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Incredible. The chateau is absolutely stunning, the owners-managers were really great, etc.
Hmm, everything! The exterior is fantastic, and each of the rooms is decorated like a luxury boutique hotel. The bathrooms are extremely modern, etc. The fireplace in the main living room is a highlight.
The power went out quite a few times while we were staying there...
We didn't do much in Chenaud, but cities like St. Emilion aren't far...
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You could walk to Chenaud.
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Definitely have the owners-managers prepare meals for you! It was so professionally done, easy, and delicious! Also very reasonable from the cost vantage point.
We had a bit of a hard time just going by the directions. It said to go to Libourne but we didn't know whether to go into the city of Libourne or go around it and we got lost. Eventually we used our GPS in the car we rented.
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It was very nice to have someone there to give us a tour!
First, this is a huge and beautiful old house, painstakingly and lovingly restored. The design has real character, the decor is distinctive and every room exudes a kind of personal touch that only a proud owner carrying out the work for their own pleasure can achieve.
Plumbing throughout is modern, even luxurious, which I mention here because plumbing is not always the highest priority in France. The kitchen also is well appointed, fully stocked with all utensils one could reasonably need, and we liked the way the kitchen was part of the main living room which meant that whoever was cooking was not cut off from the flow of conversation. The owners were staying in the house next door which I would normally regard as a negative, but in this case they were a very pleasant and helpful couple and we enjoyed having them around. My younger daughter had her first birthday while we were there and we were really pleased that the owners baked a birthday cake for her. On a more neutral note, the grounds of the house are very large and the setting by the river very beautiful. However, little landscaping has been done as of yet so that there was no "garden" as such. I am sure the owners intend to address this.
There was no swimming pool. I would not have booked this property if I had realized this - although one was not advertised on the web site. The immediate area disappoints. To the west, there is Saint Emilion and the glories of Bordeaux but this is about an one hour drive away. To the east, there is the beauty of the Dordogne but it takes over a one hour drive to get to any of the beautiful towns and villages.
We did not find the immediate area to be of much interest.