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Route du Chateau, 13330 La Barben, France
15 August 2016
눉No information about Castle in English, so missed out on its history. We arrived at 7:30, not having arranged dinner. and asked where a supermarket was (two towns over) but was closed at 8, which we weren't told (arriving there at 8 :( after checking in). In the end we found a Pizza truck on the road into La Barben which also sold rose which we ate on the balcony; turned out terrific but could have been looked after better. La Barben is a tiny town with little to offer; the real location is the Chateu. Not sure how good the formal dinner would be if you didn't speak French... No mini fridge in room so 3 flights of stairs to keep water bottles cold !
눇This is a legitimate, fortified, bonified, 11th century castle. It's difficult to review because it is a bit unusual as a hotel but let's be honest that's not why you're staying here; you just want to stay in a castle!!!!! In that respect, 10/10. Very cool exploring the castle on our own in the morning before it was opened to tourists, but very difficult to learn anything about it in English; the hosts spoke limited English and we were totally left on our own (a hands off approach) which can be nice but I wish there was information about the castles history in English. It was warm the night we stayed (36C) but the room was surprisingly comfortable with just a fan. Our room (Eliza) was just gorgeous.
27 July 2016
눉There are quite a few stairs to the rooms so getting the luggage up by ourselves was a bit of a hassle. Wifi was a bit patchy and there was no fridge with any drinks or cold water in the room. This really needs to be added to the rooms.
눇My wife and I stayed for a single night in one of the deluxe suits. Overall it was good. You're staying in a real castle. We were lucky enough to get a private tour of the castle with the guy that takes the tours as he had a gap in his schedule, so he gave this in English, which I think ordinarily would be in French to other castle tourists. Great history. Very nice room and bathroom. Very atmospheric! We also accepted the offer for their 4 course meal, which started with a very pleasant pre-dinner drink with the owner who was very accommodating. Unfortunately we were the only guests doing this so it was a bit lonely after this during the dinner itself. Dinner was very nice though. Cooked by the owners daughter.
7 August 2016
눉This property is not suitable for elderly or infirm , we had to take luggage up a considerable flight of stairs with very little help. There should be a warning of this before booking. The welcome was not particularly friendly . The wifi was not good .
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