We were an extended family of 19 (10 adults, 6 children & 3 babies), and the Château de Mercurey suited us perfectly. The bedrooms were very spacious (one extremely large, with sofas and table). We had 5 double bedrooms, and 3 twin bedrooms, which exactly suited our needs - although I think there is some flexibility in converting the beds from singles to doubles, and vica versa. There was also a small "bonus" bedroom - which was not really mentioned in the advertising - which had a small childs bed & one of the cots.
The Château itself, is very large and spacious. There was plenty of room for us all to eat together at the enormous dining room table. There was also plenty of seating in the large lounge. Unlike some places we have stayed at, there was an abundance of plates, glasses, cutlery etc, which meant that you were not constantly waiting for the dishwasher to finish.
The pool area was excellent. There was a electrically operated retractable cover to the pool (it disappered under the patio area!) which meant the area was completely safe for children when no adults were present. The cover also helped to keep the pool from cooling down at night - although the heat pump seemed to be doing a very efficient job of keeping the temperature at very pleasant levels! Adjacent to the pool, was a good bbq area, and a lovely little outdoor kitchen, which housed a fridge, sink, another dishwasher, hob etc - plus lots more glaseses, plates etc. This was a real bonus point.
The Château is located on the edge of a vineyard, and just a short stroll from the vilage itself. We also discovered a large recreation park area, with a large lake, within a five minute walk. The lake had lots of ducks, and huge fishes, which proved an attractive pastime for young children with leftover french loaves!
Christophe, the owner, was very friendly and helpful, and has done a magnificent job in restoring the Château. We will go again!