This château really has the wow factor! Built over 800 years ago it feels like you are stepping back in time. It was shortly before Christmas when we visited and it was fabulously quiet; it felt like we had the place to ourselves. We made ourselves comfortable in the most enormous stone-walled bedroom and admired the huge bathroom in the turret with our very own throne!
Dogs are not allowed in the aptly-named Restaurant 1217, which boats the largest fireplace in Europe (it’s very impressive). However, there is the Café du Château in the enclosed courtyard, just outside the restaurant, where you can eat with your pup. Barnaby was able to join us for a drink upstairs in the beautiful sitting room with its brick floor and grand fireplace, before we popped him back in our room whilst we went for dinner.
We took Barnaby for a short off-lead walk around the grounds last thing at night and first thing in the morning. It was perfectly adequate for a young pup but you’d need to venture further afield for a longer walk.
We were lucky enough to be invited here to celebrate a 60th wedding anniversary in April, which also resulted in us being upgraded to one of their suites. Result! The hotel itself is quite quirky and full of interesting objets d’art, both inside and out, collected by the owners on their travels. Stone sheep, red gorillas and purple elephants amongst other things rather freaked Barnaby out in the gardens! There was a very quaint sitting room which was stuffed with sofas and cushions and had a lovely fire. Barnaby was able to join us here for a drink and nibbles, although he was not allowed in the restaurant. All in all, we had a really lovely stay here, helped by a great night’s sleep as Barnaby was able to sleep in our very nice sitting room.
As I mentioned, no dogs are allowed in the restaurant although in the summer they would be allowed on the terrace where you dine al fresco. The celebratory meal felt very special, fois gras to start, followed by lamb arranged three ways (veggie options available) and then an amazing chocolate pudding.
I have to mention breakfast which was beautifully arranged on our table. Fresh coffee, croissants, pain au chocolat, pain au raisin, various breads, cheeses, hams, yoghurts, and cereals. We were joined by Merlin the ginger tom although I don’t think that he was supposed to be in there!
For a very straightforward walk you can just head all the way down the drive and back, not too exciting but it does the job for 20 minutes. Alternatively, for a more interesting walk, head right out of the château, past the staff car park and round following the roads into the woods. This was very pretty and we saw a very beautiful sunrise.