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Stunning position and beautiful building. Relaxed family atmosphere. A wonderful 3 days.
Stunning location and delightful chateau with period fittings and fixtures and pictures and teacups and friendly staff and art exhibition. The booking.com directions were wrong in the final details. When you get to Place Rampon and Rue Jules Ferry, you have to take the road to Vernoux (there is a sign here to Urbilhac) and about 1km outside Lamastre you turn left into the private drive for Chateau d'Urbilhac.
The Chateau is located in the beautiful Ardeche region. It's quite an adventure to reach it but it's certainly worth it. Claude and Sylvie, the owners, are wonderful hosts and try to make you feel at home. My husband needed to go to a doctor and they even offered to go with us. Although English isn't spoken we still had no problem communicating. Sylvie cooks in the evening with lots of produce from her own garden and the food and setting was wonderful.
Very nice chambre-d'hôtes, owners are very nice people, excellent environment to rest, great pool, fantastic view. If you like to be a few days away from stress this is the perfect location. I would surely recommend this place for 1 or 2 nights but for lunch/dinner I would go "downtown". Food and drinks are way too expensive, you cannot eat à la carte, only menu of the day at 38 euro/person, 1 bottle of wine 28 euro while France is the wine country???. Breakfast is very basic, only marmalade, no cheese, eggs,... so in general the name "hotel" is not correct, it's a high class chambre-d'hôtes.
Excellent food. Quiet and silent. Excellent view from the Chateau and Poolside - ideal for romantic get-a-way trip. We found the trip down to the Rhone river and other areas somewhat long - 40-45 min.
The setting of the hotel was incredible. An amazing 'little' park to walk around in, great tennis courts, a beautiful pool, an incredible view over the rolling hills in the valley. This place is magic. In fact we were put up to the next class of room, which had very recently been renovated beautifully. I would have been happy to stay and relax in the room to soak up the castle atmosphere, but including the spa bath in the bathroom, there were too many things to do outside. Perfect for a romantic weekend stay. The hosts are wonderful and very helpful. You could hear people walking and talking above and around you from our room. The food and wine list which were excellent, but just a little expensive. But the very good price of the accommodation (for the incredible services and quality) makes up for this expense.
The location is stunning, a wonderful place to relax and/or honeymoon.
This hotel is fantastic - beautiful location, amazing rooms and fantastic food and service. We would definitely recommend.