards it. Rooms are available both in the main building and in the orangerie alongside. Not cheap, but this is a chateau.

Food/drink seems very limited, although a bottle of the Chateau's Montlouis, taken on the terrace and looking over the grounds on a sunny first evening was a delightful experience. It took a bit of getting, which was perhaps our first hint that this isn't really a hotel in the sense that many visitors might recognize. We also noticed the rumble from the nearby train line that was to be a pretty regular accompaniment over the next couuple of days. But so far so good, we thought at the time...

Our room in the orangerie was very large, with period furniture, looked out across the grounds, and had a spacious bathroom. It was (as are all French rooms, it seems) gloomy, but that is something you live with. Where it fell down was in how little it inclined towards any description of luxury that the normal traveller would understand. This was shabby chic in the sense of 'just leave it as it is'. Few concessions to the normal everyday items you might expect to find in a hotel room. In fact, nothing really beyond the toileteries.

It felt a little like staying in the faded mansion of an old friend who knew us well enough not to have to make very much effort. Only we weren't old friends.

Perhaps I have to make allowance for the fact that it was the time of the festival - and we didn't leave feeling we hadn't had value - but I can imagine that if you didn't have an interest in gardening and particularly in growing vegetables. If you had come here just for the experience of staying in a chateau... mmmm.... well, that might be a disappointment.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The chateau looks perfect but when we arrived travel-weary at 3.45pm, our room was not ready. We waited 90 minutes before it was ready for us - and I had to go and find the cleaners and ask them to prioritise cleaning our room. The hotel restaurant was fully-booked and when I asked where we could eat I was given info about a place 5km away. We decided to walk into the nearby village and after about 10 minutes found a super restaurant where we were well-fed and received excellent service.
We decined breakfast at 15 Euros each. Check-out was brusque and unfriendly. We shall not be returning or recommending this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Jersey, Channel Islands
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437 reviews 437 reviews
211 hotel reviews
Reviews in 171 cities Reviews in 171 cities
543 helpful votes 543 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We stayed one night at Chateau de la Bourdaisiere and it is almost worth five stars. The chateau itself is beautiful and set in lovely gardens. The downstairs rooms of the chateau have been kept in an elegant style and are historic and interesting. Our bedroom was fine and traditional with a comfortable bathroom. The welcome we received on arrival was warm and efficient.
The chateau is a 30 minute walk to the town of Montlouis-sur-Loire so unless you want to drive, it is not really an option to walk there and back for dinner. This means that you are fairly limited with choice of where to eat and this is where the chateau lost its fifth star.
We booked the restaurant for dinner and were told it was set in the flower garden as it was a very warm night. This was very attractive amongst the dahlias and we were prepared for a good experience at 32 euros a head.
There is no menu and no choice, the three courses you receive are what the chef decides to give you. The first course was a few salad leaves with a pleasant dressing topped with a crepe filled with what tasted like goat cheese. The crepe was dried out and difficult to cut and was totally tasteless. The main course was chicken leg with the skin on pot roasted with, it seemed, the potatoes. It could have been very French cuisine had it worked! This was accompanied by a small squash that probably came from the garden but was unimaginatlvely roasted in the oven and tasted of nothing. The main casualty was the chicken however that was served with sauce that was swimming in fat all over the plate. The dessert was an apple flan that was very heavy with a ball of ice cream. All in all, the meal was a disaster and was more like a12 euros menu du jour at a roadside restaurant than a 32 euros dining experience. If the chateau is to continue serving evening meals (a new addition I have read) it needs to sort out the quality of food served immediately.
We didn't have breakfast so can't comment.
Despite the food, it was a lovely experience as the chateau has so many plusses, one of them being to sit overlooking the front woodland on a warm August evening with a glass of wine and two deer running through the trees.
We would return again if in the area but unless it has changed considerably, would pass on the food.

Room Tip: I would probably ask for a room at the front of the chateau and pay as much as you can afford to get...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rue de la Bourdaisiere, 37270 Montlouis-sur-Loire, France
Location: France > Centre > Loire Valley > Montlouis-sur-Loire
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Montlouis-sur-Loire
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Chateau de la Bourdaisiere 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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