This is a continuation from my review of Le Chateau de Sully. Background: Le Chateau de Sully “lost” our reservations and sent us to Chateau de Goville. From the outside, driving up, it looked like a quaint French country manner. Once inside we were reminded of maybe the set for the Adam’s Family. We were greeted by a young man that was wonderfully friendly and helpful, but he didn’t actually work there and had just shown up to check us in while the proprietors were away for the afternoon. We were shown to our rooms which were crammed with “stuff” from the past 100 or so years and I suppose had significant meaning to someone, somewhere for some reason. The place reminded us of a Grandparent’s house where you would go as kids and love it, but not a place for traveling adults touring the French countryside. Oh well not to worry, off we went to score some wine. Hard to believe, but we had a difficult time finding a place to purchase wine. Were we not in France, how hard can this be? We did find some wine and headed back to the Chateau. The girls stopped by our rooms and the boys headed to the parlor to crack open the wine. Five minutes later one of the owners jumped out from behind one of the many “props” and scolded us about drinking wine in France. At first we thought he was kidding, but he was not. The translation we figured out was that we could not drink wine in the parlor of this Chateau. It is not possible, it is not possible scolded the proprietor. Being the resilient folks we were, we just retired to our rooms and drank all the wine we wanted just like first year college students. I won’t bore you with all the other interesting tidbits of the stay, as there were many and we laughed about this the whole trip. Sometimes it’s not the good things that make an adventure memorable; it’s those memories on the fringe. As a parting note I will mention one last thing. As my wife and I sat at the front desk on the morning of departure, the owner was having a conversation in French with a French couple that was checking out. Interestingly enough he was discussing our episode of drinking wine in the parlor thinking we could not understand. We did understand pieces and parts and were appalled at his audacity. Well, in the end I guess we should not have been shocked. Bottom line, is there are probably better places to stay in the area. I would not recommend this spot.
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Goville France/Le Breuil-En-Bessin, Normandy