Château de Marçay
What We Love
- A gorgeous Loire Valley château with its own vineyard, truffle plot and heated outdoor pool Staying in a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in history and culture
- Taking time to explore the Château's vineyards
- Setting off to visit the Loire's many beautiful castles and their gardens
What To Know
- All 22 spacious guestrooms are done up in Haute Epoque decor
- The 15th-century converted chateau is pet-friendly
- In low season – November through March – the hotel and restaurant are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Set in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site peppered with lovingly cared for castles and vineyards, Château de Marçay brings nature lovers into the heart of a French region celebrated for its excellent wine and most scenic, fairytale landscape.
The Château itself is a four-star 15th-century gem that you’ll be eager to explore. A charming property with its own park, vineyard, kitchen garden and truffle plot, it serves delightful local dishes in its refined restaurant and – of course – its wine cellar is stocked to the brim with the Loire Valley’s best.
How to Get There
If you ever wanted the epitome of a lovely trip to France stay here! The Chateau is amazing. After 2 nights of dinner and the same menu we were ready for something different so we took a taxi to town and ate at Les Annes Trent. Lovely! The pool is Magical and the wait staff are all lovely. Wished we were able to get the tour of the wine cellar at the Chateau du Marcay but unfortunately it wasn't available.
We chose the chateau for a 2 night stay en-route from the Dordogne back to the UK, on arrival it is a definitely a grand old building that is in need of TLC, we had a large bedroom on the first floor filled with odd bits of furniture with a large bathroom which was clean. The room was 269 Euros a night B&B and they are so mean that you get a bottle of water on the first night and that’s it, you pay for water after that, in this day and age that is just not acceptable. There’s no Tea or Coffee making facilities either. We chose to eat in the restaurant the first night which is a pretty room and the Somellier was helpful and knowekdgeable but the food was quite simply appalling, we chose different starters both of which were nearly inedible, the goats cheese wrapped in something had obviously been prepared in advance and was so cold it was almost frozen, the presentation non existent, the other starter of prawns was equally inedible, we both chose the boeuf which was served on a splash of Aubergine purée and lacked any finesse, as for the deserts we both chose the peach dish was obviously again prepared earlier, brought out of the fridge and served with a dollop of sorbet, the whole dish floated in some inedible liquid. We and others that night complained to the Receptionist whose response was that presumably we didn’t want our reservations for the Saturday night.
Breakfast is a help yourself arrangement in the Richelieu room across the courtyard, a soulless bland room with the atmosphere and lighting of a morgue. The staff on both mornings were unhelpful and downright miserable. Coffee is out of a pot, the breakfast table on the Sunday morning was basically exactly as it had been left after the Saturday breakfast with many items not refreshed or replaced. Just not acceptable.
The chateau is so beautiful as you drive up the driveway. The staff are very friendly. The place is a little dated but I think this just adds to its character. The pool is like a private pool from years ago but is clean and plenty of beds available and clean towels.
The food in the restaurant was stunning as was the wine list. The breakfast is a buffet style but was very nice. The coffee was freshly brewed, I could hear it being made.
Over all we loved our stay here and I would recommend it. We had a large room in main house and was so quiet and peaceful.
We were given recommendations from the lovely lady in reception on bike hire, local places to visit and restaurants in the local town
This is the second time I have stayed at the chateau in 8years, and the rooms are well past their best....they are exceptionally tired, dated and more like an average 3* hotel.
We paid €280 to stay in a superior room for 1 night....the only superior thing about the room was it’s size....the bathrooms are from the 70’s, the decor whilst you expect it to be quintessentially French it’s really drab... + we had two singles beds pushed together!
We stayed in a 5* chateau outside Bordeaux the day before which was cheaper, provided a far bigger room and exceptional throughout.
The restaurant and pool saved us from making a complaint....I would only stay here again if it was less than €180 a night - don’t stay here if you are paying more!
Well done to the waitress and restaurant staff who were awesome....
As you drive up to this chateau you cant help but be impressed. The building and grounds are beautiful.
Reception is very friendly. Unfortunately we had to ask to change room as unbelievably we didnt have a shower in our bathroom. And were charged extra for the priviledge even though the nee room was sitting empty. Be warned, you might want to make sure you have basics (a shower) in your room before you book!
Breakfast is €19, although over-priced, there is a nice selection.
We ate dinner in the restaurant twice, the service and food is very good, unfortunately the menu was exactly the same so we chose to eat elsewhere for the rest of our stay.
My husband had booked wine tasting as a birthday surprise but i wasnt feeling well so we had to cancel. We were still charged for this which I thought was a rather mean.
They do seem to be all about the money!
We spent several hours by the pool which was lovely snd peaceful.