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Sarah - verified booking
"Here is our long overdue 10 star (if it were possible to give 10 stars instead of 5!!!) review of our stay at the enchantingly lovely Chateau Crystal in the Loire Valley Region of France while hosting our fairytale June wedding and festivities. When we decided to marry at a chateau or castle in France, we searched the internet for the perfect property at which to gather our family and friends from the USA and Germany for our wedding celebration. Fortunately for us, we discovered Chateau Crystal the best of both worlds. We expected a pleasant, professional experience...not the fast, lifelong friendship we now seem to have happily developed! The owners were extraordinary: Ever-patient emails with thoughtful answers and advice to our seemingly hundreds of questions, eagerness and willingness to help us and guide us with our planning and organization in any way possible, extreme kindness and warm hospitality extended toward everyone...all of our guests love them as much as we do! However, not only did we enjoy our wonderful hosts at the most beautiful and elegant venue for our wedding celebration...we also enjoyed a supremely comfortable, exquisitely furnished and very well-equipped home in which to host our pre-wedding day parties and activities. We all loved our unique and individually decorated rooms. We tried to utilize and experience every inch of the chateau...our attached photographs validate this! We kicked off the first evening with an outdoor meet & greet in the lovely courtyard. We knocked on doors and woke people up for a very late dance party in the master suite salon one night. We enjoyed the upstairs parlors with some french wine and a cozy fire another night. We utilized the quaint, homey kitchen for self-catered breakfasts each day. We dined on a couple of German-style meals in the charming country dining room. We rented a large transparent tent to host other outdoor events next to the courtyard; our Versailles-themed rehearsal day/dinner events and our post-dinner wedding dance with a live band. With William and Susy's involvement, our fabulous wedding planner, Sabrina (recommended by Susy), helped us plan and organize all aspects of our pre & post-wedding ceremony cocktail/wine receptions at the lakeside terrace, as well as our delicious wedding dinner in the regal Silver Dining Room. To top it all off, Susy kindly salvaged several of the wedding flower arrangements for us to keep or give to our guests...because that's who she is! We've undoubtedly forgotten some details and failed to praise countless additional things we found special and meaningful at Chateau Crystal"
Mark G - verified booking
"We rented the chateau for our wedding and it was an unforgettable experience. It felt like we had fallen into a fairy tale. We were nervous about organising a wedding abroad, but Susy and her team were so helpful. She always got back to us quickly and was able to recommend suppliers, with nothing being too much trouble. We stayed there with our guests for a long weekend and rented the manior accommodation as well as the chateau. The decorative style of the manoir was slightly different from that of the chateau bedrooms but very charming, with vintage French furnishings. We loved that all the chateau rooms had their own individual character and the tower room is amazing. We will never forget waking up in the tower room to the sun rising over the lake, turning it a vibrant pink. The grand stairway is stunning, and we have some wonderful photographs of us standing on them with our guests, after our masked banquet. All our guests commented on the beauty of the accommodation and the extensive grounds. There is plenty to see and do in the local area, but most of us preferred walking around the lake, enjoying the stunning surroundings. You feel like you are in the middle of the countryside but there are supermarkets, restaurants and attractions within a short drive. Our guests either rented cars or brought their own, and there was plenty of onsite parking. Susy was really welcoming on our arrival and immediately made us feel at home. I cannot praise the staff enough, especially for the service during our wedding meal. The silver reception room is beautiful, like being in a period drama. We had two catered meals while we were at the venue and they were delicious. We had several vegan guests and they all said it was the best vegan food they had ever had at a wedding. The service wear is perfectly in keeping with the opulent surroundings. We were married in the chateau chapel and our photographer said it was one of the most beautiful venues she had photographed. We had a small and intimate wedding so there was plenty of space, but you can also choose to be married in the grounds if you have more guests. Some of my favourite wedding photos are of the two of us on the island and crossing the little bridge to it, with the chateau in the background. We could not have asked for a more stress free and magical experience. Thank you so much Susy for all you have done for us. We have even had guests asking when we can go back and do it all again!"
Breanne - verified booking
"There are no words to describe the beauty and charm of Chateau Abelia Du Lac. The chateau is breathtaking and the service we experienced before during and after our stay would rival only the finest hotels. My childhood dreams of living in a castle have been fulfilled and I was lucky enough to be a real life princess ( or at-least treated like one). My family and I visited the chateau in September for a total of 3 days for my wedding and we have more than enough beautiful memories and photos to last us lifetime. When we arrived at the chateau we were warmly greeted with french pastries and refreshments and given a complete tour of the grounds. The chateau is absolutely stunning and every single room has been decorated and restored to perfection. Each room has a fun theme, with the underlying detail being luxury!!! The sheets and towels were in spectacular condition and the beds were beyond comfortable. The inside of the chateau was marvelous, but it was the outside that really made your jaw drop. The lush trees that scattered the acres of parkland left us in awe, and the lake gave us chills it was so beautiful. I can’t imagine the upkeep on the chateau as it is massive but the staff makes it seem effortless and they always have a smile on their face. Speaking of the staff, I must begin my rant on how spectral the service is! Susy the owner is the most enchanting woman I have ever met. Planning a wedding in a foreign country can be very difficult, but Susy helped me every step of the way. She patiently answered every email with great detail and frequently checked in with me via phone and email to make sure I didn’t have any questions. At the chateau she seized to amaze me as she waltzed around the chateau sharing precious memories and assuring me that I would have the wedding of my dreams. Susy is not the only bright star in the group as Kitty and Doug were their to help with all of the last minute details and keep everyone in a chipper mood. I will miss their warm smiles, and never forget the moment when Doug provided a blessing for us within the chateaus chapel. Lastly, for the cherry on top I must praise the divine food. We chose to cater 3 of our meals at the chateau and each meal was comparable to one you would receive at a five start restaurant. My friends and family are still wildly raving about the delicious meals that we were served."
anonymous - verified booking
"Fifteen friends shared this magnificent home while attending the World Equestrian Games in Caen. My commitment is to return to fully enjoy this Chateau without the distraction of dressage. The photos and information provided are all very accurate. Arnaud the owner was very available and helpful to deal with during the booking and provided excellent information regarding the locale and guides (for a DDay tour). The residence itself is jaw-dropping. Once the front gates open you immediately realise that you've made an excellent choice. The housekeeper Francoise was a smiling face there to welcome you. There are ample areas for entertaining, both inside and out and a spectacular dining room. All the bedrooms are ensuited and very comfortable. Several are imposing to say the least. A couple of the bedrooms are relatively small (relative to the size of the chateau rather than the size of a typical European hotel room), but the communal areas are so numerous that it was very easy to find a quiet place to relax. The pool was well heated and the bikes were well used for morning rides to the local village. The grounds were exceptional - a twilight wander over the grass or through the trees with a glass in hand was a fantastic way to end the day. The kitchen was well equipped; however thankfully we didn't really need to avail ourselves of this because of the wonderful Gwenaelle, the cook. After the week we were working on ways of taking Gwenaelle with us! After a day touring or at the dressage, to arrive 'home' at 7pm and have Gwenaelle preparing a wonderful repast in the kitchen was for many of us a highlight. Excellent food that we were more than happy to consume every night. I will certainly be returning, probably next time with my extended family. Whilst this fabulous chateau is full of history and antiques, it is so very livable and felt very much like a home for all of us. For someone who travels frequently and widely, this was on of the best week's holiday I've had. And largely made that way because of the Chateau and it's staff."
Katrina W - verified booking
"As the Australian organiser of French language immersion trips, I chose Chateau Crystal as the site of our inaugural trip to. I believe that choosing to spend seven of our 14 nights of the trip at the château was a key reason as to why our first trip sold out virtually overnight and prompted me to run as second one. Naturally I was nervous as to how the whole trip would pan out, and I have to thank Susy and William, the property's owners, who made organising this portion of the trip so incredibly easy. From the get-go, they were unfailingly responsive to emails, charming, helpful and just seemed to turn every request into a heartfelt 'Yes, of course!'. So from an organiser's point of view, they could not have been better to deal with. From a visitor's viewpoint, it truly was a dream come true. The greatest thing was that, despite Susy, William and their wonderful staff's welcome, availability and care, we really felt like we were living out the fantasy of having our very own chateau. We chose to have some meals catered, and others not, and Susy and William were absolutely brilliant about us having guest speakers visit (we did a cooking school, French lessons and a wine dégustation). The sheer size of the chateau (much bigger in real life than I had gauged from the photos) was mind-blowing, but as several others have stated, it is the enormous grounds filled with wildlife that are truly magic. That is where the real luxury lies. Such a huge space, seemingly in the middle of nowhere but close enough to supermarkets (six minutes by car) and Angers (20 minutes) as to be very convenient for those who self-cater. You don't need to arrive armed with all your food and drinks. I'd recommend organising a catered dinner for at least the first night, as well as breakfasts, which will give you time to lazily make your way to a supermarket when the mood strikes. Susy, William and staff, thank you so much for your incredible hospitality and we hope to see you again soon."