Thursday, April 19, 2012

Staying at Chateau Bouvet Ladubay

We have all seen photos of magnificent Chateaux and I know I have always wondered what it would be like to stay in such a luxurious place.

Well we did just this, when we visited the beautiful Loire Valley when we were in France and stayed at the magnificent Chateau Bouvet Ladubay, which is near Saumur.
It was January so the weather was wintery, but very lovely.

Our Opal rental car, on the left

We spent a few days staying here and Monsieur Bruno was an excellent host serving up a great breakfast every morning and was able to recommend some wonderful Restaurants where we could dine. He also encouraged us to try and speak French whenever we could,  and he spoke to us in French and I am sure if we stayed  longer we could have got better.
Le petit dejeuner

I remember him telling us about his neuf moutons (nine sheep) that he was very worried about, as they were poorly and he needed to call in the vet to look after them.
Agathe Chambre and bathroom

When you make a reservation, you will be able to chose between a few rooms.
We chose the Agathe Room which has a huge bedroom, large bathroom and then a little sitting room and a door which led to the L'Orangerie (conservatory)

Life was elegant here and we loved seeing all the beautiful Antique treasures and marvellous  Artwork, the graceful, sweeping staircase and the glistening chandeliers. It truly was a memorable place to stay.

I hope that you are having a happy week


  1. To stay in a chateau is a dream i think many of us have. What a lovely castle, a beautiful memory from your trip.

  2. Oh! Carolyn, what a beautiful holiday you have taken me on. It is so lovely to visit these places in picture.
    Thank You.

  3. Dear Carolyn,
    wht a beautiful place you have been! Staying in such a wonderful chateau must be georgeous!
    thanks for sharing those pictures!
    Have a happy rest of the week,
    sending love and hugs,

  4. Dearest Carolyn,

    That must have been a lovely experience for both of us. I do recognize so many of your words; including the Opel rental car. Funny as that brand is never seen here in the USA. Don't know about Australia...
    In my, southernmost, Province of Limburg there are lots of those old Château hotels and restaurants.
    Have a wonderful day!


  5. Great...
    You would have to come back in may or june !
    Best regards,


  6. it's lovely there, wonderful interiors, a real luxury!

    Life and travelling

  7. I want that mirror!

    It is just what one of my clients is looking for and I have not been able to find one at a reasonable price :-)

    Amicalement, Leeann x

  8. Lovely shots! Remind me of past trips to the Loire valley too! btw Did you manage to get to chateau de Chenonceau as well?

    Have a lovely weekend!


    XOXO Lola:)

    PS Are you having any problems with the updated Blogger? I do - think I maybe have software problem!!

  9. We are planing a little trip to France this summer, so this was a lovely tip for accommodation from you
    Best Regards!

  10. Hi Carolyn, what a beautiful place to stay. Enjoyed your photos, you'll always have those wonderful memories. Hope your week is going well, hugs Robyn xx

  11. WOW, what a gorgeous room you stayed in!!

    I hope you're having a wonderful week! It is FLYING by for me!!!


  12. Wowwww that look great !!! , from

  13. This is so royal and so grand. Love your room, and love the chateau!!
    You must have had a great time.
    Looking forward to more of your pics and posts.
    Have a nice day Carolyn:)

  14. Looks like such a lovely place, Carolyn! What I would do to be there right now. I need a vacation :)

    Hope you're having a lovely week! xoxo

  15. What a wonderful place to stay. Reminds me of when we went to Sri Lanka and stayed on the tea plantation where we were given 6 rooms to choose from in the bungalow we stayed at. So different from staying at a hotel chain. So much better. :) Best wishes, Tammy

  16. Dearest Carolyn, Sweet day to you!
    What a fantastic place to stay. Would love to do this!
    Lovely place to enjoy a stay.

    So glad I could stop by your blog and see the neat stay you were able to enjoy.

    I think the ceiling with the chandelier is gorgeous and I'm going to TRY really hard to copy something similar in my master bedroom. Hope hope. It may take me a decade, but will give it a try.

    God bless you, my friend and may you have a delightful day and as the week-end approaches, may we have a great time,

  17. Oh what a special experience dear Carolyn- and it looks so beautiful, "your" chateau, both outside and in- the rooms elegant, and wonderful antiques all over. Must ahve been so lovely to stay there.

  18. Beautiful tour...thanks for the post, most lovely!!

  19. Ah! Life was very elegant there .... and I'm sure you loved every minute of it. Beautiful captures and memories of a magical places.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend Carolyn xx

  20. WOW! How FAB to stay in a Chateau!

  21. Wow! Truly grand and gorgeous! How I'd love to stay there and pretend. :) I hope monsieur's neuf moutons are okay.

  22. Oh dear, Imissed this....internet problems kept me away. LOVE CASTLES and in France? The perfect fairy tale!! LOVE TO YOU CAROLYN! Anita

  23. Beautiful, Carolyn. When my daughter lived in Paris, we stayed at several chateaux in the valley. Such fun!

  24. Beautiful! Now I want to go somewhere! Thanks for sharing...happy weekend to you my friend. xoxo

  25. What a dream location. I could have stayed in the conservatory in a pot and been happy:)


  26. oh wow!!! you are one lucky lady Carolyn!!! I think you need to sneak me into your luggage so I can enjoy these amazing places too!!!

  27. Wow, that looks fantastic. I think to stay in a chateau must be a dream!

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

  28. looks like a wonderful place to stay! Very nice that you could practice your French too!

  29. Hi Carolyn, What an amazing place to stay and enjoy the beauty around you. So glad you had this special experience on vacation. Like a fairy tale dream come true. You took some wonderful pics inside and out of the chateau. I feel like I was there too.
    Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely weekend my friend.
    Love to you, Celestina Marie

  30. Wow, the chateau and the rooms look amazing Carolyne, i wouöd love to visit this place! I have been fluent in french, but it has "rusted" - so i need to go back and train ;) Hugs 4 a happy weekend!

  31. Que lugar luxuoso mesmo!
    Deve ter sido mesmo uma delícia sua estadia lá.E você sempre traz belas imagens Carolyn.

  32. Gosh Carolyn this not your average chintzy Faulty Towers B&B - I love it!
    Millie xx

  33. Oh, and THIS post is so full of beauty in the style I love BEST! Oh Carolyn, how wonderful that you have the ocean near you; we used to live in California on the west coast and then in Boston, Massachusetts, RIGHT ON THE SHORE. But now we are in the midwest with no ocean, but many gorgeous lakes. The sea is calming to me and I just long to hear only the waves.


  34. wonderful reportage
    great shots
    must have been some holiday!
    greetings from belgium
    (you were close!)

  35. ♫♫°º
    Olá, amiga!
    Esse chateau é um sonho!
    Bom domingo!
    Bom início de semana!
    º° ✿¸.•°❤

  36. Beautiful indeed my lovely friend.
    Happy Sunday
    Love Jeanne♥

  37. Carolyn, what a life you live! All these perfect destinations and journeys, staying in dreamy places and dining in style. I have to admit a twinge of envy! But, really, I am happy for you to experience such loveliness. Fondly, Jeri

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  39. Oh my gosh! Gorgeous! I will be going to Paris and Belgium in June and will FINALLY be able to see these castles in person. What a wonderful trip you must have had and your spot for breakfast looks perfect!


  40. Un posto fantasico!!
    buon inizio settimana...ciao

  41. Looks like a beautiful, enchanting place!

  42. Dear Carolyn
    Wow..... what a beautiful place! Your pictures are so nice!
    Thank you also very much for the nice comment on my blog.
    I wish you a happy week and send you a lot of greetings from Switzerland. Love and hugs Yvonne

  43. Hello Carolyn!
    I am so far behind in catching up on all my favorite are you??
    Your pictures are beautiful, as always.
    Life is very hectic with my business and it's bride season for me. I'm a bit say the least.
    Wishing you a beautiful week!

  44. Oh quelle belle et élégante place, chere Carolyn! (Ahem, I hope this is correct enough to understand me ;o) I would need Moniseur Brunos lessons, too :o)) Thank you for sharing this wonderful holidays - warm hugs, my dear,

  45. Oh mon Dieu Carolyn...Très élégant! Took French in middle school many, many, many years ago...Sadly I only remember very little :-( Anyway, what a lovely chateau. Sounds like you had a wonderful time...Bet you felt like a princess there. I know I would have :-) Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful new week my dear amie.

    Much love,

  46. Oh my what a beautiful place. Your room was gorgeous!! Lucky girl. Have a wonderful week Carolyn.
    Big warm hugs ~ Jenn

  47. Carolyn what an amazing experience!! It must have been thrilling!

    I am featuring Designer and Paper Artist Anita Rivera from Castle Crowns and Cottages on my site! She is amazing!

    Art by Karena


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