What an incredible venue, I had the pleasure of staying during a pet photography retreat, the property is stunning and the village is straight off of a postcard. And the food, WOW, the food cooked by Theo was outstanding, the breakfasts were wonderful and the duck, salmon and especially the salt baked lamb were all standouts of my stay. I hope I get to go back to The Chateau again some day.
The Chateau was very comfortable. I stayed with a group of people and we had plenty of space. The rooms were all beautiful. We had plenty of hot water for showers. The seating and dining areas were comfortable and inviting. The food prepared by Chef Theo Michaels was beyond fantastic and provided a lot of variety to meet everyone's tastes and dietary needs. The area felt safe, secure and quiet. I would be happy to stay again. The roof-top view is a must see!
I recently attended an exceptional week long photography retreat that was held at the Chateau. The organizers promised us an "out of this world" experience and I have to say that the Chateau, the food, and the location all were a significant part of the retreat being exactly that. A thoroughly modern, 12th century chateau may seem like an oxymoron but this was exactly that! The recent update to the chateau is very tasteful and comfortable while the historical nature of the chateau remains intact –modernity is incorporated in the right proportions and places. We were at least 20 people and I never felt as if we were tripping over anyone else, so much room!
The views were stunning, especially from the rooftop where we shared our first glasses of champagne. I'm really glad I went out and explored the rustic village of St. Maximin early one the morning as well. It's so pretty.
Chef Theo, Ann and Sam never ceased to amaze our tastebuds. We ate and lived like royalty. The salt crusted lamb that Theo served was one of my absolute favourite meals in France. The fact that everyone who staffed the chateau was English was a bonus as none of the attendees spoke French.
The chateau is close to many incredible sites in South of France, including Nimes, Avignon, the Pont du Gard, and it wasn't even that far to the Camargue, where we went horsebackriding!
The big screen TV quality for presentations was exceptional, the pool was delightful and the main seating area that we congregated in was open and comfy. The one thing, for me, that could be improved is the range of the wifi throughout the chateau. Otherwise it was an mind blowing venue for our retreat and I will be working on my friends to book the chateau for a holiday in the near future! I miss our palace!
The Château itself and the location where amazing. Beautiful and spacious. However there was little to nonexistent housekeeping. There were no wastebaskets in any rooms except the kitchens and bathrooms. Air-conditioning was only in certain bedrooms, not all of them. The bedroom I stayed in only had a small water cooler vented thru the window. It was not powerful enough to cool the bedroom at night. Bathrooms were not cleaned daily, (I was sharing a bathroom with 3 other people), and bedrooms were not maintain at all by any housekeeping staff. Towels were not changed out at any time during the week. The Wi-Fi, which was a selling point for rental of the Chateau, was supposed to be awesome and in every room. It was nonexistent except for one spot in the Chateau and even there only worked sporadically. The multi media room was another selling point for rental. It would only hold about three people (there was anywhere from 6 to 16 of us at any given time needing the room). It also wasn’t functioning so was unusable.
I was recently fortunate enough to spend a week at the Chateau and it was wonderful! Historic and beautiful I had so much fun just exploring all the rooms, nooks and crannies of the place. The bedrooms are big and airy. The pool was a refreshing extra. There is a quiet little garden spot where I sat in the sun and read or wrote in my journal. Additionally, the Chateau is also within an hour or two of other historic locations in France - the Pont du Gard, a Roman Coliseum in Nims, the town of Uzes, the Carmargue the Mediterranean Sea . I am already plotting how to get several friends to join me and rent the Chateau again. It is wonderful!
Additionally, I was fortunate enough that we had the Executive Chef group affiliated with the Chateau cooking for us. Executive Chef Theo Michaels cooked us wonderful meals and when he had to leave, Chefs Ann Cox and Samantha (sorry, Sam, I don't know your last name!) filled in very ably and continued to serve us great food.