We were looking for something slightly different as a one night stop -over on our way back to the ports from the south west of France and so chose Chateau de Boisrenault. (We have 3 children so Novatels usually suit).
On the way to Chateau de Boisrenault we stopped off at the nearby Chateau Valencay (30mins away) which is great for adults and kids alike. Splendid building with rooms open to the public and outdoor children’s play areas including the biggest maze in France. Great for letting the children run off some steam after a long car journey.
Like a previous reviewer we had spent most of the journey to Chateau de Boisrenualt feeding the children stories of spending that night in a boring city centre motel. Our parental mind games paid off and we were rewarded with exclamations of amazement and joy (and probably some relief) when we finally pulled up to the chateau.
Like many other such buildings the chateau will not suit everyone; if you are looking for contemporary hotel facilities and trappings and have a penchant for fluffy towels and dressing gowns then this is probably not for you. However it definitely suited us and we had a memorable stay.
We were in the huge room “Hadrian” which swallowed all 5 of us up with no problems (one of the reasons we chose Chateau de Boisrenault was it was one of the few places we found that could accommodate a family of 5 with young children). The beds were very comfortable and it was the best night’s sleep we had during our entire 2 week holiday!
We had pre-booked an evening meal at the Chateau but there are Auberges near by if you prefer to dine out. We had a very enjoyable meal, shared with 2 other French families and a Dutch couple, all of us round one very big table, so it made for a very social occasion (don’t be put off if you do not speak much French, ours was very rusty but everyone was very patient and spoke some English when our French struggled! Plus the owner, Florence, and her son, both of whom are very friendly and welcoming, also speak very good English). The food was probably the best we had during all our time in France. Compliments to Florence for her excellent cooking!
Breakfast was again a social occasion round the same large table and was of high quality.
Would definitely recommend to families looking for something a little different and with a bit of character. Our boys loved it and so did we!
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