Château de la Couronne
- Style Modern-day fairy tale
- Setting Pretty Charente parkland
Nestled within its own manicured parkland on the edge of the forested Dordogne region, Château de la Couronne hotel is a 16th century castle that has relegated musty furnishings to the dustbin of history. At this renovated estate you can live it up like a modern-day aristocrat with a private cinema, contemporary interiors and three kick-back-and-relax salons at your beck-and-call.
Need to know
- Rooms Five suites (nine if you take the entire château, to sleep up to 26 guests).
- Rates Double rooms from $186.52 (€136), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast. Rent the château in its entirety, including daily housekeeping, for €3,500 a week, or €2,200 a night. Catering is available.
- Facilities Cinema/billiards room with guitars, keyboards and amps for guests’ use, games room with table tennis, DVD and CD library, free WiFi in the Piano Salon. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD, fully stocked fridge.
- Poolside The large heated pool is surrounded by five acres of manicured, Louis XVI-style gardens, with plenty of sun-soaking space on the tiled terrace.
- Check–out 11am, or later, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Children There are plenty of activities, both indoor and outdoor, for young ones, including pool and tennis. Cots are available free, and extra beds can be provided for €40 each a night.
- Also Massages, manicures and pedicures may be booked. Château guests are free to use Marthon’s village tennis club facilities, and rackets are available to borrow.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Ring your mates and get a group together; just make sure you've earmarked your favourite room first! We were seduced by Suite 4, which has a vast double-tubbed bathroom and natural-stone walls snaked with exposed copper piping. It’s one of the château’s biggest suites, with modern iron and glass furniture, lime-green cushions, and a toe-enveloping fluffy black carpet. Suites 1, 2 and 5 have turrets; the latter also has twin corner baths with a coloured-glass mosaic between them.
- Packing tips A frisbee, for flinging around the extensive green gardens. The château’s also popular as a film set, so bring along your camcorder and make your own movie magic.
- Also The hotel’s cinema space features a 2.5-metre widescreen, and the musically minded will be kept entertained by acoustic guitars, drums, a keyboard and amps to play with in the piano salon.
Food and drink at Château de la Couronne
- Hotel restaurant There’s no restaurant, but Château de la Couronne can prepare a dinner for 10 or more, if requested in advance; catering is available for exclusive-use bookings. A fine buffet breakfast is served in the high-ceilinged réfectoire.
- Dress code Catwalk-casual (Nicky, the owner, is a former Topshop bigwig, so dress to impress).
- Top table Nurse a cognac on the green leather chesterfield in the lovely Stone Salon.
- Last orders Drinks are available round the clock.
- Room service Nope, but you can help yourself to a glass of Bordeaux from the honesty bar.
- Hotel bar There’s an extremely well-stocked honesty bar in the Stone Salon. You can also kick back with a glass of local wine in front of the original open fireplace in the Seventies-feel White Salon or in the Piano Salon, by the bay window overlooking the gardens.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details