The castle is in a very quiet village and looks wonderful from any direction. We took the most expensive room for two nights. The slightly odd thing is that you arrive when the castle is open to visitors and have to go to the ticket office. The person selling tickets checks you in and takes you to the room. You are also pointed to the breakfast room. Our room was really memorable and had obviously been newly decorated and furnished. One down side was that the WC was in a small room off the bedroom and to wash your hands afterwards you had to cross the huge bedroom to go to the bathroom opposite – and we are not talking small distances! Not very convenient in the night. The huge windows let in lots of country air and hardly any noise. Breakfast was a bit of a let down. You see no staff, only other guests. Tables are already laid with croissants, jam and butter and there is an urn of coffee and tea facilities. I would have expected there to be cereals, cheese and cold meats as well. All the public areas, staircases, corridors and breakfast room, need a bit of TLC. They need redecorating and arranging in a better way – the corridors look as though all the spare tables and chairs from functions have been placed there! They really don’t match the lovely bedroom we enjoyed. That said, this type of accommodation is quirky to start with and if you don’t mind this sort of thing then I would thoroughly recommend it. Incidentally, the village auberge is just a five minute walk and serves some of the best food we had in France – but you do need to book!
There are regular tours of the castle (only in French) and guests don`t have to pay.
Directions: In the village of Busset about 15 minutes drive from Vichy. You really can`t miss the castle!