Chateau de Nieuil - 4 Stars
Rte de Fontafie,
Property Style: 18th century chateau
In the heart of the beautiful countryside of the Charente departement, along a side road, is located the magnificent and haughty Chateau de Nieuil. Beautiful Renaissance facades, fat round towers surrounding the main building, a water-filled moat, a formal garden. The chateau was one of the favourite hunting residences for Francois. The charm of the past blends with that of the present. Majestic trees, green lawns and a peaceful lake all add to the calm and peacefulness of the place. The `Grange aux Oies`, a charming inn opposite the chateau and the Art gallery worth a visit.
Luce and Jean-Michel Bodinaud will be pleased to welcome guests for a stay here, where history and beautiful architecture combine with nature. The Chateau de Nieuil offers sophisticated surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere, the hallmarks of true elegance. The castle was turned into a hotel in 1937 by the grandparents of the present owners and it has retained the unique charm of a stately home, enhanced by owners who love the place with a passion.
The grand entrance hall gives access to comfortable, welcoming lounges and airy, beautifully decorated public rooms, while the majestic sculpted stone staircase leads to the hotel`s room. The hotel is decorated with a subtle, harmonious combination of old and contemporary items and works of art.
Facilities include a restaurant, a bar, 3 meeting/conference rooms, swimming pool, tennis, cycling and fishing. Some visitors will prefer to stroll along the tree-lined paths or to visit the art and antiques gallery, containing furniture, Thirties objets d`art and a wonderful collection of old posters. The park surrounding the Chateau de Nieuil is a bird sanctuary run by the LPO (the French league for the protection of birds). Pets are welcome.
The location of the Chateau allowe guests to take full advantage of the exceptional wealth of the Charente departement and the neighbouring Limousin region. A number of places deserve a visit including Cognac famous for its cognac, Angouleme famous for its International Comics Festival, the medieval town of Confolens, the Gallo-Roman site at Chassenon, several castles including La Rochefoucauld, soothing boat trips on the river and lakes of the Haute-Charente departement and much more. Gourmets don`t miss the La Grange aux Oies restaurant in the former stables, opposite the castle. The restaurant is a member of the Association of Gourmet Tables of the Poitou-Charentes departement.
The Chateau de Nieuil boasts 11 bedrooms and 3 suites. Each is unique, given its character by furnishings in differing styles, ranging from Louis XIII to the Thirties, all chosen with care. All the rooms are spacious and the colours gently shaded. The windows in all the bedrooms look out over the garden, the park and natural surroundings. All bedrooms are air-conditioned, with bathroom and toilet, minibar, direct dial phone, satellite TV and safe.
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