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Domaine du Breuil
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

One of the previous reviewers had a good phrase: the timeless elegance of a bygone era... yes, it definitely has that about it: a beautiful chateau, sweeping drives, magnificent grounds and gardens which swoop and tumble away into the valley beyond.

The timeless quality was enhanced for us as virtually every other guest on the night was driving a vintage Bentley of one model or another (it's probably the only time my ten year old MX5 has been the newest car in the car park). The Bentleys (and their owners, mostly the same 'vintage' as their cars!) were having a tour around for a week or two, prior to attendance at the Circuit des Remparts weekend in Angouleme. This became an unexpected 'win' for us - in order to accomodate them all together, Madame upgraded us to a superior room on the first floor at the rear of the chateau, which had two huge bay windows looking out over the gardens, pool and the valley beyond. Comfortable bed, well equipped bathroom, free wi fi, and those stunning views. Excellent! This would normally be around the 120 euros mark as opposed to the 95 euros we paid, but I have to say it would be worth the extra if you decide to visit this hotel in future.

The journey across had been very warm indeed, and we decided to take advantage of the pool in the rear gardens. It is not large, but big enough, and we had it to ourselves (the older clientele having done some 'toe dipping' and deciding it was 'a bit fresh' for them..!). The pool has an infinity edge, facing out down the gardens to the valley beyond. After a cooling swim, we lay back on the sunbeds in the sun... it was one of those defining moments on a holiday where you realise you are both completely chilled out and it's perfect.

Our original plan had been to head into Cognac for the evening, but having already seen the hotel restaurant, with its crisp white table linen, silver, and hand written menus, we made the decision to stay put and enjoy the setting and the views. Although the 'Bentley brigade' was having a 30 strong soiree in the adjoining room, we had a delicious relaxing 3 course dinner, together with a bottle of Gascogne Brumont, mineral water, coffees and Grand Marnier, for a little over 90 euros. Service to table was prompt and attentive throughout.

They have every conceivable cognac at the bar - including my favourite Hine, produced locally at Jarnac. Later, as we lay in bed with the casements open wide, watching the lights twinkling across the valley, we could hear the sounds of bon vivant continuing downstairs. I am nowhere near ready to retire yet, but when I do, I hope it's like this.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank merlinthehammer
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

If you are fed up with the sterile environment of the hotel chains I suggest you stay at this delightful chateau where you are made to feel like welcome returning friends. We first stayed here last year in April when we found ourselves in the wrong place without any accomadation. Although we were very late arriving Madame kept the dining room open for us, the food was wonderful. The owners are charming, nothing is too much trouble. If you want 5* glitz and 24 hour room service this is not the place for you, however if you want a timeless elegance of a bygone era you will certainly love it here.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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1  Thank draindoctor
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

Our last stay in France was in the Domaine de Breuil in Cognac and despite rumours from previous visitors that the local air is pungent with cognac, we did not detect it during our stay ! Our arrival to Cognac was from the east and the journey into the hotel was not that inspiring. When we finally arrived at the Domaine de Breuil it was a pleasant relief, the building looks magnificent. Evidently it was built around 1850 by one of the cognac distillers but is now run as a place to stay for visitors to the many distillers that surround the area. The inside of the building is spectacular, and the room we had was very good except for only 2 small pots of milk to make tea or coffee which seemed a bit mean ? We had a lovely meal in the evening, the waiters were very friendly and helpful and enjoyed a bottle of locally produced rose wine.
A very nice place to stay in.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank paul s
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

We were two couples celebrating two birthdays and booked the package that included a trip to the Martell distillery. The hotel combined old fashioned service and style. Our rooms were lovely having been recently renovated on the second floor - I would guess from some of the reviews that these should be requested. The package was excellent value. The staff could not have been more pleasant or accommodating. The food was very good and we all had a great time.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms that were renovated last year.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 6, 2011

Booked this hotel in March this year for a nights stay first week in May, made sure to book a table in the restaurant that evening. On our arrival at 8pm were told the restaurant was closed on Monday nights, so no food, and we decided to leave. If this was the case they had over a month to inform me of this but chose not to!! To add more insult I was charged a fee for not staying, they mentioned that they could not resell the room, but as it seemed we would have been the only people there I think this a little strong, the place was deserted when we arrived and had to ring bells to get any attention.

Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
5  Thank Simon187063
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