What feels like a lifetime ago, I had the true pleasure of staying at Chateau de Saint Paterne in Normandy France, courtesy of Eurotunnel after winning their #Petlovers competiton (which you can read here.)
Chris, Harry and I travelled down in our car via the Eurotunnel and couldn't quite believe our luck when we arrived. Set on acres of land, this was pure heaven and the perfect place to be for three nights over a bank holiday!
We'd been told we were staying in the "Orangerie" room. known as the best room at the château and couldn't believe our luck when we first set eyes on it.
I must admit I'm always slightly sceptical of "dog friendly" accommodation, assuming that we will get a shabbier room because of our four legged friend but here this certainly was not the case!
The dining room was again beautifully decorated and welcoming. The food was also something else...I mean I like chicken but this was amazing. Infused with herbs and garlic, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it and Harry was terribly chuffed that we let him have some too! They even brought seconds out which Chris was incredibly pleased about. I was in love with the fact that a) it was a four course dinner and b) course number three was cheese and salad, with the real emphasis for me being the cheese! All the food was locally sourced and prepared to perfection which pleased my food baby greatly and each night we had something freshly prepared and cooked to perfection.
Before we knew it, the dinner service was finished and we were drinking into the small hours with some wonderful people also staying at the Château and then it was time to hit the hay.
Waking up in the Orangerie to these views is something I'll never forget. It's just. so. beautiful...!! We had been asked whether we'd like breakfast in the dining room the next morning or in our room so we opted to enjoy the room and have breakfast sent over.
Breakfast here was sooo good, with plenty to choose from and enough to keep you going all day. Of course I went for cheese, my excuse being I'm on holiday and it'd be a crime not to eat cheese in France. Am I right?
The rest of our stay at the Château was extremely relaxing, being treated to a full body massage and lots more poolside time, champagne and eating gorgeous food. All three of us had simply the best time and I cannot recommend this place enough. It's a little peace of heaven and the perfect retreat for a long weekend for both dogs and humans. I've already made Chris promise that we'll come back to visit as I've got a bug for the place now which isn't usually like me. I like to travel to lots of places and have never felt the need to return anywhere until I came here which is saying a lot.
We were genuinely sad to leave the château, Harry in particular and we will certainly be returning!
Also check out my vlog snippets from our stay to see more of the chateau: