So, after the chaos of being conned out of two holiday rentals we had in fact had one of the best holidays ever. As mentioned in the previous blog we thoroughly enjoyed Les Sources de Caudalie and is somewhere we have already returned to. We were now at the end of our holiday and decided to spend the last two days somewhere in between Bordeaux and Calais so as not to repeat the tiresome eight-hour car journey....
I turned to SLH (Small Luxury Hotels) as I was already a fan after just one use as it saved us a lot of money at Caudalie and who wouldn’t want a room upgrade! We decided to go with Chateau de Beauvois which is situated just outside of Tours. We found it decorated opulently with toile de jouy wallpaper everywhere.... I must admit with high hopes after our stay at Caudalie I was a bit disappointed as regardless of its opulence it was looking very tired and smelt just a bit musty!
We had a fantastically large room though which again is perfect when travelling with dogs. They don’t provide beds and bowls so it is a must to remember your own but they do put you in a downstairs room which makes it far easier to get out into the huge grounds for your pooch to go to the toilet.
The big wow factor at the hotel I must say was the restaurant. We had the tasting menu which was beautiful haute cuisine and very typically French. The waiter we had still stands out to us and for all the right reasons! He was incredibly friendly and very eager to help us with our French, which while our French is good it does need more refinement. The waiter also served us our drinks in the bar which again was decked out in a very baroque fashion but had wonderful views out over the lawns.
This hotel does have a pool however was out of use when we were there and had a very dirty, old pool hut with a bar attached - this was also out of use!
Since we have stayed the hotel has changed hands and it looks like it has had a good facelift. The frills and toile de jouy are still there but the whole hotel has been lightened with a Moroccan inspired bar area, hugely opulent draped four poster beds, and the pool has had a new cabana attached to it and has been hugely tidied up.
This hotel was perfect for what we needed which was a stop off on our way back to Calais. We visited some of the chateaus around the hotel and had two very relaxed nights with fantastic food.... in fact, I would say it was worth it just for the food.
Isla says she would give it a 6 out 10 for pooches. The walks around the hotel are fantastic for dogs however there is a main road just beyond the lawns so unless you are sure your furry friend will come back, staying on the lead is a must. It also had no air conditioning which she says she found quite uncomfortable as we were there in July. The hotel was very good and did provide fans though.
Our next blog is about a quaint Shepherds hut we stayed in, in the middle of nowhere!
Until next time,
Licks and Cuddles,
Vicky and Furry Babies