Château des Briottières4.0 out of 5.0
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Amazing residence with beautiful, huge park. You can feel authentic spirit of old chateau. Charming, clean and nicely furnished rooms. Good service. Homemade dinners and breakfasts served in wonderful dinnig room. Bicycles available. Perfect for romantic escape or family stay as well. Français, thank you for sharing your home with us.
This is a beautiful chateau for sure with lovely grounds that you can wonder around at leisure. We arrived mid-afternoon and were met by the owner of the Chateau Francosi. A very friendly welcome and then given a little tour of the Chateau and then taken to our lovely room with beautiful views across the front towards to lake. Dinner was a three course meal, a set menu, for us this wasn’t an issue, but maybe for some? We met fellow guests 30 minutes before dinner down stairs in the lounge and this was very nice meeting fellow guests staying at the Chateau. Breakfast was a buffet served between 8-10am, where Francosi would welcome you each morning. The grounds are lovely and with a swimming pool set back from the Chateau, keeps the noise down from the Chateau, was very relaxing after a day touring the area – other facilities were also available for the use of guests i.e. tennis. Do remember this is a business and everything is at a cost, if I’m honest it’s a little high for what you get certainly for the meals, set menu with a fixed price per head of 50 euro’s is a little steep, drinks are what you’d pay in town. It’s a great place, living in the Chateau and the history of the place is wonderful to see, and I’m glad these places are still being lived in, so prepared to perhaps pay higher prices.
Having just stayed overnight in the Chateau des Briottieres, I am to say the least so disappointed. The web site promises the opportunity to live like a princess !!!!!!! and yet reality is a completely different story!!! Having cost us €470 for one night we were astounded!! The room was so dusty and looked as if it came of the set of "the Adams Family" !!!! The toilet included a macerator unit which was in a cupboard which was so small my husband had to leave the door open for his knees to stick out!! We understood that this was a old French Chateau but at that price the luxury should have been there. The flies on the windowsill coming down the stairs were inexcusable!!!! We were looking forward to dinner so much as French cuisine is our favourite !! It was probably the worst meal we have had for a very long time, the starter was melon balls with defrosted prawns !! The main course was unbelievable..... a very hard overlooked duck leg with overlooked roast potatoes and overlooked green beans !! Presentation.... plopped on the plate !!!! We didn't stay for deserts !!!!!! The drive to this chateau is very impressive but once inside it is so obvious that the owner is maximising profits at every opportunity!!!!!! The breakfast was so underwhelming!!!!!! For that price .... 1 jug of carton orange juice followed by supermarket yoghurts, meats had ran out and a hard boiled egg!! We were totally spoilt the night before with a Mr & Mrs Smith hotel in the Dordogne which was perfection beyond believe at €360 per night including the most delicious French dinner & breakfast! Needless to say we won't be returning to Chateau des Briottieres.
My husband and I have just had a 4-night stay here in this beautiful chateau. On arrival the owner greeted us in the most friendly and welcoming manner possible. Francois is a born host, and loves interacting with the guests, which is really lovely. He is a considerate and gracious host, and for me, made the stay that bit more special. We had originally booked their standard room on the internet, which Francois told us on arrival was too small for us....he was right, and we were moved to his grandfather's old room, which not only was a fantastic sized room, but also had the most comfortable bed imaginable! This cost us quite a bit more per night, but for us was worth it. The bathroom too was fine, with a good shower, but with a tiny loo, which with the door closed was a bit claustrophobic! But look, guests have to remember that this is a very old chateau, and we are not in a hotel, but rather staying in a family home, and with that in mind, one can overlook the occasional foible. Yes there are a lot of antiques around, and private family possessions too, but for me that added to the charm of the place.....and it does have charm in bucket loads!!! If I have a little gripe at all it is that we were not given a choice of main courses for dinner. Out of the three dinners that we had at the Chateau, for two of the meals I loved the starter and pudding but didn't much care for the main courses. On our last dinner though the meal was fabulous....so for anyone eating here it's going to be a bit hit and miss, as if you are serving a set menu without a choice, you cannot please all of the guests all of the time. I didn't mind it for three dinners, (we are ex-boarding school anyway!!) but if guests are being charged, then I feel it is fair to offer a choice. What they could do is get guests to order their main courses, say out of a choice of two, the night before, by filling out a form, and then the kitchen will know exactly how to cater. I think that would be a sensible option. However I must emphasise that no guest has to eat dinner in the Chateau....one can motor off to a local village, and try to find a local eatery, which we didn't do, because in reality it is easier to take the path of least resistance and eat at the Chateau. But all in all for us this was a memorable few days, and the thing that will stay in my mind for a long time, is drinks outside in the evenings, with fellow convivial guests, chatting to our Host, and making new friends. That was the most magical experience for me. It very much had the feel of a Country House weekend party! Finally I must mention the really fabulous breakfasts. One of the best breakfast buffets I have EVER had in France. There are too many numerous delicacies to mention individually, but Francois's homemade yogurt is utterly historic! Would we return? Yes we would, (and did as the chateau/hotel we had booked to stay in after this one was so ghastly, we returned here for our last night of the holiday!) and would recommend staying here too, but guests have to enter into the spirit of the place to get the benefit of the full chateau experience!
What an extraordinary visit!! Francois and his staff treated us like royalty. Our meals in the chateau were delicious and breakfasts a treat. Such a beautiful location. Be sure to take time for a bike ride in the countryside and smell the roses, and a dip in the pool. Merci Francois!
From the moment we turned up the long driveway we knew we had picked the right place to stay. The Chateau and it's surrounding grounds is beautiful . Francois is a charming host and will do his best to accommodate your every need . The rooms are beautifully appointed in a manner to suit their surroundings and the evening meal , prepared by his wife a perfect way to round off a day . The whole stay had a wonderful relaxed family feel to it.
I want to thanks Mr de Valbray and his wife for the wonderful atmosphere created at the castle. It was a very intersting holliday, you can enjoy the peaceful countryside life in a special location full of history.
Beautiful grounds and many amenities for families to enjoy. Our room was in the Orangerie and it had great ugh there is internet it was quite weak where we were lodged. Since this is a hosted house and not a full fledged hotel, the meal serve is what the family eats. They were most accommodating to give me rice and ratatouille since I don't eat meat. Not a gastronomic feast, but nice nevertheless. Breakfast was ok. The homemade yogurt is delicious. Overall the place is fine but it needs more care as it was dusty. The best about this is thee garden!
This property reminded us of the style of the Palace of Versailles. It is set in a gorgeous meadow/woods combination and is a true picture of what life must have been like for the aristocracy in a bygone time in France. The furnishings are original - each room being different from the adjacent room. Our bedroom in the Orangerie was very quaint and beautiful. The owner makes his guests feel very "at home" both over the "aperitif" on the front lawn and at the dinner. The appetizer and the dessert at dinner were both absolutely superb.
Come to this hotel if you are looking to experience life on a French country estate. Everything about this chateau is authentic, including the owner, Count François de Valbray. We enjoyed the grounds, the furnishings and the pool, but what made our visit the most special was having cocktails with François on the lawn at sunset, and hearing tales of his family and their chateaux. A very special place and a truly memorable experience.
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
Château des Briottières is located within a 15-minute drive of Anjou Golf and Country Club and Contigne Cathedral. This 4-star hotel has 16 guestrooms and offers an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Chateau du Plessis Bourre is also within a 20-minute drive.
Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 8 AM to 10 AM.
Château des Briottières's 16 soundproofed rooms provide coffee makers, safes, and desks. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. In-room massages are available.
Château des Briottières offers an outdoor pool, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. There's free parking and limo/town car service. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include conference space, a 24-hour business center, and a library.
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83% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 332 reviews