My husband and I stayed 1 night at this lovely Chateau on our way through France. It is such a great find in an area lacking in decent hotels and deserves to be associated with the Relais du Silence group. The Chateau itself is beautiful and the garden and grounds are lovely and incredibly quiet.
We were met at the front door by 2 lovely ladies from reception and offered a welcome drink. Our room was very nice with a queen size, comfortable bed. The large bathroom, with separate shower, was equipped with plenty of toiletries, towels and a powerful hairdryer. There were also towels supplied for use at the outdoor swimming pool.. Each bedroom has the name of a bird, ours was Nightingale, and we were offered the option of waking up to a recording of this bird rather than the normal alarm call......nice touch.
The Chateau is itself only offers bed & breakfast but within its grounds is the restaurant "La Grange aux Oies" and what a fab place! The setting and decor is stunning and, according to the Chateau owner, was redesigned by a British team. The menu choice is small but all choices sounded lovely and did not disappoint. The wine list was well priced and had choices to suit most people. We would not be surprised if in the near future the restaurant attracts a Michelin star.
The only disappoint was breakfast which would have been better if more choice was available......maybe we should have asked?
Would we return?............you bet and for longer next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the beautiful countryside of the Charente departement, as you travel along a side road, the magnificent and haughty, chateau de Nieuil comes into view. Beautiful Renaissance facades, fat round towers surrounding the main building, a water-filled moat, a formal garden - after just that first glance you will want to stay the night, for a weekend, or for even longer ! Francois I had the right idea - the Chateau de Nieuil was one of his favourite hunting residences. Majestic trees, green lawns and a peaceful lake all add to the calm and peacefulness of the place. Would you like to come in? Please do! ... more less
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