Usually one of my favourite places (and the pool area, when quiet, still is!), we arrived at the Chateau de Marcay after a long and tiring drive to be assailed on all sides by screaming children...so much for the much looked forward to oasis of calm. "Not their fault" said my friend - well, certainly not mine as I wisely and considerately decided not to have any.....
However there are definite up sides. Our room was for three - what a sensible idea - with the second room a small single up some stairs in the chateau's turret.....delightfully romantic! There was also a large, well-equipped bathroom but both the bathroom and the main bedroom lacked the 'wow' factor and seem to have seen better days.
What the Chateau de Marcay is about is food and again, though lovely, it was slightly subdued and without 'star' (literally!) quality. The amuse-bouche was a rather fishy tasting sardine which did not get my juices going! The first course was a lovely gambas tartare on an apple jelly (how chefs love their jellies and their foams) then locally reared pork (cooked sous-vide....ditto)
Finally a delicious rasberry pudding with very undelicious, over sweet chocolate blobs.
The barman was fabulous (I think our Bloody Marys were the high point of our evening), the sommelier ditto (and what great wines we had at his suggestion) and the lady maitre d' utterly charming.
Not sure whether I'll be going again-probably but they have to up their game (slightly) if they want to be in the 'completely unmissable' league.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chateau De Marcay is located in the village of Marcay. The hotel has extensive gardens and an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and gastronomic restaurant. The 15th century Chateau offers large guestrooms with traditional upholstery and free Wi-Fi. The Chateau De Marcay's restaurant serves gourmet cuisine with seasonal ingredients from the kitchen garden. Guests can tour the Chateau's 12 000 bottle cellar and sample the fine wines. The Chateau De Marcay is 8 kilometres from Chinon's ancient fort on the river Vienne. It's also an ideal base for hiking and cycling routes nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Marcay Chinon