Making a Reservation, Please Read . . .
We would like to begin by telling
you a little about staying in family-operated
châteaus or manoir chambres d'hôtes. The
you receive will be more personal than even the smallest hotels, and
will find each property unique in its architecture, décor and
amenities. And, there are similarities at each as well. . . the
warmth of your hosts, the special attention they bestow upon you and
ambiance of being surrounded by family heirlooms, art and antiques at
steeped in history.
with your pet:
is important to keep in mind that you are in someone's private home, so
your courteous and considerate manner is appreciated. And, if traveling
with a pet, always be sure to inquire before making a
to learn if your companion is welcome. Many times the pets in residence
are not happy to have other little visitors at their house.
Because the properties are family homes, please let your hosts know
estimated time of arrival the first day. If you will be arriving past 6
PM it is essential they are given that information. Be sure
not to arrive prior to check-in time, usually 4 PM. Your room may
not be ready for you. If you go out in the evening, be sure to
them your estimated return time. They do need to lock up at night.
the first page of each member's property we indicate the languages
by your hosts in addition to French. As all hosts
our site speak French either fluently or to some degree if they are not
native French, we deem it unnecessary to mention it again on each
web page with the other languages spoken.
of the châteaus and country manoirs in France do not offer air
It is really not needed as the buildings have thick stone walls and
quite cool when the temperatures outside rise. You will, of
find a few properties on au Château that do have
conditioned rooms, and these are usually in the south of the
Heat is provided, usually with radiators in each guest room, often in
bathrooms as well, but for those renting châteaus by the week in
France, there may be an additional charge for heat and/or
Electricity is quite expensive, so please be considerate and do not
lights on if you are leaving your room.
will see as you browse through our list of properties that the majority
of our members offer just a few guest rooms, creating the atmosphere of
visiting the home of a dear friend. At these you will receive the
attention of your hosts for most of your needs. The other properties,
the minority, have more guest rooms, perhaps a restaurant on the
and may employ a staff to serve their guests. We have selected those
properties quite carefully to avoid any which might seem like a hotel.
Although they are able to accept more guests, the owners and staff
provide attentive and personal service. We are confident that you will
not be disappointed in any property you select through au
Below are the types of accommodations offered:
Bed and Breakfast
rooms are often furnished with family heirlooms, antiques and
your views over the expansive grounds will bring a sense of peace and
your comfort will be assured as it is always the main focus of your
In addition to breakfast, many of the châteaus and manoirs
offer the opportunity to dine with the family - and we highly recommend
that you do so. Stimulating conversation and regional dishes will
you. Others will prepare private dinners for guests with an
reservation, and some properties offer restaurants on the premises
you can dine at beautifully appointed tables among your fellow guests.
Talented château chefs can stand with those at any great
as they offer you marvelous menu selections and excellent wines.
There are properties where dinner is not offered, but your hosts are
to advise you of good restaurants nearby and will assist by making
on your behalf.
on the estate:
of the châteaus offering B&B rooms also have self-catering gîtes
on the property. These are one, two or three bedroom independent
buildings with fully-equipped kitchens, ideal for small families who
like to stay for a week or longer in the countryside on the grounds of
a château. Laundry facilities are an added bonus,
when you are traveling away from home for an extended period of time.
advantage to a château's gîte over renting a villa
small house elsewhere include having a swimming pool or tennis court at
your disposal or being able to make arrangements to take dinner in the
an entire château:
entire château may be available for rent. Think about a
family event, a gathering of friends for a holiday in France, or having
a wedding or anniversary celebration at a château. Each
château offers different amenities, some will host weddings as
have expertise in organizing these events, others will arrange for a
chef to come in and prepare some meals for your group, and yet others
help you arrange for local excursions such as vineyard visits and wine
vary from property to property, so be sure to read all the information
on each château's first page. Some have swimming pools,
courts, and pétanque outside; others have that plus a billiard
table tennis and games rooms. A few have marvelous screening
where you can sit back and enjoy movies. Televisions are
not provided in historic properties' guest rooms, but there is usually
a salon or games rooms where guests can watch TV, play DVDs.,etc.
not available under most circumstances, and then they may only be used
for local calls. Guests should have their own cell (mobile)
for making and receiving all calls. Internet connections
are provided at many of our member properties. However, this
is always being updated on our site and may not be current, so it is
that travelers ask about availability before making their
Some properties allow guests to use their offices for Internet
rates given on our pages are per room/per night, not
person, unless otherwise indicated. All room
indicated on these pages are subject to change at the discretion of the
proprietors. If you see the term 'demi-pension' or
this indicates that the room rate includes both breakfast and either
lunch (not both) and is per person based on two people in a double
This may only be offered for a minimum stay of two or three nights, a
which should be clarified with your prospective hosts when making your
Cancellation and Security:
hold your reservation deposit are often, but not always,
It depends upon the policy of the property owner. It is often
of the first night's room rate for B&B guests and a percentage of
total rental amount for weekly rental guests. Payment of deposits
can be made by check in euros, some owners may accept other currency
(determine this in advance of sending), and others will accept credit
deposits. Many find a bank to bank wire transfer
If they accept credit cards (not all will), do
not send credit card information by email.
Either telephone the owners with the details or send them a fax with
Policy: Anyone renting a
by the week has the obligation to ask about cancellation policies. Note:
French law does not require an owner to refund any deposit.
most of the property owners on au Château will
full or partial deposits as outlined in their cancellation policies, so
it is important for the traveler to find out exactly what the policy is
beforehand. A contract agreement is usually prepared for weekly
or renting a château for a shorter period for a special occasion,
and this is signed by the guest and the owner, and it outlines these
B&B guests should also ask about cancellation policies at the
where they plan to stay, but, of course, written contracts are not
required for weekly rental properties or if you are booking several
for an event such as a family celebration or wedding. This is
policy, even in countries other than France, and the deposit is fully
if no damages are found after your group departs. This must be
in full before guests can occupy the château or manoir.
is standard in the industry from the smallest cottages to the grandest
strongly suggest that everyone purchase trip cancellation insurance
traveling. It can be the best investment you will make, and will
probably cost a fraction of your rental car expenses or other costs in
here for today's currency conversion rate.
How to Book
- YOU CAN MAKE
YOUR RESERVATION DIRECTLY WITH YOUR HOSTS:
properties' main page on our site provides several ways to contact your
hosts. Their address, phone number, fax number and email address are
at the top of their page.
- If you want to FAX a request,
for our printable Fax Form. Just print, fill in the blanks and
- If a château
has email, we have made that email address a link - just click on it to
contact them directly from au Château.
- If a property
has its own web site, it will appear on their first page and you can
on the link to access it. [Some have their own online reservation
forms for your use.]
provided on our pages for both phone and fax are those you would dial
France. For example, from the United States you will dial 011 and
then the number we have provided. Within France replace
011 and 33 country code and add a zero at the beginning of the number.
- We suggest
you send a fax or email clearly outlining your specific requirements
rooms, baths and the nights you wish to reserve. Mention if you
to bring a small dog, and ask if it will be welcome by the owners.
this initial contact, you should ask for current room rates and inquire
if there are any applicable taxes.
about check-in time for the day of your arrival. It is usually
in the day in France than in the United States. Ask, too, about
time on the day of your departure.
if you will be traveling with children or if elderly persons are in
also request dinner reservations (if offered) at that time.
owners will respond in kind by either fax or email.
- Please mention
this web site, au
is important that the owners know where you found their property!
- YOU CAN CONTACT US:
- >>>> BOOKING
fill in all required information.
- Or, if the email
address on page one of the property that interests you is email@example.com,
you can click on it to send an email directly to au Château to arrange
your booking. BE SURE TO MENTION
THE NAME OF THE PROPERTY!
- We will give your booking special, personal attention
as well as request dinner at the château and make other requests
on your behalf.
- Notify owners
if you will be arriving after 1800 hours (6 PM).
if there are any cancellation
fees imposed by the château owners. Each proprietor's
are different, but potential guests should become aware of those
Cancellation information can be found on a property's own web site or
be ascertained by contacting the owners.
are closed for part of the year, and we suggest that you do not try to
contact them at those times. When planning your trip, visit the
pages on our site and look for the dates they are open. Try to
them during that time period.
to click on Michelin Map to Château on each property's
page. We are proud to offer an instant link to a Michelin map
enable you to see detailed driving routes. Look for the red circle
the location of that particular property. Combine this map with
written directions provided, and you will find yourself at the
of your chosen château, manor house or medieval
We highly recommend you visit the Michelin web site (click on
banner link on any of our pages) to view and purchase pertinent
travel maps and publications. Even with GPS, don't drive in
France without Michelin! GPS coordinates are given on
member pages. We hope to have this as a standard inclusion very
very interested in your experiences at the various properties on au
Château. Although people's opinions differ, what
tell us can be of enormous help to your fellow travelers - and to
Please feel free to email us! Reviews can be found for many
of our properties on the Special
page of this site, indicating each contributor by initials only. Let's
hear from you, too!
navigating our site, looking for particular information or need to know
more about a property listed with au Château?
go to Contact Us,
and send us an email. We'll try our best to be of assistance.
Although we are confident that the properties on this web site will
clients' highest expectations, nothing here provides any written or
guarantees. No one at Cold Spring Press or au Château
has any liability or responsibility, financial or otherwise, regarding
cancellations, failure of either party to fulfill a commitment or any
disagreements or problems between parties, and we are not liable for
of any kind, acts of God, nature or man, or any condition that affects
the arrangements between the owner and the guest. Cold Spring
and au Château recommend the purchase of trip
and other travel insurance. The information on this web site will
be kept as current as possible, but it is each traveler's
to obtain prevailing room, rental and meal rates. au
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