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My wife and I and our two children recently spent two wonderful weeks at Chateau Coubillou. Maybe, the best endorsement I can provide is that two weeks was not long enough. As soon as we drove off the main road, just before the small French village of Lamalou-Les-Bains, we thought we were in for a treat, but it just kept getting better. Entering the outer courtyard parking area we got our first glance of this magnificent chateau, but it gets better! We walked into the inner courtyard where the dinner gazebo and Jacuzzi are located and we were greeted by our wonderful hosts Sarah and Phil, the proprietors - it gets better! Phil showed us to our two bedroom apartment – it was not only well furnished but decorated beautifully; they have an uncanny ability to build in modern amenities and still maintain the charm of the centuries old chateau - it gets better! After unpacking we wanted to relax for the rest of the afternoon at the outdoor saltwater pool (no it’s not like the saltwater sea) – there is no chlorine smell. We had the pool to ourselves with this unbelievable view of mountains with castle ruins on top – it gets better! Everyday, in the inner courtyard, Sarah posts the evening meal. You can stay for dinner, go into any of the local villages, fix your own in your apartment or barbeque in one of the barbeque pits around the chateau. If you stay for one of Sarah’s meals you are in for a treat and for a better price than you will find in any of the local restaurants. By the way, the breakfasts in the delightful breakfast room, are a treat and Sarah will fix you a meal most anytime of the day and late into the night.
The atmosphere is so relaxing it is hard to leave for day trips, but believe me, you want to. The whole area is so beautiful and there is surely something for everyone’s taste – from canoeing, caving and mountain lake activities (the kids loved) to historic towns and lots of wineries. If you are fortunate enough to be staying (as we were) with other outstanding/friendly guests evening meals in the courtyard and relaxing days hanging out at the pool will lead to great conversations and lasting friendships. Well, I can’t say enough good things about the proprietors – Sarah and Phil. Two friendlier people you will never meet and believe me they will make sure your stay with them is nothing but enjoyable! Oh! And on moon lit nights, put the kids to bed, grab a bottle of wine and some glasses and sit outside on one of the benches and enjoy watching the moon come over the mountains.
Perhaps the heading says it all. This summer was our fourth visit to Coubillou and as always, it didn't disappoint. The property itself is magical and the surroundings peaceful and restful. Staying in the chambre d'hote in the beautiful room "La Lune de Miel" with its four poster bed and views of the castle on the hillside provides wonderful accommodation and a great base for a holiday in the lovely surroundings.
Sarah provides fantastic food, eating in the courtyard as the sun goes down is a lovely end to the day.The hosts create a warm and relaxing atmosphere; you really feel part of the family. The local town, Lamalou-les- bains offers a wide range of restaurants and summer entertainment and the local villages are charming.
Thanks, yet again, for a lovely holiday.
Pam and Pete
We have spent two wonderful weeks at Coubillou. There is so much to do on the doorstep (canoeing, climbing, canyoning, zip wires, beaches) that everyone will be happy. The pool is lovely and the hosts couldn't be more helpful. Sitting by the pool looking at the magnificent view was simply fantastic. Highly recommended.
After reading the previous reviews I thought the chateau would never live up to those recommenations so my expectations were low, how wrong I was, the apartment was fabulous, the pool brilliant, the surroundings absolutely breathtaking and the owners, Sarah and Phil together with their gorgeous daughter Jesse, and Rick and Emily were all perfect hosts, giving excellent advice and making us feel really welcome! Sarah's relaxing massages and a wonderful evening in the hot tub with some new friends and a couple of bottles of wine just made it all perfect! We would love to come back and will definitely be recommending it to our family and friends!
One of the highlights for me was sitting in the courtyard at dusk and seeing all the bats come out from behind the shutters to go off for some serious moth hunting!
Cannot recommend this chateau highly enough,
Go on book it! You know you deserve it!
My wife and i have recently returned to this wonderful establishment, which we used as a base whilst househunting in France.
The accommadation is very tasteful and the quality of the renovation of this property is superb.
The owners are extremely hard working and really put themselves out to ensure their guests enjoy their stay.
Whenever we visit this area we will always stay here.
Thank you Phil and Sarah!