Well I came as a group of 40 on a school trip, for GCSE French and History. When we arrived the Chateau, it looked amazing, with mass outdoor space, football pitch(if you want to call it a pitch) and a lovely patio with seating and tables. This was where we were greeted by the manager, who was very welcoming and layed down some rules and meal times etc. But when my friend raised their hand a queried about WiFi, he quite bluntly said, 'there is no WiFi', and laughed to himself. Now this may of been a mistake that our teacher made about WiFi being available, nevertheless my friend found this comment quite rude, and there was no explanation. So after this small hiccup of rudeness, we were given our keys and told to go to our rooms. Now I was in a room of 6 persons(3 bunk beds), although this was a squeeze, it was managable. It consisted of three bunk beds, a bathroom, a large dressing table with two reasonable sized drawers and a huge closet, with two or three rusty hangers, and a bedside cabinet beside each bunk. The bathroom was to some standard, even though it smelt like someone had tucked into a fillet of raw chicken, and used our bathroom half an hour later, the smell faded after an hour or so. Another complaint I certainly have to made is the growth of black mould growing up the window and the walls around. This is also the direction my head had to lay at night, with the
unknown microorganisms spawning just 10cm away from my head. So using the little survival skills I have within my knowledge, I flipped my pillow to the other side of the bed so i would be able to sleep with some peace in mind that it wouldn't be me making the next unwelcoming smell in the toilet.
After finding all the catastrophes in the bedroom, it was time for dinner, after walking down the stairs, across the patio and around the conservatory, we all sat for dinner and before us was A small basket of bread, not really enough to satisfy the number of people to a table, and some sort of lemon water, served in old orange juice bottles that clearly needed a bottle of bleach chucking on them to remove the disgusting stains, probably the offspring of the mould found in my room.
When the food was being served it always came in an order of teachers, vegetarians(aka fusspots) people with strange allergies(aka bigger fusspots) then the surplus. I was part of the surplus, so i managed to observe what alternatives were being served. These dishes looked rather tasty, so I was excited to see what was in store for the 'easy eaters'. This happened every night of our stay, and what came for us? A slapped on a plate, lukewarm....thing. For example, there was lasagne one night, that was 99.94% pasta, 0.04% tomato and 0.02% beef(or horse, as you never know these days) and another night, there was a fillet of chicken, in a suspicious looking yellow sauce, and a quarter of a raw mushroom slapped on top. The mushroom was lovely, probably the only thing I ate the whole of, but when I cut through my chicken breast, i saw nothing but pink, it was totally raw in the middle, whereas I actually was elbowed in the ribs by my friend next to me, trying to cut hers open as it was so dry and overcooked.
When we finished our dishes, we were encouraged by the waiters to pass our crockery up the table towards them, and I have to say, there was only two waiters who were the least bit nice to us, and they were absolutly lovely. Im not too sure if I can talk about staff personally in a review, but if I knew I could definately mention their names, I would, as they deserve all the praise possible. But as for the other waiters, they just looked tired and irritated.
After our meal, we went back up to our rooms, and we were welcomed with a warm, damp carpet smell. The air felt very humid, so using my legendary survival skills again, I attempted to open a window. It's just a shame i did'nt have a bottle of disinfectant for my hands afterwards, as the bacteria was having an absolute field day in all the nooks and crannies of the window frame.
After chillin like a villain for a couple of hours, it was time for bed. After a good nights sleep I woke in the bottom bunk, to be greeted by mounds of chewing gum lodged above my head on the bottom of the upper bunk. I have to say, this wasn't the nicest way to be greeted in the morning, but hey, you can't have evrything in this life.
Breakfast was ok. We had the choice to get up and choose our cereals, bread, cake, fruit, yoghurt and whatever floated our boat. I went for the healthy option of museli, as i was guilty of having a pot noodle the previous night as i was so starving after the poor meal. So I dished a ladle of museli for myself, added a splash of milk, and sat down. I had to say, it was very nice, although what i had noticed to fall to the bottom, was enough sugar to function Cadbury's factory for a good couple of decades, so I need a nutrigrain bar when i returned to the room.
We also had to make our own lunch at breakfast, which I was very grateful for, as there was a grand selection of meats, cheese and tuna. We made our own sandwich and one of the waitresses kindly placed in a bag and handed it back, to go with a set lunch of crisps, a cake and a bottle of water.
As for the WiFi, it turned out that there was indeed WiFi that we paid for, but we had to trek across the field and into the next building. I didnt really use it as I don't classify myself much as a tweeter or a facebooker and desparately needed to know that Justin Bieber is sat on his golden toilet as he tweets at two o clock in the morning. But we werent clearl advised about WiFi which I know some people were quite miffed about.
Despite everything, I have to say I had the best holiday ever, its a lovely place to stay with mass amounts of people, such as a school trip and I only would advise to clear any bacteria near windows or baths. And i would like to thank for a lovely stay
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- The Château du Baffy lies on the edge of the small village of Colombiers, situated between Caen and Bayeux, just 6km or so from the seaside resort of Courseulles. Guests will enjoy the best of both worlds combining a stay in the beautiful Normandy countryside with superb beaches close to hand. ... more less
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