Chateau Mareuil, as UK visitors may know from the Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau DIY, is a very charming 15th-century chateau with a lovely setting overlooking the Asse valley in the Hautes Vienne region.
It has, as fans of the series will know, been painstakingly restored and the result is a chateau guest house with an authentic look and feel.
The environment is gorgeous too – the chateau’s flower gardens and lawns are flanked by a river, and surrounded on all sides by silent green fields in this deeply rural part of central France.
There are three guest suites in the chateau itself – The Princess Suite, referred to on the booking page as Deluxe Family Room with Private Bathroom is the largest, sleeping up to four (one double and two singles) over a full 64 m² (689 square feet) space, but somehow still feels cosy and intimate.
The two other suites – referred to as the Deluxe Triple Room & Comfort Triple Room have one double bed and one single each are smaller but still perfectly formed. Lastly, there is a double studio apartment with a kitchen in an adjoining, also historic building.
All are carefully decorated in line with the historic character of the place. The result is that enticing feeling of semi-immersion in history, something that should be the goal of all good historic hotels/guest houses.
Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a sociable, informal bar/games room in the former chapel and plenty of common areas both inside and out to explore, and to socialise with the owners and your fellow guests.
The breakfast is a generous feast at Château Mareuil, and is included in the room rate even for the self-catering accommodation, and there are tremendous, multi-course evening meals with wine to be enjoyed too. All are home cooked and you can also arrange cooking lessons if you wish.
It sits on a height from where you can enjoy views over the Asse Valley, the river of which flanks the property and which you might be tempted to swim in hot summer months.
The surrounding countryside is gorgeous and there are many lovely little villages to explore as well as larger towns such as Lussac les Eglises and Montmorillon (the nearest train station), and cities – Poitiers and Limoges, roughly equidistance away.
“Brilliant stay and would love to return again. A fantastic and very peaceful stay at this wonderful Chateau. Belinda and Lee were the perfect hosts from the moment we arrived. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful. We had 3 evening meals that were all fantastically prepared by Belinda. Beautiful swimming pool to unwind in and cool down in the hot sunny weather we had…..”
“Fabulous hosts who made us feel welcome and at home straight away. We had two superb home cooked evening meals during our two night stay and would recommend this option to all future guests. Our suite was beautiful, large and very comfortable with an amazing en-suite bathroom. Our hosts provided tea and coffee making facilities and other goodies to enjoy during our stay. The Chateau is beautiful and easy to find, ideal for a relaxing getaway. Misty the dog loved all of the attention and cuddles!!! The accommodation is ideal for couples and families alike with plenty to entertain any children. Thank you Belinda and Lee for making our stay a lovely and memorable experience. We will certainly be recommending the location to our family, friends and Tesla buddies ?…..”
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