Chambres d’hôtes began as a way for farmers to supplement their income by letting out a spare room or two, and allowing the guest to join the family for an evening meal. It has come a long way since then, and many of the most beautiful and special places to stay in France are chambres d’hôtes; currently thought of by the French as more chic than an ordinary hotel. Although the closest equivalent in English terms is a Bed & Breakfast, you will see that chambres d’hotes is a uniquely French experience!
We run the Chateau as a family business, and do not have staff (other than our lovely cleaning lady). We encourage our guests to enjoy the grounds of the Chateau, and are usually on hand throughout the day if you need assistance.
Our normal check-in time is 4.30pm (but please ask if you need to arrive earlier), and our check-out time is 11.00am, but again, if you would like to extend this, then please ask, and we will always try to accommodate you.
A chambres d’hôtes does not provide the 24-hour service that some hotels do, but we are nearly always on site should a guest require help. We provide a tea room with fridge, kettle, bottle warmer, steriliser, for guests’ use. An iron and trouser press are also available. We are also happy to provide wine or tea and coffee on arrival and in the afternoon/evening. We have an excellent wine list available for guests.
A corkage fee of €10 per bottle is payable for wine consumed but not purchased from the Chateau, a similar charge applies for other alcoholic drinks.
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Tables d’hôtes means that we provide an evening meal. Regulations for chambres d’hotes mean we cannot serve lunch. The evening meal is a set menu (ours changes daily) and is served at one sitting. We do this slightly differently, as we have an earlier sitting for any children staying, so that the evening can be enjoyed by adults. Traditionally hosts and guests eat together, but due to expanding waistlines we now prefer to share an aperitif with our guests rather than the whole meal! We always serve local produce and produce grown on our land where possible, thereby limiting our carbon footprint. Luckily, the Limousin has a fantastic gourmet tradition, and the kitchen garden at the chateau is large and rich enough to produce a great deal of our own fruit and vegetables. All our fruit and vegetables are produced without the use of chemicals and with respect to the environment.
Tables d’hôtes is one of the most enjoyable experiences at the chateau. We believe that sharing a great meal with friends or family is one of the best things in life. We are lucky enough to have always had a good mix of guests, whose conversation has been stimulating, interesting and funny. The style of cooking at the chateau is both sophisticated and unfussy, since we prefer to let the quality of our ingredients shine though. As well as serving local specialities, we also sometimes serve Portuguese and South African food, drawing on our own traditions.
A typical meal consists of appetisers and aperitifs and then five courses, followed by coffee/tea/tisanes and includes wine. We provide a full bar service for those eating at the chateau and also have an excellent wine list, including several organic wines. We usually do not offer Table d'hôtes evening meals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There are however many local restaurants that we would be more then happy to advise you upon.
Please let us know in advance if you are vegetarian or have any food allergies.