I went to the Chateau as part of an extended family group to celebrate a siginificant family anniversary - explaining why we parted with large sums of money (thousands) for the idyllic surroundings and rare accomodation that could fit a family of 15.
As with all the reviews here - on arrival we were wowed by the view and surroundings - a beautiful place! However, the second we got out of the car to unload our bags in to the chateau, you could tell we were better off getting back in the car and leaving straight away.
The building should be condemned. It's shameful that not only do this couple take money from un-suspecting guests for the misery of staying here, but that they have ruined such a stunning estate.
I notice one of the reviews on this site is from a family staying in this same building a couple of weeks before us. All the compalints that they had, we had too. I can only assume that when the owner took away the kitchen cupboard doors to fix them before the next guests arrived, that he must have been sloshed for the weeks in between - as he put them back on the cupboards (still broken and un-closing) before we got there.
Our family ranged from 2 years old to 60-something. The whole estate was a death-trap for even the fittest and hardiest of travellers. Maggots crawling out of the sink, toilets that don't flush, mould everywhere, bed linen that clearly has not been washed (a sheet wrapped around a quilt instead of a duvet and duvet cover - the owner told us that you can't get duvet covers in France...is he mad??!). That is only the start of the list.
None of the external doors had a lock, either from the inside or outside. We pointed out that we were not comfortable going to sleep with children in the house when anyone could wander in and out. Not only that, but our travel insurance was null and void if we left any belongings in un-locked accomodation. The owner was simply not interested. At least any lurking burglars probaly fell down the unmarked wells!
Throw in; the private pool that was unusable (to be fair though I wouldn't have wanted to take my chances with it even if it was usable), the horses that were basically starving to death, the restaurant you wouldn't let animals eat in, the ceilings that poured water in to the beds of the children (we still have issues getting her to let go of her mother when it's raining now), and the array of furniture so broken and stained it was only good for kindling - had it not been so damp).
Our mantra to the children was "do not touch anything - it's dirty". It was a real battle even getting the kids to agree to get in to the beds as they were so suspect.
While we were there, the family in the adjoining part of the building complained to the owners as they had similar conditions in their house. The owner was drunk at the time and flew in to a rage (when being asked to turn the hot water back on - he had turned it off as he said the guests were using too much). He then marched the couple and their young children back to the house and forced them to pack their things. He threw them out and told them not to return - sleeping in the car that night was probably preferable to staying at the shiteau.
We too would have left, had we been able to find any alternative accomodation for a family of 15 in mid August.
I can not put in to words how disgusting this estate is. The owners are visbly drunk most of the time and have let the place fall in to a state of complete disrepair and filth. It is not an exageration to to say I am thankful that we made it out unharmed. The scariest things are the ones you can not see - would you want to take the risk that there is no asbestos or carbon monoxide leaks in this place?
I wait with baited-breath to see when the authorities finally condemn the place. If heatlth and safety don't get them for the state of it, building authorities will. And I only hope the French-equivalent of the RSPCA can save those poor animals before any more drop dead.
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Fretay Hotel Fougeres