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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
Ashford, United Kingdom
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“Not as good as expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

We have stayed here (peaceful location) and eaten in the Meurin restaurant a number of times, enjoying the originality and quality of the food and the comfort of the hotel. This visit the room was fine, but the dinner (4 course table d'hote) did not deliver. Each course apart from the appetiser (delicious oyster in leek cream topped with pickled turnip slice & a pinch of "caviar) had the problem that the key ingredient in each case - foie gras, lobster, pigeonneau and fresh fig - had their flavour masked rather than enhanced by the other ingredients. There was nothing particularly exciting in the dishes. The accompanying wine flight was fine for the first two but not for the second two courses. The dry ice on our table failed to perform. Service was OK but we rejected the proffered table, the worst in the room right by the door although the place was far from full. Other niggles were no white bread, very soft butter, room temperature water in the carafes (we never buy bottled water), ice cream from the trolley starting to melt. The hotel part was lovely as ever, but the lounge furniture is showing obvious wear & tear & we had to ask for tea bags for the machine in the bedroom. We did not sleep wonderfully, it was very hot and open window meant compulsory early light, mattress a bit firm and pillows big and not very soft. The garden is plainer than we remembered (fewer flowers) obviously to cut down maintenance but there are plenty of seats. Key feature is a vast new conference facility in construction over the old cooking school and a vast car park to match. What effect this will have on the hotel proper remains to be seen. We will probably go again to see some time next year.

Room Tip: If you need twin beds ask - most are double. Room 19 has tiny bath but very good shower.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

Go for the food in the main restaurant. It is excellent. The Chateau is also beautiful with very comfortable rooms but nothing much around the area.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

Like another recent review, this one is of the Jardin d'Alice restaurant (the brasserie to the two star, very expensive Meurin restaurant also here). I see that Trip Advisor indexes Meurin, the Chateau and the Jardin d'Alice separately, but this seems where most reviews have been filed.

Moving quickly on, on the basis of the experience we had of lunch at the Jardin, dropping in without a reservation one Friday in September, this is one of the great bargains in France. We knew of Meurin - my wife even has one of his cookery books - but the lightness of touch and assurance with good ingredients that we found here still surprised us. My St Pierre, as a main course, was stunningly good, with a really fine tomato risotto on the side; my wife's veritable parmentier showed that even the most simple dishes (posh shepherd's pie) - can delight, if delivered from a really good kitchen. Starters were also exceptional (a tomato and thyme/basil crumble with parmesan before the parmentier, beautiful chilled pea soup before the St Pierre) as were desserts (fine peach melba, which again surprised, really good vacherin). Two three course lunches, with a decent bottle of wine, came to under €120. I think three courses for one person without drinks would easily cost that in the main restaurant here. The room is attractive, bright and light. Service could have been better and there was a slight sense of that off-hand superiority amongst the waiters that you only find on one side of the Channel, but beyond that I can't identify flaws. A great experience and we will return.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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Hampshire, UK
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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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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Busnes
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