We have recently stayed in this chateau on the back of our booking through another chateau, which was fully booked the night we wanted to stay there. Hotel du Chateau is a fabulous little find, but you do have to be open minded and accept that old buildings like this one have a history and sometimes that history is not a fairy-tale romance. This building has gone through being the centre of the Godet's family life (one of the oldest Cognac dinasties) to being occupied by the German army during the WWII, burnt and then being occupied by squatters in the 1970 and 80s. These turbulant events resulted in a huge part of the land belonging to the chateau being sold off for holiday homes/other-type accommodation - and these mini-apartment blocks is what you first see on arrival, which is disapponting. I cannot understand how any local government would have allowed for the landscape of such a historic and stunning building to be butchered in this way. On the more upbeat note, the building is lovely to look at and our room was modern yet with a very traditional twist of high ceilings and huge big windows from floor to ceiling. The chateau's restaurant 123 serves fantastic food and was one of our best finds in France. I loved the modern and unusual art-work adorning the walls of the chateau, by an artist Agnes Guedeu. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. I have seen other really negative reviews of this hotel and think they are unfair. You have to be realistic - we live in the 21st centure and many of the historic buildings are affected by modernization. Remember, liberte, egalite, fraternite.... If you want a fairy-tale chateau, be prepared to travel into less easily accesible parts of France and be prepared to pay at least the double rate charged by this hotel. Otherwise, just pretend the apartment blocks are not there and relax into the beauty of this strong old building, its good location, its great tasteful rooms and excellent cuisine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 19th-century chateau provides 4-star accommodation in a large park in Lagord, 5 km from La Rochelle and Ré island.Each guest room at the Hôtel Du Château has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a courtesy tray on arrival. Some rooms also have views of the park or the sea.Guests can enjoy traditional cuisine at the chateau’s restaurant, Le 123, which has a view of the park from its terrace. Du Château’s well-being space,with indoor swimming pool, provides a range of beauty treatments and massages. ... more less
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