Château de Cocove
What We Love
- Stay at an elegant château near Calais, with an included visit to its superb wine cellarThe beautiful terrace adds to the relaxed atmosphere
- A sommelier provides advice on which wines to sample
- Searching for relics of the château's history in the grounds
What To Know
- This 18th-century castle is all about the French grandeur
- The hotel has an extensive wine list—and if you ask the staff, they'll even give you a private tour of the wine cellar
- Free WiFi
Combining the best of French grandeur, rustic charm and modern facilities, Château de Cocove is a restored 18th-century castle surrounded by rolling hills and wooded park. Just 20 minutes from Calais by car, its convenience has little impact on the tucked-away feel of the castle, set near the Regional National Park and not too far from the coast either.
Untouched by the wars, the sweeping exterior keeps its original style, fitting with the antique feel throughout the building. Rooms are furnished to a good standard, while maintaining long-lived touches. The hotel’s contemporary facilities – like Wi-Fi and the organic restaurant – make it perfect for both stopovers and longer breaks.
The highlight of any French visit is its gastronomy and Château de Cocove prides itself on its culinary offerings. Its fine dining restaurant offers locally sourced delicacies, like foie gras and organic beef, but the wine and champagne cellar are its biggest draw, with a well-chosen range to tantalise noses and taste buds. The hotel sports a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
How to Get There
On Arrival, The receptionist, We found was not very nice .Abrupt, We felt we inconvenienced her away from her computer she just handed us our room key . No explanation of where our room was or any of the amenities in the hotel . The Chateau was clean neat and tidy , Had been modernised in keeping with the style. Television and WiFi was temperemental .The food in the Restaurant was superb.The waiting staff where also not client friendly.
We've been coming once or twice a year for an overnight stay since the mid 1990's. This place is fabulous! The sense of peace and tranquility arrrives as soon as you drive through the main gate into the lovely grounds. Staff are great and the restaurant is very good value.
We regularly make shopping trips to France and when we can prefer to stay overnight. there are a number of places within easy reach of the tunnel where dinner bed and breakfast for a couple comes in at around £300. This sits within that bracket, but is potentially a cut above some of the other places we have stayed.
The building itself is a quite substantial chateau, which has recently been redecorated to a high standard. Rooms aren't huge but the whole place has a more upmarket feel to it than others we have stayed in in the area.
Food is good, with a quite refined menu, well executed and nicely presented.
The reason it doesn't get five stars though is the woeful understaffing. When we arrived there was one lady covering both reception and the bar, so it took ages to get a drink. Dinner was similar, with I think three waiting staff covering a full restaurant. They are all individually courteous and efficient, but absolutely rushed off their feet.
This would be a truly great experience if the owners doubled the number of staff, but then being realistic that would probably put the price up to a level which isn't sustainable for Brits having an overnight visit or stopping off after a longer trip before getting the Shuttle.
So overall very good, but the understaffing is very frustrating.