Wonderful Chateau for a perfect French experience
Submitted: April 30, 2011
Stayed: March 2011
This beautiful Chateau was a great choice for our extra special Family Holiday to celebrate two 60th birthdays and out 40th Wedding Anniversary with three generations of our family.
We booked the East and West wings of the beautiful chateau so all members of the family could experience the ambience together.
We were a family party of 9 adults and 4 children from the UK and New York and having travelled to France on the Eurostar, we stopped off at Boulogne and had lunch at " La petite auberge" in the Old Town which we had booked by email. It was a great choice.
Chateau de la vallee was everything we could have wished for, beautifully clean well equipped, well decorated and furnished rooms, no expense was spared to make the Chateau comfortable and welcoming and we all agreed that staying in the Chateau, all together as a family was the experience of a lifetime. The housekeeper and local manager couldn't have been more helpful at all times.
The grandchildren walked to the friendly local bakery 2 minutes away each morning ( it shuts one day only) to collect the croissants and baguettes for breakfast and spent many hours exploring and playing in the extensive gardens. We were lucky to have great weather in March and enjoyed long walks in the area.
A lot of advance planning went into organising a day trip to Paris (we booked our train tickets and Metro carnet in the UK, a real time saver for our large group www.raileurope.co.uk and www.helloparis.co.uk )
We had booked a table for 9+4 at " La tete d'or" an authentic French restaurant in Paris before we left the UK and they were expecting us and a fabulous experience was had by all.
Drive from Grandcourt to Amiens ( 1 hour) and park in the underground carpark at the station. The 8.30 train takes 1 hour to get to Paris, it is all very civilised, a clean comfortable train and Paris was as magical as ever. The return train at 7pm also takes 1 hour and the car parking cost less than 10euro.
We also did day trips to the area of the Somme battlefields, and the beautiful beaches and towns around Grandcourt.
Each evening we had a fabulous meal, cooked by different members of the family , which went on for hours around the grand table in the West wing. It was all very relaxing and we felt quite at home in the beautiful warm Chateau and civilized French way of life. We had lunch the day before we left at " Relais du lion d'or" in Londiniere, we thoroughly recommend this traditional French restaurant.
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