Excellent in every way. A warm welcome from excellent staff, delicious food and very comfortable rooms. Unusually and very welcome, the swimming pool was warm. We much look forward to returning to this outstanding hotel
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This return visit to the Chateau de Codignat after two years confirmed my earlier very positive impression. Although the style of the hotel is formal, as one would expect of a Michelin starred property, the staff was uniformly friendly, including the restaurant staff. The manager, Mr. Lesage, was constantly available to guests and very helpful. (Staff members went out of their way to accommodate one or two unusual requests we made, making light of any difficulties involved.) Both nights, we ate in the garden. The food was delicious and the cheese trolley the best we have seen in France, groaning under sumptuous regional specialties. We booked two of the less expensive rooms under the rafters of the Chateau and, while others on this page have not always liked them - it is indeed a steep, four floor, climb up - both of us were very happy indeed and slept exceptionally well. God willing, we will be back.
Stunning setting, we were a little unsure given the "marmite" (you either love it or hate it) reviews, but have to say the rooms were comfortable, they are not oversized, superbly decorated with great bathrooms (we saw three rooms). Staff were very-friendly and incredibly efficient (a mix that is not always achieved) and the food was simply stunning on all three nights.
Nice big pool area, and there is a tennis court, but other than that not a lot to do but relax, which was our intention.
Downsides - and they are minor - lunch is expensive if you have it, and it's a pity they don't do things a little more simply in certain areas. An iron in the room would have saved the 24 hours it took to get shirts etc creased from travel back to us, in other words the hotel likes to look after everything!
In all, not cheap, but taken as a whole, (assuming you take the dinner package) the room, the staff, the setting, the atmosphere and above all the food, make it an excellent experience.
This hotel although delightfully located and charming in it's setting is a disaster to stay at.
It has damaged my confidence in the Relais & Chateau publication as a source of venues for the future.
The rooms are very tired and unclean and the facilities are not up to expectations. Bathroom fittings work erratically and linen and bath towels have definitely seen better days.
But the greatest disappointment is the service and the dining experience. The staff have a wonderful ability to walk about without seeing any request for attention from guests and the apparently delightful menu is destroyed by abysmal service and the incredible ability of the kitchens to remove all taste from the food.
Even when the food is sent back untouched the hotel management remain stoic in their arrogance and refuse to accept any problems exist with either service or food as many other people do not complain.
This venue charges astronomical prices and it atrocious - avoid if at all possible and select any other hotel in preference to enjoy the normally accepted delightful cuisine of the area.
having seen some very unfavorable comments from tripadvisor contributors, we were apprehensive about visiting the chateau. but things must have improved because our experience has been extremely pleasant. you have to want to be in a park setting in the middle of nowhere to really appreciate this place -- which we do -- but for peace and quiet, hiking, bird-watching, etc. it's a jewel. the food in the dining room is avant garde, some things work, some don't. but i wouldn't begrudge them their michelin star.