Château du Breuil
What We Love
- An enchanting château in France's magical Loire Valley, with breakfast and optional dinnerChecking in to your room and feeling as if you've stepped straight into a fairy tale
- Taking day trips to other famous châteaus of the region, like the iconic Chambord
- Savoring gourmet French delicacies at the superb restaurant
What To Know
- Set on 110 acres of land and manicured gardens
- You'll feel like royalty at this charming French chateau
- The Loire region is remote, so make sure you rent a car
How to Get There
We stayed here the first night of our Backroads bike trip. Our room was large with windows facing the front. it was charming and quaint. There are a few creaks in the floor and average bathroom for a unique place that is not cookie cutter. Our group meal was delicious. Breakfast was plentiful with many choices.
Chateau du Breuil in the Loire Valley (not to be confused with the many Chateaux du Breuil in France or, more crucially the chateau-hotel Chateau d Breuil near Laon) is a pleasantly-situated but isolated chateau-hotel near Cheverny. It is set in its own large park and the main approach is by a long, tree-lined driveway. It is one of the quietest places in terms of ambient noise that we have ever stayed in.
We stayed for just one (Saturday) night in a deluxe room in the ‘Pavilion’ (see picture)which consists of a group of three two-storey buildings (in what were formerly stables or barns?) about 150 m away from the chateau itself. We booked this room because all the rooms in the chateau itself were taken when we made our last minute booking. On our arrival, the receptionist, for some reason, had a little difficulty in finding our reservation for both the room and the evening meal. The room in the ‘Pavilion’ was attractive enough being on the first floor under the eaves with exposed beams. It was, however, rather small. Coffee was not provided in the room. We thought that it was rather expensive for the price (€189). In the late afternoon, we ordered drinks (with some difficulty as there was a dearth of staff present) and we sat outside the chateau, taking in the pleasant surroundings.
We had booked dinner for 19:30. After a little more confusion about whether we had reserved or not (we had), we were seated. The menu was slightly unusual in its format. There was a three-course set menu (€42) to which you could then make substitutions sometimes at extra cost. So why not make it à-la-carte. The reason presumably is that the restaurant serves wine by the glass for each course and so matches the choice of wine to each individual course. Eventually, our order was taken. We did not want the wine by the glass option and so chose a Givry at €59/bt. We were offered water – Badoit or Evian. We really just wanted a carafe of tap water. We find Badoit, the sparkling water, too salty for our taste and there’s not much point in drinking Evian as it’s just like tap water. In the end, we insisted and we prevailed, and we were bought a small carafe of tap water. I was, at this stage, quite prepared to go to the car and retrieve out own bottle of tap water. This episode was irritating and I have never come across such a reluctance to serve tap water during my many trips to France.
We like to drink a glass of wine before our dinner arrives. After about 30 minutes and a couple more requests, the wine did eventually arrive with an apology that it couldn’t be found easily (or maybe someone had to go out and purchase it!). The wine was not actually very good and was not worth the price. For my first course, I took the cold white asparagus with a parboiled egg yolk from the menu whilst my wife took foie-gras at a €7 supplement. We then followed the menu with a tranche of beef (which was more like veal) for our main course and then a dessert of strawberries in red wine. The dessert was very good, the other two courses were adequate. Service had improved during the meal with the arrival of additional staff. However, overall, it was not particularly impressive, particularly with the tap water problems.
The night passed peacefully and we enjoyed the splendid quiet. We did not eat breakfast at the hotel as we do not usually eat much breakfast. We had brought food, coffee and a kettle with us as the hotel breakfast was somewhat expensive at €16. The overall cost for our stay was €350 which we think was on the expensive side for the overall experience. Would we go back? No, probably not. If we are ever in the area again, we would give another chateau-hotel or hotel a try.
We stayed at the Chateau for 2 nights. The place is absolutely charming, the little forest at the entrance and then the beautiful garden with roses plus a great building. There is also just in front a little tiny chapel surrounded by blooming roses. The chateau itself is elegant and the room we stayed in was located inside. It was absolutely comfortable. The decoration is according to the classic style. The staff is very friendly, helpful and kind. the breakfast is very good and dinner very delicate. We also swam in the pool but could not ride the bikes for the guests since started to rain a little. Congratulations and thanks to Bernard, the manager since our stay was magnificient!