“Eclectic décor, huge suites and Dutch hospitality in a pristine 19th-century chateau near historic Vitré”
John and Siebren’s motto is to provide what they always longed for when they stayed in other hotels - space and comfort, and lots of it. All but one of the chateau's 5 rooms are suites, and the bathrooms are particularly generous, with tip-top fittings, stacks of Rituals toiletries, and deliciously thick white towels.
The hot favourite has to be the blue-and-white Suite du Comte on the first floor, with its white marble fireplace and ornate canopy bed purchased from an antique shop in Rouen. Leading off it is a small sitting room with gorgeous views of the pond in front, and the bathroom is one of the castle’s best, with a free-standing tub, his and hers basins and stylish black and white floor tiles.
The Suite de la Comtesse next door is decorated in chocolate and beige, with twin beds that can be pushed together, a huge classical painting for a headboard, windows on 2 sides looking out over sweeping lawns and wooded parkland, and a sitting room set in one of the chateau’s towers. Its bathroom is the only one without a tub, but we loved the large walk-in shower and sleek double basins.
Rooms on the second floor were originally the servants' quarters and are marginally bigger. They lacked water, heating and electricity when John and Siebren first moved in and needed total renovation, but this has allowed the pair to have some fun. The monochrome Suite du Sud and the airy Suite du Nord both have lovely turret sitting rooms and kingsize beds that can be split into twins; the star feature of the latter is its stylish pea-green bathroom with a claw-foot tub and black and white checked floor tiles. The Chambre de l’Est is the only room that’s not a suite, but it has a wonderful four-poster and the same great views. Its bathroom is more contemporary in style than the others, with glass sinks.
All rooms come with flat-screen TVs, CD players, internet points, safes, complimentary bottled water, and bathrobes and slippers. They can feel a little chilly on cool days, but effective radiators soon warm them up.
Breakfast is the only meal provided here, and is served in the beautiful oak-panelled dining room in front of a huge fireplace. Gaze out over the park while you munch your way through freshly baked croissants, pastries from the bakery down the road, yoghurt, boiled eggs, ham and cheese, freshly squeezed orange juice, and pots of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. There’s a fruit bowl that you can pick from, too. Breakfast can be brought to your room if you prefer to take it easy, and on sunny days you can head outside to one of the tables clustered around the pond.
For lunch and dinner, you’ll need to head into Vitré - no hardship, given the beauty of the place and its wide choice of bijou restaurants. Your hosts will be happy to recommend a place that fits your taste and budget - favourites include La Belle Oselle, a relaxed spot where you can feast on superb local produce, and La Soupe aux Choux, a beamed restaurant built into the ancient town walls. For a fancy meal, splash out at Le Pichet, where gourmet dishes are served in smart, minimalist surroundings. If you're seeking Michelin stardom, you’ll need to head further afield to Rennes, 40km away. There, La Fontaine aux Perles and Le Four à Ban are particularly well renowned among gastronomic circles.
Wherever you plan to eat, make sure you check opening times, as many eateries close for a couple of days every week.
Children are welcome. Cots can be provided for free, and extra beds can be added to the suites for a nightly charge. The owners prefer not to have too many children staying at any one time.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking