We arrived at Chateau de Cambes for a three night stay, the last destination on our 3 week tour before returning to Bordeaux for our flight home. The grandeur of the chateau was unexpected as the pictures do not do it justice. Chantal and Jean Francois, our gracious hosts, provide an amazing experience for their guests. Most importantly, you not only feel like honored guests, but really like family. The rooms and suites are themed and each one is decorated with such attention to detail. We stayed in the Hermes suite which provided us with an extra room in the tower which provides additional sleeping space for a family. The room was large with a sleeping area and sitting area as well as a sumptuous bath. Breakfasts are so generous with baked surprises each day such as plum tart, plum and peach tart, assorted homemade jams, honey, an amazing array of french cheeses, fresh fruit and fresh squeezed juice, croissants, baguette, etc. Fruits are grown in this region so we were treated to peaches one morning, white peach slices alternating with yellow peach slices. Chantal even made crepes one morning. We could smell treats baking in the kitchen below our room. Both Jean Francois and Chantal provided guidance on local restaurants and opportunities for sight-seeing in and around Agen. My husband became ill during our visit and our hosts made sure that he had what needed to ensure that he recovered as well as offering assistance if he became sicker during the night. They also ensured that I was fed since we were unable to go out for a meal that evening. If one is going to get sick while on vacation, this was the best possible place for this to happen as the atmosphere allowed for relaxation both inside and outside. While we rarely return to a vacation location, I hope that we can return to Chateau de Cambes and Agen and complete our visit.
Chantal & Jean work tirelessly for their guests & for the upkeep of this magnificent chateau/castle just outside Agen. My husband organises every aspect of our trips & I have given him a rating of 11 our of 10 for staying here!
The Chateau, converted out of the original castle which stood on this site and which still retains some of the original castle towers, has been exquisitely restored throughout, and has sweeping views of the beautiful Aquitaine countryside. There is a marvellous terraced area at the front where one can sit to enjoy breakfast or drinks or swim in the pool nearby while soaking up the views & garden lovingly landscaped by Chantal. If you're lucky you might hear the deep knocking sound of a woodpecker from the depths of the surrounding woods & if you go for a walk through the grounds you will most likely be treading carefully through myriads of tiny pink cyclamens as you go.
We were served the most sumptuous breakfast you can imagine on the front terrace overlooking the late summer countryside. There was nothing that Chantal & Jean could not do for us - we had excellent laundry facilities, much needed after some time travelling, tea provided for us, beautifully laid out with fine China on a tray whenever we wanted it, including after returning from evenings out, and Jean even escorted us to a local ' pop up ' restaurant so we didn't get lost.
The themed rooms are stunningly beautiful, each with their own ensuite, and the Hermes suite which we stayed in is situated in an original part of the castle which retains its 300 year old floor boards.
The Chateau is meticulously clean, displaying paintings, artworks and libraries, yet it retains a wonderful homely, tranquil and welcoming atmosphere.
If you are thinking of going somewhere special we wholeheartedly recommend this gorgeous place - it has to be for a rating of 11 out if 10!
We had a lovely 2 night stay at this Chateau. The pictures don't do it justice since it's hard to see the vastness of the view and the place. The Chateau itself is absolutely lovely, with many rooms to roam around. When we were there, the weather was starting to cool off a bit so we didn't sit outside but there are lots of outdoor chairs and tables to enjoy the view.
We stayed in the Cotton room that has beautiful light streaming in (though dark wooden shutters to keep light out through the night).
I was pleasantly surprised to see how many "extras" there were - an outdoor hot tub, an exercise room, a sauna, an automatic massage table - and all were almost new.
The hosts, Chantal and Francois were just lovely. We were on a biking trip and decided to use Google maps to get there. Well, don't - the google map instructions are wrong. Use the host provided instructions (we didn't initially to avoid heavy traffic but in the end, it wasn't too bad). Since we were lost, Francois drove out to get us and ended up rescuing us from a thunderous rain shower. We were so grateful!
We had an excellent dinner there one night and of course, fabulous breakfasts.
In short, a wonderful castle and fantastic hosts.
Note: if you're biking along the canal, the chateau is about 3km from there, including some uphill on the road and a 1km driveway that is a bit steep. It's not a big problem though.
Stopped off for 2 nights on way down to southern France.
Arrived late at night, and owners were very accommodating.
Stayed in Hermes room, which was great for a family of 3 as our daughter got her own room in the suite. This room is also in "the tower".
Great breakfast. Owners recommended excellent local restaurants for us on both nights.
Swimming pool is superb.
The grounds and the property are amazing; plenty of history there !
Really glad that we found this chateau and would like to thank the owners for making us feel so welcome.
We stayed four nights in July in the Hermes room. This is very spacious with two separate rooms and a bathroom. It is in the tower at the end of the property and is very quiet. Nicely furnished, very comfortable bed, very clean and good atmosphere.
The chateau is set in several acres of lovely grounds that slope down a valley with a river running through it. It is above the city of Agen which is visible from the terrace. Very peaceful and quiet.
Many activities at property - there is a great swimming pool with things for kids, games room, library, TV room, mountain bikes, and local walks in the grounds. Though it can host families, if you want peace and quiet, it is to be found here.
The hosts, Chantal and Jean-Francois are fantastic. They provide really lovely breakfasts with tons of good things - fresh fruit, juice, yoghurt, croissants etc, fresh bread, cooked breakfasts, cheese and pate (if you like), and lovely coffee. Served on the beautiful terrace or in the orangerie if it is wet. Jean-Francois also cooked us a very good meal one night, as most of the local restaurants were closed. This was the best meal we had in the area - about 5 courses and really well presented. They are both very helpful with suggestions about where to go, they are patient, and discreet - they do not bother you if you don't want them to.
The area is quite interesting with several bastide towns in easy reach - Villeneuve, Pujols, and Montflanquin were all well worth visiting. Agen is a pleasant town with numerous restaurants (L'Acetho was particularly good), pleasant squares, and interesting architecture in places. The museum is worth a visit, as is the cathedral.
Altogether a good place for a visit or a stop-over en route.