Staying here made me feel like I living in the late 1800s. Not only does this the chateau have INCREDIBLE curb appeal, we got this wonderful sense of peace on Day 1 of our stay as we walked through the forested pathways. As we walked around the castle/chateau, we went from forest to field to vineyards.
Our rooms had 14-foot ceilings, possibly higher, with a massive ensuite as big or bigger than most hotel rooms we stay at. The bed was great (I’m very fussy when it comes to beds). Owners Pierre & Alix have done an incredible job as custodians of this 500-year-old family property. The heritage in the windows and doors is so well preserved; and the walls—great old wallpaper or wood paneling, with an 8’ x 4’ coat of arms, along with many family portraits from 3 or 4 different centuries.
Pierre is a classic French gentleman, ex-Navy but with a quick wit. His sense of humor is as dry as his wine (which I thought was a bargain at 17 euros!). If you ask him he will give you a tour of his winery. He’s in the Castille Batillon appellation, only a few kilometers outs of the more famous (and much more richly valued, he sighs with a wry smile) Saint Emilion appellation.
Breakfast was traditional French breakfast, along with eggs—different breads, tea & coffee and various fruits, yogurt etc. Each morning at breakfast you overlook the meadow. I didn’t know whether to expect to see Snow White or a herd of deer come out from behind the forest edge into view while eating, but that’s the setting you get.
Pierre—who speaks good English—also had some great suggestions for dinner and day trips.
We did swim in their HUGE inground pool one very hot day, along with their grandchildren. There is no A/C, but the thick stone walls of this chateau--built in 1868--are a very cooling insulation.
It was the best experience. I wish our scheduled allowed us to stay longer. We will return.
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Pitray Hotel Gardegan-Et-Tourtirac