We had arranged to stay in this chateau on our way back from a week in Germany wanting a special nights stay on a long journey home. When we arrived mid afternoon we were sad to see that the grounds were quite unkempt and the man who answered the door had no idea who we were and it took quite some time to find our details in his system. The main room into which we had been taken was dirty and smelt. We had booked a room which clearly states that there would be a shower, toilet and bathroom. We were shown to a room with what looked like a cupboard next to the bed but turned out to be a toilet and small basin. On the other side of the bed was a door leading to a small room with a single bed. When I asked where the shower and/or bath was the man took us up the corridor and round the corner, to which I said that this was unacceptable. We were told that there was another room with a full bathroom but that it was more money. This too was not acceptable. The whole place seemed in great need of attention. Wallpaper was loose on the hall, stairs and landing and everywhere seemed grubby. We live in a very old house but this wasn't just 'character'. We were there on a Sunday and we knew that there would be few restaurants open as there is none at the hotel but were told there were three nearby....a Pizzaria, McDonald's and a local restaurant.
We have stayed in very basic hotels and luxurious hotels and never before felt that we didn't want to stay but we just did not want to stay in this one and we left.
We ended up in an Ibis, which was basic but clean and had a good en suite bathroom.
We spent a week in August staying in a terraced two-storey holiday property that forms part of the wing of a French chateau. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there but I feel it may not be quite to everyone's taste. It was Mediaeval in character with high ceilings, creaky old stairs and an enormous stone fireplace. The style was minimalist , with the furniture,fixtures and fittings all in keeping with the age of the property. Our bed was carved wood, the chandelier in the living room was wooden with Tudor style candle bulbs and there was an enormous,old cupboard covered in intricate carved patterns. It was like stepping onto the set of a BBC period drama ! We found it fascinating but if you like your accomadation modern and pristine it probably wouldn't appeal to you.. The kitchen and bathroom were a little tired and could do with updating. They were more 40 shades of 1980s peach than charmingly Mediaeval and there were a few little defects such as light bulbs not working , a plug stuck permanently in one of the bathroom sinks and springs emerging from the bottom of some of the dining room chairs so it certainly had a 'lived in' feel but if you love historical places I think you could overlook these.
The castle itself is very pretty from the outside and is reached by a lovely driveway edged by trees. The gardens around the castle are lovely too. The area immediately surrounding the castle is fairly built up but the spectacular scenery of the Ardennes is very easily reached and we had interesting days out in Belgium ( we would recommend the boat trip in the underground caves..can't recall the name !!) , Luxembourg city and the sobering Verdun area.
The owner is quite a character, rather like his home, and very kindly showed us round the main castle building ( where you can stay B and B) which is stunning and a lot more luxurious than our self-catering property but I think the prices probably reflect this. We wanted a budget break and the price of our rooms was extremely reasonable.
Finally, despite claims that wifi is available we failed to make contact and our teenage 'technology generation' children would have been bereft if we hadn't bought an Internet booster with us. Even that was intermittent.
Overall, a lovely holiday. Thank you Monsieur.
We spent a week here as a group of 8 friends and booked the whole chateau. It is large and interesting and relatively comfortable. There was lots of space but the furnishings are tired. The bedrooms and bathrooms were clean but not luxurious. The towels are thin and not high quality so it is worth paying extra euros to have the friendly housekeeper Giselle change the towels and do some cleaning and washing.
The dining room is dark and cavernous but relives old glories. With the uneven flagstone floor and fireplace you could be back in the 18th century.
This place exudes history and the owner, Dr Adrien Caprani is to be admired for taking on the long-term restoration of this late 16th century historic site. But if you are after luxury and creature comforts then this is not the place for you. It is located near an industrial area so first appearances of the surrounding area are disappointing, but there are delightful walks along the Meuse canal from Glaire and along the country road to the village of Illy.
The garden is being restored to its 18th century beauty and whilst it has a long way to go, it is the perfect place to sit in the sun. Unfortunately you can hear some traffic noise from the nearby motorway. The garden furniture is old and basic and could be improved. There is also very limited TV and no station which covered the World Cup! Attention to details such as these would improve the overall experience at the chateau.
This is a good base for battlefield fanatics (wars of 1870, 1940,Verdun and Rocroi). There is not much to see in Sedan apart from the castle, so 5 days at the chateau is probably enough. If you love history and don't need luxury then this is a very interesting place to stay.
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