We have stayed in a number of chateaus across France now and Chateau de Mercurey is the best by quite some way. Firstly, the location is fantastic. It is only a 5 min walk to the local boulangerie, but the Chateau itself feels quite secluded. This is despite the fact there are 4 or 5 wine producers within 100 yards walk of the property, and most of them were preparing for harvesting to commence at the end of August when we were there. Domaine de Racquillet is particularly good, and is literally next door to the Chateau.
The chateau itself is very large (800 square meters) but not intimidatingly so. The views from the balcony of the middle bedroom were breath taking, and a lovely point to start the evening with an aperitif once the children were in bed. Our group was 4 couples with 8 children under 5, and the Chateau could not have been better equipped to keep the children entertained. There was a large, high quality trampoline, swings, table tennis, petanque pit, and heated pool. The magnificent sunshade by the pool really made the area.
Every booking through kasteliades includes a free wine tasting at the owner’s Chateau, which is around 30 mins away. This was a fantastic experience and Christophe’s hospitality was superb. I'm already looking forward to the next wine tasting with Christophe, as I'm certainly going to be renting one of his chateaus again. I highly recommend taking Christophe up on his wine offers, which allow guests to buy aged and rare wines at a fraction of the market price. I only wish I’d bought more. Overall, I would recommend the property to most groups, but if you have an interest in wine I struggle to see how the experience could be bettered.
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