25 rue de la Bourdaisiere, Montlouis-sur-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire, France
"My only complaint about Chateau de la Bourdaisiere is I didn't spend more time there. I did A LOT of research on chateaus in the region (I looked at no fewer that 50, I'm not kidding) and I finally booked at Bourdaisiere because it had a combination of a beautiful chateau, gardens to explore, a restaurant, and good reviews. It turned out to be better than I expected, and I was completely unprepared for the extensive grounds and gardens. We could have spent an entire day exploring the woods and art installations (yes, art installations). We spent a couple of hours marvelling at the hundred of tomato varieties, the dalia garden, and checking out the pool (it was a tad too cold to swim when we were there). The chateau itself is also quite fun to explore with lovely rooms to sit and read a book, and the gift shop is great for unique souvenirs. Our room was quite nice and spacious (we had one of the apartments) though we didn't spend much time there as there was too much else to do. We had dinner our first night which was good, though the main courses were so-so. The service was excellent, but I must warn my fellow Americans that service in France is a different pace. This isn't a bad thing, it's just something to be aware of. Oftentimes there is only one waiter for all of the tables so prepare yourself for a slower pace (this goes for all of France, not just this chateau). We had breakfast the second day. We were taken aback by the price for a "continental breakfast" but a continental breakfast in France must be more elaborate that what I've come to expect in the US. I expected a buffet of pastries and juice but we actually had service from a waiter who, again, was excellent."
"My family stayed at the Chateau for 3 nights over our winter break. We loved our time there. We stayed in a family room on the 2nd floor. Our room was a good size for us and was beautiful. We loved having a separate bedroom for our young son, so we could put him to bed and stay up afterwards. The two bathrooms was also handy. The bathtub meant that we could maintain our son’s bedtime routine, and the rain shower was a lovely indulgence for me. The throne-like toilet was also an experience. The breakfast was delicious! We paid a little extra to have it delivered to our room - it spoiled us, and we loved it. I ordered the museli the first morning in an effort to be healthy; I ordered every morning after because it was so good. The gardens are lovely for a morning walk. We used the hotel as a base to explore the chateaux of the area. There were several beautiful chateaux within half an hour drive. The old part or Tours is also close and not to be missed. In terms of accessibility, there are four or five stairs into the chateau, but there is an elevator. Our room had no stair access to it and once inside it."
"This is the most difficult review so far. The Chateau was so grand inside out. I was already amazed by the view just entering the front gate. Good collections, great settings, nice staff, wonderful veg garden and large forest for a good walk around. We spent a whole morning just walking inside the woods, and with lots to see. There is an artificial hill for you to walk up and see the tree top view. The garden restaurant served the best tomato salad you can ever have, as they could be just picked few minutes ago from the garden. The reason I say difficult to review, is, such a great Chateau, but the rooms are quite dated, understand a good amount of money would needed to bring it to a better status while keeping its original features. I would definitely visit this place again."