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“Stylish, romantic, very French” 4 of 5 stars
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Le Chateau de Beaulieu
Rue de Lillers, 62350 Busnes, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Busnes B&B and Inns
Cambridgeshire
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“Stylish, romantic, very French”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Two friends had stayed here and loved it - imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, we followed, and even shared their dining options of the simpler Jardin d'Alice on the first night, and the gourmet restaurant on the second.

This is French grand'luxe. As Michelin used to say, "prix en conséquence" - especially in the bar, where I draw the line at 20 Euros for a whisky - but lovely grounds, really stylish rooms, classy bathrooms and nice coffee machine, and expert nouvelle cuisine menus with well chosen wine. We had the selection menus on both evenings, which showed real inventiveness in every course, but I suspect still more delights were available on the carte, with grand cru wines to match. The staff were all extremely friendly and seemed happy in their work, taking pride in the quality of everything, and full of giggles as they brought round a sweet trolly at the end.

I'd read the couple of negative reviews as well as the positive ones before booking, and thought they were a bit churlish. This is the best of its type that France has to offer, and there are plenty of other places to enjoy Ms Davids Omelette and a Glass of Wine if that's what you prefer.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

Stayed in a different standard room, with a bath this time and just as comfortable as before. Having had a good meal at the Le Jardin D'Alice last time we decided to push the boat out and try the 2 star Michelin restaurant Meurin. It was a delight. We went for the set menu with wine, lots of lovely amuse-bouches,..... and other nibbles with interesting well matched wines. If I had to be critical the main course was the least impressive, over fussy and too many flavours on the plate. However, we both enjoyed the after dessert, sweet trolley, a sweetmeats heaven. Service during dinner was excellent, but hotel reception lacked usual Relais & Châteaux touch.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2011

Less than an hour from Calais and in an area I thought was not likely to yield an outstanding hotel and restaurant this hotel could persuade us to alter our system of travelling to the south of France. Definitely worth a visit. We did not try the main restaurant but used the bistro - Le Jardin D'Alice - which was excellent - both food and service.

Nice comfortable room with good bathroom and we thought the "capsule" shower very good.

Breakfast definitely above average for French hotels, with some nice fruit and yogurt/mousse starters with the Continental Breakfast. Farm eggs with a variety of options a la carte.

We'll use this place again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2010

Note: We did not stay at this hotel so this is a review of the restaurant, not the hotel.

Le Jardin D'Alice was recommended and booked for us by the proprietar of a nearby B&B (Maison Du Plume) that we stayed at. He assured us we would not be disappointed and we certainly were not!

A very nice bright and modern restaurant, the right balance of being classy but not too stuffy. We took the €29 fixed price 3 course week-day evening meal. Fantastic value for a meal in such a setting and for a hotel that also has a 2 michelin star restaurant.

The service was excellent and it did not matter that our French was not great. A bootle of wine was reasonably expensive, cheapest €28, we chose a Marigny Neuf at €32 and enjoyed it immensely. The meal was - Starter: Tuna tartar with a small cooked tuna steak on an onion relish. Main: Veal in a jus with delicate vegetables and saute potatoes. Desert: Nougat icecream with red currants and redcurrant sauce.

With coffee's the total bill, with 10% tip was €110. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

The wow factor of driving up to the Chateau, were quickly removed. The rooms were lovely, and decorated in boutque style. The "jardin" restaurant was a disapointment. Over-complex, and very heavy, though the serivce was good. The breakfast was also very complex ..... who thought that toffee was a good breakfast item...... it was trying toohard. Busnes is in the middle of no-where, so, St Omer is your nearest town with any other restaurants. The hotel could do with a spa / swimming pool or a bar with people in rather than nothing if its going to be a great experience for a weekend.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2010

My husband had booked Chateau de Beaulieu as a last minute treat for my birthday. Having read a couple of recent reviews I was a little unsure whether we should change our reservation - how glad I am that we didn't! Our dining experience in the 2 star Michelin restaurant Marc Meurin was truly outstanding - in our opinion coming a very close second to a recent meal at Per Se in New York and certainly exceeding our mediocre experience at the latest 3 star in London! The service was impeccable, wine choices (we had a set menu with a wine pairing) excellent (plus the bonus of a fluent english speaking sommelier), and the setting beautiful. OK the decor throughout the hotel is a bit quirky but certainly not offensive and most definitely comfortable. Our deluxe room was very well appointed with extremely comfortable beds and a good bathroom. Breakfast was a continental delight! Our gourmet break we considered to be good value, given the extortionate prices in France at the moment.
My only niggle was that the receptionist couldn't recommend a restaurant for lunch in the area (but maybe that's because there is nothing in the immediate vicinity) and we ended up driving to Lille and spending a small fortune on lunch at Le Sebastopol (which was very good). Anyway, we loved Chateau de Beaulieu!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

On the face of it, the Chateau de Beaulieu, on the outskirts of Busnes (pronounced Bewn, by the way), seems like the perfect stopover on the way out or back. It’s a luxury hotel with large grounds, and a two-star Michelin restaurant. That’s why we stayed there. Big mistake. BIG mistake. The previous reviewer, GLx, had it about right: this place is so up itself it disappears. So take it from someone who has sampled many, many luxury hotels and great restaurants. Drive on.
I can’t really criticise our suite No.4 - it was spacious and pleasant enough, even though the decor was a bit strawberry jelly pink for my taste and the blue plastic shower cubicle/spacecraft was harder to operate than the Large Hadron Collider. Downstairs, in the public areas, the decor is sometimes astonishing, often weird and then just plain tacky. There are cats - paintings, ceramics - everywhere and some impressive modern art. There is also an unforgettable wine cellar which you can see below you through the glass floor. The lounge is fairly hideous, like a footballers’ Dubai apartment. A simple glass of champagne here costs £20. And looking at the expense of all those cats, paintings and the surreal Dali-esque decor flourishes you can see why. The investment here is massive.
We had booked a table at the Marc Meurin restaurant, the one with two stars and named after the owner. We were prepared to totally ignore the cost and just have a great dinner - it was a birthday treat. But you know what? Sitting in that ghastly lounge our hopes faded. And then the menu arrived. There was nothing on it that said “eat me.” It wasn’t nearly special, or appetising, or interesting enough. And then the nibbles tasted fairly disgusting. I was prepared to spend £300-400 minimum for two on dinner. What I did not want to do was spend that amount of money on food I only half-fancied. I just didn’t trust this place at all. And we loathed the snooty, slightly rude staff.
So we asked for the menu at the other, cheaper restaurant, Le Jardin d’Alice, and we chose simple dishes, even steak and chips for God’s sake. The decor in this restaurant was off the scale. The insanely bright lighting made one’s table look like the dance floor in Saturday Night Fever or an operating theatre. And on the end wall was a large plasma TV which showed M. Meurin cooking the fancier dishes next door. How nauseatingly egotistical is that? Then our red wine arrived. It was a modest bottle of Chinon which they had chilled by placing it in a fancy bucket filled with dry ice which steamed and smoked like an Icelandic volcano. It was stupid, embarrassing, ridiculous and sums this nightmare place up. I could have walked out there and then.
I am still angry about it and have vowed that I will never be suckered into this Michelin/Relais&Chateaux trap again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rue de Lillers, 62350 Busnes, France
Location: France > Nord-Pas-de-Calais > Pas-de-Calais > Busnes
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Busnes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 20
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