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Chateau de Bonaban
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

If you expect the best quality, the best gardens, the spotless room, the high class do not come. If you need to be almost alone, left in peace, you do not worry for details and you like some glamours of history it is your place to stay. I saw the other reviews but I think that for this kind of money they cannot offer you more. If you like luxury please look at 4 stars castles.
I love here the surroundings of the castle, the interior, breakfast room, I just felt that it was what I expected: modesty in a castle. I was impressed by the long story of this place.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Dragos43
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

The Chateau is reached via a long, tree-lined avenue which gradually reveals the frontage. Do not expect National Trust quality external maintenance, but that said, the outside was in better condition than I have seen many a prestige French Chateau.

The moment you step inside, you are in impressive surroundings: Double height rooms; Oak panelling; large marble staircase; chandeliers etc. As other reviews state, the paintings are peculiar modern reproductions, but from a distance they're fine. N.B. This is a three star hotel, not an art gallery or a 5 star hotel.

Our family bedroom on the top floor was large, clean and comfortable with great views over the lawns towards a very distant horizon. It was silent at night, the bath was large and the shower was powerful. If you had a similar bedroom in any other 3 star hotel you would be delighted: in a Chateau with such an impressive ground floor I can see why other reviews express some disappointment with the lack of period furniture in the bedrooms. However, we were more than satisfied.

We opted for the 30 Euro 3 course menu (there's also a 50 Euro menu) in the restaurant. However, in addition to the meal we were given canapes with our Champagne Cocktails in the bar beforehand, a consume on arrival at our table, cheese before the dessert and Petit Fours with the coffee. The meal represented excellent value for money and the service was friendly: they especially appreciated our 8 and 6 year old trying (with extensive support) to try and order their meals (18 Euros for a three course menu) in French. The food was excellent in all respects: quality, flavour, presentation, portion size etc. and it was all complemented by the very impressive surroundings of the dining room. We were there on a Friday night and the restaurant was approx 75% full with local people.

The breakfast was served in a different, but equally impressive room. It was a traditional continental breakfast with an appropriate variety of fruit juices, hot drinks, fruit, yoghurts, cereals, breads, plus the obligatory croissants, cheese and cold meats. Full marks again, especially with the view from our table which looked straight down the Chateau's Avenue.

The staff were very friendly and helpful; the grounds were extensive and are worth exploring. We were there out of season, and we believe there was only one or two other bedrooms occupied.

The location is great: there's lots to see, do and explore, even when, like us, you are visiting in February. We booked the hotel as part of a Brittany Ferries package and the holiday represented excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank Nigel318
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Reviewed December 18, 2010

Sadly the aristocracy now appear as servants and treat you with courtesy but some disdain. The eating room (not really a restaurant) is very grand but almost monastic and even the slightest movement or noise echoes all around the room. It seems that not many people eat here in the evening. The food was not memorable.

We suggest you try to get the centre bedroom on the 1st floor with a wonderful bathroom. A two-night stay is sufficient to appreciate its faded elegance and wonderful views that seem to go on forever - and the strange features around the lawns.

When you have slaked your thirst on the undeniable peace and quiet of French aristocracy book into the 3-star Tirel Guerin down the road and pamper yourself. The staff there are attentive, the pool is great and the apartments have all that you need. The restaurant serves great food to a mix of both private guests and quiet coach parties.

The two hotels made our stay memorable and they are just a short distance from the beach at Cancale.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank dave_wokingham
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Reviewed August 3, 2010

Chateau de Bonaban was a joy - charming French architecture with fine grounds and lake. Our accommodation was superb; we had an enormous bedroom and bathroom and all was spotlessly clean. Breakfast and dinner were served in elegant surroundings and the food was excellent. The staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient. The location of the chateau was very good. La Gouesniere is not far from St Malo and is within easy reach of beautiful beaches and towns in all directions. The countryside is very tranquil and pretty. An excellent holiday.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank tubularbelle
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

We stayed at the so-called 'Chateau de Bonaban' for the final night of our honeymnoon in France and i would have rather been in a charactyerless Campanile or Sofitel. It was dreadful: there is absolutrely nothing to recommend this seedy, run-dwn, overblown place. We arrived and were made to fill out a scarppy form, then curty orderedto a first floor room at premium price. The room looked like granny's antiques had been cleared out: there were almost no furnishins beyond two under-upholstered repro chairs and a hard bed. The bathroom was the best bit - but not for sleeping in. Downstairs again - we couldn't escape fast enough - a request for a kir (white wine + cassis for the staff 's information) was met by blank looks from the only staff member there - apparently the bar didn't open till 7pm (in France???). We repaired to the local town for a drink. On our return, a repeated request resulted in a very poor quality kir served in dirty, catering-style flutes. The terrace and grounds are badly neglected - weeds growing in the gravel, the lawn badly needs weeding and feeding, there is no garden to speak of. the greenhouses at the end of the grounds are broken, overgrown, abandoned. the whole place needs huge investm,ent to bring it up to teh standards that are expected.
Dinner was a pretentious affair and was of very poor quality. We had to select two entrees from a choice of three - why?? There were few other diners and the room was hushed - totally devoid of any atmosphere. The wine when ordered was carefully placed out of reach: I received a glare when I retrieved it. The sole waiter worked hard but to little avail - the food was poor quality, over garnished, and with almost no flavour at all. This is a chateau hotel in France??
For 400 Euros dinner bed and breakfast this was almost fraudulent in terms of value and I shall be approaching the hotel for a refund. I doubt I will get very far. Do not stay at this location, you will be very disappointred. I note teh hotel has been removed from another guide's website: it shopuld disappear from Trip Advisor as well.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank ColinF6
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