Château de Candie
What We Love
- A 14th-century château in the French countryside, with breakfast, welcome champagne and moreBeing welcomed with a complimentary glass of chamagne
- Taking in the spectacular surrounding mountainscape
- Heading up to the Revard Plateau for a day's skiing
What To Know
- The chateau's 25 guestrooms are individually decorated in typical country home fashion
- Suites have two bedrooms (some are multi-level) and can accommodate up to 6 people
- Free WiFi is hit or miss
This 14th-century house built in traditional Savoyarde style is set within six hectares of leafy grounds, overlooking the city of Chambéry and lined with century-old trees and rare flora. Majestic fountains, picturesque ponds and captivating greenery make this a beautiful setting for a relaxing stroll or a cobweb-clearing jog.
The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool is flanked by a shaded terrace that’s a perfect spot for lying horizontal during the summer months. The interiors don’t let the side down either, with paintings and antiques carefully placed and the elegant décor in some rooms inspired by historic characters. It’s no surprise Château de Candie scooped a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
The Revard Plateau provides a perfect platform for all kinds of outdoor adventuring, from hiking and skiing to paragliding and horse riding. Located in one of France’s most mountainous regions, with the country’s biggest natural lake – Lac de Bourget – adding to the spectacular scenery, you can enjoy pretty much uninterrupted views of several sets of impressive peaks, including the Bauges, the Belledonnes, the Croix de Nivollet and the Dent du Chat.
How to Get There
A beautiful and venerable chateau/bastide on the outskirts of Chambéry. Unfortunately our stay was brief as we were en route further South. However, whilst here we could appreciate the quality of the operation and the beauty of the chateau itself and of its park-like grounds. The rooms were sumptuous and well equipped in every sense - not least with Elemis toiletries which is a nice touch
Faced with the daunting choice of informal dining in La Cantina or the expensive and formal Orangerie we plumped for the former. Food was first rate as was the smiling service. Breakfast especially was amazingly comprehensive..
My experience of the pool was limited to the toe in the water temperature test ( passed with flying colours) but it was plain to see that the pool area was scrupulously clean and well maintained.
The serene hotel cat is named Candie!
We were so excited to be coming for a week to chateau de Candie and it was an expensive mistake. First it was the room. It was very poor quality with bleached, worn carpets, black scuffed 1990s furniture and a view of a wall with a wall of trees in the supposed lounge area. The wardrobe was a curtain (hanging off) over a wall alcove. In 36 degree heat there was no air con and we couldn’t open the window due to awful food smells wafting in from kitchen pipes. After 3 days we asked to change rooms. I had to go 3 times to reception to ask about progress because they didn’t come to tell me as promised. In the end we opted for one that looked beautiful but once I moved all our luggage myself (no help offered) we realised the jacuzzi, TVs, aircon didn’t work. By that point we were ready to leave but decided to stay on and see the week out. Other room for improvement - breakfast very average. Packet cheese (in France!) and no butter anywhere. Carton organge juice, not fresh. No soya milk. Buffet food not filled up unless you went and asked, which people did every day. Service correct but transactional. Re the restaurants we ate in the fine dining L’ orangerie once and the cantina brasserie once. The fine dining experience was good, if pricey, and the cantina very average. Both restaurants overcharged us on wine, putting a lot more expensive bottle on the bill instead so beware - this can’t be a coincidence on two different nights. Overall it was a week we couldn’t wait to end. Lots of room for improvement.
We stayed in this hotel in July 2019 and it was wonderful. The room was big, clean and the staff friendly. The receptionist was very nice, the menu in the Cantine good. There is a free parking lot and a lovely pool.