We took the whole 'Chateau' for seven days. The house (I do think 'Chateau' is stretching it!) is spacious and easily accommodated our family group of seven. The village is a ghost town apart from Saturday nights when you can hear people having get-togethers. There is no bar/shop/life. It is a shame there is nowhere to buy fresh bread or have a beer without getting in the car. There is an excellent supermarket five minutes drive away and the town of Limoux has bakeries, butchers etc. The market, however, was rather disappointing with a distinct lack of produce (cheeses, meats, salad etc) which we have always previously found in French markets.
There were 52 steps from the ground floor to the majority of the bedrooms. This would certainly present a problem for anyone elderly or slightly infirm and was not mentioned prior to booking.
Bathrooms were newly done with good showers and plenty of towels. Beds were comfortable but, yet again, I was glad to have my own pillow. (Why does this crop up time and time again in my reviews? How difficult is it these days to provide decent quality pillows?)
The kitchen was well equipped though the ice-maker struggled to keep up with the seven of us so it would fight a losing battle with a house full.
The ping pong table had one broken bat...that was it, so we bought our own (at the supermarket). We had been told the swimming pool would be cleaned/checked regularly and that someone would come to tend the garden. They came once. The pool is a sun-trap until mid-afternoon and feels very enclosed within a high wall and planting. Any views from this property are solely from the top floor bedrooms. One of the sun loungers was broken. Metal tables and chairs, while looking nice were rusty. A stool in the sitting room had a broken leg...luckily no-one sat on it.
We were told (on arrival) to keep shutters closed at night to avoid bat invasions. To do this necessitates leaning alarmingly out of the windows to pull the shutters in as if they were not secured 100% they banged all night.
On arrival we were told the three cats living at the property could be 'removed'. Due to one of our party being allergic to cats (there was no mention of their existence in any information on the house though, I suppose we should have asked) we requested their 'removal'. The owner suddenly didn't seem pleased. One cat remained and it became a pantomime keeping it out of the house, especially at night.
As expected, cleaners arrived 30 minutes before our departure then proceeded to sit outside smoking while we ran around stripping beds, and taking rubbish and bottles to the refuse collection point in the village by car. That this was not included in the substantial cost incurred renting this property I find incredible. Does the owner expect her B&B guests to strip their beds and empty their own garbage? I doubt it.
If you are looking for a French rental property I would not recommend this. Rather look for something with a view, shops/restaurants you can amble to and windows you can keep open during hot weather! It seems to me that if you take this whole property you are giving the owner a week off...at your expense!
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