I wish the garden was open for a walk and some benches in the garden would make a nice place to read a book in the early evening. I understand, though, why it's locked: to protect from a random passerby and trespassing locals :) Our host offered to open it for us in the morning, but we never had the opportunity to go there, as our time was quite limited unfortunately. Also my husband said he wished there was a standing shower or a curtain around the bath. However, I didn't mind taking a bath and then a shower sitting. I think it added to the authenticity.
Amazing experience! It was my childhood dream to stay in real castle, and it came true and met and exceeded all my expectations! Everything in the castle is authentic, and one truly feels transported in time. Though the common rooms are vintage and delightfully aged, our room (Aguste) was a perfect combination of vintage furniture and modern comforts. It was spacious, bright and simply gorgeous. The bathroom alone was swoon worthy with a sit only tub, a huge mirror, an arm chair and a vanity table. There is an option for guests to reserve a dinner at the castle for 55 euros, with aperitifs served on a terrace before dinner. We were joined by our host M. Bertrand for drinks and later had a dinner with other guests. It was a pleasure talking to M. Bertrand who told us a bit about the castle and it's history, and the next morning he gave us a little private tour. As a guest you can also join the guided tour that is offered to public. Also I would like to comment on dinner itself: M. Bertrand's daughter is a superior chef. I can say that it was one of the two most delicious meals I've had in France! Overall I highly recommend Chateau de la Barben for enchanting experience.