We saw this new B&B recommended and saw the Tripadvisor reviews which galvanised us, as regular travellers through this part of France, to try it for a night.
We were met at the front door by 2 portly gents who introduced themselves as Francis and son Cedric. We were a little unnerved by being taken straight to the bar to be advised of French rules regarding B&B. We had arrived 15 minutes before 16.00, which apparently was against the regulations for B&B. Furthermore, a confusing mixture of mustiness and automated synthetic 'Freshair' spray was unpleasant and finally a not all together sparklingly clean room (grains of sugar on the tea tray & drooping orchid) was the final irritation. All would be surmountable with a fraction more effort. There the criticisms stop of this beautiful chateau turned into comfortable B&B for this father and son team have obviously worked hard and are dedicated to the comfort of their guests, of whom there seem plenty from all over Northern Europe. The flexibility that these two men flow between the languages of their guests,their perpetual courtesy at all moments of our stay put us to shame. Dinner was at a set time with aperitifs being served at 7.30 and Cedric served the virtually full elegant restaurant very efficiently with the simple 5 course meal.
Our night was comfortable and quiet and all bedroom / bathroom facilities worked well. He did warn us of the 5 minutes delay for hot water to reach the shower!
Putting aside our initial impressions, our stay at Chateau de Moulin le Comte was comfortable and if those few items could be corrected, it would be perfect
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy an unforgettable stay at an elegant and stylish 19th century mansion (1850), renovated with love and delicate care. The original character of the building has been preserved. The river Leie runs through its 25 acres large castle garden. The peace and quiet of the environment is one of its major assets. Aire-sur-la-Lys is definitely worth visiting, by bike or on foot. It is a perfect base for trips to towns in the surrounding areas, such as Bethune, Saint-Omer, Lens, Arras and Lille. In less than an hour you are at the seaside. The five guest chambers of our B&B provide every comfort. You can opt for a double bed or twin beds (Sealy mattresses). You have your own bathroom with shower. Families with children are most welcome. Pets are permitted. As your hosts, we speak different languages. ... more less
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